Matt Segal’s practice focuses on litigation, counseling and dispute resolution for public and private clients.
Matt’s litigation experience spans the appellate and trial court level, with an emphasis on complex appellate matters, federal and state constitutional law, municipal law, insurance coverage, land use, public records, and media & privacy issues. Matt has appeared and presented arguments in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Washington Supreme Court, all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts for the Western District of Washington and Eastern District of Washington, District of D.C., Southern District of California, and District of Maine.
Matt also regularly counsels and defends public clients with respect to a wide range of topics. Matt’s work for public clients has included representing cities such as Bellevue, Seattle, Federal Way and Yakima; and other public entities such as Sound Transit, the Tacoma School District, and the King County Rural Library District.
Prior to the founding of Pacifica Law Group, Matt was a partner at the law firm of K&L Gates, and an associate at its predecessor firm Preston Gates & Ellis. Before entering private practice, Matt also served as a judicial clerk for Justice Charles W. Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court, where he drafted opinions on issues ranging from software licensing to capital punishment, reviewed legal briefings on cases before the court, and made recommendations to the bench. Matt also worked as an extern for the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel, where he tried cases as criminal defense counsel for disadvantaged youths. Matt began his legal career as a law clerk for Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler in Tacoma, Wash.
Matt served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Washington, and has been repeatedly commended by the Washington State Bar Association for his pro bono legal work.
Matt earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, in 1999, summa cum laude. He was a Presidential Law Scholar and Lead Article Editor for the Seattle University Law Review. He earned his B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993. At Berkeley, Matt also served as the News Director for KALX Radio. Before he became a lawyer, Matt worked as a print and broadcast journalist, including filings and submissions for the Associated Press, A.P. Network News, ABC News, the Alaska Public Radio Network and Pacific Islands Monthly in Fiji.