Matthew has been working in the California workers’ compensation field since 1998. Matthew studied for and passed four College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests and was accepted to law school at 18. He worked as a law clerk for five years while he was working towards his Juris Doctor degree, which he received from Cal Northern School of Law in June 2003. He passed the California Bar Exam and was sworn in as an attorney on December 1, 2003 at the age of 23. In 2004 Matthew partnered with his father, Loy, to establish Watkins & Watkins Law Firm. His focus has been completely on Worker’s Compensation law. He is licensed by the State Bar of California (Bar #227479) and is a member of the Butte County Bar Association.
Matthew has been married for 14 years and has four children. He has lived in Chico his entire life, so he knows the North State like the back of his hand. He loves spending time in nature, hiking and biking, and is an active member of the Evangelical Free Church of Chico. He also loves film analysis and study, especially classic and international films!
After 17 years in Law Enforcement with the Santa Ana Police Department and California Highway Patrol, Loy decided to pursue another aspect of Law, graduating from Western State University and being licensed to practice law in California in 1976. After a few years with the law firm of Hayes & Peterson in Orange County, Loy moved north and established his own legal practice in Butte County in 1980.
Over the years of practice, he has represented thousands of injured workers, with a heavy emphasis on members of the California safety and law enforcement workforce.
Loy retired from active practice in 2011. His pursuits since retirement have involved golf, teaching and mentorship with The Well, now Chico Rescue Mission, and participating with the Butte County Grand Jury.