Matt was raised in Belgrade, Montana and graduated from Belgrade High School in 2006. In 2010 he graduated from the University of Montana with Honors. During his time at UM he served as the Captain of the University of Montana debate team. His love for persuasive advocacy pushed him to pursue a career in law.
Matt received his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law. Since joining the firm in 2013, Matt has worked in a variety of practice areas, including personal injury, insurance defense, real estate transactions, liquor and gaming law, water law, wills and trusts, and several other areas. In 2015 Matt helped co-author Montana House Bill 164 to reform and fix flaws in the law affecting the disposition of surplus funds following trustee sales. The Bill ultimately passed the House 95-3 and was signed into law. See, MCA 71-1-316. In 2017 Matt became the newest shareholder in the firm, which was subsequently renamed to Smith Oblander & Meade, P.C.
In 2020, Matt was voted to serve as President-Elect for the Cascade County Bar Association. He also volunteers as a board member for the Cascade County Law Clinic. Outside of work and volunteering, Matt enjoys traveling to Griz games, golfing, softball, and playing with his two dogs. He and his wife are also avid Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks fans.
- Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
- Construction Defects Litigation
- Consumer Law
- Liquor Licensing and Gaming Licenses
- Civil Litigation
- Business and Contract Disputes
- Estate Planning and Probate Litigation
Montana and U.S. District Court, Montana, 2013
Washington State, 2014
University of Montana, B.A., 2010 (Cum Laude)
Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 2013