At the Matthews Law Group, P.C., we are trial attorneys who enjoy the challenge of the courtroom. Our attorneys are experienced, tested, and have proven results on behalf of clients in courtrooms throughout California. When other avenues to resolve a dispute have failed, we are prepared to aggressively pursue judicial relief in the courts or defend any claims brought against our clients.
Our goal is to be the most prepared litigators in the courtroom. We consider every fact and possible inference in a case when developing a client's litigation strategy. Part of this strategy is soliciting the experience and expertise of our clients in fashioning litigation plans. We accomplish this through regular communication with our clients which is intended to establish a sound knowledge base and allow for a quick response to new developments in case.
However, an aggressive, adversarial approach to disputes isn’t always in our client’s best interests. Focusing on the solution and not the dispute ensures that the Matthews Law Group, P.C. provides its client with targeted solutions to their legal disputes – not one-size-fits-all advice that usually benefits the lawyers and not their clients.
The field of workers compensation is constantly changing. The successful strategies of several years ago are now irrelevant and expensive. The habitual tendencies of many workers compensation firms of maximizing profits by deposing and conducting sub-rosa on each and every Applicant – without regard for the facts of each case – fails to provide the attention necessary to each client’s business needs when fashioning a litigation strategy.
Here, at the Matthews Law Group, P.C., our focus is to use our detailed knowledge of the Labor Code to aggressively resolve each claim with a litigation strategy specifically tailored to each client’s business needs. Whether an insurance carrier, third-party administrator or self-insured employer, each client at the Matthews Law Group, P.C. is provided with targeted cost-effective solutions to their workers compensation challenges – including Serious & Willful Misconduct and Labor Code Section 132a actions.
Unlike many firms, subrogation is not merely something we “do” at the Matthews Law Group, P.C.. We are passionate about the pursuit of subrogation recoveries because we understand its important role in offsetting the expense of insurance claims on our client’s business operations – from large insurance carriers, to third-party administrators or to self-insureds. The Matthews Law Group, P.C. offers cost-effective subrogation recoveries in the following areas:
• Auto Subrogation
• Fire & Water Damage Subrogation
• Construction Subrogation
• Product Liability Subrogation
• Workers’ Compensation and Health Insurance Subrogation
• Environmental Subrogation
Our business department is highly experienced in corporate transactional law and business litigation, focusing on a wide array of issues, including corporate formation and related start-up requirements, advising corporate directors, officers, and business entities with regard to everyday business activities.
Matthews Law Group, P.C. attorneys are well versed on complex corporate requirements, and have assisted clientele with critical contract review, analysis, negotiation, drafting, and enforcement; employment/labor issues; American With Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and California Family Rights Act requirements; intellectual property issues; securities concerns; and shareholder rights. Matthews Law Group, P.C. also acts as general counsel to numerous businesses, varying in size from 1 - 500+ employees. Matthews Law Group, P.C. has assisted in the formation and continuing growth of sole proprietorships, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, "S" corporations, and "C" corporations.
The Matthews Law Group, P.C. stays on top of the latest changes and amendments in employment litigation – wage & hour claims, discrimination claims, and claims of harassment. We seek to use our understanding of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and related California statutes to help ensure that your business practices are in compliance with all applicable statutes.
No company enjoys appearing for an administrative proceeding before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or defending discrimination or harassment lawsuits. However, every employer should be prepared for such an occurrence. That’s why the Matthews Law Group, P.C. remains ready to aid employers to minimize any disruption to their business by deploying cost-effective strategies to defend against such claims. Whether through litigation or mediation, the Matthews Law Group, P.C. seeks to provide the most cost-effective solutions to resolve employee compensation, harassment or discrimination claims.
Lawsuits based on alleged wage and hour violations are on the rise across the country and can be crippling to companies of any size. The Matthews Law Group, P.C. is primed to help you minimize your exposure to such lawsuits, ready to defend the company against the allegations, and focused on getting you and your employees back to work.
Matthews Law Group, P.C.'s specialty practice focused exclusively on workplace safety legal issues is headed by attorneys who have extensive, hands-on experience in all aspects of OSHA law, at both the federal and state levels, and who can provide the full range of occupational safety and health law services to a diverse range of clients, particularly those in the construction industry. Our team routinely advises and represents employers in matters involving compliance with all facets of OSHA related needs, from practical guidance in complying with OSHA to representation in OSHA dispute litigation, including at inspection, informal hearings, as well as contests of citations, administrative hearings and appeals.
We know from experience that the first step in keeping costly penalties down is to prepare for an inspection well before it ever occurs. We work together with clients to develop practical systems and strategies that serve the dual purpose of promoting safety and minimizing exposure. Our OSHA and Worksite Safety team can assist with:
- Implementing company-wide compliance policies, risk-avoidance strategies, and a response plan in case inspectors arrive
- Developing company safety manuals and other materials
- Advising on how OSHA standards and other rules, regulations, or statutes apply to each particular business
- Educating managers, compliance officers, and employees on applicable standards and potential penalties
- Performing a company self-audit or participating in an OSHA voluntary compliance program
In the event of an OSHA or health inspection, our team guides clients through the entire process and its aftermath, all with an eye toward minimizing liability and disruption. We have helped numerous clients handle the process effectively and mitigate, if not entirely eliminate, potential violations and penalties. Our services include:
- Guidance through OSHA investigations, including procedural steps and advice on the company’s rights and responsibilities
- Investigating workplace accidents and employee claims
- Defending against citations and negotiating reduction of penalties
- Representing clients before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) and its administrative law judges
- Handling appeals of OSHRC rulings
- Helping clients maintain a positive relationship with OSHA