Professional and Civic Activities

  • Pro Bono Bankruptcy Clinic Volunteer, Legal Aid Services of Oregon 
  • Volunteer, Imprint Program, MBA Service to the Public Committee, 
  • Super Lawyer "Rising Star" in Bankruptcy Practice (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Portland Business Journal, "People on the Move" (2013, 2014)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon, 2008
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – District of Oregon, 2009
    • U.S. District Court – District of Oregon, 2009
  • Washington, 2014
    • U.S. District Court – Western District of Washington, 2014
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court – Western District of Washington, 2014


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA (2008)
    • Member, Student Bar Association
    • Member, UW Mediation Clinic
  • Extern for the Hon. Judge Eric J. Bloch, Multnomah County Circuit Court (2006)
  • B.A., Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (2000)
    • Philosophy and Literature

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.  

Representative projects

  • Representation of regional commercial lender in claims against borrowers for fraudulent transfer, conversion, willful destruction of collateral, and denial of discharge in related bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Representation of real estate investment company to pursue creditor claims and defend counterclaims relating to a $14MM loan secured by 14 acres of commercial real estate in Clackamas County.
  • Representation of an individual creditor against a Chapter 13 debtor to have the case converted to Chapter 7 as a result of the debtor's bad faith and fraud.
  • Representation of the Avoidance Trustee appointed in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of a wholesaler and distributor of hardware tools for the purpose of recovering preferential transfers against numerous national-level vendors.
  • Representation of Danish manufacturer of high-end speaker equipment on contract claim against local components manufacturer.
  • Representation of the Board of Trustees for a union representing public sector workers in pursuit of state-court fraudulent transfer claims relating to Oregon real property.
  • Representation of Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee, in cooperation with Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee of insider debtor, to take control of and manage the debtor's 50% general partnership interest in family partnership and cause the liquidation of $1.2MM in stock.

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