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Matthew P. Guichard

Founder and Senior Partner

Matthew P. Guichard is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and founder of Guichard, Teng, Portillo & Garrett. With offices in Walnut Creek and San Francisco, the firm has served clients in Northern California since 1994.

Mr. Guichard specializes in general civil litigation and trial work, with a special emphasis on catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, victims of sexual molestation and sexual assaults, nursing home care, and  victims of elder abuse.

Mr. Guichard regularly serves as the Hearing Officer in Coroner’s Inquests through out the State of California. He serves as a State Bar Fee Arbitrator. He is a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. He is the Chair of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce &  Visitors Bureau. He is the Vice Chair of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Advisory Fire Commission. He is a member of the Walnut Creek Community Emergency response Team (CERT). He is a member of the “100 Club” of Contra Costa County. He is a former President of the Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court. He is a former Board Member of the Rotary Club of Walnut Creek, former Board Member of Yours Humanly, former Board Member of Youth Homes and a  former Board Member of Child Assault Prevention.

Mr. Guichard is admitted to practice in the State of California, the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all United States District Courts in California. He earned his J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. After earnings his J.D. he earned a Certificate in Advanced International Legal Studies at Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria. He then joined the Danish law firm of Lars Christensen, Kyed & Partners in Odense, Denmark where his practice focused on international license agreements.

Upon returning from Denmark, Mr. Guichard served as a deputy District Attorney in Contra Costa County, California. During his seven year career as a Deputy District Attorney, Mr. Guichard managed the homicide and sexual assault teams. He has a lifetime Community College Teaching Credential, and taught for a number of years at  Los Medanos Community College.

In 1990 Mr. Guichard joined the San Francisco Office of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn, Bentley, Wagner & Kane, where his practice focused on general civil litigation. In 1993 he opened and managed the firm’s Sacramento office.

In 1996 Mr. Guichard formed his own law firm which today is Guichard, Teng, Portillo & Garrett.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Guichard was a regular lecturer for the State Bar and University of California CEB Program. He  authors  the popular “Civil Jury Verdicts” and “Bar Soap” columns in the monthly Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine. Mr. Guichard is a licensed “Ham” radio operator. For years he has coached youth sports.

Prior to obtaining his law degree, Mr. Guichard spent a number of years employed by major publishing companies in the United States with a focus on marketing and public relations.

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  • California, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court Education
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria Certificate, Advanced International Legal Studies
  • American Trial Lawyers
  • International Bar Association
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • St. Thomas Moore Society
  • Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court
  • Contra Costa County, Former State Bar Delegate
  • American Cancer Society Daffodil Days, Former Chairman
  • Child Assault Prevention of Contra Costa County, Former Board Member
  • Youth Homes, Inc., Former Board Member
  • Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Chair
  • Rotary, Walnut Creek
  • Leadership Contra Costa, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
  • Ropers, Majeski, Kohn, Bentley, Wagner & Kane
  • Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office
  • Lars Christensen, Kyed & Partners, Odense, Denmark
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  • California, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court Education
  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, CA Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria Certificate, Advanced International Legal Studies
  • American Trial Lawyers
  • International Bar Association
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • St. Thomas Moore Society
  • Robert G. McGrath American Inn of Court
  • Contra Costa County, Former State Bar Delegate
  • American Cancer Society Daffodil Days, Former Chairman
  • Child Assault Prevention of Contra Costa County, Former Board Member
  • Youth Homes, Inc., Former Board Member
  • Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Chair
  • Rotary, Walnut Creek
  • Leadership Contra Costa, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
  • Ropers, Majeski, Kohn, Bentley, Wagner & Kane
  • Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office
  • Lars Christensen, Kyed & Partners, Odense, Denmark

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