JUMP TO TEAM MEMBER INFORMATION: Matt Dion, Melissa Porter-Salazar, Destiny Wood, Carrie Mars
Matt was born and raised in Vallejo, California and attended California State University Sacramento where in 1988 he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.
After graduating, Matt attended and earned his Juris Doctorate (JD-Law Degree) from Santa Clara University in 1988. He was licensed in California in 1988 and Nevada in 1994.
Matt started his career in the Bay Area representing major insurance carriers. In 1994, he moved his practice to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he continued to represent major insurance companies. After practicing insurance defense law in Las Vegas for three years, Matt instead began to represent injured clients, helping them to recover damages against insurance companies. Matt practiced personal injury law in Las Vegas until December 2012, when he relocated his practice to the city of Reno, Nevada.
Currently he exclusively represents individuals injured in accidents caused by another’s negligent conduct resulting in a personal injury such as an auto accident, Matt can help walk you through what happens after getting in an accident.
Matt has served as a private Arbitrator and Mediator and he has tried in excess of 50 jury trials, numerous court trials, and countless arbitrations and mediations. Matt has been recognized as one of the top 100 trial attorneys in Nevada.
Outside the office, Matt enjoys competing in triathlons and Cross Fit. He is active in the community as a Little League and basketball coach, and as a volunteer at Our Lady of the Snows Parish and Bishop Manogue High School. He believes that the honest and aggressive representation of his clients results in the maximum recovery and satisfied clients.
Melissa has been working in the legal field for 20 years and has assisted in countless cliams to get clients the compensation they deserve after an accident. As a litigation paralegal with Matt Dion & Associates, Melissa works closely with Matt to obtain and record pertinent information and documentation related to our clients’ cases.
Melissa obtained her paralegal certificate from the University of Nevada Reno and has been living in Reno all of her professional career. In addition to working in personal injury law, Melissa also has experience with civil litigation and bankruptcy court making her a very knowledgeable and well-rounded paralegal.
When she is not assisting our personal injury clients, you can find Melissa attending her kids’ sporting activities or exploring the outdoors of Nevada. She also likes to travel and garden and stays very active in politics on both a local and state level.
Destiny has a lifelong interest in law. She has a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and her paralegal certification from California State University Monterey Bay. Earlier in her career, she worked in healthcare before pivoting to become a personal injury paralegal.
Destiny says she was drawn first to healthcare and later law for the same reason: the ability to help people get back their quality of life. As a paralegal at Matt Dion and Associates, Destiny is able to leverage her ability to think critically and methodically guide our clients through the nuanced and sometimes complicated legal process. She acts as a fierce advocate for our personal injury clients by ensuring claims are prepared with all supporting documentation and records to get them the best possible outcome for their case.
Originally from Texas, Destiny has called Reno home for the past 30 years. She is married to a retired Washoe County Sheriff’s Sergeant and has two daughters and two grandchildren. Destiny is a highly involved dance mom to her younger daughter, and if she is not at the dance studio, you can find her with family and friends supporting the local live music scene, traveling, or enjoying a delicious meal.
As a case manager with Matt Dion and Associates, Carrie is the first line of defense for our clients. She works tirelessly to organize records and evidence prior to litigation of a personal injury claim.
Prior to working in law, Carrie spent 24 years in healthcare with specialties from family practice to trauma and surgery. She is no stranger to problem solving and helping people heal from a life changing incident. Many of Carrie’s skills as a medical assistant transferred directly to case management. She is still responsible for gathering and organizing records and helping injured people. Carrie says that she finds her role as a personal injury case manager very gratifying, and her knowledge of the healthcare system is a huge asset to our clients and ensuring they have complete and accurate records for their claim.
Carrie has lived in Reno for more than 20 years. She is married to a logistics driver and has four children and one granddaughter. When she is not helping injured clients get the compensation they deserve, you can find Carrie involved in her church or supporting her youngest daughter in cheer and gymnastics.