Matt Heldt

Matt Heldt





Services & Industries


J.D., magna cum laude, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2023

B.A., Sociology and Criminology & Law Studies, 2019

Bar & Court Admissions

Oregon State Bar

U.S. District Court, District of Oregon

Matt is an associate in Tonkon Torp’s Labor & Employment Practice Group where he works on litigation matters and offers employers strategy and advice on labor relations, labor law compliance, and employment issues. Matt works closely with clients to find practical solutions to their employment-related needs; when litigation becomes necessary, he strives to favorably resolve matters with efficiency, creativity, and practicality.

Matt is valued for his passionate commitment to his clients and work, his level-headedness in all situations, and his impressive attention to detail.

Matt is a magna cum laude graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, where he was a member of the Cornelius Honor Society, received the Dan Polkow award for excellence in admissions volunteering, and served on the Lewis & Clark Law Review as Lead Article Editor. During law school, Matt worked as a Summer Associate at Tonkon Torp and as a Judicial Extern for the Hon. Michael H. Simon at the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon.

Matt received a double major in Sociology and Criminology & Law Studies from Marquette University, where he also minored in Political Science and played college basketball. Matt was team captain his junior and senior year at Marquette and twice competed in the NCAA Tournament. Matt’s sport background taught him the importance of being a team player and giving his all to the work and people that inspire him.

In his free time, Matt likes to refresh himself in nature, be it through hiking, biking, snowboarding, or just being outside. He is an avid reader which helps get him through the rainy seasons.

Community Involvement & Activities

Blanchet House
Emerging Professionals Board

Professional Memberships

Multnomah Bar Association

Matt Heldt Joins Blanchet House Emerging Professionals Board

Tonkon Torp labor and employment attorney Matt Heldt has joined the Emerging Professionals Board at Blanchet House, a nonprofit organization that provides clothing, hygiene items, community, and transitional recovery programs to thousands of people every year.

Tonkon Torp Welcomes New Associates Matt Heldt and Lindsay Willson

Tonkon Torp LLP is pleased to welcome two new associates to the firm: Matt Heldt, who joins our Labor & Employment Practice Group, and Lindsay Willson, who will work in our Estate Planning Practice Group.

Oregon Health Care Market Oversight Program Creates Hurdle for Healthcare Transactions

By Matt Heldt, Christopher Pallanch, Maureen McGee & Rocky Dallum – Healthcare organizations be warned: entities that operate, own, or are closely related to a health care provider with any presence in Oregon may need to seek approval from the State before completing any merger, acquisition, clinical affiliation, or other similar transaction. Since March 1, 2022, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), through the Health Care Market Oversight (HCMO) program, has exerted influence over transactions involving at least one healthcare entity with a presence in Oregon.

DOL Raises Overtime-Exempt Salary Threshold

By Matt Heldt – The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor recently released a rule that prospectively changes the salary threshold for exempt executive, administrative, and professional employees. Although not immediately effective, the new rule stands to dramatically increase exempt salary threshold requirements.

FTC Publishes Rule to Ban Most Noncompete Agreements

By Matt Heldt and Rachel Timmins – The Federal Trade Commission released its long-awaited rule prohibiting most employers from enforcing or entering into noncompetition agreements with workers, including independent contractors. Historically, legislation around noncompetes has been left up to individual states. This new federal rule, if implemented, would mark a stark change in how employers and employees can contract to prepare for an employee’s separation.

Publications & Presentations

“Oregon Health Care Market Oversight Program Creates Hurdle for Healthcare Transactions,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, June 2024

“DOL Raises Overtime-Exempt Salary Threshold,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, April 2024

“FTC Publishes Rule to Ban Most Noncompete Agreements,” Tonkon Torp Legal Update, April 2024

“More than the Minimum: Why States Should Enact Better FMLA Equivalents,” Lewis & Clark Law Review, Vol 27.1, Spring 2023