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Christman Kelley & Clarke, PC | Matthew M. Clarke | Shareholder
Mr. Clarke has defended his clients in a wide variety of civil disputes. Mr. Clarke has handled insurance "bad faith" and coverage disputes, construction defect (plaintiffs and defendants), business litigation, lender liability, intellectual property, product liability, and other complex litigation matters.
Civil Litigation, Entertainment Law, Business & Corporate Law, Personal Injury, Family Law, Mediation, Lender Liability, Employment Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Santa Barbara, Highland Village, Dallas, Texas, California
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Matthew M. Clarke | Shareholder

 

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Matthew Clarke is a seasoned trial attorney, who has practiced civil litigation since 1996. He leads the firm’s litigation department. He has expertise in complex civil litigation and has achieved more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients. Additionally, Mr. Clarke has defended his clients in a wide variety of civil disputes.  Mr. Clarke has handled insurance “bad faith” and coverage disputes, construction defect (plaintiffs and defendants), business litigation, lender liability, intellectual property, product liability, and other complex litigation matters.

Mr. Clarke was previously a partner at Cappello & Noel, one of the nation’s foremost complex commercial litigation firms, in Santa Barbara, California. While at Cappello, Mr. Clarke’s longest trial lasted 11 months and resulted in a multi-million dollar judgment in a construction defect case. He has also tried cases for plaintiffs and defendants involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, real estate transactions, investments and intellectual property. This includes a jury verdict of more than $40 million against defendants represented by a major international law firm.

Finally, Mr. Clarke has extensive experience advising and counseling businesses, large and small, in the full range of legal issues businesses regularly face. In this regard, the emphasis is always risk management and cost effective solutions to difficult problems.
In 2009 and in 2010, Mr. Clarke was selected a “Super Lawyer Rising Star” – recognized as one of the best attorneys under age 40.

Mr. Clarke is an active member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association and has served for several years on the Executive Committee.   He regularly contributes to the Santa Barbara Lawyer Magazine.

Published Decisions:

El Escorial Owners’ Association v.  DLC Plastering, Inc., et al., (2007) 154 Cal. App. 4th 1337

Lazy Acres Market, Inc. v. Tseng (2007) 152 Cal. App. 4th 1431

Recent Publications:

Traveling In Colombia, Santa Barbara Lawyer, 2013

The California Court of Appeal Chips Away at the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, et ux., Santa Barbara Lawyer, 2011

Attorneys May Include Binding Arbitration Provisions in Retainer Agreements – Attorneys Should (but are not obligated to) Explain the Terms to “Sophisticated” Clients, Santa Barbara Lawyer, 2011

The Court of Appeal Denies Attorney Fees to a Law Firm Litigant Represented by its own Associate, Santa Barbara Lawyer, 2011

Provisional Remedies in a Wave of Foreclosures, Santa Barbara Lawyer, 2011

Santa Barbara’s Federal Court, Santa Barbara Lawyer, 2010

Education & Contact Information

Education

  • Willamette University
    B.A., 1992
    Salem, Oregon
  • Lewis & Clark Law School
    J.D., 1996
    Portland, Oregon

Contact

Bar Membership & Courts

Member Of

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association

Courts Admitted

  • California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court
    C. District of California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court
    S. District of California, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit, 2008
  • Texas, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho