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MATT BLANCO, BFA.

FORENSIC VIDEOGRAPHER

Matt’s extensive experience in graphic design and photography makes him a valuable asset to the MLG creative team. With a background of over 10 years, Matt has worked with clients of all types and sizes in achieving their artistic vision. He has a proven track record of delivering outstanding results and is fueled by a passion for utilizing data-driven insights to enhance design strategies.


Matt leverages his profound understanding of graphic design, photography, and visual communication to help spearhead captivating and effective marketing campaigns. His expertise encompasses a wide array of areas, including branding, print design, digital design, photo editing, and visual storytelling.


Collaborative and efficient, Matt is highly regarded for his ability to thrive within a team environment. He recognizes the significance of cultivating strong relationships with clients and colleagues.

JONATHAN MICHAEL'S NOTABLE CASES

ZF-TRW Airbag Control Unit

Automakers Kia, Hyundai, and FCA (Fiat-Chrysler) recalled approximately 12.3 million vehicles due to faulty airbag control units (ACU), which posed the risk failing to engage the airbags in the event of a collision. The same defect is also linked to Toyota, Acura, Honda, Mitsubishi, Porsche, and Volkswagen vehicles. 

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HONORS & AWARDS

PROFESSIONAL

  • California State Bar – Admitted

  • Colorado State Bar – Admitted

  • Michigan State Bar – Admitted

  • U.S. Supreme Court – Admitted

  • 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals – Admitted

  • 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals – Admitted

  • Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals – Admitted

  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California – Admitted

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California – Admitted

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California – Admitted

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California – Admitted

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan – Admitted

  • U.S. District Court, Federal Circuit – Admitted

  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society – Member

  • Super Lawyers – Member and Blue Ribbon Panelist

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers – Board of Directors

  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association – Board of Directors

  • Robert A. Banyard Inn of Court – Member

  • American Bar Association – Member

  • Orange County Bar Association – Masters Division

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association – Member

  • Young Entrepreneur’s Organization – President, OC Chapter

  • Young Entrepreneur’s Organization – Membership Chair, OC Chapter

  • Young Entrepreneur’s Organization – Events Chair, OC Chapter

  • Consumer Attorneys of California – Board of Directors

  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles – Member

  • American Association for Justice – Member

  • America’s Top 100 – Member

  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 – Member

  • Attorney Information Exchange Group – Member

  • Gerry Spence Method – Graduate

  • Best Lawyers – Member

  • Western Trial Lawyers Association – Member

ACADEMIC

  • USC Marshall Partners – Chairman, OC Chapter

  • USC Marshall Partners – Executive Committee

  • USC Marshall Alumni Association – Member

  • USC-Harvard Business Conference – Committee Chair

  • Whittier Law School – Dean’s Council

AUTOMOTIVE

  • National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards – Member

  • Motor Press Guild – Member

  • National Association of Dealer Counsel – Member

  • California New Car Dealers Assn. – Member

  • Orange County Automobile Dealers Assn. – Member

  • Southland Motor Car Dealers Assn. – Member

  • Specialty Equipment Manufacturer Assn. – Member

  • Checkered Flag 200 – Member

  • Historic Motor Sports Assn. – Member

PHILANTHROPIC

  • Child Guidance Center – Board of Directors

  • Orangewood Foundation – Humanitarian Award

  • Segerstrom Center – Circle Council

  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities – Honorary Member

  • MLG Legal Empowerment Grant – Founder

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • National Association of Dealer Counsel – Speaker

  • California New Motor Vehicle Board – Speaker

  • Motor Press Guild – Speaker

  • Vistage – Speaker

  • Young Entrepreneur’s Organization – Speaker

  • Consumer Attorneys of California – Speaker

  • Trial Lawyers University – Speaker

  • USC Marshall School of Business – Guest lecturer

  • Pepperdine School of Business – Guest lecturer

  • Whittier Law School – Guest lecturer

  • Chapman Law School – Guest lecturer

AUTOMOTIVE 101

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SCHOLARLY WRITINGS

  • 9/18/18– LADJ Article, “Chapter 11, Here We Come”

  • 8/14/18– LADJ Article, “All Things 100”

  • 7/19/18– LADJ Article, “Investor’s Paradise”

  • 6/19/18– LADJ Article, “Driving to Recessionary Times”

  • 5/15/18– LADJ Article, “The Long And The Short Of It”

  • 4/24/18– LADJ Article, “A Development in Progress”

  • 3/13/18– LADJ Article, “A Bit More Than A Coin”

  • 2/13/18– LADJ Article, “The Future of Privacy”

  • 1/9/18– LADJ Article, “Electrifying!”

  • 12/6/17– LADJ Article, “Will They Make the Turn?”

  • 11/8/17– LADJ Article, “It’s Harder Than It Looks”

  • 10/10/17– LADJ Article, “When Will They Stop?”

  • 9/6/17– LADJ Article, “Autonomous Fear”

  • 8/1/17 – LADJ Article, “The Truth About Lithium”

  • 7/7/17 – LADJ Article, “Selling Cars in Tomorrowland”

  • 6/6/17 – LADJ Article, “Oh, Snap!”

  • 5/2/17 – LADJ Article, “Phantom Stock”

  • 4/4/17 – LADJ Article, “Generation Next”

  • 3/14/17 – LADJ Article, “Drive it Like You Stole It”

  • 2/8/17 – LADJ Article, “Mexican Standoff”

  • 1/4/17 – LADJ Article, “Automobile Weaponry”

  • 12/6/16 – LADJ Article, “Public Enemy No. 1: Texting and Driving”

  • 11/1/16 – LADJ Article, “The Next Four Years”

  • 10/5/16 – LADJ Article, “Formulas One’s $8 Billion Deal”

  • 9/8/16 – LADJ Article, “The Exporting Enigma”

  • 8/2/16 – LADJ Article, “The Brazilian Nightmare”

  • 7/12/16 – LADJ Article, “Britian’s Exit and the Auto Industry”

  • 6/14/16 – LADJ Article, “Airbag Recall Understood”

  • 5/3/16 – LADJ Article, “NY’s Response to Texting and Driving”

  • 4/5/16 – LADJ Article, “Autonomous Cars Have Finally Arrived”

  • 3/8/16 – LADJ Article, “EPA’s Slams the Door on High Performance”

  • 2/4/16 – LADJ Article, “Oil’s New Economy”

  • 1/6/16 – LADJ Article, “What Will Become of Us?”

  • 12/1/15 – LADJ Article, “The Harder They Fall”

  • 11/4/15 – LADJ Article, “Generation Forward”

  • 10/7/15 – LADJ Article, “When Will They Stop?”

  • 9/1/15 – LADJ Article, “Gold Rush”

  • 8/5/15 – LADJ Article, “Chrysler’s Redord-Breaking Fine Not Nearly Enough”

  • 7/8/15 – LADJ Article, “Uber’s Worst Nightmare”

  • 6/3/15 – LADJ Article, “War Crimes”

  • 5/5/15 – LADJ Article, “The Tragedy of Progress”

  • 4/8/15 – LADJ Article, “Paul Walker, Concluded”

  • 3/3/15 – LADJ Article, “Getting It Right”

  • 2/4/15 – LADJ Article, “Swimming in a Sea of Oil”

  • 1/6/15 – LADJ Article, “An Uber Mess”

  • 12/2/14 – LADJ Article, “Year of the Snake”

  • 11/11/14 – LADJ Article, “A Failed System”

  • 10/7/14 – LADJ Article, “Twenty Years Out”

  • 9/4/14 – LADJ Article, “The Shocking Truth”

  • 8/6/14 – LADJ Article, “There’s No Honor in the System”

  • 7/8/14 – LADJ Article, “The Company Without a Soul”

  • 6/3/14 – LADJ Article, “Moments of Atrocity”

  • 5/8/14 – LADJ Article, “Tesla’s Federal Showdown”

  • 4/1/14 – LADJ Article, “GM’s Day of Reckoning

  • 3/4/14 – LADJ Article, “What Evil That Men Do”

  • 2/4/14 – LADJ Article, “Rock Bottom”

  • 1/7/14 – LADJ Article, “Success Redefined”

  • 12/4/13 – LADJ Article, “Life Interrupted”

  • 11/5/13 – LADJ Article, “Dodging a Bullet”

  • 10/1/13 – LADJ Article, “Head Rush”

  • 9/4/13 – LADJ Article, “Pop the Champagne”

  • 8/6/13 – LADJ Article, “The Deadliest Weapon”

  • 7/2/13 – LADJ Article, “So You Think You’re Safe”

  • 6/4/13 – LADJ Article, “Eliminating All Doubt”

  • 5/7/13 – LADJ Article, “The Fallen Angel”

  • 4/2/13 – LADJ Article, “The Root of All Evil”

  • 3/6/13 – LADJ Article, “Chasing the Seven Percent”

  • 2/5/13 – LADJ Article, “The Electric Car Myth”

  • 1/8/13 – LADJ Article, “Chrysler Dealers Bring Suit Against U.S. for the Fifth Amendment”

  • 12/4/12 – LADJ Article, “Oh, What A Tangled Web We Weave”

  • 11/2/12 – LADJ Article, “Obama and the Automotive Industry”

  • 10/3/12 – LADJ Article, “Could GM Be At It Again?”

  • 9/5/12 – LADJ Article, “Market Forces Challenge Electric Car Industry”

  • 8/7/12 – LADJ Article, “The Grand Ol’ Plan”

  • 7/3/12 – LADJ Article, “Theft, Hiding and Restitution.”

  • 6/6/12 – LADJ Article, “Chrysler Dealers Get Rejected Once Again”

  • 5/1/12 – LADJ Article, “An Industry Lost”

  • 4/3/12 – LADJ Article, “The Love of All Things Ferrari”

  • 3/6/12 – LADJ Article, “Fisker’s Power Outage”

  • 2/7/12 – LADJ Article, “Porche’s Billion Dollar Blunder”

  • 1/5/12 – LADJ Article, “Up in Smoke”

  • 12/6/11 – LADJ Article, “Spend it Like You Got It”

  • 11/1/11 – LADJ Article, “Basking in the Ferrari Sun”

  • 10/4/11 – LADJ Article, “The Pain is Far From Over”

  • 9/6/11 – LADJ Article, “Troubles with the New Fuel Regulations Sure to Come”

  • 8/8/11 – LADJ Article, “The $1 Million Question”

  • 7/5/11 – LADJ Article, “Will the Real Team Lotus Please Stand Up”

  • 6/7/11 – LADJ Article, “Winning at All Costs”

  • 5/3/11 – LADJ Article, “How Soon We Forget”

  • 4/4/11 – LADJ Article, “Will Oil Become Extinct?”

  • 3/7/11 – LADJ Article, “How Many More Have to Die”

  • 2/8/11 – LADJ Article, “Do it for the Kids”

  • 1/12/11 – LADJ Article, “Ethanol Still Ablaze”

  • 12/6/10 – LADJ Article, “The Dirty Little Secret”

  • 11/4/10 – LADJ Article, “The Killing Fields”

  • 10/8/10 – LADJ Article, “Ghost in the Machine”

  • 9/7/10 – LADJ Article, “Electric Shock”

  • 8/2/10 – LADJ Article, “Somebody Tell Them the Party’s Over”

  • 7/6/10 – LADJ Article, “Tesla Business Model: Brilliance or Impending Disaster?”

  • 5/13/10 – LADJ Article, “Auto Dealers Beware: Big Brother is Looming”

  • 2/10/10 – LADJ Article, “The Appropriateness of Toyota’s Gas Pedal Recall”

  • 1994 – Whittier Law Review, “The U.S. Constitution and the Texas Death Penalty”

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Education

  • Bachelor of Fine Art In Photography California State University, Fullerton

  • Bachelor of Fine Art In Graphic Design California State University, Fullerton









Certifications & Memberships

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity?”

Albert Einstein

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