Matthew Preusch practices in Keller Rohrback’s nationally-recognized Complex Litigation Group. Before joining Keller Rohrback, Matthew served as an honors attorney in the Oregon Department of Justice’s appellate and trial divisions. He was a judicial extern for the Hon. Michael W. Mosman in the District of Oregon during law school. Prior to his legal career, he spent 10 years as a journalist in the Pacific Northwest, covering regional and national news for The Oregonian, The New York Times and other publications.
Matthew is passionate about protecting people and the environment. He’s helped initiate landmark consumer litigation related to Volkswagen’s “Clean Diesel” deceit and Wells Fargo’s unauthorized account scheme. When studies of moss samples in trees in Portland, Oregon identified several pollution “hotspots” in that city, he and others at Keller Rohrback launched cases on behalf of residents to hold the responsible manufacturers accountable. Working on behalf of government entities, including the State of Oregon, Matthew has investigated or is litigating claims related to PCB contamination and the opioid epidemic.
Bar and Court Admissions
2014, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
2014, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
2014, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
2014, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Pomona College – B.A., 2000, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013, Environmental & Natural Resources Law Certificate
Professional and Civic Involvement
Federal Bar Association, Member
Santa Barbara Bar Association, Member
Articles & Presentations
Panelist, Bridgeport Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference, “Current State of the Law on Ascertainability and Standing,” January 2017
Speaker, Bridgeport Environmental Class Action Webinar, March 2016
Panelist, Lewis and Clark Law School, Public Interest Law Project, “Cutting-Edge Bet the Company Mega Class Action CLE” February 2016
Speaker, Harris Martin Porter Ranch Gas Leak Litigation Conference, “Remedies,” 19 January 2016
Panelist, Bridgeport Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference, “Current State of the Law on Ascertainability and Standing,” January 2016
Matthew Preusch, How to Ethically and Effectively Talk to Reporters, Environmental Law News, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Spring 2015).
Speaker, Don’t Say, “No Comment”: How To Ethically and Effectively Talk to Reporters, Santa Barbara County Bar Association (Sep. 16, 2015)
Oregon State Bar Environmental & Natural Resources Section Case Notes (July 2015)
Matthew Preusch, Tim Weaver, Yakama Tribes’ Salmon Champion, Says His Goodbyes, The Oregonian (Jan. 1, 2010).
Matthew Preusch, DEQ to Help Polluter Seek Federal Break on Mercury Emission, The Oregonian (Aug. 19, 2009).
Matthew Preusch, Amid Forests Ashes, A Debate Over Logging Profits is Burning On, The New York Times (Apr. 15, 2004)