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Matthew Stidham

Partner

Matthew Stidham manages the litigation team at The Legacy Lawyers while also supervising and overseeing the strategic direction of high-conflict probate litigation areas including: 

  • Beneficiary Representation 
  • Elder Abuse matters
  • Trustee removal and Trustee defense matters
  • Contested Trusts and Wills
  • Contested Conservatorships and Guardianships

He is a skilled and aggressive litigator with extensive trial experience and admitted to practice in both state and federal court in California. He has prevailed at trial on elder abuse matters including restraining orders, contested conservatorship proceedings, contested accountings, and trustee removal litigation. Matthew has significant experience in civil discovery as well as in depositions, law and motion hearings, and restraining order matters. 

Prior to his employment with The Legacy lawyers, he worked for the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. as a law clerk in the Violent Crime and Narcotics Division, and gained valuable experience working on numerous murder trials as a law clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in the Hardcore Gangs Division. Matthew also worked as a judicial extern for Judge William Ryan in Los Angeles Superior Court. While in that position, he drafted Judge Ryan’s decision to deny parole for notorious “Manson Family” murderer, Leslie Van Houten. 

In addition, Matthew is passionate about special education law, and volunteered at Lanterman Regional Center in Los Angeles where he provided free legal services as an advocate to low-income families. These services provided much needed assistance to families obtaining proper accommodations for children with disabilities. This experience largely helped shape Matthew’s approach to Conservatorship and Guardianship matters with the goals of the family always maintained as the most important and highest priority. 

Currently, Matthew lives in Redondo Beach, California, and has two children: his son, Ulysses (“Sly”), and his daughter, NeoJeanne (“NJ”). When he’s not working on client cases or managing the litigation team, he enjoys spending time with his children, pursuing fitness goals, watching sports (Go Bruins!), reading, and maintaining a casual focus on sports card collecting. 

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), B.A. in History with Departmental Honors

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Admission: California
  • Bar Admission: United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • Member: California Lawyers Association, Trusts and Estates Section 
  • Member: Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member: Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Member: The Federalist Society

Honors

  • Super Lawyers of Southern California, “Rising Stars” 2022–2024 (top 2.5% of attorneys in the practice area)

CALI (Excellence for the Future) Awards:

  • State Constitutional Law (2017)
  • Juvenile Rights (2016)
  • Carey McWilliams Award (2014) – UCLA
  • Scholarly Distinction for Honors History Thesis

Office Location of Service

  • Torrance, CA
  • Los Angeles County, CA
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