Matthew Matiasevich was born in Santa Cruz, California, on March 19, 1967. He travelled with his family throughout Europe and Asia before receiving his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1989 and his Juris Doctor from the University of California at Davis in 1993.

After initially working on a wide variety of civil litigation matters both at the trial and appellate level, Mr. Matiasevich joined Evans, Latham & Campisi in 1997 and became a partner in 2003.

Mr. Matiasevich specializes in trust and estate litigation and has handled a wide variety of complicated matters in that area, including internal trust disputes, surcharge litigation, fiduciary defense, contest litigation, appellate matters, conservatorship matters, and third-party litigation to recover assets on behalf of a trust or estate. He has handled multi-jurisdictional disputes and has represented both corporate fiduciaries and professionals such as attorneys and accountants who serve in a fiduciary capacity.

He is active at the national level and is currently the chair of the Litigation, Ethics & Malpractice Group for the Trust and Estate Section of the American Bar Association. He previously served as the vice-chair of that group and as the chair of the Ethics and Malpractice Committee. He is also active at the state level, where he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Trust and Estates Section of the State Bar of California.

He has lectured on trust and estate litigation to numerous professional organizations at the national, state, and county levels, including the American Bar Association, the American Bankers Association, and the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning.  His programs include:

  • Expert Witnesses in Trust and Estate Litigation (January 11, 2012) 46th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning.
  • “What to Do When the Client Slips the Leash: Real-World Trust Litigation and Ethics, as You Hope You’ll Never Have to See Them” (May 7, 2010) ABA 21st Annual Spring Symposia.
  • Litigation Avoidance For The Tax Practitioner And Estate Planner, ABA Joint Fall Cle Meeting, Chicago, Illinois September 24-26, 2009.
  • “Protecting Your Own Assets —Understanding the Anatomy of a Malpractice Claim” (April 26-27, 2007) ABA 18th Annual Spring Symposia.

He has also written on trust and estate litigation. His publications include:

  • Chapter Author, California Trust and Probate Litigation (Cont. Ed. Bar 1999-2003) Appeals.
  •  Update Author, California Trust and Probate Litigation (Cont. Ed. Bar 2002-2008, 2010).
  • The Ethics Corner (September/October 2010) ABA, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Probate & Property Magazine.
  • Hogtying the Contumacious Beneficiary: The Disentitlement Doctrine in Estate and Trust Litigation (March/April 2007) ABA, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Probate & Property Magazine.