After graduating from law school in 1991, Matthew worked as a criminal prosecutor for eight years before entering private practice. This was a great training ground for courtroom experience – critical for both criminal and personal injury cases. Matt knows criminal law and procedure and how to negotiate with prosecutors. He has tried numerous jury trials with successful results.
With civil cases involving personal injury and negligence, insurance companies are more likely to offer favorable settlements to lawyers and firms they know are willing to try cases. Because of his reputation as an excellent trial attorney, Matthew is able to effectively negotiate with insurance companies to obtain fair treatment and substantial settlements for his clients. If an insurance company is unwilling to offer fair compensation, Matthew has the experience and knowledge to take the case to trial.
One of the things Matthew enjoys the most about practicing law is representing individuals against the government and large corporations. It is intimidating to be charged with a crime, or to be injured by someone’s negligence, only to have a large insurance company stand between you and fair compensation. Matthew has always felt satisfaction in the ability to stand up to the power and money of government and corporations on behalf of the individual.
J. Reuben Clark Law School (BYU), Juris Doctor, 1991; Brigham Young University, Bachelor of Science, 1988
Utah State Bar, 1993. Oregon State Bar, 1991; United States District Court; District of Utah.