Other people have spoken of Joel's abilities as a personal injury attorney. I want to praise his "client management skills." He has the sensitivity to know when a client is being overwhelmed with information, is feeling ignored, or just doesn't understand the process or procedures. Joel takes the time to explain things to them in plain English so they understand why he needs information, why he needs some answers now while other answers can wait... It is amazing to see a client walk in scared and frustrated, leave the office calm and organized... and leave the settlement conference satisfied. Joel's a good attorney, but he has a special talent for "client management.Kathleen Marshall, Colleague
Joel D. Matteson is admitted to the Washington State Bar and he focuses his practice on personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and administrative law cases.
Mr. Matteson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and he obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Besides the honor of making the Dean’s List, he won the prestigious CALI and Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence and the Jefferson Medal for receiving the highest grade in his class.
As an associate at Tario & Associates, Mr. Matteson is a tireless worker who has successfully resolved numerous cases involving a wide array of clients with diverse legal needs. For instance, he recently served as co-counsel during a trial where he helped successfully defend a local business owner against a million dollar damage claim. He was also co-counsel during a jury trial where he helped obtain a 1.3 million dollar verdict. Mr. Matteson orchestrated a $600,000 settlement against a Washington jail for custodial neglect, and he obtained a $375,000 settlement for a pedestrian who was hit by a car in a parking lot. Mr. Matteson successfully argued before the Washington State Court of Appeals and the Whatcom County Superior Court.
Mr. Matteson is a member of Washington’s Young Lawyer Committee, the chair of the Young Lawyer Editorial Advisory Committee, a former associate editor for the Washington Young Lawyers Division publication, De Novo, and he is a regular contributor to the WSBA’s blog, NWSideBar. In his spare time he volunteers for various local legal aid services and enjoys reading, playing golf, trail running, and hiking with his wife, Katie, and Labrador retriever, Lucy.