Paul A. Matiasic

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Matiasic & Johnson LLP
 | 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 3085
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-675-1089
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Italian
Attorney Profile

Attorney Paul A. Matiasic is a partner at Matiasic & Johnson, LLP, in San Francisco, California. Mr. Matiasic devotes his practice to personal injury and wrongful death matters, representing clients in the San Francisco area and throughout California. He has handled cases involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, product liability and more and has secured substantial verdicts and settlements for his clients.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University, Mr. Matiasic earned his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law where he was a member of the Dean’s List. He also attended the University of Oxford, studying European Union and international law. He has been admitted to practice in the state of California since 2003.

Because of his knowledge and skill in the legal realm, Mr. Matiasic has been featured in publications including the East Bay Times, the Fresno Bee, the Mercury News, Marin Independent Journal and various other television and radio stations in the San Francisco area. Additional recognition that Mr. Matiasic has received includes being named to the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” and “Top 40 Under 40” lists. He is also a lifetime charter member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America.

In addition to his law practice, Mr. Matiasic is actively involved in a number of professional organizations. He belongs to the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California and the State Bar of California. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and serves on the organization’s advisory committee.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (80%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Products: Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2017 Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013

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About Paul Matiasic

Admitted: 2003, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.mjlawoffice.com/Our-Attorneys.aspx

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Top 1%, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of California, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2015
  • Premier 100 Trial Attorneys, American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40, National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers, 2015
  • Best Attorney-Lifetime Charter Member, Rue Ratings, 2015
  • Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Top Attorneys, Northern California's Outstanding Young Lawyers, American Registry, 2011
  • Nominated as a Best Lawyer in San Francisco by LegalForce Media Publications, 2008
  • Madison’s Who’s Who
  • Northern California Rising Stars℠, Super Lawyers®
  • Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2014 and 2015
  • Recognized in Madison Who's Who Amongst  Industry Leaders, Madison Who's Who

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, State Bar of California
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Italian American Lawyers Association
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association Advisory Committee
  • American Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer, Union Rescue Mission Legal Clinic

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Paul recently obtained a confidential high six-figure wrongful death settlement in a medical malpractice case stemming from the untimely death of a 21-year-old SJSU graduate.  This complex case was vigorously defended and involved four discrete defendants. , 2015
  • Paul obtained a settlement worth north of $2,000,000 on the third day after the scheduled beginning of a trial involving the sexual abuse of a student at the hands of her elementary school teacher.  The school district Defendant denied liability on the basis that it did not have the requisite actual knowledge of the teacher's propensity to engage in abuse and argued that the abuse Plaintiff suffered was relative minor in nature.  Paul was able to prove that the school district had actual knowledge of the teacher's propensities to engage in abuse and that the abuse Plaintiff suffered was much more substantial than admitted to by the district., 2014
  • Paul procured a $1,457,500 settlement in a case involving a collision between a SUV and motorcyclist in the City of Woodland located in Yolo County.  The complex case involved multiple Defendants each of whom denied liability.  Paul was able to demonstrate that a roadway sign installed as part of the development of residential subdivision adjacent to the roadway was placed at an incorrect height.  The height of the signage created a visibility obstruction leading to the collision and Plaintiff's catastrophic injuries.  , 2014
  • Paul obtained a $1,120,000 settlement a mere couple of days before the commencement of trial in a vigorously defended motor vehicle negligence and dangerous condition of public property case.  The case arose out of the tragic wrongful death of a 12-year-old girl who was riding her bicycle home from school at the time she was struck by a SUV.  The traffic collision report concluded that the bicyclist was primarily at fault in the collision.  After conducting a substantial amount of discovery, Paul and his team of forensic experts were able to conclusively prove that the traffic collision report was erroneous and that the negligence of the SUV driver combined with the dangerous condition of the roadway led to the collision. , 2014
  • Paul successfully represented a 21-year-old SCU student who was injured at the hands of a high school friend during a chace encounter while visiting friends in Chico.  The confidential six-figure settlement was obtained on the brink of trial., 2013
  • Paul procured a confidential six-figure settlement on the eve of trial on behalf of the family of a 21-year-old UC Santa Cruz who was tragically killed riding home from class.  The expert-intensive products liability case involved one of the largest manufacturers of bicycle related equipment in the world., 2013
  • In 2013, Paul obtained what is believed to be only the second Plaintiff's verdict in a personal injury case in a particular rural county over the last nine years.  Prior to trial, the Defendant offer a paltry sum and repeatedly told the Plaintiffs that the jury would return a defense verdict. The Plaintiff's verdict rendered eclipsed the CCP 998 Offer to Compromise served by Plaintiffs prior to trial.  Accordingly, Plaintiffs were also able to recover expert witness fees and costs in additional to those awarded to a prevailing party.  , 2013
  • In 2011, Mr. Matiasic obtained what is believed to be the highest wrongful death verdict in the history of Madera County.  Specifically, following a five-week-long dangerous condition of public property trial, a Madera County jury awarded Mr. Matiasic's clients over $2,000,000 in finding that a portion of State Route 41 consituted a dangerous condition of public property.  The State of California, by and through the Department of Transportation, vigorously defended the case at trial.   Mr. Matiasic also procured large confidential six figure settlements in two complex medical malpractice matters, one of which involved the wrongful death of man with severe complications from diabetes and congestive heart failure., 2011
  • Mr. Matiasic secured a $250,000 settlement for his client on the eve of trial in a motor vehiucle case involving an accident on Highway 10 in Southern California.  Defendant mounted a strong defense and argued that Plaintiff received no treatment at the scene of the accident and first sought medical attention for his maladies several weeks later upon his return home to Utah., 2011
  • Lead counsel in obtaining a $2.95 million settlement in a motorcycle versus automobile accident in San Luis Obispo County (Womack v. Carroll). Procured a large, confidential settlement in a complex products liability action involving the wrongful death of a 28-year-old ironworker. (Patterson v. Allied) Obtained a $200,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case filed in San Mateo County (Jane Doe v. Doe Urgent Care Facility). Secured a $200,000 settlement in a premises liability case in Marin County (Tyson v. Miller). Obtained a confidential six-figure settlement in a wrongdul death Kaiser arbitration (Confidential Daughters v. Kaiser).Obtained a confidential six-figure settlement against an international software company for fraud and breach of contract (Confidential v. Confidential)., 2010

Representative Clients:

  • Recently quoted in a Contra Costa Times article in which Mr. Matiasic's clients were dismissed by way of a successful dispositive motion from a complex case involving a religious institution in the East Bay, 2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Paul was interviewd on KTVU-Channel 2 and quoted in several newspapers and radio outlets related to his work in several high-profile cases implicating the public interest., 2014
  • Mr. Matiasic secured the Dismissal of Separarte Lawsuits against two religious entities on the basis that the claims infringed upon his clients' First Amendment rights. , 2011
  • Obtained a Writ of Mandate from the First District Court of Appeal in a complex case involving First Amendment and Equal Protection Rights. (Mary Doe v. The United Methodist Church et al.)

Educational Background:

  • Oxford University, International and European Union Law
  • Santa Clara University

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Of California
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • St. Thomas More Society Of San Francisco
  • Office Location for Paul A. Matiasic

    44 Montgomery Street
    Suite 3085
    San Francisco, CA 94104

    Phone: 415-675-1089

     

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