Matthews, J. Michael

J. Michael Matthews
Of Counsel
Phone: 415-391-8736
Fax: 415-391-3898
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Mike Matthews has over forty two years of experience as a trial lawyer, with expertise in a wide variety of areas, including attorney malpractice and other professional negligence claims, partnership and corporate disputes, and commercial, real estate and construction cases. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has tried over forty jury and court trials involving attorney negligence, law firm dissolutions and accounting, breach of contract, fraud, professional malpractice, construction defect, delay, and/or mechanics’ lien claims, product liability and insurance coverage (including bad faith).  Mr. Matthews is also retained often as an expert witness offering opinions as to attorney duties and standard of care.

Mr. Matthews has taught real estate law in the M.B.A. program at Golden Gate University, has written articles regarding real estate, construction and partnership issues, and has lectured on a variety of subjects including litigation skills, insurance coverage issues, and partnership accounting and dissolution. He has lectured at the national convention of the American Institute of CPAs regarding accounting for partnership dissolutions, and has presented multistate construction seminars for the construction trade, including Lorman’s California Construction Law, Continuing Education of the Bar courses, National Business Institute Seminars, Federal Publications Seminars, and the Practicing Law Institute. He presents the Attorney/Accountant Ethics portion of the Practicing Law Institute’s summer program “Basics of Accounting for Lawyers.” He is a contributing author for “Advising California Partnerships, 3rd Ed,” He has served as an expert witness or mediator in cases involving a variety of issues, and as a judicial arbitrator/mediator for Bay Area superior courts.

Areas of Practice

  • Legal Malpractice
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Dissolutions and Accounting
  • Construction Defect and Delay
  • Mechanics’ Lien Claims
  • Product Liability

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1976


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. – 1976
  • Yale University
    • B.A. – 1973

Published Works

  • Contributing Author, Advising California Partnerships, 3rd Ed.


  • Lecture, Accounting for Partnership Dissolutions, National Convention of The American Institute of CPAs

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member