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Sassano & Fleischer Attorneys at Law
Serving The Bay Area And Beyond
Matthew Sassano
  • Managing Partner


Lafayette, CA





Matthew Sassano is the managing and founding partner in the Lafayette office of Sassano and Fleischer. His practice involves complex workers compensation litigation, with an exclusive emphasis on defense over the past 30 years. He currently represents numerous self insured companies, third party administrators and public entities, including the State of California Courts in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and the Self Insured Security Fund as well as insurance carriers and large retention insured corporations. He has also represented numerous companies in 132a and S&W litigation. He has litigated cases in all offices of the Workers Compensation Appeals Board throughout the State of California, primarily appearing in Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Salinas, Sacramento and Stockton over the last 15 years. Routinely, he has been a guest lecturer on workers compensation developments, particularly on each workers compensation reform legislation since 1989. Mr. Sassano received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976, and a law degree from Southwestern University in Los Angeles in 1982. Mr. Sassano is a member of the California and New York bars and is certified as a specialist in Workers Compensation Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He is an AV Rated attorney and selected as a Super Lawyer in 2005.


Areas Of Practice

  • Workers Compensation Defense 100%
  • Defense of Asbestos claims

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Workers Compensation, California Board of Legal Specialization, 1991

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1983
  • New York, 1991


  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D.
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science/Economics

Representative Cases

  • California Insurance Guaranty Association v. WCAB (Argonaut Insurance Co.), 70 Cal. Comp. Cas 551 , 2005, Court of Appeal

Representative Clients

  • Broadspire
  • American Claims Management
  • Metro Risk Management
  • Unilever


  • Analysis of SB 899, CWCDAA, 2007
  • Tips and Advice for New Lawyers & Client Relations, CWCDAA, 2011

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating Martindale Hubbell
  • Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California Workers Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, 1985 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Laughlin Falbo Levy and Moresi, Partner, 1990 to 1996

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Counsel to Lamorinda Soccer Club, 1997 to Present