Professional Experience

Matthew V. Pierce joined Helsell Fetterman as a litigation associate in 2010 and his practice focusses on corporate litigation.  Although he has experience in a variety of areas of litigation, most of the matters Matthew has worked on have involved a corporate client or an opposing corporate entity.  His broad practice has included, among other things, work on disputes involving corporate control, corporate governance, breach of contract, employment, insurance coverage, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, construction defect, real property, personal property, and intellectual property.

Matthew has advised clients in anticipation of potential litigation, including post-injury accident investigations and analysis of potential claims against corporations and individuals.  During the course of litigation, he has successfully opposed and obtained receiverships for entities; stayed litigation during the pendency of other lawsuits and appeals; and obtained dismissal of claims based on breach of fiduciary duty, derivative rights, negligence, emotional distress, civil rights, premises liability, product liability, third party criminal conduct, property damage, benefit contributions, and indemnification.  Not all claims can be resolved on threshold issues or even after the conclusion of discovery, and he has been involved in numerous matters that led to successful settlement, mediation, arbitration, or trial.

Matthew has also briefed and argued appeals and motions before the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court and has assisted with briefs to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is currently the content editor for the Appellate Practice Chapter for the Washington Lawyer’s Practice Manual.

While in law school, Matthew was an Articles Editor for the Utah Law Review, clerked for the University of Utah’s Office of General Counsel, and worked as a summer associate at Helsell Fetterman.  Before returning to Helsell Fetterman, Matthew clerked for the Honorable Marywave Van Deren at Division 2 of the Washington Court of Appeals.  Prior to law school, Matthew served in AmeriCorps and was a mediator at the King County Dispute Resolution Center.

Professional Affiliations

  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Antitrust, Consumer Protection and Unfair Business Practices Section member
    • Business Law Section member
    • Construction Law Section member
    • Corporate Counsel Section member
    • Litigation Section member
  • King County Bar Association
    • Appellate Practice Section member
    • Business Law Section member
    • In House Counsel Section member

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington State Bar, 2010
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington, 2014
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2014
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington, 2014
  • Oregon District Court (pro hac vice)


Matthew is an avid beer connoisseur after his time as a home brewer.  He also enjoys spending time backcountry camping, cooking, woodworking, travelling by train, and with his family.

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