MATTHEW J. PEÑA
Articling Student | He/Him | Brandon | Chess Club Dropout
Email Matthew | 204-727-2424
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in 2018, with a major in Philosophy and minor in Psychology, Matthew obtained his Juris Doctor at the University of Manitoba in 2021.
While in law school, Matthew spent two summers and a school term working with the Department of Justice, based in Winnipeg, where he developed advocacy skills including a strong foundation in legal research. In his third year of law school, Matthew competed in the Solomon Greenberg Trial Competition, Robson Hall’s Negotiation Competition, and represented the University of Manitoba at the Western Family Law Negotiation Competition.
Joining the Patersons team as an Articling Student in the summer of 2021, Matthew is currently busy forming the foundation of his practice and is eagerly learning everything he can during his articles. Taking an interest in civil litigation including through Employment, Administrative and Construction Law, Matthew has also had experience in Family Law, Real Estate and Estate Planning.
In his spare time, Matthew stays active and can often be found biking, weightlifting, or playing soccer. Matthew also has a passion for art and some of his drawings can even be found on display in his office.
It is important to Matthew to be involved within his community and he is currently a soccer coach with Brandon Youth Soccer Association. Originally from Winnipeg, Matthew has enjoyed making Brandon his home through exploring all Western Manitoba has to offer and developing strong relationships with new friends. He also recently became proud father to a sphynx kitten named Dobson.
MORE ABOUT MATTHEW
Q: How long do you think you could survive in a zombie apocalypse?
A: Considering I’ve watched probably nearly every zombie show and movie in the past 20 years, then somewhat longer than the average person.
Q: Do you have any weird secret talents? If yes, what are they?
A: Collecting books but never getting around to reading them. Hoping to lose this talent one day.
Q: Who do you admire most, and why?
A: I admire my parents the most because not only did they raise me and my nine siblings, they provided us with an environment where we were able to grow as individuals while also teaching us to navigate life with compassion and a strong work ethic. Two of us graduated law school, one is currently in medical school, one is a mother and business owner, one is a talented barber and two are professional soccer players. The rest are younger and still in school. Thanks mom and dad!