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Matthew Dirkes


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Tel (415) 500 6477


University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, J.D.
Moot Court Honors Program

University of California, Berkeley, B.A.
Phi Beta Kappa

Prior Experience

Riordan & Horgan
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass
United States District Court, Northern District California

Bar Admissions

California bar

U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Central Districts of California

Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits

Matt’s practice centers on criminal defense. He has represented clients accused of federal crimes at all stages of the proceedings, including pre-indictment, at trial, during sentencing, on appeal, and in post-conviction collateral attacks.  Representative federal cases include drug and gun possession, obstruction of justice, securities and mail fraud, economic espionage, and RICO (the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act).

Matt has also represented clients in post-trial criminal proceedings in California state court, including on new trial motions, direct appeals, and habeas petitions.

In addition to his criminal practice, Matt also represents individuals in complex civil proceedings, including SEC investigations.

Matt has argued in both the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Court of Appeal.  After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, he clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Before focusing on criminal defense, Matt spent four years at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, where his practice consisted primarily of complex commercial litigation.  He also maintained an active pro bono practice, which included arguing Gutierrez v. Holder, 662 F.3d 1083 (9th Cir. 2011), an immigration matter involving an issue of first impression in the Ninth Circuit.

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