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2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.777.7502

Matthew R. Hansen

Partner

Matt is the leader of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s Condemnation & Real Estate Valuation team and is a member of the firm's Real Estate Litigation practice team. In connection with his active condemnation practice, Matt advises and represents both municipal agencies and property owners regarding substantive and procedural eminent domain law. In addition to his significant experience in condemnation law, Matt is also an active real estate litigator, representing and counseling clients in all aspects of real property litigation, commercial litigation, and commercial landlord-tenant law, including lease negotiations, disputes, workouts, and unlawful detainer actions.

As a proven trial attorney, Matt has considerable experience representing clients in mediations, arbitrations, and in trials, including a number of multi-week jury trials. Matt has tried cases in King, Pierce and Snohomish County Superior Courts, and has successfully argued cases before the Washington State Court of Appeals. Matt has led 98% of cases to settlement before they reach trial.

Matt is a frequent guest speaker on legal issues involving eminent domain law and has served as author and editor for a number of state and national legal treaties on the topic. He is a past president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the International Right of Way Association and currently serves the Association as its chair to the International Ethics Committee. Since 2013, Matt has been selected every year for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers magazine.

Representative Experience

  • Represented local transit authority in condemnation trial for light rail station project. A Petitioner's verdict of more than $9,000,000 less than owner's just compensation evidence was awarded by the court. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (Bench Trial) 
  • Represented local transit authority in condemnation trial for light rail expansion project. Jury returned verdict that did not exceed the transit authority's pretrial settlement offer and ultimately offset the just compensation award for a special benefits credit. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (12-Person Jury Trial)
  • Represented local transit authority in condemnation trial for light rail station project. A just compensation award of more than $3,000,000 less than owner's just compensation evidence was awarded by the court. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (Bench Trial)
  • Represented local transit authority in condemnation trial for light rail expansion project. A just compensation award for the same amount as Petitioner's valuation evidence was granted by the court. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (Bench Trial)
  • Represented local transit authority in three-week condemnation trial for light rail expansion project. Jury returned verdict for nearly $1.5 million less than property owner's just compensation evidence. (12-Person Jury Trial)
  • Represented local transit authority in multi-week condemnation trial for light rail expansion project. Jury returned verdict that did not exceed the transit authority's pretrial settlement offer. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (12-Person Jury Trial)
  • Represented local transit authority in multi-week condemnation trial for light rail expansion project. Jury returned verdict in less than two hours for an award that did not exceed the transit authority's pretrial settlement offer. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (12-Person Jury Trial)
  • Represented local transit authority in multi-week condemnation trial for commuter rail expansion project. Property owner argued just compensation of approximately $3,000,000, whereas transit authority argued just compensation of $46,000. Jury verdict of $46,000. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (12-Person Jury Trial)
  • Served as lead eminent domain counsel representing local fire district in condemnation action for fire station expansion project. Property owner argued just compensation of $450,000, whereas fire district argued just compensation of $275,000. Jury verdict of $283,000. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (6-Person Jury Trial)
  • Represented local transit authority in multi-week condemnation trial for commuter rail expansion project. Property owner argued just compensation of $16,627,082. Jury returned verdict of $11,300,000. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (12-Person Jury Trial)
  • Represented property owner in multi-week condemnation trial for city roadway expansion project. Property owner awarded just compensation of nearly four times the amount argued by the City's expert appraiser. Property owner was awarded fees and costs in defending action. (12-Person Jury Trial)
  • Lead eminent domain counsel representing local transit authority in condemnation action for light rail project. Property owner argued just compensation of $650,000, whereas transit authority presented evidence of $75,000. Court awarded just compensation of $77,200. No fees or costs awarded to property owner. (Bench Trial)
  • Represented local transit authority in multi-week condemnation trial for light rail station project. The total just compensation awarded to the property owner was less than transit authority's pre-trial settlement offer. No fees or costs were awarded to property owner. (12-Person Jury Trial)
  • Represented landlord in an eviction action related to residential property in Snohomish County. Defendants resisted action and counterclaimed on the grounds that they had not breached the lease and had properly exercised an option to purchase the subject property. The court awarded judgment in favor of landlord and dismissed all claims filed by defendants. Plaintiff was also awarded all of his attorney fees and court costs. (Bench Trial)
  • Represented local transit authority in condemnation trial for light rail expansion project. Property owner argued just compensation of over $505,000. Court awarded just compensation of $283,000. No fees or costs were awarded to property owner. (Bench Trial)
  • Represented a property owner who had several acres of prime residential subdivision land condemned by County. The verdict exceeded the County's best pre-trial offer by more than $3,000,000. (Bench Trial)
  • Represented a major forest products manufacturer in an eminent domain action who held a leasehold interest in property along the Blair Waterway at the Port of Tacoma. The highest offer before trial was $5 million. Our client recovered $12 million. (12-Person Jury)