ABOUT OUR FIRM

Matt Rowan and Sara Collins grew up in Medford, Oregon. They both attended the University of Oregon as undergraduates and later went on to graduate from the University of Oregon School of Law. Life adventures took each of them across the U.S. and beyond—Matt taught English as a Second Language in New York and Sara did the same in Costa Rica. They both eventually returned home to the Rogue Valley and are excited to use their combined years of experience to help the community they know and love.

PRACTICING PARTNERS

Practicing Areas

Criminal Defense
DUII/DWI Defense
Expungement
Juvenile Law
Family Law
Restraining & Stalking Orders

Bar Associations

Oregon
Alaska (inactive)

Sara Collins is a family law, juvenile dependency, and criminal litigator.  Sara was born and raised in Medford, Oregon.  Several adventures later, she returned to the Rogue Valley.  Sara graduated from the University of Oregon in 1995 with a degree in Political Science.  Following graduation, she spent a year in Costa Rica teaching English to elementary-aged children.  Upon her return to the United States, Sara attended the University of Oregon School of Law, graduating in 2001.

Following graduation, Sara accepted a judicial clerkship in Anchorage, Alaska.  After several years, she returned to Oregon and began practicing criminal law with the Lane County Public Defender's office.  Sara later worked at the Oregon Department of Justice in Eugene, Oregon, where she represented the Department of Human Services and handled dependency law issues.  In 2010, Sara returned to Southern Oregon and practiced criminal law for several years.  Most recently, before co-founding Collins Rowan, LLP, Sara worked as an attorney at Hornecker Cowling, LLP where she practiced family and juvenile law.

Sara's extensive background in trial work and practice in criminal and juvenile law compliment her current practice. Sara focuses helping clients resolve criminal charges, dependency cases, domestic issues, including marriage dissolution, asset valuation, and child custody and visitation issues. She has a passion for her areas of practice. She is a caring, diligent, persistent, and strong courtroom advocate.

Outside of work, Sara tries her best to squeeze in time for running, skiing, relaxing in the sun with a good book, and traveling.

Professional Memberships and Organizations

Oregon State Bar:
Member (2001-Present)

Jackson County Bar Association:
Member (2004-2005, 2010-Present)

Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association:
Board Member (2013-2015)
Member (2004-2008, 2009-Present)

Jackson County Circuit Court Pro Tem Judge:
(2015-Present)

William V. Deatherage American Inns of Court:
Member (2012-Present)

Jackson County Mental Health Court Advisory Committee:
Member (2016-Present)

Education

University of Oregon School of Law: 
Juris Doctorate (2001)

University of Oregon:
Bachelors of Arts in Political Science (1995)

Practicing Areas

Automobile Dealership Law
Business Planning
Commercial & Business Litigation
Creditors' Rights
Criminal Defense
DUII/DWI Defense
Franchise Law
Mergers and Acquisitions
Real Estate Transactions

Bar Associations

Oregon
US District Court for the
District of Oregon

Languages

English
Spanish (Español)

Matt is a criminal and commercial litigator and business and real estate attorney.  With a legal background that spans criminal defense work as a former public defender to representing a Fortune 500 automobile retail company as its in-house corporate counsel, he developed a wide-range of legal experience that enables him to provide informed and prompt legal advice to his clients in a variety of legal areas.

Matthew Rowan is a Southern Oregon native.  He attended the University of Oregon as an undergraduate, graduating in 2005, summa cum laude and with departmental honors in both of his majors: Political Science and Spanish.  Following graduation, Matt joined the 2005 Teach for America corps and taught English as a Second Language to middle schoolers in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City while concurrently earning a Masters degree in Teaching.  He returned to the University of Oregon two years later to attend the University of Oregon School of Law, graduating in 2010.

Before co-founding Collins Rowan, LLP, Matt worked as an attorney at Foster Denman, LLP (2010-2013) in Medford, Oregon where his practice focused on commercial litigation and creditors' rights.  He then joined the Southern Oregon Public Defender (2013-2014) as a criminal defense attorney representing clients in misdemeanor, felony, DUI/DWI, and contempt cases.  Thereafter, he worked for Lithia Motors, Inc. (2014-2017) as its corporate attorney where he performed extensive mergers and acquisitions, real estate, litigation case management, and contract review work.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys everything having to do with sports and spending time in the great outdoors with his family.

Professional Memberships and Organizations

Oregon State Bar:
Member (2010-Present)
Practice & Procedure Committee (2012-2014)

Jackson County Bar Association:
President (2015-2016),
President-Elect (2014-2015),
Treasurer (2012-2014),
Member (2010-Present)

William V. Deatherage American Inns of Court:
Member (2010-Present)

Center for Non-Profit Legal Services:
Board of Directors:
Treasurer (2017-Present),
Member (2015-Present)

National Association of Dealer Counsel:
Member (2015-Present)

Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association:
Member (2013-2014, 2018- Present)

Education

University of Oregon School of Law:
Juris Doctorate (2010)

Pace University:
Master of Science in Teaching (2007)

University of Oregon Robert D. Clark Honors College:
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish (2005)
summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa