Jeffrey T. Matson is an associate in the Business Department with a focus on Environmental and Energy issues. Jeff also assists in providing strategic legal advice in general litigation and Indian law matters. Mr. Matson received his J.D. and Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Jeff helps clients comply with key federal and state environmental statutes. For example, he leveraged his understanding of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations controlling the alternatives analysis under NEPA in representing the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians in a matter before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
During law school, Jeff was the Ninth Circuit Environmental Review Editor for the Environmental Law journal and served on the Moot Court Honor Board. Prior to law school, he obtained his Bachelor of Science and gained valuable leadership experience from the United States Military Academy. Jeff majored in environmental engineering at West Point and, after passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE), is a certified Engineer-in-Training (EIT).
Mr. Matson served as a Legal Extern for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division, where he assisted in providing legal advice and research to five District offices regarding Federal Columbia River Power System litigation, environmental restoration and ecosystem protection, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, natural resources law, and federal Indian law. He also served as a Law Clerk to the Oregon Department of Justice, Natural Resources Section where he focused his research on Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) issues, Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) and Clean Air Act (CAA) permit matters at the Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (UMCDF), and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
Jeff is also a published author. His analysis of a novel water recoupment remedy in “Postjudgment ‘Water Interest’: Lifting the Headgate to Let Appropriate Compensation Flow for Unlawful Diversions” was featured in volume 15 of the University of Denver Water Law Review. And his vision of a next-generation interstate compact in “Interstate Water Compact Version 3.0: Missouri River Basin Compact Drafters Should Consider an Inter-Sovereign Approach to Accommodate Federal and Tribal Interests in Water Resources” is slated to be published in volume 88 of the North Dakota Law Review.
- Ater Wynne LLP – Associate, Portland, OR, 2012
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division, Office of Counsel – Legal Extern, Portland, OR, 2011
- Oregon Department of Justice, Natural Resources Section – Law Clerk, Portland, OR, 2010–2011
- Saturday Academy, Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering – Director, 2008–2009
- Abbott Laboratories, Diagnostics Division — Product Specialist & Key Account Executive, 2004–2007
- U.S. Army, Signal Corps — Captain, 1999–2004
- Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D. & Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, 2012
- United States Military Academy, B.S. Environmental Engineering, 1999
- Oregon State Bar, Environmental & Natural Resources Section
- American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and Water Resources Committee
- Run Portland
- Bowerman Athletic Club
- The Oil and Gas Boom and Water Resources: Impacts to States and Tribes, North Dakota Law Review Energy Law Lecture Series 2013