Attorney Matthew Bishop attended Vintage High School, graduating in 1976. After high school, Matt enrolled at Napa Valley College, where he was privileged to serve as a research assistant to Rabbi Leo Trepp. Upon graduation from Napa Valley College with honors, Matt transferred to San Francisco State University, graduating magna cum laude.
While attending law school at Golden Gate University, Matt became a summer law clerk for the Napa County Superior Court. In this position, he met J. Clinton Peterson of the prestigious firm of Kilpatrick and Peterson in Vallejo, California. Matt earned a full-time law clerk position at Kilpatrick and Peterson and transferred to Empire College School of Law, where he attended night classes while working full time for Kilpatrick and Peterson.
After passing the bar exam on his first attempt, Matt became an associate at Kilpatrick, Kays & Daniels. In 1991, he opened the Law Offices of Matthew C. Bishop, Inc., where he has practiced law ever since. For his entire career, Matt has devoted himself to representing individuals fighting against the government, corporations and local power brokers. Matt believes in the jury system to right wrongs and to help people find their voice where otherwise they are intimidated into silence.
While many of his cases are resolved prior to trial, he has found that thorough preparation is the key to getting results. For instance, Matt regularly conducts mock trials, working with retired court personnel and others, to identify the strengths and possible weaknesses in his clients' cases. He frequently works with recognized experts to prove the other party's liability and to establish his client's damages. You have only one chance to make a strong impression to a jury, and he will do everything he can to make the most of it.
Areas of Practice
Civil Litigation Criminal Litigation Criminal Law Criminal Law - Federal (White Collar Crime) DUI/DWI Domestic Violence & Neglect Drug Violations Family Law - Divorce & Adoption Elder Abuse Litigation Real Estate
A Trial Lawyer Committed To Delivering Exceptional Client Service
With a bedside manner often described as gruff and direct, Matt goes through a metamorphosis in the courtroom. Friend and foe alike agree that his ability with a civil or criminal jury is renowned and unparalleled locally. The Napa County courts and others in the Napa legal community know Matt for his intense trial preparation and zealous representation of clients with addiction and substance abuse issues. In 1995, Matt attended the Betty Ford Center. Having personally experienced alcohol addiction, he has used his recovery journey to assist clients who have both substance abuse and legal issues.
Outside his practice, Matt is a Gold Card holder in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, team roping at a Senior Professional level. Matt treasures his free time with the love of his life, Janine, and their canine and equine companions, Jimmy, Dexter, Otis and Jake, and "Black Jack" Bishop, Janine's faithful goat. Some mornings, "Black Jack" can be spotted in the back seat of Janine's red Jaguar, going through the drive up window at the local Starbucks.