Matthew W. Claman

Counsel to the Firm | Anchorage | 907.264.3311 |

Area of Practice

Matt Claman joined Lane Powell’s Anchorage office as Counsel to the Firm on November 1, 2007. West Anchorage voters elected Matt to the Alaska House of Representative in 2014, where he has served since January 2015. Matt also served the Municipality of Anchorage as its first Acting Mayor from January to June 2009. He brings his diverse experience as State Legislator, the Chief Executive of Alaska’s largest city, President of the Alaska Bar Association and as a trial attorney to the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. With extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, Matt is also available as an arbitrator, mediator, and hearing officer.

Matt has managed his own firm, worked with Preston Gates & Ellis, worked for the Alaska Public Defender Agency, taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage and clerked for a federal district judge. In addition to his work as mayor, Matt served on the Anchorage Municipal Assembly, of which he is Past Chairman.

Professional Experience

  • Alaska State House of Representatives, West Anchorage Representative
  • Municipality of Anchorage, Acting Mayor, Assembly Chair and Assembly Member
  • Claman Law Firm, Attorney
  • Preston, Gates & Ellis
  • University of Alaska Anchorage, Adjunct Professor
  • Alaska Public Defender Agency

Admitted to Practice

  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • University of Texas Law School (J.D., cum laude)
    • Honor Grades: Contracts, Civil Procedure, Property, Business Associations, Evidence, Federal Courts, Federal Appellate Advocacy, Labor Law, and Conflicts of Law
    • Texas International Law Journal, Articles Editor and Member
  • Colorado College, Colorado Springs (B.A., History)
  • National Outdoor Leadership School (Lander, Wyo.)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Cannabis
  • Litigation
  • Transportation Client Team

TV/Radio Interviews

  • “A-1 Timber Could Resume Chiniak Logging by Next Week,” Interviewed by KMXT Radio (June 8, 2011)


  • “No Need for Anchorage to Rush Into Woronzof Land Swap,” Alaska Dispatch News (July 22, 2015)
  • “Compass: Airport Planning Gets Much Better With Community Involvement,” Anchorage  Daily News (December 11, 2013)
  • “Letter: Negotiation Over Litigation,” Alaska Dispatch (November 29, 2013)
  • “Hold Your Nose and Vote ‘Yes’ for State Transportation Bonds,” Alaska Dispatch (November 5, 2012)
  • “Independence Day: Time Also to Celebrate Fair and Impartial Courts,” Alaska Dispatch (July 4, 2012)
  • “Parnell Should Veto Plan to Bulldoze Two Anchorage Athletic Fields,” Alaska Dispatch (May 5, 2012)
  • “Special Anchorage Election Investigator Must Have Broad Mandate,” Alaska Dispatch(April 21, 2012)
  • “Rover’s Run Trail is a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen,” Alaska Dispatch (June 26, 2010)
  • “Our View: Claman,” Anchorage Daily News, Featured (June 29, 2009)

Awards and Honors

  • Bryan P. Timbers Pro Bono Award, Alaska Bar Association (2016)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Alaska State Legislature
    • Representative, West Anchorage (HD21) (2015-Present)
  • Alaska Bar Association
    • President (2007-2008)
    • Member, Board of Governors (2002-2008)
  • Municipality of Anchorage
    • Acting Mayor (2009)
    • Assembly Chairman (2008-2009)
    • Assembly Member  (2007-2010)
  • Anchorage Youth Symphony Association
    • President (2011-2012)
    • Board of Directors (2010-2012)
  • Anchorage Downtown Rotary Club
    • Board of Directors (2013-Present)
  • Maritime Law Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Chair, Anchorage Airport Communications Committee (2009-2013)