Matt Braukmann is a litigation and trial attorney at, and one of the founding
members of, Odegaard Braukmann Law, PLLC. Matt's practice focuses
on representing people who have been injured, whether physically, financially,
or emotionally, and are in need of help. Worker's compensation, personal
injury, and employment discrimination claims take up the majority of Matt's practice.
Matt approaches each of his clients' cases with a singular approach:
to do what is in the best interests of the client. Matt intentionally
keeps his caseload low so each client is afforded a high level of compassionate,
direct, and personalized attention, that every injured person deserves.
Matt was born in Banks, Oregon, a small logging community about 45 minutes
from the Pacific Ocean in northwest Oregon. The youngest of four children,
Matt was the first in his family to attend college, graduating with honors
from Portland State University, with a degree in Administration of Justice.
After receiving his undergraduate degree, Matt worked for a large Portland,
Oregon, defense law firm for several years, to help him decide whether
law school was the right choice. Despite the attempts of nearly every
attorney at the Portland firm to dissuade Matt from attending law school,
Matt enrolled at the University of Oregon (GO DUCKS!) During his first
year at Oregon, Matt attained grades that placed him in the top 10% of
The beauty and expansiveness of Montana had been bred in Matt's blood
at a young age, so, after completing his first year of law school, Matt
transferred to the University of Montana, where he graduated in 2005.
During law school, Matt worked at the Oregon Department of Justice, the
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and at Moulton Bellingham, P.C., a large
defense firm in Billings, Montana. Matt is often asked why he moved to
Montana from Oregon. The answer is always the same: Norman Maclean and
Brad Pitt. "A River Runs Through It" and "Legends of Fall"
bred a love of Montana that has never left.
Matt is licensed in the states of Montana and Wyoming. He has been honored
in 2013 and 2014 as a Mountain States Super Lawyer Rising Star for both
worker's compensation and commercial litigation, an honor reserved
to no more than 2.5% of lawyers in any state. Matt was also selected in
2014 as a National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys Top 10 Attorneys
under age 40. Matt is a member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association,
American Association of Justice, and Yellowstone Are Bar Association.
Matt was recently awarded the National Trial Lawyers Award for the Top
40 Under 40 for 2014.
Matt began his career as a practicing attorney at Moulton Bellingham PC.
At Moulton Bellingham, Matt gained valuable trial experience representing
corporations, employers, and insurers in a wide variety of personal injury
and employment claims. After practicing at Moulton Bellingham for 6 years,
Matt worked as General Counsel and Vice President of a local group of
companies, where he focused on commercial litigation and employment matters.
Knowing that his place was in representing the people, not the powerful,
Matt formed Braukmann Law Firm, PLLC, in April 2012. Shortly thereafter,
Matt found an excellent personal injury and worker's compensation
trial attorney who shared the same beliefs as he when it comes to the
practice of law, Paul Odegaard. Paul and Matt thereafter formed Odegaard
Braukmann Law, PLLC, in January 2014.
Matt has two beautiful daughters with Michele, Isabel (7 months), and Jamison
(5), as well as two wonderful stepsons, Reese and Levi Jensen. Matt and
his family spend their available time enjoying all of the wonders that
Montana our great state has to offer, including fishing, hunting, whitewater
rafting, golf, hiking, and camping.