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I bring to my practice the knowledge and federal policy experience I gained while working in the United States Senate to represent skilled, hard-working people in industries that are extraordinarily important to our nation’s security and economic strength. I build close relationships with my clients and fight hard for their interests wherever that takes me – from Houston to Washington, D.C. to the Bering Sea and many places in between.

Lawyer and lobbyist Matthew Paxton serves as the partner-in-charge of the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Matt’s federal practice focuses primarily on maritime law and policy, fisheries law, natural resources development and environmental and energy policy issues. With his deep understanding of the inner workings of the appropriations and authorizations committees of Congress, Matt navigates his clients through the maze of the legislative process to help them develop and reach their strategic goals.

Additionally, clients retain Matt repeatedly because of his regulatory experience with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor and other federal agencies, and because he treats them with the same respect and responsiveness he demonstrated with Senators when he was a senior counsel on a Senate commerce committee.

Matt is the president and spokesman of the Shipbuilders Council of America, working directly with the CEOs of companies that employ hundreds of thousands of people who build and repair Navy, Coast Guard and commercial ships. As the federal lobbyist for the Coastal Conservation Association, he represents this marine conservation group in its mission to keep coastal resources available for the benefit of the general public.

I have a passionate interest in my clients’ businesses with a deep knowledge of how they can work with Congress and federal agencies to advance their specific policy goals and the interests of the nation.


  • Willamette University College of Law, J.D., 2001
  • University of Washington, B.A., 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Washington