Flynn and Torres Mattson to fill key roles on Oregon courts
Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she will appoint Judge Meagan A. Flynn to the Oregon Supreme Court and Ms. Xiomara Torres Mattson to the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Judge Flynn will fill the vacancy created by Justice Richard C. Baldwin’s retirement effective March 31, 2017. Ms. Torres Mattson will fill the vacancy created by Judge Merri Souther Wyatt’s retirement effective March 31, 2017. Both Judge Flynn’s and Ms. Torres Mattson’s appointments are effective Saturday, April 1, 2017.
Judge Flynn is a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals, where she has served since 2014. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Flynn was an attorney at Preston Bunnell & Flynn and its predecessor firm, where she worked for a decade. There, she was a civil litigator and primarily handled complex motions and appeals in tort, employment, insurance coverage, and contract cases. She began her career as a law clerk for Judges Robert Durham and Rick Haselton on the Oregon Court of Appeals. She graduated from Gonzaga University law school in 1992, completed her undergraduate studies at Willamette University in 1989.
Judge Flynn is a member of the Oregon Law Institute board of directors. She has served on boards and committees of numerous other legal organizations, including a workgroup of the Oregon Law Commission and the Oregon State Bar Appellate Practice Section. While in private practice, Judge Flynn was a longtime member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and its amicus committee. She has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1992.
“In her tenure on the Oregon Court of Appeals, Meagan Flynn has already earned a reputation as a smart and thoughtful judge,” Governor Brown said. “She is rightly regarded as fair-minded and compassionate. I am confident that as a Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, she will apply her sharp legal mind, her strong work ethic, and her deep commitment to justice to strengthening and improving the application of Oregon’s laws.”
Ms. Torres Mattson is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Oregon Department of Justice, where she has served for more than a decade. She works in the Department’s Child Advocacy Section, and represents the state in juvenile dependency cases. She began her legal career handling indigent juvenile defense cases at a small private law firm. Ms. Torres Mattson also served as a clerk to Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Julie E. Frantz.
Ms. Torres Mattson is a past chair of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association and has served on the board of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. She currently serves on the Multnomah Bar Association's Court Liaison Committee.
Ms. Torres Mattson was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at the 9 years old, speaking no English. She settled in California, where she spent time in the California foster care system.
“Xiomara Torres Mattson has spent her career fighting for Oregon’s most vulnerable children,” said Governor Brown. “I know she will bring to the Multnomah County Bench the experience, the talent, and the heart to make a significant contribution to the Portland community.”
Ms. Torres Mattson was the first in her family to attend college, graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Sociology in 1991. She graduated from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2002. Ms. Torres Mattson has been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 2003.