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Matthew Rowan

Managing Attorney

Matt is a criminal defense and civil litigator and business and real estate attorney.  With a legal background that spans criminal defense work to representing a Fortune 500 automobile retail company as its in-house corporate counsel, he developed a wide-range of legal experience that enables him to provide informed and prompt legal advice to his clients in a variety of legal areas.  

Matt is a Southern Oregon native.  He attended the University of Oregon as an undergraduate, graduating in 2005, summa cum laude and with departmental honors in both of his majors: Political Science and Spanish.  Following graduation, Matt joined the 2005 Teach for America corps and taught English as a Second Language to middle schoolers in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City while concurrently earning a Masters degree in Teaching.  He returned to the University of Oregon two years later to attend the University of Oregon School of Law, graduating in 2010. 

Before founding Matthew Rowan Law in 2023, Matt worked as an attorney at Foster Denman, LLP (2010-2013) in Medford, Oregon where his practice focused on commercial litigation and creditors’ rights.  He then joined the Southern Oregon Public Defender (2013-2014) as a criminal defense attorney, representing clients in misdemeanor, felony, DUI/DWI, and contempt cases.  Thereafter, he worked for Lithia Motors, Inc. (2014-2018) as its corporate counsel, where he performed extensive mergers and acquisitions, real estate, litigation case management, and contract review work.  Matt left Lithia to form the law firm Collins Rowan, LLP with Sara Collins ,where he worked as the managing partner (2018-2023).  Matt formed Matthew Rowan Law when Sara left the partnership to become a local judge.


  • University of Oregon School of Law: Juris Doctorate (2010)
  • Pace University: Master of Science in Teaching (2007)
  • University of Oregon Robert D. Clark Honors College:  Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish (2005), summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Memberships / Organizations

  • Oregon State Bar: Member (2010-Present), Practice & Procedure Committee (2012-2014), Uniform Criminal Jury Instructions Committee (2021-2024), State Professional Responsibility Board (2022-Present)
  • Jackson County Bar Association: President (2015-2016), President-Elect (2014-2015), Treasurer (2012-2014), Member (2010-Present)
  • American Inns of Court: Member (2010-Present), Board of Directors (2024-Present)
  • Center for Non-Profit Legal Services: Board of Directors: Treasurer (2017-2020), Member (2015-2020)
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel: Member (2015-2018)
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association: Member (2013-2014, 2018-Present)

Matthew Rowan Law
219 S. Holly St.
Medford, OR 97501