Matthew Munson is Of Counsel in Selman Leichenger Edson Hsu Newman & Moore’s Seattle office. He represents insurers in coverage and extracontractual matters throughout the Pacific Northwest, including in the areas of environmental, construction defect, general liability, auto, and professional liability matters. Matthew’s practice includes the preparation of coverage opinions, reservations of rights, and declination letters. He has represented insurers in a variety of litigation matters, including environmental coverage, personal injury, and medical malpractice, in state and federal courts in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. He also has experience in construction defect, environmental defense, and other commercial litigation.

Matthew works closely with in-house counsel, claims representatives, and others to provide practical and timely advice to insurers. He also provides in-house training for clients on insurance claims handling and litigation.

Awards and Affiliations:

  • State Bars of Washington,Oregon, and Idaho (Member)
  • Northwest Insurance Coverage Association (Member, Former Chair)

Presentations and Speaking Engagements:

  • Co-Author (with Lawrence Gottlieb), Insurance Issues Raised by the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana, The Brief, Volume 46 (Fall 2016).
  • Presenter, Insurance Coverage Issues for Cannabis Related Claims, American Bar Association (ABA) – TIPS 24th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Meeting (February 2016)


Related Practices

Bar Admission

Washington (2001)

United States District Court, Western District of Washington (2002)

United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington (2001)

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2004)

Oregon (2016)

United States District Court, District of Oregon (2016)

Idaho (2017)

United States District Court, Western District of Idaho (2017)


University of Washington School of Law, J.D. (2001) (with Honors)

Pomona College, B.A. (1998)