Former Chief Fourth Judicial District Court Judge Matt Railey joined the professional staff of arbiters at JAG in 1994. Railey first served on the bench as a part-time Municipal Judge for the City of Colorado Springs, and was then appointed to the El Paso County bench. He became a Fourth Judicial District Judge in 1979, where he presided over civil, criminal, domestic, probate, and juvenile cases and served for three years as Presiding Juvenile Judge. From 1991 to 1994 he was Chief Judge of one of the largest judicial districts in Colorado. Railey has a keen interest in computers and on-line information transfer, and was extensively involved in the computerization of the Fourth Judicial District and the Colorado State Judicial System.
Following law school, Railey served in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Army for five years, primarily as Defense Counsel in Courts Martial cases. His time with the U.S. Army included service with the 173rd Airborne Brigade at Landing Zone English, Republic of Vietnam, and he is the recipient of two Bronze Stars. Railey was one of ten national advisors to the Agent Orange Class Assistance Program in Washington, D.C., and was also selected to receive training in the United States government's arbitration program created to resolve disputes arising from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

Career Highlights 
Hearing Examiner, September 11, 2001 Victim Compensation Fund
Joined JAG in 1994
Co-Chair, Colorado State Commission on Judicial Performance, 1996-2001
Distinguished Jurist Award, Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1994
Private Practice, 1976-1978
Assistant City Attorney, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1973-1976
Judge Advocate General Corps, United States Army, 1968-1973
Community and Professional Activities 
Judicial Advisory Council Board Member, National Veterans Legal Services Program, Washington, D.C. (1997-2004)
Co-Chair, Colorado State Commission on Judicial Performance (1996-2001)
Chairman, Mayor’s Committee on Municipal Judges Complaint System (1996)
Chairman, Colorado Supreme Court Committee on Rules for Referees (1990)
Member School District 11 Student Performance and Achievement Task force (1988-94)
Agent Orange Class Assistance Program, Washington, D.C. (1987-96)
President, Colorado Springs Swim Team (1987-91)
Colorado Supreme Court Task Force on Gender Bias (1988-90)
President, Historic Property Alliance, Colorado Springs (1985-87)
President, Community Corrections of the Pikes Peak Region, Inc. (1978-84)
Instructor, Colorado Springs Police Academy (1975-88)
Chairman and member, Colorado Bar Association Committee on Courts of Limited Jurisdiction (1974 to 1981)
Board of Directors, Pikes Peak Legal Services (1975-76)
Member, Community Crime Prevention Task Force, Colorado Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals (1974-75)
Fun Facts 
Goalie in the OHL (Over the Hill League), Ice Hockey
Captain of the Colorado College Swim Team
Played a Role in the Colorado Opera Festival's presentation of Carmen
Very interested in historic homes, and wrote "Sadie's House, A Guide to Researching Your Old House"
Speaks German