Born in Saskatchewan, Mathew moved to Calgary at a young age. In junior high, he began wrestling, earning several provincial titles, a national championship, and many other accolades. He attended the University of Calgary, where he graduated with distinction, having been awarded the student-athlete award in his final year – which is awarded to the varsity athlete with the highest GPA across the university. After graduating from the University of Calgary, Mathew attended law school at Queen’s University. He articled at a small firm in Airdrie, followed by working at a larger firm in Calgary, where he honed his litigation skills and obtained a great deal of trial experience. Mathew also gained broad experience in real estate and corporate law, which he maintains to this day. Mathew subsequently worked at two other law firms, before finding a home with the Guardian Law Group.
Mathew has a wide variety of experience as lead counsel in the Provincial Court of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court. He has represented clients, both large and small, before public and private arbitral tribunals.
In 2017, Mathew made headlines when he stood up to City Hall on behalf of the residents of Midfield Mobile Home Park in a battle which influenced the Mayoral election. In 2018, he was in the news again for taking on Alberta Health Services in the Court of Appeal over an issue involving health inspections without adequate notice, and yet again later that year in respect of a lawsuit against the Calgary Airport Authority over Airport Improvement Fees. He is also acting for several clients with claims against the police or RCMP for misconduct or negligence. Early in 2019, Mathew acted for a number of objectors in respect of the Indian Day Schools settlement before the Federal Court, and was involved in a precedent setting personal injury trial involving chronic pain.
Mathew has an expanding class actions practice acting against a variety of large companies like pharmaceutical manufacturers and electrical utilities, among others. His willingness to take on powerful entities and hold them to account is a great asset.
In recognition of his accomplishments, Mathew was nominated for Canadian Lawyer Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2019,” and was a finalist for Lexpert Magazine’s “Rising Star” award.
He has a strong grasp of the law, coupled with an awareness of the practical considerations that need to be kept in mind to guide his clients.