Matthew T. Findley

Matt is a shareholder who joined Ashburn & Mason in 2004.  Matt’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, appellate litigation, oil & gas law, and regulated utilities.  He has litigated cases in a variety of settings, including federal and state trial courts, federal and state appellate courts, private arbitration, administrative tribunals, and public commissions such as the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.   This experience includes briefing and arguing multiple appeals to the both Alaska Supreme Court and  the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as briefing and arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States in Sturgeon v. Frost, 136 S.Ct. 1061 (2016).   Matt is co-chair of the Appellate Section of the Alaska Bar and is a member of the Bar’s Fee arbitration committee. 

Prior to joining Ashburn & Mason, Matt was an associate at the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins, a multinational law firm, where he was an intellectual property and securities litigator.   After graduating law school, Matt served as a law clerk for Justice Robert L. Eastaugh of the Alaska Supreme Court, and for the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Matt is also admitted in both California and Illinois. 

Matt has received a pro bono award of merit from Alaska Legal Services and a Certificate of Appreciation for pro bono service from the Alaska Immigration Justice Project.  Matt has a Martindale Hubble AV rating and has been recognized as a litigation star by Benchmark Litigation. 

Matt is active in the community and serves as Board President of  the Alaska Hemophilia Association, Board Secretary of the Alaska Center for Collaborative Child Therapy dba Adam’s Camp Alaska, and a Board member of the Stone Soup Group, which provides support and services to children with special needs and their families.   Matt also remains an active musician and has played with numerous orchestras and ensembles over the years.  He is currently the principal trumpet in the Anchorage Civic Orchestra and has played with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra and Anchorage Concert Chorus Orchestra.

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Education 

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude (1999)
  • B.A. & B.Mus., George Washington University, magna cum laude, Political Science, Music Performance (1996)

Admitted 

  • Illinois (1999)
  • California (2002)
  • Alaska (2005)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2001)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2002)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California (2002)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California (2003)
  • United States District Court for the District of Alaska (2005)
  • United States Supreme Court (2006)