Matthew Taylor
Associate Attorney
Expertise Overview

Prior to joining Smith Freed Eberhard, Matt managed the Oregon office of a multi-state law firm handling an active case load of hundreds of consumer collection cases at a time. Matt started his legal career as a public defender where he obtained extensive experience taking cases to a jury verdict.

Education

Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D., 2005
Georgetown University, B.A., 2000

Professional Certification & Accolades

Member, Oregon State Bar Association
Member, Washington State Bar Association
Admitted, United States District Court, District of Oregon

Practice Areas
  • Practice Area
    • Commercial Liability Defense
    • Personal Lines
    • Automotive Defense
    • UM/UIM
    • PIP
    • Dog Bite
Bar Admissions
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Success Story 4th and 10… An Improbable Comeback Win at the Washington Court of Appeals Tuesday December 1, 2020 By: Firm Authorship, Jessica Kamish
Success Story When to Fight Back with a Counterclaim Thursday November 19, 2020 By: Jeff Eberhard
Success Story The Strategy in Jury Selection: Using Voir Dire to the Defendant’s Advantage Tuesday August 11, 2020 By: Jessica Kamish
Success Story Securing Victory Under Securities Laws Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Research Pays Off (to the Tune of $2.2 Million) Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Drawing the (Property) Line Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Multi-National Retailer’s Discrimination Mitigated Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Allegations of Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Employment Law Violations? Denied. Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Rejected: A Desperate Attempt to Recover Expenses Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story An $18,000,000 Dismissal Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story The Early Bird Gets the Case Dismissed Friday December 20, 2019 By: Josh Hayward
Safe Harbor Letter Success Story Preparation Always Pays off: Especially at Trial Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story The Case of the Mysterious Torn Medial Meniscus Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Hit and Run Dismissed Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Admitting Liability and Saving Costs Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Moreau v. Samalin Success Story A Swift and Speedy Settlement Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Know Your Venue: Taking Advantage of Arbitration Rules to Gain the Upper Hand and Mitigate Costs Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Pre-Existing Conditions Affirmed, No Additional Recovery Earned Friday December 20, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Dog Bite Dilemma Friday December 20, 2019 By: Cliff Wilson
public domain condemnation Success Story Cracked Concrete and Damaged Sheetrock Friday December 20, 2019 By: Cliff Wilson
Mandatory Civil Arbitration Success Story Punitive Damages Denied for Improper Filing Thursday December 19, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Due Diligence and Maintaining Position Leaves Ashley with a Happy Client Thursday December 19, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
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avoiding the septic storm Success Story Avoiding the Septic Storm Friday February 8, 2019 By: Paul Sheely
operation trick or treat Success Story Operation Trick-or-Treat Wednesday January 23, 2019 By: Gordon Klug
KDB Success Story Padilla Success Story Bringing a Claim to a Complete Stop Thursday January 10, 2019 By: Gordon Klug
Small Claims Big Headache Success Story Small Claims, Big Headache Thursday December 27, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Diligent Preparation and Spotting Fatal Flaws in the Other Side’s Case Leads to Favorable Outcome Thursday March 22, 2018 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story Persistence and Staying Focused on the Facts Leads to Unanimous Defense Verdict Wednesday January 10, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Litigation Success: Due Diligence and Maintaining Position Leaves Ashley with a Happy Client Thursday December 28, 2017 By: Firm Authorship, Thomas McCurdy
Success Story Occam’s Razor at Work Wednesday February 17, 2016 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Cleaning the Slate: Using Witness Strengths to Dispel Juror’s Pre-Conceived Notions Wednesday February 17, 2016 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Whose Fault is it Anyway? Friday December 11, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story No Tolerance For Tardiness Monday October 19, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Using the Right Rulebook Monday October 19, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Know the Law In and Out: Developing the Right Game Plan to Keep Costs Down Wednesday September 16, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Absolute Duty Not Lost in Translation Thursday July 16, 2015 By: Gordon Klug
Success Story The Show Must Go On Thursday July 9, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Turning Over a New Leaf Thursday July 2, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan, Sean Conner
Success Story Disproving a Self Serving Story Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Success Story Sticking to Your Guns with Trucking Clients Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Low Impact Accident Leads to Low Verdict Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Success Story Credibility Clenches Case Tuesday June 30, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story The Buck Stops Here Friday June 26, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Burying Your Head in the Sand Will Get You Nowhere Friday June 26, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Plaintiff’s Case Lost in Translation Friday June 26, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story Disc Bulge Dispute Friday June 26, 2015 By: Josh Hayward
Success Story Jobsite Injury Claims Dismissed Friday June 26, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story A Successful Appeal of OSHA Jobsite Violations Friday June 26, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story Facebook Detective: Using Social Media to Debunk Exaggerated Claims Tuesday June 23, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Running Out The Clock Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Paul Sheely
Success Story Window Installation Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Paul Sheely
Success Story Design Defects Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Paul Sheely
Success Story Breaking Bad Advice Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Success Story Bringing Down the House (By Proving Plaintiff Brought Down the Door) Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Cliff Wilson
Success Story All in the Details: Using Inconsistencies to Win at Summary Judgment Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Gordon Klug
Success Story Snowpocalypse: Negligence and Bad Faith Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Success Story Trial Venue: Conservative Controversy Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story “Excusable Neglect” – Excused Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Ryan McLellan
Success Story Lack of Evidence for an Erroneous Equestrian Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
Success Story Road Rage Rebuttal Thursday June 18, 2015 By: Jeff Eberhard
Success Story Hotel’s Liability Hotly Contested Thursday November 6, 2014 By: Firm Authorship
Legal Alert Don’t Have the Evidence? What Happens if You Pretend To? Monday March 22, 2021 By: Jeff Eberhard
Legal Alert Texting While Driving? Not Relevant! Wednesday February 10, 2021 By: Cliff Wilson
Steering Wheel Legal Alert UIM Benefits for Non-Relative Passenger? Denied! Wednesday December 30, 2020 By: Cliff Wilson
Webinar Oregon Personal Lines – Year in Review Friday October 23, 2020 By: Josh Hayward, Cliff Wilson
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Webinar Attorney Fee Exposure in UM/UIM Friday October 5, 2018 By: Cliff Wilson
Legal Alert Oregon Case Law Update: When is Police Officer Testimony Admissible? Wednesday October 25, 2017 By: Josh Hayward
Legal Alert Oregon Employment Law Update: Oregon Changes Law on Pay Equity Wednesday June 7, 2017 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Washington Case Law Update: Contract Cannot Bar CPA Claim Thursday April 27, 2017 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert Employment Update: FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked Until May 2017 Wednesday February 22, 2017 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Case Law Update: When Can an Agent’s Actions Bind the Principal? Thursday October 13, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Employment Update: Marijuana Still Schedule 1 Thursday September 22, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Employment Update: Put ‘em Up – US DOL Mandatory Posters Monday September 12, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Oregon Employment Update: Oregon Minimum Wage – 10 Things to Know Thursday July 7, 2016 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert WA Case Update: Vendetta Blogger “SLAPP”ed Down by Court of Appeals Thursday May 28, 2015 By: Michael Staskiews
Legal Alert Oregon Case Update: Do PIP Benefits Cover Medical-Related Travel? Thursday February 19, 2015 By: Firm Authorship
Legal Alert Oregon Case Update: How Limited are LLC Members’ Liability? Thursday October 9, 2014 By: Josh Hayward
Legal Alert Oregon Case Update: Lack of Interpersonal Skills and the ADA Saturday September 13, 2014 By: William Taaffe
Legal Alert Washington Case Update: Vendetta Blogger “SLAPP”ed Down by Court of Appeals Wednesday May 28, 2014 By: Michael Staskiews
Award & Recognition Four Smith Freed Eberhard Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Thursday February 20, 2020 By: Firm Authorship
Award & Recognition 2019 Super Lawyers Recognizes 8 SFE Attorneys! Monday December 30, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
Award & Recognition The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 Announced Thursday November 21, 2019 By: Firm Authorship
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