Matthew J. Olson

Matthew J. Olson

Of Counsel


Matt helps debtors and creditors economically resolve financial problems—in court or out of court.

Matt has broad experience representing debtors, creditors, and fiduciaries in complex insolvency matters, in cases involving both individuals and businesses.  Matt’s practice focuses on helping companies navigate a bankruptcy reorganization, from the first day of a case, through confirmation of a plan of reorganization and resolving disputed claims, and to final resolution.  When a bankruptcy case is not appropriate, Matt is able to help with other out-of-court options to resolve a troubled financial situation.

Matt also helps creditors protect their rights in insolvency matters and helps professional fiduciaries discharge their duties and recover the maximum amount for the estates they represent.

Education & Admissions

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., with Distinction, 2009),

  • Traynor Honor Society; Dean’s Honor Roll
  • Witkin Awards: Legal Process, Appellate and International Advocacy, Criminal Law
  • Appellate and International Advocacy Best Brief Award (Appellee)
  • Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition, Best Oral Advocate Award – 2nd Place
  • Traynor Moot Court Competition, Outstanding Achievement in Oral Advocacy Award

University of the Pacific (B.S., Business Administration; B.A., Political Science, 2004),

  • Outstanding Student Leader Award
  • Outstanding Junior Scholarship Award


  • California
  • U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • English


  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California, Honorable Ronald H. Sargis, 2010-2012


Representative Experience

  • Represented a land developer in a successful chapter 11 reorganization resulting in a confirmed plan of reorganization
  • Represented a secured lender in a chapter 11 reorganization of a regional trucking company
  • Represented a secured lender in a chapter 11 reorganization of a trade show management company
  • Represented the assignee of a general assignment for the benefit of creditor in connection with the dissolution of a technology company
  • Represented the assignee of a general assignment for the benefit of creditors in litigation brought by a creditor challenging the disposition of assets
  • Represented a shopping center owner in a successful chapter 11 reorganization resulting in a confirmed plan of reorganization
  • Represented the foreign representatives of a Hong Kong bankruptcy case in a chapter 15 proceeding
  • Represented and indenture trustee in connection with a chapter 11 case filed by a producer of engineered plastic components
  • Prosecuted a nondischargeability suit on behalf of bank against a debtor accused of omitting fraud in inducing the bank to make a loan
  • Represented a medical device company in the collection of past due accounts receivable
  • Defended a former business owner in a fraudulent transfer suit which resulted in an amicable settlement
  • Obtained a reversal of a bankruptcy court decision against an innocent spouse in a dischargeability suit
  • Successfully represented a chapter 7 trustee in recovery of fraudulently transferred assets
  • Represented a bank in a pending diocesan bankruptcy case
  • Represented a family farmer in a successful reorganization resulting in a confirmed chapter 12 plan

News & Resources


Finality in Bankruptcy Court: The Supreme Court’s Consensus in Ritzen May Spawn Dissensus in Practice. Orange County Lawyer; Vol. 62, No. 6

News & Press Mentions

Dorsey Adds Matthew Olson to Finance & Restructuring Group in Palo Alto

Select Presentations

  • Small Business Reorganization Act: A Review of the First Six Months. Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum, September 10, 2020
  • Bankruptcy Issue Spotting in the Age of COVID-19. Bar Association of San Francisco, August 5, 2020
  • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Basics. Dorsey & Whitney LLP Professional Development, April 21, 2020

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring
  • Closely Held Businesses
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Technology

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco—Immediate Past Chair
  • Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum—Member, Board of Directors
  • Clerk’s Advisory Committee—U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of California
  • University of the Pacific Alumni Association—Past President
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges—Next Generation Program (2016)


   Pro Bono 50 Hours 2022      Contributed 100+ Pro Bono Hours in 2021Contributed 50+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Contributed more than 50 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020, 2022
  • Contributed more than 100 Challenge pro bono hours, 2021
Matthew J. Olson