Matt litigated and tried involuntary manslaughter, rape, orders violations and friendly fire cases while in Afghanistan in 2011. Matt also tried and won the first contested General Court-martial any Marine command had tried within Afghanistan.
In all, Matt litigated and tried over 150 courts-martial cases while serving as a prosecutor in both the United States and Afghanistan.
Matt returned to Camp Lejeune in 2012 where he served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate and Staff Judge Advocate for 2d Marine Logistics Group.
During this time he advised several generals and commanding officers on dozens of military justice cases ranging from simple drug and military offenses to complex rape and attempted murder crimes.
He was the primary legal advisor on administrative law, ethics and investigations for an organization with over 10,000 personnel.
Matt finished his active duty service as a Marine Corps Captain and received several personal awards during his five year active duty service as a Marine.
He maintains his connection to the Marine Corps community and stays current on developments in international law and the law of war as well as military justice.
Matt returned to Goicoechea Law, Nampa (now Skaug Law) in March 2013, where he focuses on personal injury and workers’ compensation litigation.
Matt is married to the former Rachel Christian of St. George, Utah. They have a daughter and a son.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Personal Injury – Plaintiff
- Workers’ Compensation Law
- Commercial Trucking Accidents
- Contractor negligence
- Nursing home litigation
- Premises liability litigation
- Sexual abuse litigation
- Real Estate Transactions
- Landlord Tenant Disputes
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Idaho, 2007
- U.S. District Court District of Idaho, 2007
- Certified and Qualified Judge Advocate pursuant to the Uniform Code of Military Justice
- Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho
- MBA 2016
- Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
- J.D. 2007
- Brigham Young University – Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho
- B.S. 2003
- Major – Business Management
- Ricks College
- Major – Broadcasting
HONORS AND AWARDS
Recipient of Two Navy Commendation Medals
Recipient of The Meritorious Service Medal
Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America
Nampa Lions Club
Idaho Press Tribune Editorial Board Member 2015-2016
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Board Member, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
Board Member of the Nampa Lions Club