Overview

Matthew Singer is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight’s Anchorage and Portland offices. Mr. Singer has an extensive trial and appellate practice, with several prominent trial victories and precedent-setting cases. His diverse practice emphasizes complex litigation and natural resources law in Alaska and Oregon courts.

Business Disputes: Mr. Singer has successfully prosecuted and defended trade secret disputes, breach of contract actions, franchise disagreements and unfair trade practices claims. Mr. Singer has also been involved in shareholder disputes, internal investigations and other corporate matters involving closely held businesses and Alaska Native Corporations.

Environmental, Natural Resources and Property Law: Mr. Singer routinely serves as a litigator and counselor in matters touching on lands, waters and natural resources.

  • Mining: Mr. Singer works with companies on due diligence, mineral claim transactions, risk assessment, state and federal permitting for exploration and development, and in litigated matters related to project permitting.
  • Water Law: Mr. Singer serves as general counsel to a prominent irrigation district in central Oregon, providing advice and counsel on water rights, Endangered Species Act compliance, property law, environmental disputes and commercial matters.
  • Property Rights: Numerous Alaska Native Corporations, private landowners and irrigation districts call on Mr. Singer for counsel in right-of-way disputes, trespass actions, and other property disputes, including those involving the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and alleged RS 2477 right-of-ways.
  • Contamination: Mr. Singer has regulatory and litigation experience involving contaminated sites, and has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and judgments against responsible parties for cleanup costs.

Education Law: For almost 20 years, Mr. Singer has represented school districts on a variety of education law matters, including special education law, student privacy requirements, administrative law, and a variety of litigated matters ranging from commercial disputes to free speech and personal injury defense.

Employment and Tort Cases: Mr. Singer has numerous trial and motions victories representing employers in wrongful termination, discrimination and other employment claims. He has also represented property owners, public entities and businesses in defense of catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims.

Experience

  • Defended a chain of retail outlets from unfair trade practices class action and obtained settlement on favorable terms

  • Successfully defended employers in a wide range of actions, including: a whistleblower action filed by former employees; a wrongful death and excessive force claim stemming from an arrest by a public safety officer; and wrongful discharge and overtime claims filed by former employees

  • Achieved a $2.2 million settlement in a dispute involving environmental contamination
  • Prevailed following a lengthy trial on behalf of a prominent mining company in defending against a constitutional challenge to mineral exploration permits
  • Won trespass trial for fishing lodge owner against neighboring lodges that claimed a historic trail allowed them to cross the property and tie up airplanes to its banks

  • Obtained a $1.7 million judgment after a lengthy trial in an architecture malpractice case

  • Successfully challenged the Lt. Governor in court for refusing to certify a ballot initiative about fish conservation 
  • Obtained summary judgment striking a version of a ballot initiative that threatened to prevent all new mining in the state 
  • Successfully defended numerous campaigns before the Alaska Public Offices Commission, and investigated and prosecuted an APOC complaint about campaign misconduct that resulted in the largest settlement in state history

Credentials

Education
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D., Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, cum laude
  • Colorado College, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Alaska
  • Oregon
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska
Memberships
  • American Bar Association 
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
Honors & Awards
  • Alaska Super Lawyers magazine, 2011-2015, 2018

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