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Matt attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a National Merit Scholar, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. While in law school, he was a member of the Student Trial Bar and was also a founder and the first coordinator of the Trial Bar Community Outreach Program.
Currently, Matt's civil practice is primarily focused on professional liability, including medical malpractice, complex products liability, trucking cases, and fire loss claims. Matt also maintains an active workers' compensation practice.
Matt is a member of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Defense Research Institute, North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, and Wake County Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in all three Federal District Courts in North Carolina, as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Matt is also on the Board of Directors for the Partnership Elementary Foundation.
Matt has tried a substantial number and variety of cases in the Civil Superior and District Courts of North Carolina and before the North Carolina Industrial Commission. He has also appeared in cases pending before various licensing boards, including the Physicians, Social Workers, Nursing, Dental, and General Contractor's Boards, has handled cases in all of the United States District Courts in North Carolina, and has also defended a large number of complex federal multi-district cases pending in other Federal Circuits. In addition, Matt has an active appellate practice, having appeared in a substantial number of cases heard by the North Carolina Court of Appeals and and North Carolina Supreme Court, as well as in the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Matt was selected by his peers to appear in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America and was selected for membership in the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance in 2012. He has also earned the highest (AV-Rated) ranking awarded by Martindale-Hubbell.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys||N/A||N/A|
|North Carolina State Bar||N/A||N/A|
|North Carolina Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Wake County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute||N/A||N/A|
|Claims & Litigation Management Alliance||N/A||N/A|
|International Society of Primerus Law Firms||N/A||N/A|
|Wake Forest University School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|