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C. Matthew Andersen


Matt Andersen's practice focuses on commercial and business related litigation. He is admitted at all levels of state and federal courts in Washington and Idaho. He has appeared in matters in Montana, Oregon, Alaska, and California, as well as before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

He has extensive experience in disputed business transactions, construction claims, products liability and employment issues. Within those areas, Matt advises clients in numerous matters involving contracts, banking practices, municipal law, employment agreements, retaliatory firings, and discrimination.

Disputed Business Transactions: Represents clients in cases involving breach of contract, securities disputes, partnership and joint venture dissolutions, business negligence, lending relationships, foreclosures, and collections.

Construction Claims: Clients seek counsel on a variety of issues, including bid disputes, extra work claims, changes, delays, unforeseen conditions, changed conditions, and equitable adjustment claims.

Product Liability: Represents clients in cases involving defective products.

Contract and Employment Issues: Represents clients in cases involving business contracts, including employment claims and labor disputes, retaliatory firings, employment agreements, and discrimination issues.

A Principal in the firm, Matt joined Winston & Cashatt after serving three years as a prosecutor in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. He is a frequent lecturer on business, banking, and employment issues, and taught UCC Article 2 at Gonzaga School of Law as an adjunct professor.

Before attending law school, Matt was employed as a research associate with Braddock, Dunn & MacDonald, a defense contractor, from 1971 to 1973.

Professional and Civic Activities:

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice 
  • Federal Bar Association of the Eastern District of Washington - Lawyer Representative to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference
  • The Lands Council
  • Board of Advisors, Gonzaga University School of Law's Commercial Law Center
  • President, Spokane County Bar Association (2012-2013)

Reported Decisions:

  • Johnson v. Central Valley School District, 97 Wn.2d 419, 645 P.2d 1088 (1982)
  • Smith v. Ohio Casualty Co., 37 Wn. App. 71, 678 P.2d 829 (1984)
  • Havelick v. Chobot, 123 Idaho 714, 851 P.2d 1010 (1993)
  • IPCA v. McHugh, 61 Wn. App. 403, 810 P.2d 535 (1991)
  • Christoffersen v. U.S., 230 Ct. Cl. 998 (1982)
  • Spokane County v. Specialty Auto and Truck Painting, Inc., 153 Wn.2d 238, 103 P.3d 792 (2004)
  • Metropolitan Services, Inc. v. Spokane, 32 Wn. App. 714, 649 P.2d 642 (1982)
  • Beal Bank v. Sarich, 161 Wn.2d 544, (2007)

Unpublished Decisions:

  • Flood v. Miller, 35 Fed. Appx. 701, 2002 WL 1135932 (9th Cir. 2002)
  • Dickson v. Avista Energy, 153 Wn. App. 1023 (2009)

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  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1976
  • Iowa State University, B.S. in Political Science, 1971

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • Idaho State Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Court of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe