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Matthew B. Edwards

medwards@owensdavies.com
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Phone: (360) 943-8320
Fax: (360) 943-6150

1115 West Bay Drive, Suite 302
Olympia, Washington 98502

Matt Edwards has been a civil litigation attorney with Owens Davies since 1991. Matt started practice with Karr Tuttle in Seattle, Washington in 1988 after clerking for Chief Justice Keith Callow of the Washington State Supreme Court.

Matt’s practice is devoted to civil litigation, including insurance coverage litigation, commercial litigation, litigation of lien claims, and trust and estate litigation. Matt’s practice includes a wide range of cases, on behalf of local governments, national and local businesses, and private individuals, in front of Washington courts of many different varieties and levels. Matt has represented numerous clients before the Washington State Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Education

JD, University of Washington, 1988
Order of the Coif Member, University of Washington Law Review: 1987-1988

MA, Columbia University, 1982

BA, Honors History; BA, Latin, University of Washington, 1981
Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Thurston County Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association
Member Since: 1988

U.S. District Court
Member Since: 1990

United States Court of Appeals
Member Since: 1991

Legal Specialties and Certifications

Washington State Supreme Court Law Clerk, 1988-1989

Featured Cases and Matters

Matt has a general civil litigation practice, including the areas of insurance coverage, commercial disputes, real property disputes (including title insurance claims and coverage, purchase and sale litigation, easements, and timber trespass), trust and estate disputes, and lien claims and disputes.

Matt also has a substantial appellate practice. Matt has handled several cases before the Washington State Supreme Court, and numerous cases before the Washington State Court of Appeals.

Successful cases involving the decisions of appellate courts:

Reported Cases:

James Young v. Judith Young, 164 Wn.2d 477; 191 P.3d 1158, (2008)

Obtained approximately ½ million dollar recovery at trial under theory of unjust enrichment based on client’s work improving real property for his aunt. On appeal, obtained decision adding approximately $250,000 to the judgment. Successfully defended the Court of Appeals’ decision before the Supreme Court

White Coral Corp. v. Geyser Giant Clam Farms, LLC, 145 Wn.App. 862, 189 P.3d 205 (2008), review denied, 165 Wn.2d 1018, 199 P.3d 411 (2009).

Obtained order from trial court requiring out of state corporate plaintiff to post substantial bond to secure defendant’s claim for payment of costs pursuant to RCW 4. After defendant failed to post the bond, obtained dismissal of defendant’s claims. Successfully defended dismissal before Court of Appeals;

Witt v. Port of Olympia, 126 Wn.App. 752, 109 P.3d 489 (2005).

Obtained trial court dismissal of plaintiff’s petition under the Land Use Petition Act based on plaintiff’s failure to properly serve the Port with the petition.

West Hill v. City of Olympia, 115 Wn.App 444, 63 P.3d 160 (2003)

City denied plat claiming that the client’s property had allegedly been illegally subdivided prior to client’s purchase of it. Obtained reversal of trial court order affirming City’s denial of preliminary plat.

In re: Estate of Curry, 98 Wn.App. 107, 988 P.2d 505 (1999).

Convinced Court of Appeals to construe will as creating testamentary trust based on trial court’s findings as to decedent’s intent. This decision is now routinely cited for the proposition that the Court’s principal obligation in construing a will is to effectuate the testator’s intent;

State v. Grays Harbor County, 122 Wn.2d. 244, 857 P.2d 1039 (1993)

Obtained reversal of trial court’s denial of SEPA appeal on grounds that County was required to provide single consolidated appeal process to which longest analogous appeal period must apply.

Unreported decisions/ successfully settled cases:

Mauerman and Davis v. Hollamer Investments, LLC (No. 32250-1-II). Obtained order from trial court dismissing plaintiff’s construction lien claims. Successfully defended trial court decision before Court of Appeals;

Russell v. Armstrong (No. 30106-7-II).

Convinced Court of Appeals to reverse, as abuse of discretion, trial court decision holding client in contempt. Also obtained order from Court of Appeals directing all further trial level proceedings to occur in front of different judge.

Overhulse Neighborhood Association v. Thurston County (No. 20165-8-II).

Obtained trial court order dismissing LUPA petition based on petitioner’s failure to name all landowners as defendants; successfully defended dismissal before Court of Appeals.

Schulte v. First American Title Company (No. 38931-2-II).

Obtained judgment from trial court on client’s claim for coverage against title insurer for diminished value of property resulting from County’s notice of legal lot determination. Mediated settlement achieved after insurer filed notice of discretionary review. Point Ruston LLC v. Olson Bros. Excavating, Inc (No. 38367-5-II). Defended against frivolous construction lien claim before Pierce County Superior Court. Case settlement achieved based upon briefing submitted to Court of Appeals.

Templeton v. Homestreet Development Corp. (No. 37793-4-II).

Obtained judgment dismissing substantial lien claim as frivolous from Lewis County Superior Court. Mediated settlement of underlying dispute subsequently achieved.

Horwitz v. Villalva (No. 28267-4-II).

Obtained trial court judgment against property manager, case thereafter successfully settled.

In re: Estate of Townsend (No. 25179-5).

Case successfully settled after completion of appellate court briefing describing trial court error in dividing estate.