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Matthew Zachary Crotty

Employment and labor Attorney at Spokane, WA

5.0   23 reviews
  • State Years
    Idaho - ID 13 years
    Washington - WA 16 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State ID
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Plaintiff oriented employment discrimination and retaliation practice that includes federal and state jury trial experience as well as a nation-wide USERRA class action and individual action practice.

    17 years, 75 cases

  2. Litigation
    Civil litigation emphasis with experience in individual and class action employment discrimination cases including federal jury trials for violations of the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA) and other statutes.

    17 years, 50 cases

I am a happily married father of three.  I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and exercising. Before becoming an attorney I served in the  U.S. Army. As to the law, I primarily do plaintiff side employment discrimination and retalition cases. I've tried cases to verdict in federal and state courts and have obtained verdicts ranging from $60, to > $1,000,. I must say, of course, that results may vary as one never truly knows what a jury (or judge) is going to do. 


Riverside NW Law Group, PLLC
905 West Riverside
Ste 208
Spokane, WA, 99201

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Posted by David | December 2, 2020
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Mathew Crotty
I hired Mathew Crotty as my attorney for my EEOC case. He listen to my issues, he kept me advised and updated with the process of this case. Matt always answer his telephone or unavailable would return my call asap. He support my feelings about this issue but also kept me on the right track in decision making throughout this case. He finalized my case with results which fully satisfied me. Thanks Matt.
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Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2019
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Excelente Service
retained Matt to help me resolve a dispute with my former employer. He was quick to respond to emails and answer my questions. He has excellent rapport and a positive attitude. I give him my highest recommendation.
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2018
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An Asian American citizen
Mr. Crotty accepted my two employment cases after a number of other attorneys’ rejections. He immediately worked on my cases diligently. In 2016, Mr. Crotty won the jury’s unanimous favor in my first case after a trial in the federal court. In 2017, Mr. Crotty won the Washington State Supreme Court’s unanimous support for the jury’s decision. The victory was historical: nine of the nine Justices! In 2018, Mr. Crotty brought good results to conclude my two cases. Mr. Crotty has impressed me not only by his outstanding professional skills to win victories, but also by his extraordinary patience and understanding for me, his client. Mr. Crotty is a true hero who defended the U.S. as an army ranger and intelligence officer in the past and defends American justice in court now. I give him the highest respect and recommendation.
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Posted by Rocky | February 26, 2018
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Honest, Straight forward
I was injured at work, and was fired by my employer. Matt Crotty took my case for wrongful termination and won my case. Matt is very dedicated and effective attorney. He was very responsive to all my questions and keeps you well informed.
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2018
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The most elite services you will ever receive
I left work at a nation-wide package delivery company to serve in the U.S. Army. After getting honorably discharged my employer wouldn’t give me my job back. Matt Crotty took my case and helped me get my job back.” top-tier services,
Posted by Rebecca | February 3, 2017
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Disability discrimination
I was fired by my federal employer shortly after telling them I had a disability. A government investigator determined that my claim had no merit, so I contacted Mr. Crotty who assembled a legal team (including Michael Love and Ryan Best who are from different law firms) to review my case. They determined that I had a valid disability discrimination case, and pursued it to a successful conclusion. At all times, Mr. Crotty kept me informed and answered all my questions. He and his team were respectful, supportive, straight-forward, and helpful in preparing me for the various stages of the process. I feel extremely lucky to have found Mr. Crotty and his team.
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2017
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USERRA lawsuit
I hired Matthew Crotty to represent me in a USERRA lawsuit against an employer. From the very beginning Matthew communicated to me the steps the process takes while also providing guidance. If I had questions Matthew was easy to contact and was willing to answer any questions I had. In addition, when Matthew was negotiating with the defense; he would keep me informed which helped ease my stress. Matthew Crotty and Thomas Jarrard were amazing lawyers that had the utmost integrity.
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Posted by Scott & LA | October 31, 2016
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Excellent Spokane Attorney
Matt Crotty is an excellent attorney with high integrity. Our son with disabilities suffered a severe injury at a hotel where the entrance was not ADA or state code compliant. We spent nine months on our own trying to negotiate with the hotel’s insurance company to be reasonable and pay a portion of the medical bills. They continually denied our request - so we finally turned to Matt for help. Thanks to Matt’s hard work we were offered a fair settlement that paid for our son’s medical bills as well as his pain and suffering. The hotel also made proper modifications to their facility so it is now more accessible for those with disabilities. Matt was kind, down to earth, honest, and knowledgeable throughout the process. We liked Matt’s Spokane roots, local Gonzaga University education, and his strong military background.
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Posted by Bob | January 26, 2016
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Excellent attorney
Matt represented me on a shareholder derivative lawsuit against my investment company’s manager. Matt’s work resulted in the court finding that the investment manager breached his fiduciary duties and a resulting settlement of the case. I would recommend Matt on such cases in the future.
Posted by Craig | August 31, 2015
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Mr. Crotty was beyond excellent with his handling and execution of my case and the two trials that it involved. He had a very difficult and challenging case that set precedent for all veterans across the US and was opposed by a council who’s tactics were less then above bar. His demeanor was fantastic throughout the case but the most impressive quality he has is his outstanding and dedicated work ethic. Mr. Crotty did not spare any time, cut corners or lower his standards for an easier and quicker solution that would have sacrificed an aspect of the case. Additionally his courtroom presence and speech and integrity is second to none. I was proud to have him represent me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2015
"Best" attorney around
My former employer fired me shortly after I told management I had cancer. I got referred to Matt Crotty. Matt did a great job working up my case. Ultimately Matt determined that my company probably violated state age and disability discrimination laws, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the COBRA statute. Matt's investigation also revealed that the company's deduction of business loss from my wages likely violated Washington wage law. Matt was able to work with the company in getting the matter resolved. I would recommend Matt to anyone with a discrimination or wage related claim.
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Posted by Brian | September 2, 2014
Truly Represented, Amazing Closing Argument
Matt has helped me periodically over the past few years. Always stellar work, and insightful analysis. Last month I saw him deliver his closing arguments in Federal Court for an employment discrimination jury trial. While usually I'm pretty skeptical of 'discrimination claims', I was totally entranced with Matt's closing. With a very detailed, powerful presentation, Matt led the jury (and I found myself reacting as well) to the only possible conclusion. It was as if he dropped bread crumbs for all of us to follow. Matt's representation of his client was not only professional, but he obviously cared deeply for his client. He was truly fighting like his own life was on the line. Persuasive, articulate, passionate, and clear. I know who I want in my corner representing me. Matt Crotty. Without a doubt. bsn
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Posted by Alex | December 31, 2013
Fantastic USERRA Attorney and Advocate
Matthew advised me fully and thoroughly on USERRA law as well as applicable state provisions of law as I entered the military. Matthew's expertise in this area is fantastic and he helped ensure, as a Reservist in the Armed Forces, that I received full benefits from my civilian employer while on active duty. Matthew was prompt and accurate in his legal advise and I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by Richard | October 4, 2013
Feel like the only client
Matt worked tirelessly on my behalf to settle a USERRA case against a Fortune 500 company. Throughout the process I knew he was dedicating his time to the case and I was never left "in the dark". Matt guided me through the complex process and never made promises he could not keep. He is one of the most honest and trustworthy people I have met and/or worked with in my long career. It is refreshing to have an attorney work this hard toward a fair and acceptable settlement. Even though I was not, I always felt that I was Matt's only client. That is a sign of quality communication skills and adept knowledge of the law. I recommend Matt without reservation.
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Posted by Al | July 21, 2013
Great job Matt, may not have got there without you
Matt was part of a team that represented me in a USERRA case involving a large company and large insurance. Because Matt has experience of being on both sides of litigation he brought an interesting dynamic to the table that provided insight and help me in making decisions especially in the latter parts of the case. The team and him are very knowledgeable on veterans laws and protections and being that they are all veterans it really helped in the communication section, they all understood where i was coming from. I could not have had a better team. Very grateful for your hard work and dedication Mr. Crotty, thank you.
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Posted by MAK | July 15, 2013
Top Shelf Attorney
I had a North Idaho wrongful termination case against a Fortune 500 company. It involved state and federal claims such as: ADEA (Age Discrimination), ADA (Disability), FLSA Collective Action (Wages, Overtime and Retaliation), Breach of Contract and more. I searched everywhere for an attorney and all I could find were money-mongers, or those who lacked the skill or desire to take on this company. I finally found Matt. My wife and I were given a contingency fee agreement that was easy to understand. Within three months Matt put together a team of attorneys who deposed the Defendants, filed a collective action (similar to class action), and filed for Partial Summary Judgment. Most attorneys seem distant and disinterested in the client's need for communication. Not so with Matt; he provided daily updates to ask my advice. How rare. Matt was up-to-date on the law and thorough in his preparation for trial. His motions were well-briefed and case law on point. His taking of depositions and witness gathering were strategic and gave us the tools to resolve our issues within 6 months. As a military man Matt is disciplined, fearless, and a defender of the law. He loves to right wrongs and defend the little guy who's been taken advantage of during this economic downturn. I'm a fan of this man who, months ago, was a stranger. So, if you are looking for legal help, you need look no farther.
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Posted by anonymous | July 2, 2013
A remarkable guy.
After working with a few attorneys in my life, I have to say that Matthew Crotty is one of a kind. I was honored enough to watch him in the courtroom, and found him to be articulate, knowledgeable and tremendously compassionate. He dealt with my employment case flawlessly. If you are looking for a good attorney, look no further!
Posted by Julie | June 6, 2013
Matt gave me timely and good assistance with some estate planning issues.
Posted by Anthony | December 22, 2012
Outstanding USERRA Attorney!
Matt represented me in a USERRA suit against a large employer who was defended by a large hundred-lawyer multinational law firm. During the course of the lawsuit Matt's work ethic, the quality of his work, his communication with me, his initiative, and his understanding of the Law were Outstanding. Matt was head and shoulders more knowledgeable of the USERRA statute than the opposing firm, and his work product, presentation, and professionalism were of the absolute highest quality and were never even remotely approached by the opposing firm. Even though the opposing firm was able to spend their way thru litigation with zero concern for simply doing what was fair and right, Matt remained calm and focused and was able to deliver me a good result. I'd recommend Matt without question to any individual seeking resolution with their employer, and any Service Member involved in a USERRA complaint would be well served by having Matt on their side.
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Posted by Dave | April 2, 2012
A truly great lawyer
Matthew went way beyond what was expected. He gave up precious family time to make sure that I was informed and taken care of. I was never out of the loop, and he made sure that I understood his perspective and that it was also the perspective that I had. Because of his military background, he is uniquely qualified to not only represent the soldier and combat veteran, but to understand the unique stressors that combat vets face as they return home. Not only would I use Matt again, but I would go to war with him, Thats how much I trust him.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Crotty & Son Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Witherspoon Kelley
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Paine Hamblen, LLP
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Officer
  • United States Army - Washington Army National Guard
  • 2001 - 2016
  • Intelligence officer
  • US Army
  • 1997 - 2001
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  • Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Washington
  • Masters
  • 2003
  • Gonzaga University
  • History
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Martin v. State of Washington
  • Settlement valued at approximately $15,000,000
  • Zhu v. ESD 171
  • Received $450,000 jury verdict.
  • Hanson v. Kitsap County
  • Obtained jury verdict and $585,000 judgment.
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  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Arbitrator
  • 2013 - Present
  • Reserve Officers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2007
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Honors and Awards

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • US Army - Special Operations Command Central
  • 2004


  • Gonzaga Law Review
  • “The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and Washington State’s Veteran’s Affairs Statue: Still Short on Protecting Reservists from Hiring Discrimination”
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Human Resource Law From Start to Finish
  • Employment Law
  • 2018
  • Legal Issues in Real Estate Foreclosure
  • Foreclosure
  • 2014
  • Eastern Washington Veteran Tasks Force
  • 2013
  • Evidence and Expert Testimony Best Practices: Supporting Your Case
  • Expert Witnesses
  • 2012
  • Employment Law Made Simple
  • 2012
  • Washington & Idaho Defense Trial Lawyers CLE
  • Case Law Update
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (7)
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Civil rights Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I was opposing counsel to Mr. Love in a civil employment case. Mr. Love is professional, knowledgeable, and respectful to all parties in a case. The level of professionalism I encountered with Mike was exceptional. His trial skills are also exceptional. In the future, I hope I have the opportunity to work with Mike on a case--it would be a privilege."
Civil rights Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Matt. He and I worked together on a complex civil rights matter. His experience and insights are second to none. I can truthfully, and in good conscience, call him a matter lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Matt on a number of cases and recommend him without reservation. His care and concern for his clients, both legally and personally, is exceptional. He also works incredibly hard and is very skilled. He gets results. I am also more comfortable having Matt on your side, and I know his clients feel the same way."
Employment and labor Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Outstanding lawyer. We have worked together on a number of cases. Sharp mind; extremely ethical. I give him my highest recommendation."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt an I have worked together in the past. He's an outstanding attorney and a very hard worker. I have referred cases to Matt and will continue to do so in the future. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt and I tried a jury case involving a Veteran. Matt gave one of the best opening and closing arguments I have ever seen in 24 years of practice as a trial lawyer. Matt has also obtained several favorable settlements for his clients over the years, especially our Veterans."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I attended law school with Mr. Crotty. He is intelligent, articulate and passionate about the law. All of these things make Mr. Crotty an an excellent litigation attorney. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mr. Crotty."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Before going out on his own, I had the opprotunity to work with Matt at Witherspoon Kelley. He is a hard working and dedicated lawyer. I would recommend him for most matters. Good luck Matt."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is tenacious and well prepared. If you have a difficult case, Matt will take leadership and ownership and will see your case through. He is a man of unquestioned integrity and service. I would refer my clients to Matt time and again."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"You will never meet a lawyer with more integrity or stronger work ethic than Matt Crotty. I have been privileged to work with Matt on several matters over the past three years and he never ceases to amaze. Matt is a skilled litigator and tenacious advocate for his clients' best interests."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Matthew is one of the hardest working attorneys that I know, and provides all of his clients with first-rate representation."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Matt to anyone looking for quality representation in the area litigation. I worked with him in the past, and was impressed with his legal knowledge and experience, as well as his personable behavior."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt is an excellent lawyer in every respect. He is tenacious and professional. I work with Matt on USERRA litigation. Recently, Matt provided invaluable assistance to me (both strategy, and writing on substantive motions) in preparing a USERRA case for trial. He was fast, inventive and delivered high quality products. Consequently, the case was resolved before trial. Matt is also a leader in the military, which gives him excellent rapport with clients. Matt cares about his fellow servicemen too; he is a frequent contributor to the Reserve Officer Associations law review on matters important to service members. I rely on Matt’s abilities and litigation experience. I am lucky we work on the same side."
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Spokane Employment and labor Lawyer Matthew Zachary Crotty
Matthew Zachary Crotty
Employment and labor Attorney
Spokane, WA
Licensed for 16 years