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Matt Burgess is a South Carolina native, born in Columbia and raised in Camden, and has represented clients across the state in matters of Criminal Defense, DUI & Traffic, Personal Injury, Accidents, Workers’ Compensation & General Litigation, among others. Matt has been named a member of The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and his casework has been featured on networks and in publications, including: Fox News, CNN, the New York Times & USA Today.

Matt also volunteers with the South Carolina State Guard as a Captain in the JAG Section. In 2015, he was awarded the Commendation Medal for pro bono representation undertaken in a unique legal matter, the exoneration case of State v. Stinney (1944): In 2013, Matt spearheaded a legal effort to clear the name of George Stinney, Jr., the youngest defendant executed in the United States since the beginning of the 20th Century. In December 2014, seven decades after Stinney’s death, the murder conviction was vacated. This marked perhaps the first time in United States history where judicial process has set aside a conviction post-execution. USA Today’s “50 Stories from 50 States” named Stinney South Carolina’s biggest story in 2014.

Matt is a believer in the system created by our Founding Fathers, and understands that justice is only truly reached through diligent representation from both sides of our adversarial system. He firmly believes that the Constitutional safeguards promised to each of our citizens are what set us apart as a Nation, and that these safeguards are to be vehemently protected:

All are equal before the eyes of the law. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Matt is devoted to the preservation of these principles and takes pride in defending those rights on behalf of his clients charged with criminal offenses. He is similarly committed to representing the interests of those who have suffered harm caused by others’ negligence.

Matt received his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from The Citadel, where he was the recipient of the 2010 Citadel English Faculty Award, awarded annually for the most outstanding academic essay submitted during the specified school year. As a freshman, “fourth-class” cadet, he was the youngest member of the entering class, having graduated early from high school (three years), and served in a number of leadership roles at The Military College. As a junior, he was chosen as the November Company First Sergeant, tasked with the general supervision of more than 100 peers and subordinates. As a senior, he was a member of the 2010 Summerall Guards, chosen for membership following a demanding initiation process of rigorous physical training.

Upon graduating from The Citadel with honors in May 2010, Matt enrolled at Charleston School of Law. As a law student, he served as an extern in the quarters of The Honorable Thomas L. Hughston, Jr. In December 2012, Matt graduated early from law school and became licensed to practice in his home state.

The Law Office of Matt Burgess, Ltd. Co. is located in downtown Rock Hill, SC. Matt regularly takes cases in York County and the surrounding areas- Cherokee, Chester, Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw & Lancaster counties- but has also represented clients across South Carolina’s Midlands & Lowcountry: Lexington, Richland, Sumter & Charleston counties, among others.

Matt is driven by the notion of making a positive difference in the lives of others, particularly those who need it most. Each of his clients will receive every effort to ensure that their rights are protected.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. Litigation: 30%
  3. Car Accident: 10%
  4. DUI & DWI: 10%
  5. Personal Injury: 10%



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    I've known Matt Burgess for nearly a decade. He has proven to be an intelligent and meticulous person from the moment I met him. These traits coupled with his willingness to fight for his clients make him a worthy adversary in the courtroom. I would recommend his services.


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The Law Office of Matt Burgess, Ltd. Co.

331 E. Main St.
Suite 200
Rock Hill, SC, 29730


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Commendation MedalSouth Carolina State Guard2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers Association2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers Association2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Law Office of Matt Burgess, Ltd. Co.2015 - Present
CaptainSouth Carolina State Guard JAG Section2014 - Present
Associate AttorneyCoffey, Chandler & McKenzie, P.A.2013 - 2015
Judicial ExternThe Honorable Thomas Hughston, Jr.2012 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers DivisionMember, Service Project Committee2015 - Present
The National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember, Top 100 Trial Lawyers2014 - Present
South Carolina BarMember2013 - Present
South Carolina Bar, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2013 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of South Carolina v. George Stinney, Jr.Conviction vacated.
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Publication nameTitleDate“Dusty writ helps lawyer right 70-year-old-wrong.”2015
CNN"New trial sought for George Stinney, executed at 14."2014
Fox News"Lawyers for South Carolina teen executed in 1944 have new info."2014
USA Today“Judge throws out black teen’s conviction from 1944.”2014
Charlotte Observer“70-year-old murder conviction of SC teen overturned.”2014
Fox News“South Carolina boy, 14, should not have been executed in 1944, judge says.”2014
NPR“SC judge says 1944 execution of 14-year-old boy was wrong.”2014
CBS News“Witnesses challenge 1944 murder conviction of black SC teen.”2014
WLTX“George Stinney, Jr’s Sister: My Brother Did Not Do It.”2014
Reuters“South Carolina judge tosses conviction of black teen executed in 1944.”2014
Washington Post“It took 10 minutes to convict 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr. It took 70 years after his execution to exonerate him.”2014
ABC News4 Charleston“Judge: 14-year-old shouldn’t have been executed in SC.”2014
The Herald“70-year-old murder conviction of S.C. teen overturned.”2014
Communities Digital News“Racism and the tragic execution of 14-Year-Old George Stinney, Jr.”2014
Courthouse News Service"S.C. teen exonerated 70 Years after execution."2014
Courthouse News ServiceNew Trial Sought for Black Child Executed in '44."2014
Charleston School of Law: Sol Blatt, Jr. Law Libary"Justice is done: George Stinney, Jr.'s 70-year-old conviction is vacated."2014
The State“New trial sought in 69-year-old murder case.”2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Charleston School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Citadel, Military College of South CarolinaEnglish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2010
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Charleston School of Law BLSA Event: "Justice for George."State of South Carolina v. George Stinney, Jr.2015