MATTHEW D. METZGER (“Matt”) focuses on bankruptcy, bankruptcy-specific litigation, and corporate reorganization. He has worked on numerous Chapter 11, Chapter 7, and Chapter 13 cases and has represented both debtors and creditors. Matt has represented numerous Chapter 11 Debtors and Debtors in Possession. Matt also has worked on restructuring complex financing structures both in and out of bankruptcy proceedings and has significant experience with the reorganization of intellectual property rights in the telecommunications sector. In addition, Matt has significant experience representing creditors on Chapter 11 Creditors Committees, including most recently In Re PowerWave Technologies (Nasdaq:PWAV) Case No. 13-10134 (MFW) filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware.
Prior to founding Belvedere Legal in 2008, Matt worked as a principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, where his civil caseload focused on securities, predatory and abusive lending practices, as well as consumer and investor fraud class actions. Prior to that position, Matt served as Deputy District Attorney in the Office of the District Attorney, County of San Joaquin. As a prosecutor, Matt tried criminal matters as well as civil cases under California’s Unfair Competition Law.
Matt is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum, the San Mateo County Bar Association, the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the Alameda County Bar Association.
From 2014-2017, Matt served a three-year term on the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. The Bench-Bar Liaison Committee serves as a forum in which the judges and the bar can work together to improve the quality of practice in Northern District of California and the manner in which court business is conducted.
Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, where he majored in comparative literature, in 1994, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Certificate in East Asian Studies. In 1995, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Japan. In 2000, he received a Master’s Degree from Stanford University in the field of comparative literature. In 2005, Matt received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Davis School of Law. He served as a research assistant to Professor Albert Lin on environmental law matters and as Executive Editor of U.C. Davis’s Journal of International Law and Policy. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Larry R. Weeks of the First Judicial District in Juneau, Alaska.
Matt is admitted to the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Alaska, the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is married to Dr. Neeta Jain and has two children.