CHRIS MATTHESASSOCIATE ATTORNEY
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Mr. Matthes, Associate Attorney, represents self-insured employers, insurance carriers and public entities in all aspects of workers’ compensation. He also supports the firm’s employment and audit defense divisions. He develops legal strategy for discovery, investigation, conferences and trials. He analyzes medical reporting and complex medical records, and resolves lien issues.
Before joining Michael Sullivan & Associates, he practiced civil law at Campagne & Campagne in Fresno, litigating claims in labor, employment, real property and agricultural law. He published a seminal article on the latter topic for the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review shortly before joining MS&A. He also defended business owners and employers in wage-and-hour claims, and was involved in estate planning, corporate formation and secured transactions. Before passing the bar exam, Mr. Matthes was a Law Clerk at the firm, conducting research, drafting documents and appearing at hearings, trials and settlement conferences. Mr. Matthes also served as a Law Clerk at the Law Office of William F. Hancock Jr. in Fresno.
Before embarking on a legal career, Mr. Matthes worked as a translator and teacher of German, taught English as a second language and served as a legal editor.
Mr. Matthes received his Juris Doctor degree from the San Joaquin College of Law in Clovis, where he received a Student Bar Association Academic Scholarship, and was a semi-finalist as Best Oral Advocate in the George A. Hopper Moot Court Competition. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of California, Davis, where he received an Award for Excellence from the Department of German, and was a member of the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha.
Mr. Matthes is fluent in written and spoken German, and is conversational in Spanish, Korean and Japanese.