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C. Matthew Andersen

C. Matthew Andersen
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Cheryl Krengel


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, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas of Emphasis


  • 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

A Principal in the firm, Matt joined Winston & Cashatt after serving three years as a prosecutor in the United States Army Judge Advocate Corps (JAG). 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. Matt has been accorded the highest lawyer rating of “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell.

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

He has extensive experience and advises in disputed business transactions, construction claims, products liability and employment issues.

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

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

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.

Professional and Civic Activities:

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Lands Council
  • Board of Advisors, Gonzaga University School of Law’s Commercial Law Center
  • Spokane County Bar Association, Treasurer/Board of Trustees/Past President
  • Past Member of the Women Helping Women Advisory Board

Reported Decisions:

  • Johnson v. Central Valley School District, 97 Wn.2d 419, 645 P.2d 1088 (1982)
  • Meyers v. Newport Consolidated School District, 31 Wn.App. 145, 639 P.2d 853 (1982)
  • Smith v. Ohio Casualty Co., 37 Wn.App. 71, 678 P.2d 829 (1984)
  • Havelick v. Chobot, 851 P.2d 1010, Idaho (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 & Trucking Painting, 103 P.3d 792 (2004) 32 Wn.App. 714
  • Metropolitan Services, Inc. v. City of Spokane, 649 P.2d 642 (1982)
  • Beal Bank v. Sarich, 161 Wn.2d 544 (2007)
  • Riverstone Center, et al. v. Barnes & Nobel, 436 Fed. Appx. 782, No. 10 35668  (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Dickson v. Avista, 153 Wn.App. 1023, No. 27745-3-III (2009)

Unpublished Decisions:

  • Flood v. Miller, 35 Fed. Appx. 701, 2002 WL 1135932 (9th Cir) (Idaho)