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Matthew Hansen Named 2015-2016 International Right of Way Association Region 7 Professional of the Year

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Miller Nash Graham & Dunn partner Matthew R. Hansen has been named by the International Right of Way Association (IRWA) as the 2015-2016 International Right of Way Association Region 7 Professional of the Year.

This distinction is awarded to professionals who have demonstrated exemplary support to the IRWA, made outstanding contributions through leadership positions, participated in IRWA activities, and fulfilled necessary educational courses. Region 7 includes professionals in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington.

Matt has been actively involved with the IRWA for the last seven years, serving in various capacities on a local, regional, and international levels. Currently, Matt serves the IRWA as its Vice-Chair to the International Ethics Committee. Matt is a past president of the IRWA Puget Sound Chapter and is a certified instructor for legal and ethical courses for IRWA certification/professional designation programs.

Matt is a frequent guest speaker for the IRWA 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.

About Matthew Hansen
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. As a proven trial attorney, Matt has considerable experience representing clients in mediations, arbitrations and in trials, including a significant number of multi-week jury trials. Matt earned his bachelor's degree at Central Washington University before receiving his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

About the International Right of Way Association
Since its inception as a not-for-profit association in 1934, the International Right of Way Association has united the efforts of its members toward professional development, strong ethics, and improved service to employers and the public, along with advancements within the right-of-way profession. The IRWA is the unsurpassed source of right-of-way educational programs and professional services worldwide.