Cappello & Noël Adds Two New Attorneys

Cappello & Noël Adds Two New Attorneys
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Matthew Hofer and Richard Lloyd are now associate attorneys at the Santa Barbara law firm Cappello & Noël LLP.

Hofer's practice focuses on commercial and environmental litigation in state and in federal courts. He advises clients ranging from private individuals to Fortune 500 corporations on a variety of complex legal issues and has experience with state regulatory agencies including the California Coastal Commission, California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.

A native Santa Barbarian, prior to joining Cappello & Noël, Hofer was an attorney with King & Spalding LLP and Morrison & Foerster LLP in Los Angeles. He received this B.A. in Political Science and History from UCLA and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He was admitted to practice law in California and before the Central District of California in 2015.

Lloyd worked at the firm since 2015, beginning as a paralegal. He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2003 and the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law in 2020 where he was class valedictorian. He passed the California State Bar exam in 2020. Lloyd is involved in all firm cases, from intake to preparing and providing support for multi-week trials and arbitrations.

Originally from Great Britain, Lloyd worked in London advising clients, negotiating legal fees and conducting detailed assessments on a variety of costs matters including multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, high profile defamation cases and complex clinical negligence claims. After relocating to the U.S. in 2010, he provided consulting services to legal fee experts and litigation finance providers in both the U.K. and U.S.

"Matt's commercial and environmental litigation experience is extensive. He has successfully represented clients ranging from private individuals to Fortune 500 corporations," says A. Barry Cappello, managing partner. "Richard's meticulous attention to detail and high level of negotiating skills are a tremendous asset to the firm. We are fortunate to have them both on our team as they continue to grow in their legal careers."

About Cappello & Noël LLP

Since the firm began in 1977, partners have successfully tried major commercial litigation cases resulting in over $1 billion in verdicts, settlements, class action awards and workouts for clients. Located in Santa Barbara, California, Cappello & Noël is recognized as one of the top complex business litigation law firms in the United States. Managing partner A. Barry Cappello is a pioneer in lender liability law, which holds lending institutions accountable for misconduct against borrowers. He is a graduate of UCLA Law School (1965). The law school’s mock trial courtroom and the school's trial advocacy program are named after him. In addition to lender liability, Cappello & Noël practice areas include complex business litigation, plaintiffs' class actions/mass torts, employment litigation and catastrophic injury/wrongful death. For more information, call 805-564-2444 or go to

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