Matthew R. Lopez

Phone (949) 737-1501
Fax (949) 737-1504


Matthew Lopez has been a member of Lopez McHugh since 2009. Mr. Lopez has handled numerous cases involving a wide variety of medical issues, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical negligence, dental negligence, birth injury, elder abuse, toxic chemical exposure, and other personal injury and wrongful death actions. His compassionate and genuine nature enables him to effectively communicate with clients from all walks of life. Mr. Lopez exhibits a steadfast and dedicated approach to fighting for justice for his clients.

In 2003, Mr. Lopez graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In anticipation of a legal practice involving science and medicine, Mr. Lopez also attained a minor degree in Biological Sciences.

In 2008, Mr. Lopez received his Juris Doctorate from Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law with CALI “Excellent Achievement” awards in Legal Writing Skills and Remedies. While obtaining his law degree, Mr. Lopez interned for the Elder Law Clinic providing free legal assistance to the elderly. On one occasion, he successfully appealed through written and oral argument one client’s denial of disability benefits from Social Security.

From inception through trial, Mr. Lopez is experienced in successfully handling complex medical negligence cases. He has gone to trial for clients on such issues including failure to diagnose, failure to provide informed consent, and failure to properly perform certain procedures. Mr. Lopez has a fervent desire to try cases. In 2016, Mr. Lopez worked with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for three months where he exclusively conducted preliminary hearings and jury trials as part of a Trial Advocacy Program for qualified civil attorneys.

Lopez McHugh has a nationally-recognized pharmaceutical and medical-device mass tort practice, in which Mr. Lopez plays an integral part. He has represented and helped achieve recoveries on behalf of hundreds of patients who have been injured by defective drugs and medical devices. Mr. Lopez participates in all facets of mass tort litigation for the firm, but his passions are working directly with clients, overseeing case-specific discovery, trial preparation and strategy, and implementing the liability and causation evidence to each individual case.

Mr. Lopez is admitted to practice before all of the courts of the State of California, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, the U.S. District Court for Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), and the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). Mr. Lopez has been listed by Thomas Reuters’ Super Lawyers publication as a Super Lawyers Rising Star each year since 2013 and was named to the Best Lawyers in America for mass tort litigation and class actions for 2018.

Matt was born and raised in Newport Beach, around the local beach town culture that his grandparents, mother, and three uncles (having grown up on Lido Isle in the 60s) helped pioneer. Matt has always loved being active and outdoors, and is passionate about the ocean, nature, and wildlife. Throughout his life, Matt has participated in competitive sports. To this day, he plays in a recreational soccer league in San Clemente. Matt is also an avid guitarist who taught himself to play at a young age. Most of all, Matt enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and colleague, Amorina, their two boys, and golden retriever, Mowgli.

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At A Glance


State of California

US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

US District Court, Central District of California

US District Court, Eastern District of California

US District Court, Northern District of California

US District Court, Southern District of California

US District Court, District of Colorado


Juris Doctorate
Chapman University
Dale E. Fowler School of Law

B.S., Business Administration
University of Colorado, Boulder

Key Practice Areas

Defective Medical Devices
Defective Drugs
Medical Negligence
Product Liability
Premises Liability
Personal Injury


American Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association

Consumer Attorneys of California

American Association for Justice