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Joel Matteson is in-house counsel for Barlean's, a dietary supplement manufacturing company in northern Washington with a global distribution. Mr. Matteson's wide-ranging legal practice includes contract drafting and negotiation, employment law, regulatory law, litigation, and intellectual property.

Mr. Matteson is honored to serve as a Washington State Bar Association delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates (2016-18), is currently an alternate to the Washington State Bar Association's Amicus Curiae Committee, is a former editor of De Novo, the official magazine of the Washington State Bar's Young Lawyer Division, and is a past member of the Washington State Bar's Young Lawyer Committee.

In addition to his full-time legal practice as corporate counsel, Mr. Matteson is pursuing a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in intellectual property from the University of Washington School of Law. Mr. Matteson received his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he received the CALI Award in Jurisprudence, and he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Mr. Matteson enjoys running, chess, sports (especially football), and his current reading project involves reading a book on each US President. He lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife, Katie, daughter Sophie, twins (on the way!), and Labrador retriever, Lucy.


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3660 Slater Road
Ferndale, WA, 98248


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Excellence for the Future AwardCALI2007
Jefferson MedalThomas Jefferson School of Law2007
Witkin Award of ExcellenceWitkin Legal Institute2007
Dean's ListThomas Jefferson School of LawN/A
Dean's ListUniversity of Colorado at BoulderN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
In-House CounselBarlean's2013 - Present
Civil Litigation AttorneyTario & Associates, P.S.2009 - 2013
Legal InternSan Diego County Public Defender-Juvenile Division2008 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, House of DelegatesState Delegate2016 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationAmicus Brief Committee Member (Alternate)2016 - 2017
Washington Young Lawyers CommitteeMember2012 - 2013
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionAssociate Editor, De Novo2011 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Negligence claim1.3 million
Auto accident$300,375.00
Successful defense of local business ownerDismissal of Charges
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
University of Colorado - BoulderAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
University of Washington School of LawIntellectual PropertyLL.M - Master of Laws (Anticipated 2019)N/A