When people are not able to make their own good, responsible medical, personal and financial decisions, (most often because they have a disability, disease such as dementia or have been incapacitated in an accident), I help by getting a substitute decision maker appointed, or developing a less restrictive strategy that will make sure they are safe and protected.
I was born and raised in Minnesota. I went to Omaha, Nebraska for college, earning a business degree from Creighton University in 1993. I then returned home for law school, earning a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1996. After law school my first job in the legal field was in Buffalo, Minnesota, clerking for Wright County District Court Judge Bruce R. Douglas. When my clerkship ended, I began practicing law in Buffalo, Minnesota at Johnson, Larson, Peterson & Matt, P.A., becoming a shareholder after four years. I have 18 years of courtroom experience, in a wide variety of areas, including civil litigation, family law, probate, guardianships and conservatorships, personal injury, business transactions and estate planning.
My passion, outside of the law, is long distance running. Running is my "me time". I've completed a dozen marathons and am likely training for the next one now!
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|MN||Authorized to practice||1996||06/15/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2005|
|Rising Star||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||2004|
|Owner and Attorney||Spence Legal Services, LLC (formerly Matt Legal Services)||2010 - Present|
|Shareholder and Managing Attorney||Johnson, Larson, Peterson & Matt, P.A.||1998 - 2010|
|Law Clerk to the Honorable Bruce R. Douglas||10th Judicial District - State of Minnesota||1996 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|MAGIC (Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship)||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|MAGIC (Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship)||Board of Directions (Communications Chair and Member At Large)||2013 - Present|
|Rotary Club of Buffalo||Toys For Tots Coordinator||2010 - Present|
|Minnesota Association for Guardianships and Conservatorships (MAGIC)||Member||2005 - Present|
|PATH Crisis Nursery Of Wright County||Advisory Committee Member||2000 - Present|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar Association||President||2009 - 2010|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar Association||Vice President||2008 - 2009|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar Association||Treasurer||2007 - 2008|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar Association||Secretary||2006 - 2007|
|University of Minnesota Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|Creighton University||Accounting||Other - Bachelors||1993|
|The District Court Show - QCTV||Guardianships and Conservatorships||2010|
|10th District Law Clerk CLE||Guardianships and Conservatorships: The Basics and Beyond||2010|
|Monticello Senior Center||Planning for Incapacity||2008|