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William J. Macke, Lawyer

Will grew up in eastern Oregon at the edge of the Wallowa mountains.  His educational pursuits took him to the heart of Manhattan where he graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a bachelors degree film production and minor in business from the Stern Business School.  

After returning to the northwest, Will worked in a variety of trades including landscaping and remodel carpentry in Seattle and the San Juan Islands before attending law school at the University of Oregon.

In the practice of law, Will has applied his narrative and production skills from filmmaking and no-nonsense approach from the construction trades to form a litigation strategy that emphasizes telling a compelling story and efficient use of resources with an eye toward the end result.  This has proved successful in taking on corporations and government entities with far greater resources.

When away from the office, Will enjoys exploring the urban, suburban and wilderness areas with his family and playing music with his friends. 

 

Matthew E. Zekala, Lawyer

With 20 years of business experience prior to law school, Matthew Zekala brings a breadth of professional and “real-world” experience to his practice.  During the 1990s Matthew was based in New York City where he provided consulting services to major U. S. Corporations seeking to develop interests in Europe.  After relocating to Portland in 1998, he managed significant industrial, commercial, and residential properties for a local business conglomerate.  Matthew also spent eight years with a legal service provider specializing in multi-million-dollar environmental insurance settlements for Fortune 500 policyholders. 

 

During law school, Matthew gained valuable experience working as a law clerk for a boutique white-collar defense firm.  Before joining Macke Law Offices, Matthew practiced with a prominent defense firm where he defended clients involved in criminal, regulatory, and professional licensing disciplinary matters.  Matthew also reviewed technical materials and provided advice relating to a fatal aircraft accident in a foreign country for a national litigation firm.  Between 2014 and 2015 he served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Oregon Department of Justice in a large class-action lawsuit. 

Matthew is admitted to practice in Oregon, the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, and the Tribal Court of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde.  Matthew is also an avid cyclist and former professional musician.

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