ENDORSEMENTS FROM LAWYERS IN THE COMMUNITY:


"I endorse this lawyer. It is very clear from his years of experience and his contributions that Mr. Smith is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent. I wouldn't hesitate recommending him." Thomas Spivack Criminal Defense Attorney on Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community 



"I strongly endorse Matthew. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication." Richard Geller on Sep 16, 2014
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


CLIENT REVIEWS:

Matt was Straight forward, Fair, and delivered the results

5.0 stars Posted by Will  May 31, 2016

I hired several attorneys over the years, Matt delivered beyond my expectations. After our initial consultation I went away and I was working in Africa for 6 weeks. When I got home I was suprised to learn the case was setteled. Matt not only delivered just as we had disscussed on budget and with no communication from me. Matt was honest and fair I recommend it without hesitation. amazing

5.0 stars Posted by Kayla October 23, 2015

Matt was able to do wonders for my fiancees case. In 3 days time he went from facing years in prison to a couple months in county. Excellent man excellent service Hired attorney




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LITIGATION & INVESTIGATIONS IN THE MEDIA




APPEAL DEMOCRAT: WRONGFUL DEATH CASE TO SETTLE FOR 1.35 MILLION

The family of a Colusa man who died from injuries when a building he was helping demolish fell on him will receive $1.35 million to settle a wrongful death case, according to Colusa County Superior Court records. Because the settlement involves at least one minor child, it has to be approved by a judge. A hearing is set for May 7, one day after the third anniversary of Daniel Kesterson's death. Kesterson, 57, was helping take down the abandoned warehouse at 15 Fifth St., owned by Hoblit Rental Partners. A related company, Hoblit Motors Inc., also is a defendant. "My client is happy to have resolved the case without putting her children through a trial," said Matt Smith, a Sacramento lawyer who represents Kesterson's widow, Amber, and her five special needs children. 


SAC BEE: THREE MEN ARRESTED, TWO SOUGHT IN FRAUD RING 

TARGETING 7-ELEVEN STORES


Three people have been arrested and two others are sought in connection with a fraud ring following an investigation by 7-Eleven stores and the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force.

Marcell Horton, 30, Fremon Reaves, 29, and Jacques Houston, 20, were arrested Wednesday and booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of identity theft. Each is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The three are suspected of being part of a counterfeit credit card ring believed responsible for more the $230,000 of fraud at local 7-Eleven stores over the past several months, according to a task force news release.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article2610305.html#storylink=cpy


NEW YORK TIMES: 8 KILLED IN CALIFORNIA BUS CRASH*

Eight people were killed and 35 injured Sunday evening when a charter bus bound for a casino flipped over and rolled into a ditch off the side of a two-lane highway north of Sacramento.

Among the injured was the bus driver, Quintin Watts, 52, of Stockton, Calif., who, hospitalized in critical condition, was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Robert Kays, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, said in a telephone interview that given the severity of the crash, “and from observations of erratic driving prior to the collision from a witness who was an off-duty officer, we felt we had probable cause” to arrest Mr. Watts. (Website editor's note, Matt Smith was lead investigator on this case)


COLUSA SUN HERALD: VERDICT IN: MENDOZA NOT GUILTY OF MURDER*

A Colusa Superior Court jury believed Cathy I. Mendoza was only defending herself when she shot and killed Jose Villarruel Guadalupe Saavedra on Aug. 30.

After deliberating less than three hours, the eight-man, four-woman jury, handed down their decision that Mendoza was “not guilty” of second-degree murder, but “guilty” of using a short-barreled shotgun.

Judge John H. Tiernan set June 17 for sentencing.

Several of her friends and family breathed a large and loud collective sigh of relief after the verdict was read.

“Thank the Lord,” Mendoza exclaimed, following the verdict.

Acting on her attorney’s advice, Mendoza declined to comment.