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Matthew Louis Barry

Military law Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   145 reviews

Licensed for 7 years

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Attorney Matthew Barry is a former JAG Officer and retired Army Major who practices military law worldwide.  This includes legal representation for the following matters:  courts-martial, separation boards, investigations, nonjudicial punishment, GOMORs, letters of reprimand, ROTC disenrollments, West Point cases, flying evaluation boards, security clearance revocations, force reduction boards, QMP Boards, property loss investigations, evaluation responses/appeals, discharge upgrades, and records corrections.   He served in the Army for 11 years and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the University of Texas School of Law.

Attorney Barry will travel to any installation, worldwide, to represent a Servicemember.  

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Licensed for 7 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2015
Updated 10/23/2022

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The Law Office of Matthew Barry
4235 Hillsboro Pike Ste 300
Nashville, TN, 37215-3344

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Client's Choice 2022
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Matthew received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Mr. Barry, Matthew is such an amazing and outstand attorney. He has strong military legal experience and professionalism. I had a miserable life due to the toxic leadership from my Commander. My commander recommended me a UCMJ article 15 without any evidence. He abused his power and mistreated me. I was also suffering mental disorder and had been hospitalized several times this year. Military TDS attorney recommended me to resign the commission. Compared with attorney Barry, they are lazy, inexperience and very unprofessional. They are just like my commander to ruin my military career. However, after I hired attorney Barry, my life is completely changed. Under his guide and advice, I successfully won the board of inquiry. He help me save my military career and beat the injustice that is created from my commander’s toxic leadership. Not only this, my mental health condition is also getting much better after I hired attorney Barry. Attorney Barry is also an Army MAJOR retired. He also like a senior officer, mentor and led me to success. Therefore, if any injustice impact your military career, hiring attorney Barry is your # 1 choice.
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2022
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Above and beyond service. Great outcome. Very fair price.
I'm a dad of a cadet facing a high-stakes board. We did online research and hired Matthew due to his great reputation. Mathew did not disappoint. He was smart, well prepared, helped us create an excellent plan for the board hearing, and even made the trip personally to attend the hearing and support my cadet. He was knowledgeable, fast, efficient, affordable, worked very late hours to get the job done, and quickly got the right results for our family. Highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2022
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BCNR Military Law Professional
For four years, my career was stopped short by the military.  At every step of the BCNR process, I was encouraged and bolstered.   During the BCNR review, I retained Military Law Attorney, Matthew Louis Barry.   This is a decision I will remember. Matt is the number one choice for Military Law.  He is licensed in key states and knows his way around the BCNR. Mr. Barry had my back every step of the way.  I knew Mr. Barry always had my best interests at heart.  On a personal level, Matt is charismatic, intelligent, and easy to talk with.  Professionally, he is highly competitive, experienced, knowledgeable and absolutely driven to succeed.  He exceeded all expectations by preparing my case perfectly for the next step!
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2022
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Mr. Barry significantly helped provide my evidence to my Commander, giving him the real story, with full details!
Attorney Matthew Barry became my Defense Attorney to represent me as I was pending five charges. Bottom line up front, Mr. Barry significantly helped provide my evidence to my Commander, giving him the real story, with full details. Mr. Barry truly listened to what I had to say, and throughout the entire duration, I felt like someone was on my side. Most importantly, Mr. Barry gave me honest advice, and remained diligent in my case. In summary, As a SGT in the Army I was faced with multiple charges. It began with a recommendation for an article 15 for a failure to report to PT, and a failure to report to work call. I was then accused of being drunk on duty. After missing PT formation, my new NCOIC told my leadership that he expected me of being “drunk”. After being taken to the MP station for a breathalyzer test, I was found to have a .0 something BAC, and my charge was changed to incapacitated to fulfill my duties. At this point, I hadn’t thought about getting a lawyer. It wasn’t until halfway through my enrollment in the Army’s Alcohol Program in which I was questioned by CID for a pending sexual assault charge. At that very moment I knew I needed to look for a lawyer and declined to the scope of questions from CID until I had a lawyer present. Quickly, I found Mr. Barry through a search and read through his site very thoroughly. I read extremely positive reviews and decided to take a chance. Luckily for me, Mr. Barry willingly and quickly accepted to represent me for the CID questions and pending article 15 charges. As we went over the details of my case throughout the month, Mr. Barry remained honest about what to expect being guilty of being absent from a formation, but most importantly offered resources of others in my area of South Korea for any court martial hearing in the case he couldn’t attend, had I chosen that route. Mr. Barry and I spent almost two months waiting to hear any details regarding the CID case of the alleged sexual assault as I was left out of the loop, clueless, and worried since I hold a TS clearance. My command remained silent throughout the duration of the investigation, and I never heard back from CID. In the meantime, Mr. Barry took my case of failure to report to PT and work call, and incapacitated to fulfill my duties charges, and started working on those matters. After two months, CID finally reach the verdict of not guilty, and I was relieved. By this time, I was also accused of having violated a no drinking order, totaling 5 charges. Mr. Barry read through my hearing packet and listened to everything I had to say. Mr. Barry included my evidence, my witness testimony in the sexual assault case, and heard my issues. Overall, I was guilty of violating a no drinking order, and having failed to report to PT; Although I lost my rank and received an oral reprimand, the article was filed locally. However, while at my second hearing, my Command Team, Battalion Commander, and CSM, took over an hour to debate on what they should do, and I have a strong feeling it was regarding the matters that Mr. Barry was able to help me with. The way Mr. Barry was able to see all angles of my case and help to showcase these angles to my Commander was truly helpful. I would not have been able to do this alone and most importantly, Mr. Barry’s helped assured me someone was on my side. I wasn’t even contacted by Army Legal until after the investigation was over because they were booked. I would hire Mr. Barry again if I ever needed it and commend him for his ability to be considerate to my feelings, diligent, and overall enthusiastic about putting my matters together. For anyone wanting to hire Mr. Barry, make sure to be completely honest with him, and he will ensure he can do the best he can to help you with your case!
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2022
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Great lawyer.
Matthew Barry immediately got to work when charges were preferred against me. He put together a case that eventually led to my charges being dismissed. He is a must hire.
Posted by anonymous | October 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
100% recommend for hire
He got a favorable result that prevented me from being separated from the Army and it was a very smooth process that took a lot of the stress off of me.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Long Road
I hired Attorney Matthew Barry after I ended up in a hole because of an attorney I originally hired named Joseph Jordan. Mr. Jordan helped to create an issue that placed me in an uphill battle that continues to this day. It has been nearly a year since I hired Mr. Barry and replaced Mr. Jordan and through several IG complaints, issues with reprisal and denial of an earned promotion we've made progress and he's been patient with my constant need to stay engaged. The most recent egregious event was a Flight Evaluation Board that was convened as reprisal for an IG complaint that I filed. Mr. Barry was extremely meticulous and was intimately familiar with every detail. He showed up prepared... When I met him on post he asked, "Do you want to see what the last six months of your efforts have produced?" Of course I was interested! Mr. Barry pulled, from his bag, a large three-ringed binder that was nearly full, all things that I had gathered or had written over the previous six months. More impressive is that Mr. Barry had familiarized himself with every detail contained in that binder. He knew the information inside and out. We won that Flight Evaluation Board, the board ruled that the accusations were unsubstantiated. This did not stop a member of the chain of command from recommending that my flight status be terminated despite the board's ruling. But Mr. Barry continued to coach me and encourage me to remain calm. Several months later we received the final decision... I was allowed to keep my flight status. The final determining authority acknowledged that there was not sufficient evidence. There is more fighting and there are more uphill battles that need to be won; but winning the FEB was a significant step in the right direction. I have already recommended Mr. Barry to others. I will continue to recommend him. When a command and when the military allows commands to act and interpret regulation without oversight or redress, it is imperative to have someone in your corner.
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Posted by Daniel | October 18, 2022
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Discharge upgrade
Matthew did a fantastic job and really came through for me. While to a large degree my discharge status was warranted, there were some mitigating circumstances. I had been denied about a decade ago for a discharge upgrade request made on my own accord, but thought there might be a chance if handled by a professional. While initially denied by the board once again now 22 years later, they came back after further review and ultimately did approve my upgrade due, in large part, to the eloquently drafted arguments by Matt. I am grateful for his service and support.
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Posted by Chris | October 17, 2022
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Excellence Winning Service
I could not have asked for better representation than Mr. Barry. He was there for me every step of the way over a two year period. He did this despite me being stationed on a military base in Korea. During this time he went out of his way on a regular basis to communicate with me and ensure I was always informed of the best legal approach. Mr. Barry coached me through every step of the way and helped position me for the best possible outcome. In addition to providing excellent service, because of his diligent efforts, I received a winning outcome. I am grateful for his service and efforts, hiring him was the best decision I made.
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Posted by Michelle | October 17, 2022
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Absolute Best!
Mr. Barry is the absolute best! He explained everything that made it easy to understand what the next steps would be. He was very professional with fast responsiveness. I highly recommend Matthew Barry!
Posted by M | October 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Barry is a must hire!
If your on the fence on who to hire as your military lawyer, look no further because Attorney Matthew Barry is your man! I had a false SA/SHARP accusation levied against me during an ugly divorce leading to a CID investigation. Mr. Barry was very straightforward and honest. Told me the good, the bad, and what potential outcomes would come from the investigation. He reviewed all the evidence I provided and gave me quick feedback. The information he gave me on "what to expect" from the investigators prior to the CID interview was very helpful. They literally did and said everything that he told me they would. He shared all updates with me and conducted follow up to ensure the case was moving. The case came back unfounded/unsubstantiated and I have my life and career back on track! Thank you so much Mr. Barry.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2022
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GOMOR Rebuttal
Mr. Barry aided me in the submission of a GOMOR rebuttal which resulted in local filing. His help was a great relief during a stressful time. Prior to finding Mr. Barry, I planned on submitting a rebuttal for my administrative error (Failure to submit a DA31 for travel while conducting a Career Skills Program Internship) with little to no defense of myself other than relying on character references. Mr. Barry wrote a more accurate rebuttal that focused on the facts and regulations. His rebuttal was perfectly formatted, convincing, and definitely changed my outcome!
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Posted by Spencer | October 3, 2022
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Hard Work Lead to an Unlikely Victory
Mr. Barry was my lawyer while I was applying for a COVID vaccine religious accommodation. I was ignorant on the process of my case but he was very knowledgable and willing to explain to me all my questions. He was honest of the unlikelihood of a positive outcome for my case yet his hard work lead to my accommodation being approved ( which to me seemed unprecedented while comparing my case to the other accommodations the Army is approving.) He was also much more afforrable than I expected and I do not feel he took advantage and overcharged me
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Posted by Greg | October 3, 2022
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QMP Response
I met with Mr. Barry shortly after receiving gomor. Last week I was selected for retention, upon last talking with Senior Leaders in my formation I was the only one who was retained. It is safe to say that this result was from Mr Barry's outstanding knowledge and execution. From the beginning the process he was clear and transparant with what he needed from me and what he would do to assist me. He took the time to read everything submitted in the 400 page plus gomor packet and to ask for clarification whete needed showing me he was genuinely involved with my QMP response. It is safe to say that without him I would not have been have been retained.
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Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2022
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Satisfied Senior Leader
Attorney Matthew Barry, is the lawyer you want representing you. I was in a frantic faced with career ending accusations. I googled lawyers using a few key words and more than once Matthew Barry came up. After reading his page, I called the number. I was unsuccessful in reaching anyone. However, moments later I received a text from Mr. Barry asking if we could coordinate a time to speak. I told him my situation and within an hour he called me back. I was so shocked and grateful at the same time. I’ve never been in the situation I was faced with and at any moment CID could call for me. Mr. Barry was very calm and in moments presented a way forward that instantly gave me piece. Immediately he made me feel good that he had seen my case before and with assurance he could assist me in navigating forward. I hired him within the next hour and he provided documentation that protected me via email in the same key stroke. I promise two hours might had past and I received that dreadful call. Having hired Mr. Barry and my documents in hand I reported with confidence to the authorities. Matthew was methodical and strategic throughout the almost 7 months of hell, at least that is what I call what I went through. He is a clear and factual individual; his documents read the same. If you are looking for a lawyer who is strong, knowledgeable, articulate and well versed in military issues. Call Mr. Barry, you will not be disappointed. My GOMAR was rescinded/destroyed a first in 7years for my installation; the elimination case was closed and retained on active duty is what I received. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Matthew.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2022
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Army Officer Investigation: Highly recommend
Attorney Barry did far more than I ever imagined possible. When I was initially placed under investigation, I thought my career was going to end. I had heard from other Army Officers that Attorney Barry is the best Military Law Lawyer there is, and so I immediately called and hired him. Through his knowledge and expertise, Attorney Barry was able to have my recommended GOMAR reduced to no form of formal punishment at all. I was able to continue on with my career without any stain on my record. I recommend if you are ever in a situation where you may need an attorney, you IMMEDIATELY give Attorney Barry a call. He will guide, assist, and ultimately save your career. Thank you sir!
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Posted by Marge | September 27, 2022
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GOMOR
Mr. Barry helped me get retained in the army. If you are looking for the best lawyer, your search is over! Hire him!
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer Barry
I loved everything about his services interms of subject matter expert , his hospitality i would recommend him any day of the week
Posted by Felix | September 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Super satisfied client
Attorney Barry represented me and I truly owe him my life; his professionalism, court room prowess and vast knowledge of military law was invaluable, and lead to my victory. Don't call anyone else if you're ever in need of a Military Attorney.
Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Very professional
Matthew Barry was very professional and gave excellent legal counsel. I highly recommend him.
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Defense Attorney
  • The Law Office of Matthew Barry PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Defense Attorney
  • United States Army
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Legal Assistance Attorney
  • United States Army
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • United States Army
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Company Commander
  • United States Army
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Operations Officer
  • United States Army
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Executive Officer
  • United States Army
  • 2009 - 2010
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Education

  • University of Texas
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • The United States Military Academy at West Point
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • US v. SGT, Nonjudicial Punishment Appeal
  • Article 15 thrown out
  • US v. SPC, Nonjudicial Punishment
  • Not Guilty
  • US v. PVT, General Court Martial
  • Charges dismissed, no conviction, no confinement, no punitive discharge
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Meritorius Service Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2019
  • LTC Arthur D. Nicholson Award
  • National Military Intelligence Foundation
  • 2012
  • Knowlton Award
  • Military Intelligence Corps Association
  • 2012
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2012
  • Bronze Star Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2012
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2010
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • United States Army
  • 2009
  • Major General John D. Altenberg Jr. Award
  • United States Military Academy at West Point
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
Military law Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an impressive and accomplished trial attorney, His reputation in the military defense community is second to none. His clients rave about the representation he provides, and for good reason. I have known Matt for about 15 years and would recommend him to my closest friends and family."
Military law Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Barry's knowledge of military justice and zealous advocacy for his clients is unmatched."
Military law Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Matt is an outstanding attorney and advocate. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked closely with Attorney Barry on a very complex case. He is a dedicated and passionate advocate."
Military law Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a fantastic lawyer with a tremendous amount of experience. His West Point background coupled with his military experience gives him a comprehensive understanding about the way military commanders think. This definitely gives him an edge in the court-room, and it is proven with his results."
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Nashville Military law Lawyer Matthew Louis Barry
Matthew Louis Barry
Military law Attorney
Nashville, TN
Licensed for 7 years
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