Employment, Government, and Business Lawyer
Jeff Matthews’ practice is focused on helping clients resolve legal disputes in a variety of forums, including at trial, before arbitrators, mediators, and administrative boards, and at the bargaining table.
Jeff represents and defends public and private employers in employment-related disputes, including whistleblower, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment, and other employment-related tort, contract, and statutory claims. His representation of public entity clients includes defending governmental entities against Section 1983 claims alleging the wrongful violation of constitutional rights. He also represents private employers in labor and collective bargaining matters.
Additionally, Jeff represents business clients in seeking to resolve commercial and business-related disputes, such as those involving shareholders, business purchases and sales, commercial leases, real estate, construction defects and related matters, and other tort and contract claims. He also represents the owners of public and private low-income housing in matters involving landlord-tenant law and insurance matters.
Jeff regularly appears in numerous state and federal courts, as well as before a variety of administrative agencies. He serves on the local rules committee for the Oregon federal court, and is often retained as local counsel for federal court actions, including those involving trade secret law and intellectual property matters.
Jeff’s sense of humor and quick wit make him a pleasure to work with and his intellect and preparation make him a worthy adversary. When not working on a grievance, ULP, arbitration, trial, or settlement on behalf of his clients, Jeff (a native Oregonian) enjoys hunting, hiking, forestry and spending time with his extended family.
How I Serve Clients
In litigation matters, my goal is to work with clients to get them focused on what is most important to them. At the outset, it’s important for clients who are being sued or pursuing claims to set aside their personal feelings (and naturally wanting to litigate aggressively) and instead focus on what course of action will be the best for them and their business goals. As an experienced litigator, my approach is to assist clients to identify at the outset how much of their valuable time, energy, and financial resources is appropriate to invest in defending or pursuing a claim so that an appropriate strategy can be developed.
In some cases, an aggressive defense aimed at trial may be desired. In many other cases, a strategy focused on seeking to achieve an acceptable resolution in a reasonable time frame may be the desired approach. In either case, a considered decision at the outset focused on client objectives is beneficial and should be undertaken.
- Oregon State Bar
- Missouri State Bar
Other Professional Memberships
- Member, Federal Bar Association,
- Member, Lane County Bar Association
- J.D. University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (1989)
- Member, Law Review
- Served a two-year judicial clerkship with the Hon. Scott O. Wright, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri before entering private practice.
- BA., English, 1984 - University of Nevada - Reno (1984)
- B.S., English - Southern Oregon State College (1977)
- magna cum laude
- “To Remove or Not to Remove: Considerations in the Decision to Remove a Case from State to Federal Court,” Oregon City Attorney Association annual meeting (May 2008)
- “Discretionary Immunity Issues and Hammer vs. City of Eugene Update,” Association of Oregon Counties Annual Conference (November 2005)