San Francisco Bay Area Attorney Matthew Brinegar is an experienced litigator, negotiator and legal advisor with a practice focused on physician law, employment, and business law. He is Of Counsel with the Fenton Law Group, which is based in Los Angeles, California.
Matthew decided to open his own firm to provide personalized, compassionate and reliable service to his clients. Contact him today for a consultation.
From 2012 until 2017 he worked at Physicians' Advocates, a Berkeley based law firm. There, he settled numerous whistleblower, discrimination, and employment lawsuits, winning millions of dollars for his clients.* He defended numerous physicians and physicians assistants before medical boards and other disciplinary bodies. Additionally, he represented several professors in grievances and other actions against universities.
Along the way, he has helped numerous businesses with labor issues, contract negotiation, commercial leases, business formation, and equity financing.
Prior to his career representing physicians and business, Matthew grew up in Ohio, and he is the grandson of two University of Illinois professors. His parents worked in the non-profit world for almost their entire careers. He has two brothers, and three adorable nieces. Matthew is married to a content strategist at Facebook.
He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2000 with a degree in Political Science, magna cum laude. He studied pre-law at St. Anne's College, Oxford. After which, he immediately left for Seattle in search of the ocean, mountains and good coffee.
After working at a law firm and volunteering for a homeless youth organization, he went to the University of Washington School of Law, where he served on a law journal. He interned at the Seattle Community Law Center for two years, helping individuals with post-entitlement Social Security Disability and SSI issues. He also advocated on behalf of low-income individuals with public benefits problems (e.g. TANF, food stamps, Medicaid, Social Security) at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and Solid Ground.
After law school, he got back into his car and drove to Orlando to work at a non-profit as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. There, he litigated his first class action on behalf of Medicaid recipients, and represented individuals in a variety of employment and consumer matters.
After his fellowship was over, he headed to the District of Columbia where he began working at the AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly. Matthew counseled hundreds of seniors on employment, Social Security, housing, probate and consumer issues, and spoke frequently at community and church events about senior rights. He successfully litigated complex home improvement, consumer and property disputes in both federal and state courts, winning hundreds of thousands of dollars for his clients.* During his time at the AARP, Matthew successfully completed two weeklong courses at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Training: deposition and trial skills.
Wanting a new challenge, he worked at the Center for Responsible Lending, a policy and litigation advocacy group, for over two years. He successfully litigated predatory lending cases around the country in many different kinds of courts. He also wrote amicus curiae briefs (i.e. "friend of the court" briefs) on topics ranging from foreclosure to repossessions of cars in California, authored a law journal article on predatory lending, and taught a continuing legal education course to his fellow consumer attorneys on deposition skills.
He then moved to San Francisco and worked for several firms, including the Sturdevant Law Firm, on class action litigation, including an overtime wage and hour case, a Real Estate Procedures Settlement Act case, multi-million dollar securities cases, and shareholder derivative cases. He also volunteered his time at the Bar Foundation of San Francisco's Consumer Debt Defense and Education Clinic.
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*past results do not guarantee the amount of any future recoveries.