Matthew A. Klopp

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Practice Areas:

  • Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Appellate Litigation

  • Construction Litigation

  • Real Estate Litigation

  • Real Estate and Corporate Transactions

  • Professional Boards

After graduating cum laude from Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University, Matthew served as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Sheldon H. Weisberg (ret.), then the Chief Judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Subsequently, he worked as an associate at a well-known litigation firm in Phoenix. Matthew concentrated his practice on appellate matters and was responsible for the strategy and briefing at all levels of the state appellate courts, including the winning brief in a leading Arizona Supreme Court case interpreting a rule of civil procedure. He also participated in the prosecution and defense of a variety of disputes at the trial level involving real estate, construction, professional liability, commercial transactions, and business torts, which ranged in complexity from simple contractual breaches to defense of a multi-million dollar claim for defective design of a wastewater treatment plant. He also represented homeowners in disputes with their HOAs and was responsible for creating precedent that protects Arizona homeowners from some of the more egregious actions of HOA boards.

Since joining Wong & Carter, Matthew has built on those successes and continues to provide affordable solutions for businesses and individuals. He represents clients before federal and state courts throughout Arizona and before Arizona professional licensing/regulatory boards. His practice focuses on assisting businesses and individuals in resolving their problems while remaining conscious of the practical economic realities of his clients. Where possible, he seeks results without costly litigation–like the time he settled a $4.5 million claim against his client for just $5,000 and without years of litigation. He also tries to avoid disputes before they happen by applying the knowledge gained as a litigator in drafting real estate and corporate transaction documents for his clients.

Matthew's practice is the intersection of two of his favorite things – solving puzzles and helping the little guy.

Matthew previously served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Maricopa County Superior Court. Matthew is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has been named to the Southwest Rising Star list published by Superlawyers magazine (2012-2019). Matthew was also selected for inclusion in the 2013 list published by Arizona’s Finest Lawyers.

Education:

Arizona State University

  • Juris Doctor, Cum Laude (2004)

University of Arizona

  • Bachelor of Arts, English (2001)

State Bar Licensure:

  • Arizona (2004)

Federal Court Admissions:

  • United States District Court, District of Arizona (2009)

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2014)

Reported Decisions:

  • Tyman v. Hintz Concrete, Inc., 214 Ariz. 73, 148 P.3d 1146 (2006)

  • Dreamland Villa Community Club, Inc. v. Raimey, et al., 224 Ariz. 42, 226 P.3d 411 (App. 2010)

  • Wang Elec., Inc. v. Smoke Tree Resort, LLC, 640 Ariz.Adv.Rep. 15, 283 P.3d 45 (App. 2012)

  • Halt v. Gama ex rel. County of Maricopa, 238 Ariz. 352, 360 P.3d 148 (App. 2015)

Publications:

  • Constitutional Malfunction: Does the FCC’s Authority to Revoke a Broadcaster’s License Violate the First Amendment?, 13 CommLaw Conspectus 309 (2005)

  • Is a Non-Compete Clause Right for My Business?, AZ Small Business Magazine (April 2013)

  • How Should I Sign Contracts for My Small Business?, AZ Small Business Magazine (May 2013)

Professional Recognition and Awards:

  • Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court

  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell

  • Listed, Superlawyers magazine, Southwest Super Lawyers, "Rising Star" (2012-2019)

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