Matthew A. Lopas


Matthew A. Lopas

  • Position: Attorney, Partner
  • Experience: 17 years
  • Location: Escondido & Vista California
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  • Phone: 619-450-1650

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Matthew A. Lopas is a founder and managing criminal law attorney at Lopas Law Group, LLP.  As a criminal defense practitioner for over 17 years, Matthew has handled well in excess of 1000 cases and completed over 40 jury trials to verdict.  Matthew spent 14 years in the Office of the Public Defender, Sacramento County, where he served as lead trial counsel in more than 100 cases.  Matthew is well versed in all areas of criminal defense, including defense of those incarcerated in State Prison and those fighting for post-conviction relief.

Prior to establishing the firm, Matthew represented clients in all aspects of criminal defense, from complex gang, homicide, 3-strikes, and sexual misconduct allegations to common drug possession, driving under the influence, and traffic offenses.

In his career, Matthew has  successfully litigated 4th Amendment search and seizure violations, Miranda violations, Writs of Habeas Corpus, bail reductions,  and dozens of Jury Trials. Matthew has also argued at the Appellate level before the “3rd , 4th , and 5th District Courts of Appeal. 

Matthew’s representation is client centered; focused solely on achieving the best outcome for that particular client. Matthew works efficiently and aggressively to achieve each clients unique and tailored goals. Matthew has negotiated thousands of pre-trial litigation resolutions and proven himself to be a zeolous advocate in Preliminary hearing, Court Trial, Jury Trial, and post-conviction litigation. 

Matthew is well respected in the legal community by judges, prosecutors and colleagues for his tireless championing of each client’s right to fair, compassionate, and effective advocacy throughout all stages of the criminal proceeding.  

Achievements Acquired

  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorney’s, 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • Justia Lawyer Top Rating
  • Roger J. Traynor Honor Society, Scholastic Honors, McGeorge School of Law
  • Emil Gumpert Trial Advocacy Award, Second Honors, McGeorge School of Law


  • California State Bar


  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law ,J.D., 2006
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., Physiological Science, 2003


  • DUI Defense: Fourth Amendment and Forensic Blood Analysis

Memberships and community contributions

  • Central California Appellate Project (CCAP), Panel Attorney
  • Appellate Defender’s Inc. (ADI), Panel Attorney
  • California Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel
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