MATTHEW R. TAYLOR

503.525.2525 Ext. 2116

971.708.0558 (Direct Line)

Taylor@RosenLawFirm.com

Mr. Taylor joined the firm at the end of June 2021 as an associate. Mr. Taylor has extensive litigation experience in both Oregon and Washington. He was born and raised in Mississippi and spent four years in Washington, D.C., where he obtained his BA from Georgetown University. 

After graduating from Lewis and Clark Law School, Mr. Taylor clerked at the Multnomah County Circuit Court, then moved to southern Oregon to become a public defender. As a public defender, he was quickly promoted to defending major felony cases. He was frequently in court and won numerous not guilty verdicts as the sole or lead trial counsel. Mr. Taylor's career then moved to civil work, working for a Portland law firm where much of his work was the defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims. He has also represented insurers against claims for bad faith.  

Before law school, Mr. Taylor worked as a teambuilding instructor for Outward Bound. His Outward Bound students included office workers; local community organizations; private and public school groups ( ranging from third graders through college kids); religious organizations; defense contractors preparing to travel overseas to provide logistics support in Iraq and Afghanistan; "at-risk" teenagers; cancer patients; and children with disabilities. He also led two-week-long wilderness courses for the character development of middle school-aged boys. During these camping expeditions, the boys learned wilderness skills and life lessons while canoeing, rock-climbing, and backpacking in the mountains of New England and exploring the outer islands of Boston Harbor in old-fashioned pulling boats equipped with sails.

While in law school, Mr. Taylor was awarded a stipend by Lewis and Clark's Public Interest Law Project, which allowed him to spend a summer between his second and third years as a law clerk for the Mississippi Center for Justice, where he worked on juvenile justice reform and access to health care.

While working in southern Oregon, Mr. Taylor volunteered as a camp counselor. He also served as a judge for student mock trial competitions, and contributed to invasive species eradication projects at nearby preserves owned or managed by the Nature Conservancy.

Education

• Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon

      o J.D. 2005

      o Environmental Law Certificate

• Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

      o B.A. Philosophy Major, 2000

      o Minor in Government & Theology

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONSLess

• Oregon, 2005

• Washington, 2016

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONSLess

•Oregon State Bar Association

• Washington State Bar Association

• Multnomah (Portland, Oregon) Bar Association

HONORS & AWARDS

• Best brief in legal analysis & writing section

• Pro Bono Honors Award

• Public Interest Law Project Stipend Recipient

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