Mathew A. Work | Founding Partner
Attorney Mathew Work founded Work Law, now Carlson & Work in 2016 with the mission of making the practice of law more approachable. Mathew is a nationally recognized trial attorney, professor of law, and political advisor. Mathew is the President of the Reno Charter Committee where he represents Mayor Hillary Schieve. Mathew also serves on the boards of Montreux, Axiom Group LLP., Nevada Moot Court, and Lakeridge Shores.
In 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, Mathew earned recognition as Top 40 under 40 nationally, voted by the National Trial Attorney LLC. In 2019 and 2020, Mathew was awarded Top 10 Trial Attorney by the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association. In 2020 Mathew was awarded Nevada Attorney of the Year by Top 100 Registry Inc.
Mathew is former General Counsel of PSR – the nation’s largest NFL Agency. In this capacity, Mathew drafted and negotiated contracts for the NFL’s top head coaches, executives, and personnel. As a result of these experiences, Mathew remains a trusted authority in NFL contract negotiations and business development.
Mathew comes from a humble upbringing, born in Henderson, NV where he was raised by his single mother and grandparents. Mathew attended the University of Nevada, Reno where he earned a degree in economics, graduating summa cum laude. While in college Mathew was a collegiate athlete playing both lacrosse and football.
Upon earning his bachelor’s degree, Mathew was awarded a Capitol Hill fellowship, working as a staffer for congressional leadership while also earning his Master’s Degree in Economics from American University.
Mathew then attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law on a full academic scholarship. Mathew graduated magna cum laude. While at Thomas Jefferson he earned the Jefferson Award, Wilkins Award, Cali Award, Dean’s List, and was selected as a teaching assistant as a result of his academic success.
Mathew passed the Nevada bar on his first attempt and accepted a position as a criminal prosecutor for the City of Reno. As a prosecutor, Mathew spent years actively litigating criminal cases to trial. This experience earned Mathew the experience and reputation necessary to launch Carlson & Work.
Mathew is an adoring husband to his wife, Kalie Work, a Washoe County elected official, and loving father to his brilliant and savvy daughter, Kennedy.
American Institute of Attorneys – National Top 10 Trial Attorney
Nevada Trial Lawyer Association – Top 10 Trial Attorney
The National Trial Lawyers – 2019 Top 40 Under 40 – Criminal Defense
The National Trial Lawyers – 2019 Top 40 Under 40 – Family Law
American College of Trial Lawyer – Top 100 Nationally
Perfect 10 – AVVO Rating
American Academy of Attorneys – Top 40 Under 40 – Trial Attorney
American Institute of Legal Advocates – Rising Star
Adjunct Law Professor – TMCC
Adjunct Mock Trial Lecturer – University of Nevada, Reno