Mr. Ledlin has an invaluable bankruptcy background in both creditor and debtor rights. In addition to practicing law with an emphasis on bankruptcy matters for many years, he has served as the Standing Chapter 13 Trustee and as a Panel Chapter 7 Trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington.
Mr. Ledlin has served as the president of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington and the Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington, and has served as chair of the Executive Committee for the Creditor/Debtor Section of the Washington State Bar Association. He was the first bankruptcy lawyer to serve as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. He has served as a co-chair for the Northwest Bankruptcy Institute, and has been co-chair of the Bankruptcy Bar Association's Annual Bankruptcy Seminar and Retreat since 1994. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
Mr. Ledlin is a contributor to the Washington State Bar Association Creditor-Debtor Section and Eastern Washington Bankruptcy Bar Association newsletters, and is a speaker at Continuing Legal Education Seminars. He has authored the Chapter on Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Court Local Rules for the Washington Lawyers Practice Manual since 2000.
Mr. Ledlin is the recipient of Appreciation Awards from the Bankruptcy Bar and Federal Bar Associations of the Eastern District of Washington, the Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year award from the Spokane County Bar Association, and the Sidney C. Volinn Award of Merit from the Washington State Bar Association, Creditor-Debtor Section.
Creditor Representation in
Commercial Bankruptcy Recovery
Commercial Law Collections
Stephen Matthews is an accomplished civil
and criminal trial attorney. He has served
Spokane County as Deputy Prosecuting
Attorney and Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor.
His most notable prosecution was against serial rapist Fred Harlan Coe who is known as the “South Hill Rapist." Steve joined our firm in 1995. His practice focuses on all types of litigation with an emphasis in personal injury and employment matters, including workers compensation, disability issues, non-compete agreements, discrimination and sexual and other forms of harassment. He also has extensive experience in professional licensing cases and administrative law. Although his experience is heavily focused on litigation and trial work, Mr. Matthews describes his personal objective as an attorney to be service oriented, “I just want to help my clients with whatever they need.”
His master’s degree in Public Policy Studies and law degree were conferred by Brigham Young University. Steve is married with three sons and four grandchildren.
Will and Trust Disputes
Sheryl is a life-long resident of Spokane. She has served as a board member for Habitat for Humanity – Spokane and as its president. From 1995 to 2008, Sheryl was a member of the Law Clerk Committee of the Washington State Bar Association, also serving as its chair for two years. She is a member and past president of Washington Women Lawyers – Spokane. Sheryl has served as a pro tem judge in both District and Superior Courts of Spokane County. She was a board member on the Eastern Washington University Foundation for six years.
Brian is a civil litigator with emphasis on
representing policyholders in disputes with
insurance companies. He has extensive
insurance claims experience, having
previously worked as an insurance claims
manager. Brian is frequently invited to
lecture on insurance issues and has
litigated numerous complex insurance disputes in many different lines of insurance.
He is one of three Washington attorneys currently approved by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner to
conduct market oversight mediations between insurance companies and the Commissioner’s office.
Brian’s practice also emphasizes Class Action claims, personal injury and commercial business disputes. He has both defended and prosecuted class action claims.
Insurance Coverage Litigation
General Civil Litigation
Real Property Disputes
Winston Matthews was born and raised in
Spokane and graduated from Ferris High
School. He received his BA in English from
Brigham Young University in 2006. Winston
then joined the firm to study under the
Washington State Law Clerk program. He
completed the program in June 2010 and
subsequently sat for the Washington State Bar in July 2010.
He was admitted to practice law in October 2010. He is also admitted to practice in the Federal courts.
Winston has assisted clients in negotiating creditor and judgment creditor settlements and has experience in dealing with large, complex litigation cases.
Winston is bi-lingual, speaking both English and Spanish. His hobbies are running, wood working, and cabinetry.
Probate and Probate Litigation
Whistle Blower Actions
Residential and Commercial Leases
Family Law Complex Asset Litigation
Doug is admitted to practice law in Washington
and Idaho in both State and Federal courts. He
previously worked for the Spokane County
Prosecutor’s office while receiving his Juris
Doctorate degree from Gonzaga University.
As a recent transplant to the area, he enjoys exploring Spokane and surrounding locales with his wife and two children.
Ben Phillabaum was born and raised in eastern Washington. He attended high school at Gonzaga Prep and received his BA from Washington State University. After working as a Commercial Lender at various community banking institutions, he enrolled in the Washington State APR 6 Law Clerk Program. After successfully completing the Program and passing the Washington State Bar Exam, he became an Associate Attorney with Phillabaum Ledlin Matthews & Sheldon. Mr. Phillabaum’s practice includes consumer and commercial collections, business formation, real estate, contracts, wills, and probates.
After practicing for 34 years, Mr. Phillabaum recently retired, but continues to be available for consultation with clients and members of the firm. He spends his free time traveling, skiing, flying and building airplanes, mountain biking, and wakeboarding. He splits his time between Spokane and Arizona.