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Matt is the Managing Shareholder at Eanet, PC and manages a diverse case load that includes complex commercial litigation matters involving real estate, employment, trade secret, trademark and trade dress, and general business disputes. With a background that includes extensive trial experience, including tenure as a military prosecutor and significant private practice exposure with an established national firm, Matt applies a proven track record for securing successful outcomes to every phase of litigation, from pre-trial counseling to aggressive advocacy at trial. He is focused on obtaining the best outcome for his clients, whether through settlement, motion practice, or through trial.
Before forming Eanet, PC, Matt was an attorney at Reeder Lu LLP, a Los Angeles-based real estate litigation firm and a managing partner at Eanet McCreary, LLP. Prior to taking on that role, Matt served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, where he brought over 20 trials to verdict and was selected to serve in a highly selective City Attorney civil litigation program for troubled real property. Matt began his legal career with Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLP, the top-tier national law firm that recruited him out of law school.
Matt has been named a top attorney in the field of business litigation. He was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers (California) in 2013 and selected to Super Lawyers (California) for the years 2015-2020. Matt was also honored by Pasadena Magazine as a “Top Attorney” in 2016.
From 2001 to 2014, Matt served in the U.S. Army Reserves–first as a Bridge Crewmember (Combat Engineer) and most recently as a Judge Advocate General (JAG). From 2008 to 2009, Matt was deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the fourth highest ranking award given to brave or meritorious action in a combat zone.
In addition to his criminal and civil litigation experience, Matt has handled numerous adverse administrative personnel actions and courts martial. Matt serves as an Arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Attorney Client Fee Arbitration Service where he has adjudicated numerous fee disputes between attorneys and their clients.
Matt obtained his J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law, where he served as an editor on the George Washington Law Review and graduated with honors.
- Prevail on summary judgment on behalf of client (green energy fund) for over $700,000, on conversion and intentional interference with contract claims.
- Won six figure jury verdict for client on fraud claims against former CEO, Board Chairman; upheld on appeal in published opinion (IIG Wireless, Inc. v. Yi (2018) 22 Cal.App.5th 630).
- Defense jury verdict for an investment company against claims brought by a former investor.
- Obtain substantial confidential settlement of fraud, conversion, and unfair competition claims against several of nation’s largest insurance companies arising out of wrongful use of client’s producer codes and account information.
- Obtain dismissal of fraudulent transfer claims against several defendants accused of receiving millions in wrongfully-obtained funds from a third-party.
- Defense of claims by purchaser against seller of restaurant alleging fraud and concealment, resulting in dismissal at demurrer stage.
- Succeed on summary judgment for over $700,000 on behalf of secured lender, in connection with defendants’ breach of secured loan and conversion of collateral.
- Secure writ of attachment for over $545,000 on behalf of creative design firm, in connection with legal action commenced against electric car manufacturer Faraday & Future.
- Awarded six-figure judgment against commercial office building subtenant for breach of sublease; successfully enforce judgment against subtenant.
- Negotiated post-litigation settlement of multi-million dollar personal guaranty claims by lender against real estate developer.
- Secure seven-figure settlement of lender liability claims by real estate developer against bank following one week of hearings before judicial referee and after defeating motion for summary judgment.
- Obtain judgment for client renewing judgment outside of ten-year renewal period following defendant’s bankruptcy; upheld on appeal. (Hadaegh v. Khaligh, Court of Appeals of California, Second District, Division Seven, No. B286461, available here.)
Professional & Community Affiliations
News & Publications
- Court Sanctions Attorney for Misuse of Anti-SLAAP, hg.org (April 2022)
- What's the Proper Method for Presenting and Evaluating a Claim of Whistleblower Retaliation Under Labor Code Section 1102.5?, hg.org (March 2022)
- What are the Changes to California Employment Laws in 2022?, hg.org (Dec 2021)
- What Does President Biden's Vaccine Mandate Mean for California Employers?, hg.org (Oct 2021)
- Can You Sue Over Comments Made on Social Media?, hg.org (Sept 2021)
- Theft of Trade Secrets Results in $14M Judgement, hg.org (Sept 2021)
- Ninth Circuit Rules in Favor of CFTC in Monex Fraud Case, hg.org (July 2021)
- Don't Rely on Policies Alone in a Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Claim Against Current or Former Employees, hg.org (June 2021)
- U.S. Supreme Court Says Act Doesn't Authorize FTC to Recover Equitable Monetary Relief, hg.org (May 2021)
- California Supreme Court Rules Rounding Practices for Meal Times Illegal, hg.org (April 2021)
- Is California Seeing Court Victories for COVID Business Interruption Claims? hg.org (February 2021)
- Can an Injured Party Recover Secret Profits for Breach of Fiduciary Duty without Proving Economic Damages? hg.org (January 2021)
- California Business Owners Should Note Ninth Circuit Court Decision on California's "Absurd Results" Canon, hg.org (December 2020)
- What Does The Passage of Proposition 22 Mean for California Employers?, hg.org (November 2020)
- California Expands Family Leave Law To Apply To More Small Businesses, hg.org (October 2020)
- Los Angeles County Clears The Way for Reopening of Retailers, Offices, Malls, and Manufacturing, hg.org (June 2020)
- $2 Trillion Relief Package for Americans and Businesses: What You Need to Know, hg.org (May 2020)
- California Employment Alert: New Laws for 2020, hg.org (January 2020)
- Looking Back: Uncertainty Looms For Retroactive Applications of Dynamex ABC Test, hg.org (August 2019)
- Forgot To Renew A Judgement After 10 Years? You May Be In Luck, hg.org (August 2019)
- Court Mandates Rest Period Payments for Commission-Only Employees in California, hg.org (August 2018)
- Statute of Frauds May Not Apply to Partially Executed Real Estate Agreements in California, hg.org (August 2018)
- Crossfit and Reebok Settle Lawsuit Over Royalty Payments
- Infographic on Los Angeles County Superior Court
- The George Washington University School of Law, J.D., with honors
- Denison University, Summa Cum Laude
- California Bar
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Claims
- Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit