ELAYNA Z. MATTHEWS

“HELPING MY CLIENTS MEET THEIR GOALS and overcome difficult legal obstacles along the way is my greatest pleasure.”

About Me

Running a business is no easy feat, and it is made even more difficult in the face of non-paying customers and lawsuits. It is my privilege to advise my clients every step of the way to help them collect difficult debts, represent them as creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, and resolve their difficult business disputes. My job as an attorney does not stop with advising my clients of every possible legal option available. More importantly, I advise my clients of the costs, risks, and likelihood of reaching my clients’ goals by using available legal and non-legal tools in a cost effective manner. Every client, and every case, is different, and I strive to provide quality legal advice specifically tailored to each client’s unique circumstances. I enjoy assisting my clients in recovering assets and money owed to them and in reaching quick and efficient resolutions to their business disputes.

I am a native Oregonian born and raised in Eugene. I became an active resident of the Salem community in 2015. Prior to attending the University of Oregon School of Law, I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Business and Leadership from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. During my education, I learned how to think about solving problems from a variety of different perspectives, which aids me every day in my work as an attorney. I also took advantage of my liberal arts programs to study ceramics, creative writing, and environmentally sustainable business practices. I joined the litigation team at Heltzel Williams in 2019. Prior to that, I was a litigation and bankruptcy attorney at a well-respected Salem business law firm. I have experience representing community banks, credit unions, farmers, and a wide variety of businesses in all areas of creditors’ rights, collection, bankruptcy, and litigation matters.

When I am not in the office, you may be able to find me enjoying a glass of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay at one of Oregon’s many regional wineries with my husband Sam, or chasing after my young daughter, Nayomi. In the winter, I enjoy knitting and baking sweet treats to share with friends and family.

My Legal Work

I am admitted to practice in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon, the U.S. District Court for the State of Oregon, and all Oregon state courts.

I focus my legal practice in the following areas:

Education

University of Oregon School of Law (Eugene, Oregon), 2015

  • Order of the Coif (Recognizing those who graduated in the top 10% of the class)
  • Oregon Law Review, Articles Editor

University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, Washington), 2012

  • B.A., Business and Leadership Program
  • Varsity Golf

Professional Activities and Community Involvement

  • Co-Chair, Saturday Session Committee, Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section
  • Pro-Bono Volunteer, Salem Bankruptcy Clinic (Legal Aid)
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section
  • Member, Marion County Bar Association

Resources

  • The Disappearing Lien: Application of Oregon Agricultural Liens Outside the State (co-author), Oregon State Bar Debtor Creditor Newsletter, Fall 2019