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Mathew W. Lauritsen
Mathew believes a pragmatic, collaborative approach yields the best—and most efficient—results for his clients. Whether litigating claims in court or strongly advocating his clients’ positions over the negotiating table, Mathew continuously and creatively seeks the shortest path to his clients’ objectives.
Since 2008, Mathew has practiced primarily in the areas of creditors’ rights, business and loan litigation and commercial bankruptcy. While his practice is specialized, Mathew’s successful representation of commercial lenders, bankruptcy trustees, businesses, investment funds and others has often required a “Swiss Army Knife” approach to legal representation. This reflects the fact that resolving complex legal challenges often requires more than one tool from the lawyer’s proverbial toolbox.
Mathew has litigated claims involving breach of contract, enforcement of security interests and real property foreclosure, judicial dissolution of business entities, appointment of commercial receivers, fraudulent and preferential transfers of property, and denial of bankruptcy discharge. On the other hand, Mathew has completed transactions in the context of loan workouts, forbearance and settlement agreements, deed-in-lieu conveyances, real property sales and lease agreements, UCC collateral sales and auctions, security interest documentation, collateral assignments, boundary disputes, easement enforcement, loan acquisition due diligence, among other matters.
Though born in Northern California, Mathew was raised in rural Vermont and earned his undergraduate degree at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and his law degree from the University of Washington. Before joining Kell, Alterman & Runstein, L.L.P., Mathew was an associate for the Northwest law firm Ball Janik, L.L.P. When not in the office, Mathew spends his time working on his 1929 house with his wife, playing with their two children, gardening, hiking and mountaineering, brewing beer, and running the occasional obstacle course race.