Matthew Bergman is an attorney, philanthropist and entrepreneur. He serves as senior partner of the firm, the Board Chairman of Neural IQ and a trustee of Reed College.
Following law school, Matt spent two years as Law Clerk to Judge Baldock of the United States Court of Appeals – Tenth Circuit. His legal career began at the firm Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in Seattle, Washington. His practice at this time primarily focused on environmental litigation, Indian law and insurance coverage litigation. In 1995, Matt left Heller Ehrman and began representing asbestos victims with Brian Weinstein, at Weinstein & Bergman, P.S. Matt then founded his own firm, Bergman Draper Ladenburg, which has grown to become the Northwest’s premier asbestos litigation firm.
Matt is nationally known for his work on behalf of asbestos victims. He has spoken at national and international seminars on asbestos litigation. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on asbestos legislative issues, as well as served on numerous creditors’ committees and trust advisory committees. He also fights for the rights of individuals and continues to work closely with local and international unions throughout the northwest.
Matt is personally and sincerely involved with the Maasai Children’s Initiative (MCI). MCI’s objectives include providing education opportunities, increased school enrollment, empowering Maasai women, promoting computer literacy and promoting the maintenance and preservation of the Maasai culture in southern Kenya. Matt is the Chairman and principal funder of MCI. He first travelled to Kenya in 2004 and was overwhelmed with the opportunities to improve educational enrollment in the Maasai communities. He began funding MCI in 2007 and has been directly involved in every stage of the organization’s expansion and development. A frequent visitor to Kenya, Bergman has published numerous articles on African policy and narratives describing his experiences.
Federal District Court, Western District of Washington
Federal District Court, Eastern District of Washington
Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Juris Doctorate, Lewis & Clark College, School of Law
Magna Cum LaudeAlumni Board
Law School Board of Visitors, 2007-Present
Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Reed College
American Association for Justice
Oregon State Bar Association
Multnomah Bar Association
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
Washington State Association for Justice
Washington State Bar Association
Recognition, Awards & Honors
Washington Law & Politics, Super Lawyer (2003-2010)
Democratic National Convention Delegate (2000, 2004, 2008)
Political Organizer for the AFL-CIO, Voter Registration and Education Campaigns
To Save the World (January 13, 2010). The Huffington Post.
The Obama Manifesto (December 1, 2009). The Huffington Post.
To Fix a Flat (October 24, 2009). The Huffington Post.
A Thousand Shillings (April 7, 2009). The Huffington Post.
An Afternoon on the Mara (November 3, 2008). The Huffington Post.