The Honorable Matthew W. Argue

Private Arbitration, Department -


Mr. Argue was born in Pasadena, California in 1964. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts from San Diego State University in 1986. He earned his Juris Doctorate at the Law Center of the University of Southern California in 1989.

Mr. Argue was a construction litigation Partner at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch LLP from 1989 to 2001, handling both defense and plaintiff’s cases. In 1997, Mr. Argue became the head of the construction litigation department for the law firm.

Mr. Argue has considerable experience in real estate, construction and insurance matters. As a construction litigation Partner with the prominent San Diego law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves and Savitch LLP, Mr. Argue handled many cases involving litigation of complex, multi-party disputes. Mr. Argue represented both large developer defendants and plaintiffs in single-family construction defect cases. Some of his more notable cases are: (1) representation of plaintiffs in the largest verdict in San Diego County for a custom single-family residential construction defect case ($2.5 million), (2) representation of 84 plaintiffs in AAS v. Superior Court which was appealed to the California Supreme Court and changed the recovery of damages in construction defect cases, (3) representation of 300 plaintiffs in Marshall v. The Baldwin Company et al. for construction defect damages totaling over $25 million, and (4) representation of state-wide developer, The Grupe Company, in defense of construction defect cases throughout State of California. He is licensed in a number of different jurisdictions including California, Nevada, Washington, Colorado and Texas.

During 2004, Mr. Argue participated in a mediation externship with a distinguished Federal District Court Judge J. Lawrence Irving (Ret.). Judge Irving has handled numerous high profile mediation cases including E Coli litigation with Jack in the Box and Odwalla Juices, City of San Diego v. De La Fuente and World Com. In December 2004, Mr. Argue completed an intensive 40 hour mediation training program focusing on mediating the litigated case at Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. In the summer of 2005, Mr. Argue completed a 36 hour mediation training program focusing on Mediating Complex Construction Cases at Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. In May 2005, Mr. Argue earned his Mediator’s Credential at the National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC) in San Diego.

Mr. Argue has furthered his mediation training and experience by observing successful mediators including Judge Lawrence J. Irving (Ret.), Judge Herbert Hofman (Ret.), Attorney Ross R. Hart, Attorney Scott Slater Marcus, Attorney Craig Higgs, and Attorney Joseph Stein. In addition, Mr. Argue spent three days observing Attorney Randall Wulff in Oakland, California mediate a complex, multi-party construction dispute. Mr. Wulff is the top construction mediator in the United States and currently presiding over the property damage claims for the World Trade Center arising from the tragedy of 9/11. Mr. Argue continues to expand his experience and skills by taking mediation cases from the San Diego, Riverside and Los Angeles Superior Courts.


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