Matthew D. Reinstein

Phone: (619) 232-1991 Ext: 130
3563 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, California 92103
A seasoned litigator and transactional attorney, Mr. Reinstein has been in private practice in Southern California since 1997, representing a wide range of clients, from individuals and partnerships, to Fortune 500 corporations. Mr. Reinstein handles all aspects of civil litigation in state and federal courts and administrative hearings, including trial and appeal. Mr. Reinstein also represents clients regarding their business operations and transactions of all kinds, including acquisitions, sales, due diligence, contract negotiation, preparation of key business forms, and various employment issues. He believes that listening to and understanding the client’s goals is the foundation of a successful relationship.



J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 1997
B.A., Colgate University, 1994

Representative Matters

  • Represented prominent attorney as plaintiff in complex lawsuit against tax planning advisors (attorney/CPA) following failure of a multi-million dollar tax shelter.
    • Represented growing regional industrial company in multiple business acquisitions.
    • Represented founder of retail chain in sale of controlling interest of business and licensing agreement.
    • Represented various business tenants in preparation and negotiation of commercial leases.
    • Represented equestrian professionals in defense of federal conspiracy and civil RICO action.
  • Represented numerous national lenders in defense of foreclosure-related lawsuits, in state and federal courts.
    • Represented publicly-traded government sponsored enterprises in numerous state and federal court actions related to mortgage banking operations.
    • Represented regional gas and welding company in multi-million dollar sale of business division.
    • Represented multiple employers with day-to-day employment law issues.
    • Represented plaintiff in partnership dispute among partners in chain of adult residential health care facilities, involving complex accounting and dissolution.
    • Represented self-insured national rental vehicle company in defense of numerous fraudulent claims arising from staged vehicle accidents.
    • Represented gas and welding company in negotiation of long term supply agreements, and contract disputes with national-level customers.
    • Represented and counseled numerous clients regarding key business and legal forms, including in high-risk industries.
    • Represented mortgage bank in defense of breach of contract dispute with borrower (wife of federal judge) involving non-judicial foreclosure, including trial and appeal.
    • Represented mortgage bank in defense of breach of contract action involving allegedly wrongful application of insurance proceeds following fire at secured property, including appeal to Ninth Circuit.
    • Represented employers and executive level employees in drafting and negotiating employment, compensation and non-disclosure agreements.
    • Represented prominent immigration attorney in defense of legal malpractice lawsuit by foreign investor denied “millionaire visa.”
    • Represented real estate investor defendants in malicious prosecution action arising from failed sale and construction project, including appeal.
    • Represented various commercial property owners in lease negotiations.
    • Represented oilfield services company in contract dispute with investment banker involving financing and commissions issues.
    • Represented high-profile law firm in multi-year business tax dispute with the City of Los Angeles.
    • Represented mortgage broker in defense of misappropriation of trade secrets and customer list lawsuit by lender.
    • Represented commercial property owner defendants in trial of contract dispute with tenant, including appeal.
    • Represented plaintiff purchaser of restaurant in breach of contract and fraud action against sellers.
    • Represented chain of retail stores in negotiations for sale of business to global apparel brand.
    • Represented storage facility defendant in trial of breach of contract and conversion suit by Beverly Hills attorney.
    • Represented wholesaler defendant in trial of breach of contract suit by merchant customer.
    • Represented plaintiff in real estate development partnership dispute among partners, including accounting and dissolution.
    • Represented defendant homeowner in contentious boundary dispute with neighbor, and in subsequent insurance bad faith action.
    • Represented plaintiff retail chain in construction defect action involving major remodeling project.
    • Represented defendant retail chain employer in wrongful termination, disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit by employee who suffered a heart attack.
    • Represented commercial office park owner in insurance coverage dispute arising from major property damage claim.
    • Represented plaintiff homeowners in construction defect action arising from complete renovation of beachfront mansion.
    • Represented plaintiff investment company in trade secret and customer list dispute with former employees.
    • Represented film production company in securities fraud disputes with investors.
    • Represented international distribution business plaintiff in breach of contract action with fulfillment company.
    • Represented mixed martial arts fighter in defense of serious injury action resulting from multi-party brawl.
    • Represented award-winning custom chopper designer as plaintiff in serious injury action, including loss of business income claim.
    • Represented Hollywood movie producer in defense of breach of contract action by former employee, including defense of civil restraining order.
  • Represented employers in defense of sexual harassment and discrimination actions by employees.

Professional & Bar Association Memberships:

  • State Bar of California – Member Since: 1997
  • State Bar of Virginia – Member Since: 2006, Assoc.