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J. Matthew Bolton

Family Attorney at Johnson City, TN

5.0   39 reviews
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  • Licensed for 18 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2006
    Status
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About J.

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Matt joined Herndon, Coleman, Brading, & McKee in August 2006 upon his return to East Tennessee, where he was born and raised. He devotes 100% of his practice to litigation, representing individuals and businesses in a wide range of civil disputes, primarily including personal injury, premises liability, and breach of contract matters. He also manages an expansive domestic relations practice, including contested and uncontested divorce, child custody, post-divorce modifications, child support, paternity actions, and contested and uncontested adoption petitions. Matt’s other primary area of practice is criminal defense representation, both at the local state level and in the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Western District of Virginia. Matt graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2002, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, later graduating law school in 2006 with an emphasis on trial practice. Always with an eye on giving back to the community, he has served on many area boards, including the Dawn of Hope and Hands On Children’s Museum, and he is a co-founder of the Lawyers Helping People Program, which has been recognized state wide for its contributions in assisting indigent citizens in the community obtain legal help in a variety of areas, free of cost. In 2016, Matt was recognized by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys as a “Top 10 Under 40” attorney and was also named as a Mid-South Rising Star in the Super Lawyers publication the same year. He is a member in good standing of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Washington County Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, having graduated its yearly renown criminal defense trial college in March of 2016.

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Matt | January 26, 2024
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Fantastic Attorney
Matt met with me multiple times and was always quick to answer any questions I had. I appreciate his willingness to go the extra mile for my case. I highly recommend him and will absolutely retain his services the next time I need legal assistance.
Posted by Shena | December 2, 2023
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Best Lawyer
Matt is a phenomenal lawyer. He has been there for me anytime I have called. He genuinely cared about my case and every aspect of the situation. He was comforting and gave me guidance on how to proceed in the best interest of the case. Matt was extremely professional and knowledgeable throughout our experience. I highly recommend him for your legal needs. You won’t be disappointed
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Posted by Matthew.b | November 8, 2023
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The best lawyer around
He's a great lawyer who's looking out for you he's easy to talk to and he will do what is best for you and he will do anything he can to make sure that you get the best outcome for your case I would definitely use him again I get to be with my family all because of him I am able to type this out right now thank you so much.
Posted by James | April 14, 2023
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Resolve Pension Problem
Many, Many thanks to Matt Bolton for solving our pension issue with former employer. He represented us so well in stopping the employer who repeatedly harassed my husband in proving he is still alive. His respect for our issue is so appreciated.
Posted by Brandon | March 22, 2023
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Matt is Great
Matt is a wonderful attorney. My situation was unique, and Matt went above and beyond to help me and answer every question I had. Matt has been patient, kind, and professional. Matt will tell you what to expect, and he will get the best result possible. He is great with his communication, and every time someone thing overwhelmed me, or any roadblock that happened; he was always there. I cannot say enough good things about Matt.
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Posted by Bryan Kalisz | March 21, 2023
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A grateful client
I recently hired a Matthew Bolton to represent me in a parental custody rights case. He always answered or returned my calls promptly. These types of cases usually take a few months to be resolved, but Matthew was able to finalize a conclusion within weeks. I am extremely grateful to him and the mediator he recommended. Honestly, I was blown away by the performance of the team. Truly grateful. Thanks Matt!
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2022
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A complicated case made seamless and easy.
I hired Matt Bolton in September of 2021 to represent me in my very first criminal charge at the age of 40. I had a very serious car accident which resulted in my car being totaled and severe injuries including a concussion. I wear glasses which were lost in the crash. I have never had a criminal record and did not understand the implied consent law; I relied on JCPD to walk me through my rights. When the ambulance arrived, they told me I had signs of a concussion, severe airbag burns to my face and neck and asked if I wanted them to take me on to the hospital. My husband was on the way to the site, so I refused. I was given a sobriety test without my glasses and with a concussion. I could not walk in a straight line. I asked for a breathalyzer over and over. Instead, I was arrested and taken to jail. I was given a breathalyzer in jail and blew a 0.0. I was bonded out almost immediately but asked the officers when they were going to give me a drug test. They said they didn’t do that. And since I refused to leave in an ambulance, I waived that right. I was so naive to the laws. I thought it was all over since I proved I wasn’t drunk. Instead, I was charged with DUI. I immediately hired Matt Bolton. He walked me through the entire process. I was not convicted of DUI. And today my driving record is clean. Do NOT RELY ON THE POLICE TO ADVISE YOU OF ANYTHING OTHER THAN YOUR MIRANDA RIGHTS. This was my FIRST AND LAST experience with JCPD. It was a VERY UNFAIR, UNNECESSARY experience. But to have an attorney like Matt Bolton by my side through the entire process really opened my eyes. It is very easy for innocent people to get caught up in a mess that could potentially ruin your life. Do not look any further than Matt Bolton if you need criminal representation. He is a very well-respected attorney and is very straight forward and informative about his ability to handle your case. To say that I am pleased is an understatement. I am forever grateful.
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2022
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Overall exceptional person and great attourney!
Matt Bolton met with me at the drop of a hat. Explained everything so I could understand exactly what I was facing. Stayed in contact with me from beginning to end. The final verdict was better than expected. He worked hard on my case, listened to every word i said and got me through one of the toughest times of my life. Matt I truly appreciate your representation and help.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2022
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Highly Recommend
Mr. Bolton was recommended to me by several people, including another attorney. He has handled 2 cases for me both of which I was able to achieve the exact outcome I hoped for. He was prompt, professional, and effective. I was confident that I was in good hands and would be well represented, which eased my stress about being unfamiliar with the legal system. I appreciated that he was able to clearly communicate what was needed and what to expect. I would definitely recommend him and will hire him again should the need arise.
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Posted by MICHAEL | August 3, 2022
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Divorce/ child custody two times/ child support three times
I'm an out of state situation. Mr. Bolton has handled all my cases in Tennessee.(I live in Michigan.) I have always been satisfied even when I was nervous. Tell him what you want to do. He will take care of it the right way just let him do his job and be honest with him. They were also helpful when I had to do payments. He is well worth more than he charges to me
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Posted by Tayane | May 1, 2022
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The best lawyer
I would like to recommend J. Matthew Bolton as the best attorney in the region. I am very grateful for all the care taken with my divorce process and with me. I really trust him.
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2022
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Highly Recommend for anyone needing a divorce attorney!
Going through a divorce is a time of uncertainty filled with an overwhelming amount of stress and mixed emotions. I retained Matt Bolton as my attorney, from our first meeting I immediately felt at ease, and a tremendous amount of weight lifted off my shoulders. Mr. Bolton was very prompt and thorough when handling my case. I always felt that I could contact Matt with any questions or concerns I had. I feel that Matt fought and represented me to the highest of his ability. He helped me receive the best possible outcome from my divorce. I highly recommend Matt Bolton to anyone who needs an attorney.
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Posted by Sam | April 7, 2022
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Great attorney!!
I used Matt for a case absolutely the best attorney in Johnson city!! He went above and beyond to get me the best deal!! I highly recommend him to anyone that want a trust worthy hard working attorney for your case!!
Posted by Dawn Marie | January 21, 2022
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Medical Triage Operations Supervisor
I can’t say enough regarding Matt Bolton. Mr. Bolton has been very diligent, dependable and most reliable. My situation was difficult and very stressful for me and my family. Matthew has well exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend his services. EXCEPTIONAL ATTORNEY!!!!! Thank You again for your quality services. Dawn Marie
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2021
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Matt Bolton
Matt Bolton is an amazing human and attorney. I hired him to help when I was facing a drug possession charge if i didn't act as a criminal informat. He went out of his way to make sure I was completely informed all the way through with what the outcomes could be. He stayed on top of talking to the officer to get me out of the charge. He got me out of my legal trouble entirely and I avoided a charge because of his great communication skills. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2021
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Matt Bolton
Thorough attorney. Handled my case well and would recommend. Responded immediately to all texts/calls. He definitely understood the case.
Posted by Ethan | November 11, 2021
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Lawyer Review
Mr. Bolton was able to help me in more ways than one! He helped me have a better perspective of my situation and then proceeded to get the best outcome i could’ve gotten in my case! Very glad I was able to work with him.
Posted by Christine | September 29, 2021
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GREAT!!!
Mr. Bolton is a very knowledgeable, reasonable attorney. He helped with my child support case and was absolutely amazing! He listens (even when unreasonable), he explains things is a manner which is understandable. He worked around my schedule and listened to what i wanted to do. He will be on your side.
Posted by Tyler | June 28, 2021
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Outstanding!
Mr. Bolton took very good care of me, down to the very end! Would highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2021
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Best lawyer in Johnson City
Mr. Bolton was able to achieve a better outcome for my case than I expected! He is courteous, efficient, and he will fight for your case like a great lawyer should. I cannot recommend his services enough. Thank you for the peace of mind!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Herndon, Coleman, Brading and Mckee, LLP
  • 2006 - Present

Education

  • Appalachian School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002

Associations

  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Domestic Relations Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Civil Litigation Committee
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (2)
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Litigation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Bolton is a fantastic attorney who has gotten wonderful results for his clients for 12+ years. I highly recommend his services."
Real estate Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Bolton as opposing counsel in a complex real estate civil dispute. At all times, I have found Mr. Bolton to be a thoroughly-prepared and exceptionally effective advocate on behalf of his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone seeking an attorney within his areas of practice."
Family Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Attorney Bolton on several family matters. He was always responsive to calls and emails, which helps resolve a matter quickly for the clients. His frankness is refreshing and appreciated. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Friend
"I attending law school with Matt. He is a phenomenal, hardworking attorney and I've only heard great things about him in his practice. I highly endorse Matt."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bolton is a hard working attorney who zealously defends individuals charged with crimes. I have seen firsthand Mr. Bolton's work result in very favorable outcomes for his clients. I recommend Mr. Bolton if you have a criminal case in the Tri-Cities or in Federal Court."
General practice Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Bolton is a dedicated advocate for his clients. His ability to think outside the box has lead to great results for clients in many different types of cases. I would recommend Matt for representation especially in complex issues involving specific areas of the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Other
"John is a great Attorney for his clients!"
Unknown Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Johnson City Family Lawyer J. Matthew Bolton
J. Matthew Bolton
Family Attorney
Johnson City, TN
Licensed for 18 years
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