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Thomas Spivack, Criminal Defense Attorney in Panorama City, CA - 20 days ago. Relationship: Fellow lawyer in 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."

Philip Israels, Criminal Defense Attorney in Santa Monica, CA - 5 months ago Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

"I endorse lawyer Matthew Smith. He is a well-respected and well-known criminal defense attorney in the community."

Richard Geller, Divorce / Separation Lawyer in Brooklyn, NY - 5 months ago. Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

"I strongly endorse Matthew. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."


family law:  A father came to us to find his daughter and fight for her return after she had been snuck across the border and raised to believe that her grandparents were in fact her parents. I defeated a false claim of sexual abuse and reunited the father with his child. Now, he can start the difficult process of reestablishing a relationship with her. 

dvro case:  A man came to us after he was falsely accused of domestic violence and economic violence (withholding resources from your spouse). We visited the scene and recreated the events. At the hearing she was forced to dismiss the case against him. 

family law:  A mother came to us when she believed her daughter had been abused. We secured a stay away order that kept the offender from seeing his child. 

asset forfeiture:  After being pulled over by law enforcement our client made incriminating statements regarding the cash found in his vehicle. We fought the asset seizure and returned over $14,000 to our client.

criminal defense: Felony Charge of Assault On A Peace Officer reduced to a misdemeanor and only community service after arguing off duty cop was not easily recognizable as a law enforcement officer. (People vs. Doe)

criminal defense: Two felony charges of P.C. 69 dismissed at Preliminary Hearing after showing that the officer was not threatened and the defendants actions that night were not violent. (People vs. Nares) 

criminal defense: Dismissal of 6 year felony count of child endangerment. (People vs. Rothergy) 

criminal defense: Dismissal of felony count of grand theft at preliminary hearing. (People vs. Moore)

criminal defense: Dismissal of prior DUI after pointing out DA's failure to prove the priors. (People vs. Ceja)

criminal defense: Dismissal of felony strike charge of stalking and threatening a witness and resisting arrest at preliminary hearing (People vs. Venegas) 

criminal defense: Dismissal of Felony criminal threats a strike offense (People vs. Robinson) 

criminal defense: We were able to get a charge of 245(a)4 (assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury) and 243(e)(1) (spousal battery) dismissed because of our aggressive cross examination of the states witness (People vs. Sanchez) 

criminal defense: We were able to get an attempted burglary charge dismissed after proving to the court that the district attorney could not prove their case. (People vs. Vongvilayphong) 

criminal defense: At the preliminary hearing we were able to get a felony count of penal code section 69, resisting arrest a felony dismissed because the prosecution was unable to prove the charge.(People vs. Ross) 

criminal defense: We were able to get three counts of felony assault on an officer and one count of child endangerment a felony dismissed at the preliminary hearing by showing the people could not prove their case. (People vs. Verry) 

criminal defense: A count of 422 of the Penal Code a "Strike" charge dismissed at the preliminary hearing. (People vs. Jones) 

criminal defense: At the preliminary hearing our cross examination of the officer and argument at the close of evidence resulted in Dismissal of the sole felony charge of Possession of Marijuana for Sales. (People vs. Croff) 

criminal defense: Dismissal Felony Charge of Stalking and dismissal of 10 counts of disobeying a court order. (People vs. Terwilleger)

criminal defense: People vs. Antoine Acquittal on charge of conspiracy, factual finding of innocence on remaining charges at court trial