Judicial Election Questionnaire
1) Full name:
Judith Hudson Matarazzo
2) Office Address and Phone Number:
5200 SW Macadam Suite 500
Portland OR 97239
3) Web site (if applicable):
4) List high school, college and law school attended, including dates of attendance,
degrees awarded and your reasons for leaving each school if no degree from that
institution was awarded.
Los Angeles Baptist High School, Los Angeles, California ( 1977)
Hamline University, St. Paul Minnesota ( B.A. History, 1981)
Willamette University School of Law, Salem, Oregon (Doctor of
5) List employment since graduation from law school, including dates employed,
your position and the nature of the practice or activity.
Allen & Vick, Clerk & Associate, 1983-1986
Vick & Associates, Associate, 1986-1992
Vick & Gutzler, Partner, 1992-1996
Gutzler & Hudson, Partner, 1996- Present
I am a litigation attorney primarily representing injured individuals.
6a) List state and federal bars, courts and administrative bodies to which you are
presently admitted and the date of admission.
1985 Admitted to the Oregon State Bar and American Bar Association.
6b) List any previous admissions, including dates, and the reason why you are no
7) List publications and/or articles you have authored.
Oregon Law Institute Continuing Legal Education Seminar, “Auto
Oregon Women Lawyers Spring Conference, “How to Negotiate”
Oregon State Bar, Recent Trends in Labor and Employment Law, “Using
Oregon State Bar, Handling Auto Accident Cases, “Early Settlement
8) List community, teaching or civic activities.
State Commission on Children & Families
* Cultural Diversity Committee
Northwest Pilot Project, Board of Directors
Triangle Lake Camp & Conference Center, Board of Directors, Chair
Salvation Army Fund & Capital Campaign Committee
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
* Senior Warden
* Sunday School Teacher
I have participated in the planning and teaching of
continuing legal education for the following: Oregon State Bar Association,
Multnomah County Bar Association, Oregon Law Institute, Oregon Trial
Lawyers Association, and Oregon Women Lawyers Association.
9) What is the general character of your practice? Indicate the nature of your typical
clients and mention any legal areas in which you concentrate.
I represent individuals who are injured due to the negligence of others.
My clients represent a broad, diverse, group of individuals.
10) What percentage of your practice is litigation?
95% of my practice is litigation.
11) Do you regularly appear in court?
12) What percentage of your litigation practice in the last five years was in:
Federal Trial Courts: 0
Federal Appellate Courts: 0
State Trial Courts: 95%
State Appellate Courts: 0
Administrative Bodies: 5%
13) Describe your litigation practice in the last five (5) years and address both the
courts and types of cases.
Please see responses to questions, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
14) Describe any appellate court experience not included above.
15) Describe any experience serving as an arbitrator or mediator.
I have served both as a mediator and an arbitrator, hearing more than 75
cases during the past five years. I have served as a mediator in a variety of
cases ranging from personal injury to property disputes.
16) State the approximate number of cases you have tried to conclusion in courts of
record during each of the past five years (or longer period, if you desire),
indicating whether you were sole, associate or lead counsel.
In the past five years I independently and solely tried more than 30
cases to conclusion either in arbitration or trial. In my early practice, prior to
”mandatary arbitrator”, I tried on average 10 cases a year.
17) State the approximate number of cases you have handled in state and federal
appellate courts in the last five years, indicating whether you were lead or co-
counsel. Include citations of reported cases.
18) List any experience you have as a pro tem or municipal judge, and the names of
the courts you have served.
I have not served as a pro tem or municipal judge.
19) List all bar association memberships, offices held and committee assignments.
Oregon State Bar
* Practice and Procedure Committee
* Disciplinary Board
* Fee Dispute Panel
Multnomah County Bar
20) Have you ever been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of any federal,
state, county or municipal law, regulation or ordinance? If so, please give details.
Do not include or parking offenses or traffic violations for which a fine of less
than $500 was imposed.
21) Have you ever been the subject of a formal disciplinary proceeding as an
attorney? If so, please give the particulars and the result. **Include only
proceedings that were authorized for prosecution by the SPRB.
22) Why do you want to be a judge?
I have been in private practice for more than twenty years. While I
have enjoyed both challenges and successes, I have come to the point in my
life wherein I believe my skills and talents would be best used on the bench.
As a litigator I must represent the interests of my client. As a Judge I can
better use my skills and training to resolve disputes.
23) Briefly describe your philosophy of the judicial role, the qualities that are most
important for the role, and the greatest challenges to the role.
Although imperfect, our judicial system should strive to provide equal
access to all. Once in Court, rules of law apply equally to all parties
regardless of whom they are individually. A Judge must set a tone of
impartiality and present with a demeanor which assures all that a case will
be heard fully and determined on the merits. A fair administration of justice
requires this both in reality and appearance. The privilege of being a judge
requires that attorneys, clients and others who appear in Court be treated
with the greatest respect. I believe that with more than twenty years of
experience, I have the skills, intellect and demeanor to be an effective Judge.
24) Briefly describe a case, or a legal issue on which you worked, of which you are
particularly proud, or which is reflective of your legal ability, work ethic, judicial
philosophy, or temperament.
I represented a man who was in a serious accident. He was struck by an
uninsured driver while working in his yard. My client’s injuries prevented
him from working, as his intellect was reduced to that of an eight-year-old.
My firm waived its fee and participated in some community fund raising to
assist this man and his mother. Ten years later I received in the mail a poem
written by my former client in the mail. It hangs in my office as an
important reminder that the role of “attorney” extends far beyond the
courtroom and immediate case. To serve is a privilege.
25) Briefly describe an issue, related to Oregon's justice system, that concerns you,
or that you have interest in working toward improving.
The Oregon judiciary suffers from the same problems that many systems do,
lack of funding, limited staff, and increased expectations. These problems
cause damage to the public’s confidence and in turn create too much political
debate on how to “fix” the judiciary. I have worked with a variety of
governmental and private agencies, and believe through collaboration we can
increase efficiencies today while planning for the needs of tomorrow.
26) Briefly describe a legal figure, personal, fictional or historical, whom you admire
Rosa Parks’s single and simple act of refusing to sit in the back of a bus is
inspirational to me. The act of an ordinary citizen with the courage to face
unimaginable and unpleasant consequences in order to better our society, is
empowering. The power of the individual is the cornerstone of our society.
The actions of one woman galvanized a nation.
27) State any other information that you regard as pertinent to your candidacy.
The Multnomah County Bar Association rated me as “highly qualified” in
July 2006, as part of their judicial screening process.