Matthew A. Lopes Jr.
Matthew A. Lopes Jr.
Matthew A. Lopes Jr. is a Partner with Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC and serves as a Special Master for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, overseeing prison reform and compliance. In his practice as a Special Master, Mr. Lopes often confronts complex constitutional law issues relating to the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As a Special Master, he has assisted in the implementation of mandatory mental health screening, and the diagnosis and treatment of prisoners throughout the California prison system. Mr. Lopes is a frequent lecturer on the subject of prison reform.
In addition to his practice as a Special Master, Mr. Lopes leads the firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution and Government & Legislative Strategies Teams. He has over 20 years of government affairs and legislative advocacy experience. Mr. Lopes possesses a unique blend of legal and analytical skills, which he employs on a daily basis as a government relations expert and Special Master. He combines legal expertise with a common sense approach to problem-solving and has a loyal and long-standing client base in the government relations area of his practice which includes representing clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to closely held businesses, including the industries of health care, telecommunications, transportation, pharmaceuticals and national nonprofit agencies.
Mr. Lopes earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island.
Areas of Practice
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Government & Legislative Strategies
- Special Masterships
- Rhode Island, 1988
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- J.D. - 1987
- Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
- A.B. - 1984
Honors and Awards
- Casque and Gauntlet Sr. Honor Society
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Rhode Island Bar Association
Pro Bono Activities
- Harmony Hill Advisory Board
- Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
- East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
- Northern RI Chamber of Commerce
- Alpha Phi Alpha