Matt has been a litigator for 15 years. He started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Athens, Georgia, where he spent several years prosecuting felony crimes. He then moved to Atlanta and spent the next five years at two of Georgia's most respected defense firms, where he handled workers' compensation, trucking, premises liability, and general liability litigation.
In 2012, Matt chose to focus his law practice exclusively on the representation of injured workers in Georgia. In this capacity, he has helped hundreds of Georgia workers navigate the complicated and confusing workers' compensation system. In addition to his law practice, Matt is a trusted mediator who is often hired by parties in litigation to assist in resolving disputes. He also serves the citizens of Athens-Clarke County as a Municipal Court Judge pro tempore.
Matt has earned the AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a distinction that signifies he has reached the pinnacle of the legal profession as determined by peer review. He is also recognized as a Super Lawyer and is rated 10.0/10.0 "Superb" by AVVO. He is a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Academy of the State Bar of Georgia.
Matt earned his juris doctor from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, and his undergraduate degrees from The College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and New York. While attending law school, Matt served as the Chief Judge of the Trial Advocacy Board and was a member of Cumberland School of Law's National Trial Team. He is the recipient of the Papantonio Trial Advocacy Award, the James O. Haley Scholarship, and the Scholar of Merit Award for Advanced Trial Advocacy. In 2005, he was inducted into The Order of Barristers.
When not working, Matt enjoys the outdoors, motorcycles, and spending time with his wife, Cathrine, and their spoiled rescue pets. To better serve his clients, Matt splits his time between residences in downtown Atlanta and Athens.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||2005||06/20/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Bar Register of Preeminement Lawyers||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Member||Order of Barristers||2005|
|Papantonio Trial Advocacy Award||Cumberland School of Law||2005|
|Associate Attorney||Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP||2011 - 2012|
|Associate Attorney||Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP||2007 - 2011|
|Prosecutor||Athens Clarke County District Attorneys Office||2005 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member||N/A|
|Atlanta Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Western Circuit Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Georgia Injured Worker Advocates||Member||N/A|
|The Verdict, Journal of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association||Controlling Medical Treatment in a Workers' Compensation Case||2014|
|Samford University, Cumberland School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|College of Charleston||BS - Bachelor of Science||1998|
|College of Charleston||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|Atlanta Claims Association 94th Claims Convention||Case Law Updates||2016|
|Small Firm/Solo Boot Camp||Technology for the Small Firm & Solo Attorney||2015|
|Athens Success Summit||10 Pitfalls of Workers' Compensation||2015|
|Multi Jurisdiction Workers' Compensation Conference||Workers' Compensation Case Law Update||2012|
|Back Injury||$443,000.00 Settlement|
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