Matthew Rowan

Managing Partner

Matt is a criminal defense and civil litigator and business and real estate attorney.  With a legal background that spans criminal defense work 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.  

Matt 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 counsel where he performed extensive mergers and acquisitions, real estate, litigation case management, and contract review work.   

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

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • US District Court for the District of Oregon

Professional Memberships / 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)
  • American Inns of Court: Member (2010-Present)
  • Center for Non-Profit Legal Services: Board of Directors: Treasurer (2017-Present), Member (2015-2020)
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel: Member (2015-2018)
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association: Member (2013-2014, 2018- Present)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish / Español
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