Matthew's practice is focused on finding real solutions for his clients' business needs so that they can make more money. He has a long history with the cannabis industry dating back to the '90s. Matthew's first career was as a physicist, sharpening his problem-solving skills to a fine point. This combined with his experience of actually being in business, including cannabis businesses, and his training as a teacher, gives him a unique ability to analyze issues, solve problems, explain what is happening to clients, and do so in a cost-effective way that leads to more profit for his clients.
Matthew's legal acumen complements these skills as he has extensive corporate and transactional experience, including corporate structuring, capital raises, acquisitions, and contract drafting. Matthew always advises clients that relationships are among the most important things for businesses, and he heeds his own advise in highly valuing relationships with his clients.
Santa Barbara/Ventura College of Law – 2012
Highest Honors, First in my class
University of California, Santa Cruz – 2002
Bachelor of Science, emphasis in Physics
Employment and Entrepreneurship
Attorney – Ojai, CA
Owner, 05/2013 to Present
Hypatia LLC – Ojai CA
Founder and Member, 05/2015 to Present
Hypatia is developing and commercializing intellectual property revolving around software.
Thrive Market – Ojai, CA
Board Member, 07/2013 to 07/2015
Board member from conception until $30mn capital raise in July of 2015.
Golden State Power Company – Ojai, CA
Technical Consultant, 07/2003 to 05/2013
Research and development of photovoltaic system design and free-standing photovoltaic structures.
Technician, 11/2003 to 09/2004
Installed photovoltaic systems for commercial and private applications. Specialized in free-standing photovoltaic structures.
Salt Water High LLC – Ojai, CA
Operations Manager, 02/2010 to 12/2012
Designing and implementing operations. The company is engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of eco-friendly surf products.
Art Clothing Company – Ojai, CA
Chief Financial Officer & Founder, 12/2005 to 12/2008
Manufacture and produce environmentally friendly clothing.
My Cellar – Bali, Indonesia
Partner, 12/2006 to 05/2007
Developed a consignment-based sales strategy in high-end luxury villas throughout Bali. Specifically oversaw the sales strategy, creation, and implementation of the business plan and supervised a staff of 7.
The Besant Hill School of Happy Valley – Ojai, CA
High School Teacher, 9/2004 to 6/2006 and 09/2008 to 06/2010
Physics, Pre-calculus, and Geometry.
Oak Grove School – Ojai, CA
High School Teacher and College Counselor, 09/2007 to 07/2008
Pre-Calculus and Cultural Geography.
Bali International School – Bali, Indonesia
Teacher, 11/2006 to 07/2007
High School and Junior High; Subjects: AP Physics, Information Technologies as part of the International Baccalaureate Curriculum, Consumer Mathematics, Algebra, Advanced Algebra, and Geometry.
Institute National de Fisica Nuclear – Italy
Researcher, 07/2003 to 10/2003
Designed a web-based MySQL data browser for the Fermi Gama Ray Space Telescope flight hardware and Tested Space Flight Qualification requirements for the project.
Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics – Santa Cruz, CA
Laboratory Assistant, 01/2003 to 06/2003
Performed NASA electric qualification programs on Polyswitch resettable fuses for the Fermi project.
Electronic Technician, 02/2002 to 01/2003
Designed and implemented experiments for the electrical testing of Fermi. Oversaw training programs for new lab assistants.
Student Technician, 06/2000 to 12/2000
Designed data-acquisition software for electrical tests in the GLAST project
Physics Demonstration Lab Assistant, 04/1999 to 06/1999
Prepared and Presented demonstrations to University Of California of Santa Cruz physics students.
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Research Assistant, 04/2001 to 10/2001
Searched for meteoroid dust streams in the AMOR data set, associated dust streams to parent comets, conducted tests to assist in thesis paper, A Search for Comet Meteoroid Dust Streams.