About Matthew I. Berger Law Group
From the initial formation of a business through a full range of business related services, Matthew Berger, founder and principal attorney of the Matthew I. Berger Law Group, brings his wealth of knowledge and experience acquired from over 35 years of handling cases and business transactions for prominent area clients.
Matthew’s thoughtful and creative approach to his clients’ varied issues flows from his diverse background in both the legal world (Silicon Valley attorney, maritime defense attorney, law school professor, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment lawyer, etc.) and non-law-related work (including, but not limited to, organic landscaping gardener and designer, school bus driver, and director and speaker for numerous community programs), as well as from his own entrepreneurship endeavors. Matthew graduated from UCSB with Honors in Political Science and Sociology and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Oregon School Of Law, with a Certificate of Specialty in Ocean Resources and Coastal Law. Matthew served as an Associate Editor of the University of Oregon Law Review, Staff Attorney for the revision of the Felix S. Cohen Handbook of Federal Indian Law, and a member of the Oregon Governor's Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Development Task Force, authoring a study on Liquefied Natural Gas Facilities.
Matthew has served a diverse range of clientele, acts as outside general counsel for start ups, small, medium, and maturing companies, and loves working with entrepreneurs and other individuals. He has handled a variety of matters, such as copyright and trademark applications; various corporate and shareholder disputes and litigation; venture funding; sales of LLC economic interests and dissociations of partners; dissolution of corporations with dissident shareholders; and litigation related to copyright and trademark infringement, breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duties, trade secret protection, and employment-related matters. One of Matthew's favorite areas in which to work is in the entertainment and multi-media world, and he represents clients in the film, publishing, interactive, music, television, eCommerce, and digital worlds, as well as relative to their merchandise endeavors.
Matthew formerlly served on the Board of Directors of the Women's Economic Ventures (WEV) in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, as vice-president, treasurer, and head of the finance committee. He currently is a member of the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Santa Barbara Community College (SBCC) Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and is a member and serving on the Board of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria. Matthew regularly speaks in WEV’s Self Employment Training (SET), Business Plan Intensive (BPI), and Thrive in Five (TN5) programs, and in the SBCC Entrepreneurship Adult Education Program. Matthew also is a member of the Santa Barbara group of Provisors, an organization of trusted advisors throughout the United States.
Matthew is a founding member of the Brewery Boyz, a classic rock, country, and blues band in Carpinteria.
Djamila Demangeat is an associate attorney at the Matthew I. Berger Law Group. Djamila represents and counsels clients in a wide range of matters, including corporate and small business, contract, employment, real property, insurance, entertainment, copyright, trademark, trade secret, licensing, internet, and privacy matters. She has experience in both corporate and civil litigation, in areas of law including insurance bad faith, breach of contract, intellectual property, and real property disputes.
Djamila earned her J.D. in 2013 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where she earned a concentration in Intellectual Property. While in law school, Djamila won First Place in Contract Drafting at the 2012 Western Regional Transactional Law Meet, was a member of the UC Hastings Negotiation Team, and received the CALI Excellence Award and Witkin Award for Top Student in Legal Remedies. She was also a Clinic Counselor at the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic, where she represented clients in Social Security benefits and unemployment insurance claims. She received her B.A. in Art History in 2009 from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Djamila is an active member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, Santa Barbara Barristers, the William L. Gordon Inn of Court, and the Santa Barbara Young Professionals Club. Djamila is admitted to practice law before all of the California Courts and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.