Matt’s practice focuses on permitting and litigation matters involving federal and state natural resource and environmental law.  He has over 20 years’ experience representing utilities, ports, owners and operators of hydroelectric projects and other energy projects, and state and local governmental entities on issues pertaining to the Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal Power Act, Magnuson-Stevens Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, and Indian law. 

Prior to joining Van Ness Feldman, Matt served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice where he defended federal agencies in litigation involving the ESA, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and NEPA. In addition, Matt was  an Assistant Attorney General for Washington State where he represented the State of Washington and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in natural resource litigation and other matters involving the ESA, fisheries, water, and Indian law issues.

Matt is a co-coordinator of Van Ness Feldman's Land, Water & Natural Resources practice and is a member of Van Ness Feldman’s Executive Committee.


Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law J.D., Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law; Cornelius Honor Society, 1995

Evergreen State College B.A., 1988