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About Me

I earned a physics Ph.D. in 1993 from George Washington University and worked in research until 2006. I built nuclear detectors at two government labs, and then transferred to Oregon Health and Science University where I was part of a group designing, building, and testing novel laser-microscope probes to study inner-ear motions. I left research to attend law school, and opened a solo practice in Vancouver in 2010 after receiving my JD from Lewis and Clark.. I accept cases in most non-criminal areas; most of my experience has been in landlord/tenant, family law, guardianship, and contracts.

I have a pretty wide life background that I think adds value to my representation of clients. I have built fences, worked in mills, trained horses, been a hospital radiation safety technician, delivered coffee and doughnuts, taught computer programing in a community college, and managed construction of a detector system with an 80-ton magnet, a complex vacuum system, miles of cables and hundreds of electronics channels, among others.

My philosophy is to find the quickest route to a fair solution. I try to advise my clients on the realities of their situation, agree on an outcome they will be satisfied with, and then work hard to get that result for them.



Practice Areas


  1. Family: 25%
    5 years, 20 cases
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 25%
    5 years, 10 cases
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 25%
    5 years, 100 cases
  4. Guardianship: 25%
    5 years, 6 cases



Hourly ($185/hour)

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Casey Sanders

    Scott is an excellent negotiator for his clients and works relentlessly to find a solution to their legal problems.


    Casey Sanders Child Custody Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Erin Blake Wasley

    Scott is a very smart and hard-working attorney. He thinks outside of the box and is not afraid to take tricky cases. I have seen Scott go above and beyond for his clients.


    Erin Wasley Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

1014 Franklin St Ste 218
Vancouver, WA, 98660-3040



Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Volunteer of the YearClark County Volunteer Lawyer's Program2010
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyScott K. Matthews PLLC2009 - Present
Senior Research AssociateOregon Health and Science University1998 - 2009
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Clark County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis and Clark Law SchoolN/AJD2009
George Washington UniversityPhysicsPhD - Doctorate1993