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Biography: Matthew M. Donaldson was born in New York City and raised in New Port Richey, Florida.  He and his wife enjoy spending time with their five children. Matthew Donaldson has been exclusively representing plaintiffs in insurance disputes and personal injury cases since 1993. 

Position: Matthew joined the firm in 2007 and is the lead attorney in the Spring Hill office.

Areas of Practice:

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Florida Bar, Member

  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Member

  • American Association for Justice, Member

  • Clearwater Bar Association, Member

  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida


  • J.D. University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, with honors

  • University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, with honors


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Practice areas


  1. Social Security: 75%
    23 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    23 years



Contingent (25-33%), Free consultation (45 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

75 total 

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  • Betty Marion Whitman

    Matt is attentive to his clients and loved by them! He knows the law, the system and how to get the best results for his clients. I endorse this lawyer.


    Betty Whitman Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • George Hartman Brown

    It is with pleasure that I highly endorse Matt Donaldson. I have known Matt for many years and he is not only a highly skilled and competent attorney but also someone who works well with clients and gets the job done. Matt is well respected in the legal community and known for his honesty and integrity. It is an honor to endorse Matt.


    George Brown Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett

4245 Rachel Blvd
Spring Hill, FL, 34607

The Law Offices of Carlson & Meissner

7614 Massachusetts Ave
New Port Richey, FL, 34653-3022

Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett

250 Belcher Rd North, Suite 102
Clearwater, FL, 33765



FLMember in Good Standing199306/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
"Nation's Top One Percent"National Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
VA-Accredited AttorneyDept of Veteran Affairs2014
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo Professional Rating Services2012
Managing Attorney (S.H), 2012 Florida's Top Ranked Law FirmsMartindale Hubble/Wall Street Journal2012
Pre-eminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
"Top Contributer Award, Social Security"Avvo Professional Rating Service2012
"Superb (10 out of 10), Top Attorney, Social Security"Avvo Professional Rating Service2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Attorney, Spring Hill OfficesCarlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett2007 - Present
Lead Injury Attorney (Tampa Office)Kennedy Law Group2003 - 2007
Managing PartnerRutger and Donaldson1993 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Distinguished CounselAttorney Member2015 - Present
National Alliance on Mental IllnessAttorney Member2012 - Present
Hernando County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
National Organization of Social Security Claimants' RepresentativesAttorney Member2010 - Present
American Association for JusticeAttorney Member1993 - Present
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersAttorney Member1993 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney Member1993 - Present
Florda Justice AssociationLifetime Member1993 - Present
Florida BarAttorney Member1993 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2003 - 2007
Clearwater Bar AssociationAttorney Member1993 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
MK v. SS AdministrationFully Favorable
Over 1000 SS final hearingsFully Favorable or On The Record Awards
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Publication nameTitleDate
Carlson/Meissner websiteThe Art of Jury Selection2012
Carlson/Meissner WebsiteThe 5 Step Sequential Evaluation Process2011
Carlson and Meissner WebsiteSlander and Libel Explained2011
Carlson & Meissner websiteOverview of Tort Litigation2011
Carlson and Meissner websiteAnimal Attack Cases (in Florida)2010
Carlson and Meissner websiteOverview of Tort Litigation2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of South FloridaPre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
7 Springs Civics AuditoriumOverview of The Three Branches of our Government2013
The Great American Teach In"What Does it mean to be a Lawyer?"2012
Attorney Speaker; Public Forum, "Ask a Lawyer'Pitfalls of Homeowners and Health Insurance Policies2012
Attorney Speaker; Public Forum, "Ask a Lawyer"What really happens in a Jury trial?2012
Attorney Speaker; Hernando Bar Open Public Forum, "Ask a Lawyer"Personal Injury2012
Attorney Speaker; Hernando Bar Open Public Forum, "Ask a Lawyer"Social Security Disability2012
Attorney Speaker: Hernando County Forum, "Ask A Lawyer"Slip & Fall/Premises Liability2012
Attorney Speaker, Hernando Bar, "Ask a Lawyer" ConferenceUnderstanding your Auto Insurance2012
CLE Speaker: Introduction to Social Security Law:Social Security Disability Hearing Tactics2011