Professional Biography
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Matthew (Matt) J. Mertens Associate

  • Portland

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    1120 NW Couch Street, 10th Floor

    Portland, OR




Matt Mertens counsels clients in all stages of commercial litigation, from pre-suit matters to appeals. His experience includes drafting pleadings, pretrial motions, discovery requests and hearing memoranda. Matt regularly researches and analyzes complex legal issues relating to transactions and corporate restructuring.

Matt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Elizabeth Perris of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon, where he worked closely with Judge Perris to draft rulings on dispositive motions and trials. He also researched a range of issues at the intersection of bankruptcy and state law, including nondischargeability questions and the preclusive effect of state court judgements.

Matt received his J.D. with Order of the Coif from the University of Oregon School of Law and his B.S. in psychology, cum laude, from Tufts University.

Professional Leadership

  • Oregon New Lawyers Division, CLE Subcommittee, Co-Chair, 2016 - present
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Membership Committee, Member, 2015 - 2017

Community Involvement

  • Portland Fruit Tree Project, Board of Directors, 2014 - 2015


  • Hon. Elizabeth Perris, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon, 2013 - 2014


Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Oregon


  • University of Oregon School of Law, J.D.,
    Order of the Coif
    , 2013
  • Tufts University, B.S., Psychology,
    cum laude
    , 2009
  • Tufts University, B.A., Spanish, 2009