Matt believes that problem solving is best achieved through a clear understanding of all sides of a dispute. Whether a case is headed to trial or early resolution, Matt uses this understanding to design pragmatic strategies that keep his clients’ interests at the forefront.
Matt focuses his practice on professional malpractice defense, securities, and business litigation. He has represented professionals, hospitals, emerging companies, and national retailers in the defense of multi-million dollar claims.
His experience reaches all stages of litigation, including jury trials, arbitration, motion practice, alternative dispute resolution, and appeals in state and federal court. Matt is also a speaker and author of publications covering a variety of litigation-related topics.
- American Bar Association, Member,
- Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, Member
- Multnomah Bar Association, Member
- Washington County Bar Association, Member
- Pro Bono Attorney, Disability Rights Oregon, 2013-2016
- Representative, Forest Park Elementary Site Council, 2014-2015
- Coach, Portland Youth Soccer Association, 2013-2015
- Brownlow, et al v. [Oregon startup company], (2013).
Defended local startup company in securities fraud action. Damages of over $1.2 million alleged. Successfully defeated plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment with subsequent settlement for client.
- Vassigh v. Boussina, (2012).
Obtained dismissal on summary judgment in favor of client in strict foreclosure and breach of contract action. Recovered attorney fees and costs, and an award of enhanced prevailing party fees.
- Harrell v. [national retailer], (2011).
Defense of civil rights claims brought against national retailer in federal court. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client, affirmed by Ninth Circuit.
- Piazza v. [local hospital], 226 Or App 604, 205 P3d 101 (2009).
Successfully argued to Oregon Court of Appeals, upholding defense verdict in medical malpractice action brought against local hospital.
- Roe v. [local hospital], (2009).
Defended local hospital on federal ADA and discrimination claims. Tried to a jury, resulting in complete defense verdict. Appeal to Ninth Circuit dismissed.
- Galanza v. Supnet, (2008).
Represented plaintiff in breach of contract action and small business dissolution dispute. Tried to a jury. Verdict in favor of client, plus an award of enhanced prevailing party fees.
- Pop v. [Oregon attorney], (2008).
Obtained dismissal of legal malpractice action for client on summary judgment. Affirmed by Oregon Court of Appeals.
- Phillips v. Safeco, 344 Or 196, 179 P3d 633 (2008).
Successfully argued to Oregon Supreme Court, upholding dismissal of underinsured motorist claim.
News & Insights
- Portland Business Journal (subscription required), 2.10.17
- GSB Deepens Litigation Team in Portland with Addition of Name Partner and Team from Kennedy Watts ArellanoGSB Newsroom, 1.3.17
- “Complaints, Answers, and Motions to Dismiss: A Practical Guide to Effective Pleading Practice,” Multnomah Bar Association CLE Seminar, Co-PresenterEventPortland, OR, 9.15.16
- Avoiding the Wah, Wah, Wah Effect: Requiring Proof of the Underlying Claim Before Pleading Punitive DamagesThe Verdict , Fall 2010
- A Closer Look at Oregon's Saving StatuteThe Verdict, Summer 2006
- 9 Lewis & Clark Law Review 720, 2005
U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D., 2005
- Outstanding Appellate Brief
- Dean's Fellowship for Excellence Scholarship
- Pro Bono Honors Award
- Outstanding Client Advocacy Award
University of Southern California, M.P.W., 2000
University of Colorado, Boulder, B.A. with Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 1996
Honors | Recognitions
- Portland Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Runners Up List – 2014