Managing Member

Matt Christensen joined Johnson May in 2008 as an associate attorney.  Now a member of the firm, Matt has a civil litigation practice involving commercial law (finance and secured transactions), bankruptcy, real property,  and business matters. He also has a transactional practice involving real estate, finance, and business matters, including franchising. Matt frequently represents bankruptcy trustees and other fiduciaries in recovering assets and administering estates. Prior to joining the firm, Matt was a Junior Partner at a Meridian, Idaho, law firm and also established a solo practice. In addition to practicing law, Matt is an adjunct professor at the University of Idaho College of Law where he teaches international trade/business, real estate transactions, and law practice management courses. Matt obtained his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Brigham Young University in 2002. He earned his J.D. and LL.M in International and Comparative Law degrees from Duke University School of Law in 2005. While at Duke, he was an Articles Editor for the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. In addition to practicing law and teaching, Matt also enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and five children and expanding his ever-growing library of books.

  • Representative Matters

    • Represented international franchisor and franchisee in federal court litigation with supplier.
    • Represents bankruptcy trustee in fair debt collection, fraudulent transfer and preference litigation actions
    • Represents defendants in bankruptcy fraudulent transfer and preference litigation
    • Represented developer in partnership litigation
    • Represents Debtors in Chapter 7, 13 and 11 bankruptcy cases
    • Represents film production company
  • Selected List of Speaking Engagements

    Adjunct Professor, University of Idaho Law School, 2008-present, teaching international trade/business, real estate transaction and law practice management courses “Confidently Handling Title Insurance Claims” October 2008 “Litigation Ethics” November 2008, 2012 “Title Insurance: Policies, Claims, Litigation” February 2009, April 2014 “Ethical and Bankruptcy Issues” for “Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers” March 2009 “Issues in Title Insurance” and “Transfer of Title” May 2009 “Pre-Suit Collection Strategies” August 2009 “Advantageous Uses of LLCs” November 2009 “Ethical Advocacy Strategies” December 2009 Bankruptcy Section Conference (various topics), 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 “Ethics in Foreclosure” April 2010 “Chapter 13 Tips”, “Bankruptcy Litigation” & “Bankruptcy Ethics”- June 2010, December 2011 “Ethically Preparing Experts” August 2010 “Bankruptcy & Collections” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 “When Tenant or Landlord Files Bankruptcy” September 2010, March 2012, March 2014 “Ethical Obligations When Buying/Selling a Small Business” November 2010 “Bankruptcy & Divorce” April 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 “Bankruptcy and Foreclosure” April 2013 “Ethics for the Transactional Attorney” October 2014 “Drafting Purchase and Sale Agreements and Deeds” December 2014 “Title Issues in the Foreclosure Process and Workout Context” December 2014

  • Publications

    “Tips, Tricks and Suggestions on How to Keep Your Chapter 7 Trustee Happy” The Advocate, January 2012
    “Counselors and Healers at Law” The Advocate, February 2009
    “How to Talk Good: Lessons Learned from Grandpa Max” The Advocate October, 2007
  • Unpublished and Published Cases

    • In Re Lifestyle Home Furnishings, 2010 WL 148644, 70 UCC Rep.Serv.2d 827, Bankr.D.Idaho (January 2010)
    • In Re Ganier, 2010 WL 1780356, Bankr.D.Idaho (May 2010)
    • In Re Hoyle, 2013 Bankr. LEXIS 2640, Bankr.D.Idaho (June 2013) (exemptions)
    • McDavid v. Izopoli, 155 Idaho 49, Idaho Court of Appeals (2013) (setting aside default judgment)
    • Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. v. Hollifield Ranches, Inc. (In re Hollifield Ranches, Inc.), 2013 Bankr. LEXIS 4766, Bankr.D.Idaho (November 2013) (breach of contract)
    • Gugino v. Lynn (In re Lynn), Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (December 2013) (homestead exemption)
    • Baird-Sallaz & Gugino v. Sallaz, 356 P.3d 275, Idaho Supreme Court (September 2014) (divorce judgment)
    • Gugino v. Clark’s Crystal Springs Ranch, LLC (In re Clark), 2014 Bankr. LEXIS 5185, Bankr.D.Idaho (December 2014) (substantive consolidation)
  • Education

    Duke University School of Law – J.D., LLM, 2005 Brigham Young University – B.A., 2002

  • Bar Admissions

    Idaho, 2005

  • Honors & Distinctions

    Safley Family Scholar, Duke University School of Law Articles Editor, Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy “Leaders in Law” – Idaho Business Review, 2017

  • Civic Activities

  • Languages

    English, Russian