A native of Eastern Oregon, Matthew received his B.A. from Portland State University in 2010, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings in 2015. Matthew focuses on employment law and the barriers people with disabilities face in gaining and retaining employment. As an individual with a disability who has been employed since age 18, Matthew is aware of the barriers individuals may face when beginning the job search process, requesting reasonable accommodations, and navigating the complex work rules of Social Security. As a law student, he participated in the Workers’ Rights Clinic for the Employment Law Center of San Francisco and interned for the National Lawyers Guild.
Matthew lives in Portland and is engaged in his community. In 2017, he was selected to serve on the Community Advisory Committee that provides input into Portland’s 2018 Citywide Pedestrian Plan. As someone who relies exclusively on public transit and pedestrian mobility to get around, Matthew hopes to help make Portland streets some of the most accessible in the nation for pedestrians.
He is a member of the Oregon State Bar.