About Matt

Matt Strabone

Matt Strabone is an ethics attorney who owns his own law practice in San Diego. Matt gives legal and ethical advice to charities, other nonprofits, and public officials. His clients have included nationwide nonprofits dedicated to women's health and local charities committed to assisting our veterans. One particular highlight of Matt's career has been providing legal counsel to President Barack Obama.

Service to his community has always been a driving force in Matt's life. Matt currently serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Leadership Alliance, a nonprofit that trains civic-minded young professionals in our region to create positive change, and the North Park Community Association, a civic organization dedicated to community improvement. Matt is also an appointed member of the City of San Diego Parking Advisory Board, a member of the Holiday Bowl Committee, a partner of the Truman National Security Project, and an active participant in Sierra Club's San Diego chapter.

Matt received his bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and went on to earn his law degree from the University of Southern California. Prior to starting his own law practice, Matt was an attorney with Perkins Coie. In addition to practicing law, Matt is also a frequent commentator on issues of the day and has had editorial pieces published in U.S. News & World Report, The Hill, The Diplomat, the Georgetown Public Policy Review, and the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal.


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In the News: June 1, 2018

June 1, 2018: San Diego Free Press: Documents Suggest Favoritism on San Diego County Property Tax Appeals by Assessor’s Office. It pays to have friends in high places, especially when it comes time to appeal property tax assessments in San Diego County, according to documents released via the California Public Records Act and provided to the San Diego Free Press. These documents, along with a careful analysis of campaign finance records and personal financial disclosures, suggest favoritism has been a factor in reducing the tax burdens of those with connections to County Assessor Ernest Dronenburg. A major local corporation, along with a longtime campaign contributor’s family, were among the beneficiaries, thanks to a seeming lack of interest in challenging appeals by the agency responsible for such matters. Because there was no push-back by the County, the assessment appeals process was effectively manipulated, paving the way for significant reductions in property values for Qualcomm, the largest property taxpayer in San Diego County.
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In the News: May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018: San Diego CityBeat: CityBeat's Election Endorsements. In case you missed it, we wrote a feature on ethics attorney Matt Strabone, who’s running to unseat longtime incumbent Assessor Ernest Dronenburg. The latter is banking on voter indifference to his multiple controversies (anti-gay marriage, campaign finance violations, reckless spending, etc.). Don’t be indifferent, as this race will be decided in this election. Matt Strabone is ready for the job and will be a valuable public servant in this important office that’s in charge of property taxes, property value assessments and more.
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