Matthew represents a variety of banks, businesses and individuals primarily in commercial and banking law matters. His experience ranges from business sales, general commercial transactions and the preparation of all manner of loan documents, to complex litigation and appeals.
He believes that the keys to effective legal representation are clear communication, attention to detail and remaining laser focused on the client’s objectives and how to accomplish client goals as efficiently as possible. No matter how good the legal work, Matthew believes that a victory is only a victory if the legal representation puts a client in a better position after they came to him than they were in before.
When dealing with other parties to a transaction or litigation, Matthew tends to favor more of a conciliatory approach that seeks to calm emotions and help work towards a positive resolution. He recognizes the fact that who you pick as an attorney reflects on you and has the potential to affect your relationships with others. For example, if your attorney is too aggressive in negotiating a contract, the business relationship between you and the contracting party may be damaged, and they may be less likely to work with you again in the future. Matthew attempts to avoid that result at all costs and actively works to maintain positive relationships.
That said, when aggression is needed Matthew is more than ready to apply whatever legitimate pressure is necessary to help reach a positive result for the client.
Outside of work, Matthew enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as golfing, bowling, and running. Previously, Matthew was involved in competitive power lifting, but was sidelined by a wrist injury when he was in law school. To this day, Matthew possesses a strong commitment to physical fitness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Matthew graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota law school. Prior to law school, Matthew attended the honor’s program at University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, where he graduated first in his class, summa cum laude and with high distinction.
- Licensed to practice law in Minnesota State and Federal Courts as well as the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Member of Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota (“ICBM”).
- Member of ICBM Legislative Committee.
- Matthew has argued numerous cases in front of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, including 3 that resulted in published opinions.
- In law school, Matthew was a managing student editor of the Constitutional Commentary Law Journal.