BIO - Matthew Hoyt
Matthew Hoyt joined Gunnison County as the Deputy County Attorney in early 2018, and became County Attorney in January 2021. He attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and previously obtained his degree (with honors) in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
Matthew began his career at the New Mexico law firm of Modrall, Sperling, Roehl Harris, & Sisk, where he practiced oil and gas litigation, environmental law, and tort litigation. He then joined the administration of New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, where he served as assistant general counsel and general counsel during Governor Johnson's second term in office. At the end of the Johnson Administration, Matthew was hired as the general counsel to the New Mexico State Land Office, heading that agency's legal department. After serving the Land Office and New Mexico Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, Matthew returned to private practice with the boutique law firm of Peifer, Hanson, & Mullins, becoming a partner at the firm in 2008. During his tenure at Peifer law firm, Matthew was lead or managing counsel on a series of high-profile litigation matters, including New Mexico's 2001 redistricting litigation (representing the New Mexico Lieutenant Governor), public records and access-to-courts litigation against a number of state and local agencies (representing the Albuquerque Journal, the Albuquerque Tribune, the Santa Fe New Mexican, KOAT television news, the Rio Grande Sun, and other press outlets) that resulted in a number of published decisions, representation of New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce in election litigation against the New Mexico Attorney General and Secretary of State. In addition, he helped successfully prosecute multi-million dollar class actions against major natural gas producers (including British Petroleum and ConocoPhillips).
Matthew has achieved the highest peer review rating - AV - from Martindale Hubbell, and has been consistently listed in Best Lawyers in America®. Matthew was also part of a team of lawyers in his previous firm that was recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best law firms in the United States. Matthew has also received an award for his work in open government law, and previously served on the Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee for the New Mexico Supreme Court. During his time with Gunnison County, Matthew has represented the County in a series of federal and state litigation matters, as well as transaction and administrative matters running the gamut of land use, taxation, child welfare, adult protection, aviation law, oil and gas law, law enforcement and prison law, environmental law, and many other areas of practice.
Matthew is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court (in which he appeared on behalf of amicus curiae in litigation regarding school choice in the early 2000s), the Tenth Circuit, the federal District of Colorado, the federal District of New Mexico, Colorado, and New Mexico. He currently lives in Crested Butte with his wife of 24 years, Aimee, and his 14 year-old son, Flint (who is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder). Matthew enjoys downhill, telemark, and backcountry skiing, fat biking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and backpacking with his family.