Our Lawyers

 

Unique to Matonich Law is the compassion, diligence, and expertise with which we approach each case. Our firm ranks client welfare above all else, ensuring a highly personalized level of professionalism. Each of our attorneys is adept at providing the personal attention clients deserve along with the leading-edge professional resources and expertise their cases require.

 

Edward J. Matonich

Edward J. Matonich

Edward J. Matonich

After an early stint at a major corporation, Ed felt compelled to return to his roots and represent the hardworking people of Northern Minnesota. For nearly 50 years he has pursued his passion: ensuring that the rights and safety of the citizens within his community, and throughout the state, are protected.

Recognized nationwide for his litigation skills, Ed has won verdicts in excess of one million dollars for cases involving medical malpractice, liquor liability, automobile accidents, and products liability, including a $13.5 million verdict against an industrial giant.

In 2010 he and other lawyers in the firm obtained a record-breaking $23.2 million verdict for a young family in a medical malpractice case. Ed continues to represent his clients with the same enthusiasm, vigor, and sincerity that led him to found the firm.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law, 1964

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State of Minnesota
  • United States District Court, District of Minnesota

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota Association for Justice (MAJ)
  • Past member, MAJ Board of Governors
  • Member, MAJ “Founders Society”
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to the Minnesota Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence (1988–2004)
  • Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to the Commission on Judicial Selection (1999–2006)

RECOGNITION

  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America (continuously since 1991)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers (multiple years and continuing)
  • Member by invitation, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Selected to National Trial Lawyers Assn. Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • A/V Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (for 20 years)
  • Diplomat, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Recipient of Professional Excellence Award from Minnesota Bar Association (2010)
  • Fellow by invitation, International Society of Barristers
  • Past National President, International Society of Barristers (2005–2006)
  • Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year (2005, 2009, 2010)
  • Minnesota Lawyer Circle of Excellence (2010)

Julie A. Matonich

Julie A. Matonich

Julie A. Matonich

Julie established the Minneapolis office of Matonich Law in 1997, wanting (like her father) to make a positive difference in the lives of people who have suffered physical and emotional injuries. She has been lead counsel in several jury trials in state and federal court cases, and has secured multimillion dollar settlements for many of her clients.

For several years, Julie has handled almost exclusively medical malpractice and medical device cases that have resulted in serious injuries or death. In 2010, Julie was part of the trial team that achieved a record-breaking $23.2 million medical malpractice verdict on behalf of a young family in a catastrophic birth injury case.

Education

  • J.D., George Washington University National Law Center, 1994
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1991
    • Graduated with Honors

Bar Admissions

  • State of Minnesota
  • United States District Court, Eighth District

Professional Activities

  • Member, Minnesota Association of Justice
  • Member, American Association of Justice
  • Volunteer Attorney, Advocates for Human Rights (represented women seeking asylum in the United States)
  • Board Member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2006)

Recognition

  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America (multiple years and continuing)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers (multiple years and continuing)
  • Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year (2010)
  • Selected to Rising Stars (2000)

Community Involvement

  • Member (2010–2016) and Chair (2013–2015), Weisman Art Museum Colleagues Advisory Board
  • Advisory Board Member, Page Education Foundation
  • Recipient, 2006 Page Education Foundation Giving Award
  • Board Member (2014–present), Children of Incarcerated Caregivers

Theodora Gaïtas

Theodora Gaïtas

Theodora Gaïtas

Teddie joined the Minneapolis office of Matonich Law in 2013 where she handles civil and criminal appeals in state and federal court. She is also a member of the firm’s litigation team, representing clients in medical malpractice, medical device litigation, and medical-related wrongful death matters. With more than fifteen years of dedicated appellate experience as an appellate public defender, Teddie has handled over 200 appeals, and has represented clients before the Minnesota Supreme Court more than 25 times.

Education

  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1994
    • Graduated with Honors
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 1991
    • Graduated summa cum laude
    • Member of Honors Program
    • Member Phi Beta Kappa honors society

Bar Admissions

  • State of Minnesota
  • United States, District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

  • Appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence (2015)
  • Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to the Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Civil Appellate Practice (2013)
  • Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to the Advisory Committee for the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure (2001–2007)
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section
  • Co-author, State v. Fleck: The Intentional Infliction of General Intent Upon Minnesota’s Assault Statutes, 39 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1480 (2013)
  • Co-author, Appellate Review of Circumstantial Evidence: Criminal and Civil, Chapter 16 in Minnesota Courtroom Evidence Deskbook (2013)
  • Co-author, State v. Carter: The Minnesota Constitution Protects Against Random and Suspicionless Dog Sniffs of Storage Units, 32 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1287 (2006)
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Criminal Procedure: Minnesota Practice (2007–2010)
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Appellate Advocacy (2002–2003)
  • Adjunct Professor, Criminal Appeals Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School (1998–1999)
  • Frequent presenter, continuing legal education events

Significant Decisions

  • State v. Brown, 792 N.W.2d 815 (Minn. 2011): Successfully challenged client’s attempted murder conviction; the Minnesota Supreme Court clarified the parameters of Rule 410 of the Minnesota Rule of Evidence
  • State v. Cox, 779 N.W.2d 844 (Minn. 2010): Successfully challenged client’s first degree murder conviction; the Minnesota Supreme Court further defined the boundaries of a criminal defendant’s constitutional right to confront witnesses
  • State v. Al-Naseer, 734 N.W.2d 679 (Minn. 2007): Successfully challenged client’s conviction of criminal vehicular homicide/leaving the scene of an accident; the Minnesota Supreme Court defined the mens rea required for this offense
  • State v. Dorsey, 701 N.W.2d 238 (Minn. 2005): Successfully challenged client’s conviction of unlawful possession of a firearm; the Minnesota Supreme Court held that a trial court’s active participation in the production of evidence amounts to structural error in a criminal trial
  • State v. Costello, 646 N.W.2d 204 (Minn. 2002): Successfully challenged client’s conviction of driving under the influence; the Minnesota Supreme Court banned the practice of juror questioning of witnesses in all state-court criminal trials
  • State v. Britton, 604 N.W.2d 84 (Minn. 2000): Successfully challenged client’s conviction of driving under the influence; the Minnesota Supreme Court held that a broken window alone does not allow police to stop a motor vehicle

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Open Arms of Minnesota (2012–present)
  • Member, Jungle Theater Board of Directors (2013–present)
  • Trustee, Sunny Hollow Montessori Board of Trustees (2009–2013)