Matt Conant

phone: 510-433-2600
fax: 510-433-2699


Bar Admissions:

California, 1980

U.S. District Court:

» Northern District of California

» Eastern District of California


Hastings College of the Law

University of California, San Francisco

Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1980

University of California, San Diego

Bachelor of Arts, 1976

Firm Founding partner, Matt Conant, retired from the firm in 2018.  His practice included the defense of product liability, general liability and professional liability claims. He has defended numerous industrial and consumer product cases, and he has supervised litigation in the western United States for nationally recognized clients in the transportation and hospitality industries.

Mr. Conant has extensive jury trial experience throughout Northern California, and he is a ten-year member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. Conant has successfuly defended catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims on behalf of regional and national clients as well as various public entities. His practice has included the representation of designers and manufacturers of various consumer and industrial products including automobiles, conveyor systems, food processing equipment, agricultural machinery, and home appliances.

Mr. Conant also devotes a considerable portion of his practice to representation of clients in the school bus, ambulance, public transit, and hospitality industries. In construction-related litigation, Mr. Conant has represented civil engineers, architects, developers and contractors in connection with construction defect and property damage claims.

Areas of Practice:

Products Liability Claims

General Liability Claims

Professional Liability Claims

Wrongful Death

Representative Cases:

» Osborne v. Subaru of America, Inc., 198 Ca. App. 3d 646 (1988)

» Rossmoor v. UDC Homes (1986)

» Bird-Eye Security v. Henningson, Durham & Richardson (1991)

» 360 – 22nd Street Associates v. Martin (1994)

» Guzman v. Marriott International, Inc. (1994)

» Kleiner v. Tool Land, Inc. (1997)

» Kortum v. Ace Hardware, Inc. (2001)

» Rogers v. International Management Group (2007)

» Del Barba v. American Medical Response, Inc. (2008)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Board of Trial Advocates

Associate (2003)

American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow (2012)

State Bar of California


Alameda County Bar Association


Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California


Contra Costa Superior Court


Past Employment Positions:

Hardin, Cook, Loper, Engel & Bergez

Partner, 1985 – 1999

Associate, 1980 – 1985