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Matthew J. Marino

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Matthew J. Marino is a partner in the Litigation department in the San Diego office of Allen Matkins. Matt's practice focuses primarily on business and real estate disputes, including: 

  • Business and contract matters; 
  • Construction matters, including construction defects, lien disputes and payment disputes; 
  • Condominium and homeowners' association disputes, including governance disputes, defect litigation and management, and membership disputes; 
  • Real estate purchase litigation, including buyer disputes and consumer fraud class actions; and 
  • Landlord/tenant disputes including tenant defaults, unlawful detainer, tenant use and lease disputes, and commercial and retail common interest association disputes.

In addition to these real estate and business matters, Matt has significant experience with gaming law and regulatory issues, including banking regulations and online wagering and sports betting issues.

Matt speaks regularly to clients and industry groups on the subject of lease defaults and unlawful detainers and the avoidance of pitfalls in the commercial unlawful detainer process. Matt also speaks regularly to industry and paralegal groups on the subject of proper citation and style in the California and federal courts.

Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Matt practiced law in Washington, D.C., where his practice focused on defense of government regulation and enforcement actions.


  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Board of Governors
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • International Association of Gaming Attorneys (IAGA)
  • American Inns of Court
  • California Asset Management Professionals, an industry networking and education group, Co-Founder
  • Princeton Club of San Diego, Member, Board of Directors


Matt received his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University in 1996 and his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999. During law school, Matt worked for one year as a judicial intern to the Honorable Brook Hedge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Fourth and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California