Matt handles civil appeals in state and federal appellate courts. He has briefed and/or argued cases before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the Oregon Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. His work has resulted in published opinions on issues of first impression in Oregon and elsewhere, in a variety of actions, including negligence, employment, construction defect, breach of contract, corporate and constitutional matters. He regularly advises attorneys on trial and appellate strategy, procedure, and substantive legal issues, with an eye toward avoiding error in the trial court or preserving issues for appellate review.
Matt also has an active trial court practice, focusing on complex commercial and corporate litigation. He has represented corporate entities and officers, board members, and other professionals in direct, derivative and class actions, shareholder disputes, breach of contract actions, and other matters implicating professional and statutory duties.
Before joining Hart Wagner, LLP in 2007, Matt was counsel for the Oregon Legislature’s Judiciary Committees during the 2007 Legislative Session.
- Partner, since 2011
- Stoel Rives LLP
Portland, Oregon, 2003-2007
- Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, LLP
New York, New York, 2001-2003
- Law Clerk to Judge Susan Graber
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Portland, Oregon, 2001-2002
- Law Clerk to Justice James Coleman
NJ Supreme Court
Trenton, New Jersey, 1999-2000
- Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
- University of Massachusetts
B.A., Political Science Honors Program, 1994
Co-Author, 2007 Oregon Legislation Highlights, Chapter on Civil Procedure, Dispute Resolution and Appellate Practice, Presented to County Bar association on legislative process
Matt is admitted in state and federal courts in Oregon, Washington and New York.
- Selected Oregon Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
- Member, Federal Bar and Multnomah Bar Associations
- Oregon Bar Board
Member of Appellate, Constitutional Law and Securities Sections
- Oregon District Court Historical Society