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
Robb Grangroth’s practice is primarily focused in areas of probate and estate planning,
taxation, business contracts, business formation and corporate management, as well as
all aspects of real estate matters including boundary disputes and easements. He is an
experienced trial lawyer frequently assisting his clients in the areas of probate litigation,
Will contests, insurance disputes, as well as many other various civil litigation matters.
Robb’s goals as an attorney are to provide assistance and advice through all stages of
life, both personal and professional, and to achieve the best possible results for his
Robb attended the University of Utah where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in
Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree
from Gonzaga University in 2000, receiving a CALI Award in Estate Planning for ranking
highest amongst his peers. From Gonzaga University, Robb went on to the University
of Washington where he obtained his postgraduate Master of Laws degree in Taxation,
graduating in 2001.
Robb began his career providing Tax Law support for 110 Tax Preparation Offices. In 2005, he opened his own private law practice here in Spokane and eventually joined Phillabaum, Ledlin, Matthews & Sheldon in 2016.
Robb was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived Washington over twenty years. While attending law school at Gonzaga, he met his wife – the love of his life and a Spokane native – Mary. Together, they have two very active sons. During their leisure time, the family loves exploring the outdoors and the surrounding areas of the Pacific Northwest, frequently hiking, biking, camping, fishing, downhill skiing, and backpacking the nature trails in and around our beautiful state.
Ben Phillabaum was born and raised in eastern Washington. He received his BA from
Washington State University in 2001. After working as a Commercial Lender at various
banking institutions, Ben studied under and successfully completed the Washington
State APR 6 Law Clerk Program. As a Partner with Phillabaum, Ledlin, Matthews &
Sheldon, Ben’s practice now specializes in consumer and commercial collections, as
well as business formation, real estate, contracts, estate planning, and probate.
Ben is a Spokane resident and active member in our community. He has served on the Law Clerk Board for four years and has been Chair of the Board for the last two. Ben is also a member of the Spokane Estate Planning Council and Rotary Club. He is licensed in both Washington and Idaho and practices in all counties and jurisdictional levels within them. Additionally, Ben has been admitted to practice in the Kalispel and Coeur d’Alene Tribal Courts.
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
Since joining the firm in 2013, Douglas has worked to assist clients in both Washington
and Idaho. With experience in a number of practice areas Douglas has the ability to
look at the multiple angles of a case and his clients’ needs. With experience in both trial
and appellate courts, he is able to help clients through their entire case. His goal is to
keep up to date on multiple areas of the law in order to be able to assist clients in all of
their legal needs.
Douglas 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. After experiencing the beauty and community of the Pacific Northwest during law school, Douglas and his wife decided to stay and raise their family here. Douglas enjoys exploring Spokane and surrounding locales with his wife and children.
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
Brian G. Hipperson, a Washington State University and Gonzaga University Law School graduate, began his career as a Pullman City Police Officer. From there, he went on to become the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Lincoln County. Upon his return to his hometown, Spokane, he transitioned from criminal law to civilian practice. Since 1977, he has been advising and representing individuals and businesses. His litigation experience includes virtually all facets of civil disputes, with a special focus on commercial matters involving small to mid-size businesses, property transactions, estate planning and administration, including related litigation. Brian is a strong believer in giving back to his community. In addition to his many years of service through Spokane Rotary Club North, he does weekly volunteer work at the Union Gospel Mission.
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
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.
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.