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Matthew Douglas Powell

Brain injury Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   8 reviews

Licensed for 35 years

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Brain injury
    30%
    Complex litigation involving mild to sever brain injuries. Using SPECT scans to objectively prove and document brain injuries. Using neuro-psychological testing, PET scans, MRI, CT and many other forms of objective testing to document the loss of function in my client.

    35 years, 675 cases

  2. Car accident
    20%
    Author of the Automobile Accident Guide. Frequent lecturer on how to win soft tissue cases. Using Digital Motion X-Ray to objectify ligament instability, then using an Upright MRI to image the torn and stretched ligaments to objectively prove whiplash injuries.

    35 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Personal injury
    20%

  4. Motorcycle accident
    10%
    The laws that affect Motorcyclists are very different than the laws for cars. Make sure your attorney has experience in representing motorcycle accident victims.

    35 years, 770 cases

  5. Wrongful death
    10%
    Representing families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another. From motorcycle accidents to medical malpractice and many other unfortunate losses in between.

    35 years, 890 cases

  6. Trucking accident
    5%
    Big rig crashes usually cause very serious injuries. The trucking companies have investigators and claims adjusters all over the country who spring into action to reduce or eliminate responsibility for these serious crashes. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking crash, make sure you find a lawyer who has experience in this area, one who knows the complex laws, and the intricacies of the trucking business.

    35 years, 775 cases

  7. Violent crime
    5%
    Representing Victims of Criminal assaults, attacks, and deaths caused by inadequate security in stores, malls, apartments and many other places where the land owner knew or should have known of dangerous criminal activity but failed to take steps to protect customers or tenants, and failed to warn them of the danger.

    35 years, 75 cases

My name is Matt Powell, and I am dual Board Certified, Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Civil Litigation and Board Certified by the National Board of Legal Specialties. My firm only represents people who have been injured, we never represent insurance companies. If you have questions about an injury case, please call my office, Powell and Associates at (813) 285-5153.


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Matt Powell is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer whorepresents injured victims and their families in cases involving catastrophicinjuries, wrongful death, automobile crashes, brain injuries, sexual assault,trucking crashes, pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice, defectiveproducts, birth related injuries, rape cases, dog bites, motorcycle crashes,negligent security, and many other injury cases. He first practiced law with aprominent insurance defense firm in Tallahassee, Florida. The firm representedover 20 insurance companies and defended negligent drivers and doctors. Duringthat time he learned the methods, techniques and strategies that insurancecompanies use to reduce the amount of money they pay to people and families whohave been injured or killed in accidents or by neglect.  After learning these methods and techniques,he decided to stop representing insurance companies. He left the insurancedefense law firm and opened his own law firm to represent individuals. One yearlater, he moved his practice to Tampato be closer to his family. Matt has practiced in the historic landmarkbuilding known as the Hutchison Mansion on Plant Avenue in Tampa since 1989.   Matt Powellis an AV rated lawyer and is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as  a specialist in the area of civillitigation.  He is also Board Certified by the Naitonal Board of Legal Specialization as a certified Civil Trial Lawyer.  

He has been involved in the advancement of imaging protocols forcervial ligament injuries.  His use of the Digital Motion X-Raycombined with anitomical studies done with an Upright MRI.  This combination of technology has allowed him to show and sucessfully prove "soft tissue" injuries in the necks of his clients.

 Admissions and Certifications:

 

• 2010 - Certifiedby the National Board of Legal Specilization as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.

 

• 2007 - Certifiedby the FloridaBar as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.

 

• 1992 - Admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States of America

 

• 1990 - Admitted into the Federal Eleventh District Court of Appeal

 

• 1989 - Admitted into the Federal United States Middle District Court ofFlorida

 

• 1988 - Admitted to the Missouri Bar

 

• 1987 - Admitted tothe Florida Bar

Formal Education:

• 1987 - Earned Juris Doctorate with honors from the Florida State College ofLaw

 

• 1984 - Received B.S.from the University of Central Florida

 

Legal Associations:

 

• 1988 - present - Sustaining member of the Association of Trial Lawyers ofAmerica now known as the American Justice Association

• 1989 - Admitted Eagle Member, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyersnow known as the Florida Justice Association

 

Books Authored by Matt Powell:

• 1996 - Author "What to Do in Case You Are in an AutomobileAccident"

• 1998 - Co-Author of: "Knowing Your Rights Concerning MedicalMalpractice"

 

• 1999 - Co-Author of"Automobile Accident Injury Guide"

 

Films produced by Matt Powell:

• 2008Produced the documentary film Hidden Damage. This film addresses the legal and medical issues that most people mustaddress after a car accident.

 

Advanced Education:

• 1987 - HarvardNegotiation Project – Getting to Yes Negotiation seminar

 

• 1999 - Harvard Law SchoolTrial Advocacy Graduate

 
Teaching, Lecturing and Presentationsgiven by Matt Powell:

•  2003 – “Operation manual for the witnesschair”  How to testify clearly andeffectively.

 

•  2004 – “How to prove soft tissue injuries with the use of Digital Motion X-Ray”.

 

•  2005 – “Proving Cervical Injuries throughbasic physics, understanding the phases of motion that injure the spine”

 

•  2006 – Presentation to the Minneapolis TrialLawyers Association:  Proving CervicalInjuries for their true value, how to use Upright MRI to show ligamentinjuries.

 

•  2007 – Workhorse Seminar presented before theState of Florida Justice Association:Cutting Edge Imaging For Soft Tissue Injuries - What is new for 2007

 

•  2008 – Workhorse Seminar presented before theState of Florida Justice Association:  Medical Causation Issues That Come UpIn Several Cases

 

•  2009 – Workhorse Seminar presented before theState of Florida Justice Association: An In-Depth strategy and Tactics Assessment and Study into theTechniques and Methods of Interrogating Defense Medical Examiners inOrder to Maximize the Benefit For Your Client and in Order to ObtainTruthful Responses

 

•  2010 – Workhorse Seminar presented before theState of Florida Justice Association:  Cutting Edge MRI techniques for use at trial to objectively show soft tissue injuries including brain injuries

Photos and videos

Insurance Company Secrets Revealed
Negligent Security
Bicycle Accidents
Tort Reform
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Licensed for 35 years
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 09/21/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1987
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2010
Excellent Personal Injury Attorney
Several years ago, I was the victim of a DUI hit and run. Fortunately, the hit and run driver's car disintegrated not far from the scene of the accident. Matt took care in making sure that I was taken care of in every possible way, even coming along to provide support when I gave my deposition for the criminal portion of the case.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2008
Very Professional Lawyer
Did a great job for me.
Posted by Desiree | November 27, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Generosity in Action
I appreciate Matt Law and their generosity. Today as I was visiting Vinoy Park for Shopalooza, Matt Law was giving out free bike helmets. Well, the kids I needed helmets for were not with me. They are kids who we adopted for Christmas. We purchased 3 bikes, but not the helmets. We're elated Matt Law gave us 3 helmets. Great way to help our community.
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Posted by Phyllis | January 4, 2015
"Attorney Powell is the BEST set apart from the REST!
Atty Matt Powell came highly recommended by my [email protected] Life Center. I suffered a major injury August 2014 due to no fault of my own. Not only was I severely injured. I had lost hope in our judicial system with no direction believing that my civil rights had been violated. I made the call to Attorney Powell's office left a message and to my surprise my call was promptly returned within the very same day, not by the office paralegal but Atty Powell himself listening attentively with compassion to my emotional state and concerned over the telephone. Unfortunately, my case was not of one that he could take on, however that didn't prevent him from providing information and guidance moving me in the direction in what I could do independently to get the attention of those person's that would be key players in getting me the positive reaction that I required! I personally didn't have much faith nor confidence in Attorney's due to prior negative experience. I truly say THANK you Atty Matt for restoring my faith in Attorney's as you're the BEST set apart from the REST!
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Posted by Wendy | December 1, 2014
An attorney willing to listen, gather information and take a chance
I went for a consultation many years ago with Matt Powell. He listened patiently while I explained my situation. Even though I could tell he wasn't completely convinced that I had a case, he agreed to represent me. It was a long hard battle, but he continued to dig deep into the facts. He was very determined. In the years that followed, my case became very public. He never wavered. He was by my side through every public interview and continued to keep me updated at all times. I have referred many friends and relatives to Matt since my case was resolved. I can't think of anyone who was not satisfied with the end result of his representation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2008
A true man of Integrity.
Matt Powell is one of the most brilliant men I have ever met in my life. He is genuine, trustworthy and a man of true integrity! When Matt tells you he will do something, consider it done. The BEST!
Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2008
Hard working agressive lawyer who I would highly recommend everyone should talk to.
Matt Powell represented me and my family for the death of our child. He was amazing. He explained everything to us in great detail, and he got to work on our case right away. His staff was easy to work with, and with all of his help, our family is grateful for everything he did. Without hesitation call Matt Powell if you have lost a loved one in an accident.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2008
Smartest and Nicest lawyer I have ever met. He is a tough fighter in court. Thanks.
The hardest working guy I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He took my case, and explained to me all about the law, the facts, and what we needed to do. He was really a great friend through the whole process of my case. I can't thank him enough for his hard work, and ability to tell me what was going to happen next. The liability was difficult for me, but Matt was able to prove that the other driver caused the crash, and hurt me very badly. If it was not for him, I don't know what I would have done.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 20%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • MattLaw
  • 1989 - Present
  • Partner
  • Yates & Powell
  • 1988 - 1989
  • Attorney
  • Fuller Johnson and Farrell
  • 1987 - 1988

Education

  • The Florida State University College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate with Honors
  • 1987
  • University of Central Florida
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1984
  • University of Florida
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1983

Associations

  • Amputee Coalition of America
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Spinal Cord Injury Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Unite 2 Fight Paralysis
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • State Advisory Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • The National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Center for Victims of Crime
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Eagle Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Attorney
  • 1988 - Present
  • Florida Trial Lawyers Association
  • Eagle Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Presidents Club
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Vietnamese
  • Spanish

Awards

  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Board Certification Civil Trial Lawyer
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2010
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer
  • Florida Bar
  • 2007
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • 2002
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Automobile Accident Injury Guide - Step By Step Procedures To Protect Your Rights
  • Automobile Accident Injury Guide - Step By Step Procedures To Protect Your Rights
  • 1999
  • Know Your Rights Concerning Medical Malpractice - A Simple Guide to A Complex Issue
  • Know Your Rights Concerning Medical Malpractice - A Simple Guide To A Complex Issue
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Workhorse Seminar 2010
  • Cutting Edge MRI techniques for use at trial to objectively show soft tissue injuries including brain injuries
  • 2010
  • Workhorse Seminar 2009
  • An In-Depth strategy and Tactics Assessment and Study into the Techniques and Methods of Interrogating Defense Medical Examiners in Order to Maximize the Benefit For Your Client and in Order to Obtain Truthful Responses
  • 2009
  • Workhorse Seminar 2008
  • Medical Causation Issues That Come Up In Several Cases
  • 2008
  • Workhorse Seminar 2007
  • Cutting Edge Imaging For Soft Tissue Injuries - What is new for 2007
  • 2007
  • Medicine and the Law
  • Proving Cervical Injuries for their true value, how to use Upright MRI to show ligament injuries
  • 2007
  • Functional Imaging and Anatomy with Digital Motion X-Ray
  • Proving Soft Tissue Injuries with Digital Motion X-ray and Upright MRI imaging
  • 2007
  • Upright Imaging Seminar
  • Proving Cervical Injuries for their true value, how to use Upright MRI to show ligament injuries
  • 2006
  • Proving Cervical Injuries through basic physics, and understanding the phases of motion that inure the spine
  • Causation of injuries to the Cervical Spine from low speed rear end car crashes
  • 2005
  • Innovator 2004 Digital Motion X-Ray
  • “How to prove soft tissue injuries with the use of Digital Motion X-Ray
  • 2004
  • Innovator Conference for State of the Art Digital Motion X-ray Technology
  • Operation manual for the witness chair” How to testify clearly and effectively
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (20)
Unknown Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew Powell is a great lawyer. You cannot go wrong with him. Matt will walk you through the process and keep you informed along the way."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to endorse Matthew Powell. I agree with all the high praise Matt has received from his colleagues here on AVVO. I also want to add that I have known Matt for almost three years and I have personally witnessed how he treats all of his clients with dignity and respect. These are wonderful qualities for an attorney to have. He works hard for his clients and is very responsive to their legal needs. With the assistance of his exceptional staff he provides great legal service to his clients."
Brain injury Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt is an exceptional talent and an inspiration to work with."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse Matt Powell for any client who needs an experienced, intelligent, and aggressive lawyer to handle their personal injury case. Matt uses the latest technology and innovative techniques to get the best results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I gladly endorse Matthew Powell. He is one of the most brilliant and innovative personal injury trial attorneys in the state, dedicated to achieving outstanding results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a highly experienced and highly skilled litigator. I endorse him without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Matt Powell is universally respected as one of the best plaintiff's attorney in Orlando. His exceptional knowledge of the law, his technical skill in trial, and his sincere, unremitting dedication to his clients sets him apart. I strongly endorse Matt Powell."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Powell is one of the best and most innovative personal injury trial lawyers I have met. I endorse Matt without reservation, and would not hesitate to hire him to represent me in an injury claim."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've referred several clients with med mal issues to Matt, including my brother. Matt's a tremendous lawyer, very professional, good results -- and most telling about him was the first advice to each was to address the medical problem with the best doctor possible even where a "cure" would harm the potential lawsuit."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Powell is an outstanding attorney and leader in the community of personal injury litigation. He readily provides advice and counsel to less experienced attorneys and associates. He is a highly regarded member of the Florida Bar as evidenced by his board certification as a civil trial attorney."
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