About Andy

Andy Mathews practices in Stoel Rives’ Real Estate group. He has a multidisciplinary background in litigation and risk management, regulatory/licensing compliance, and real estate transactions that he leverages in advising real estate clients on myriad brokerage-related matters.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Andy was General Counsel of John L. Scott Real Estate in Bellevue, WA (2018–2022), one of the largest residential brokerage firms in the country. Prior to that, Andy was in-house counsel for seven years at American Management Services, LLC, a Seattle-based national property management company, including serving as General Counsel from 2014 to 2018. Earlier in his career, he was an associate (2004–2011) and summer associate (2002) with Reed Smith LLP in Chicago.

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  • Led legal department of one of the top 20 national residential brokerage firms—advised all levels of the company on legal, compliance, and risk management matters.
  • Structured and negotiated formation of ancillary real estate business lines, including mortgage, title and escrow, and supplemental residential buyer and seller client service programs.
  • Advised network of over 3,000 licensed real estate brokers on transactional matters; analyzed risk and defended claims asserted or threatened against real estate firm and its individual licensees.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Recognized as a Rising Star (Business Litigation), Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010–2011

Civic Activities

  • Seattle Children’s Museum: Board of Trustees (2017–present); President of Board of Trustees (2020-present);
  • Pro bono legal counsel, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, 2018–present
  • Board member—Seattle Chapter, Northwestern University School of Law Alumni Club, 2016–present
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Tales of Real Life Hazards,” Washington Realtors Legal Symposium, Seatac, WA, May 2022
  • “Real Estate Brokerage & Forms Issues Update” (co-presenter), Washington Land Title Association Education Seminar, Lynnwood, WA, April 2022
  • “Crazy Things in Crazy Markets,” Washington Realtors Legal Symposium, Seatac, WA, May 2021
  • “Is There a Draft in Here? Legal Drafting for Real Estate Brokers,” Washington Realtors Legal Symposium, Seatac, WA, September 2020
  • “IP Issues for Start-Up Companies” (co-author), Intellectual Property Deskbook for the Business Lawyer, American Bar Association, 2007 (subsequent editions: 2009, 2013, and 2019)
  • “Why Punitive Damages are Unconstitutional” (co-author), Emory Law Journal, 2004

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