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Matthew Spivey was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee.  After leaving the area for college and law school, Matthew practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia for six years prior to returning to his hometown and forming the partnership of Spivey, King & Spivey, LLP.  Matthew is glad to call the tri-cities home and enjoys protecting the rights of those accused of crimes, as well as dealing with divorce, custody and personal injury cases. Since returning to Tennessee, Matthew has been selected by the Tennessee Bar Association to participate in the Leadership Law Class of 2014, and has also been named as one of the "Top 40 under 40" lawyers in Tennessee Criminal Defense by the American Society of Legal Advocates. In addition, Matthew has been named one of the "Top 40 under 40" lawyers in Tennessee by the National Trial Lawyers.  Matthew is licensed to practice in Tennessee and Georgia.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Child Custody: 20%
  3. Divorce: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 10%



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Contact info

Spivey, King & Spivey, LLP

142 Cherokee Street
Kingsport, TN, 37660


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200608/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Mid-South Rising Star (Criminal Defense)Super Lawyers2016
Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
Top 40 Under 40 - Criminal DefenseNational Trial Lawyers2016
Top 40 under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2015
Top 10 Under 40American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Top 10 Attorney AwardNational Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys2015
Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Leadership Law Class of 2014Tennessee Bar Association2013
Dean's Award-International LawEmory University School of Law2005
Dean's Award-Professionalism and EthicsEmory University School of Law2005
Dean's Award-ContractsEmory University School of Law2004
Dean's Award-Constitutional LawEmory University School of Law2004
Academic All District (2nd team)Verizon CoSida2003
National Honors SocietyPi Sigma Alpha2003
Academic All ConferenceSouthern Collegiate Athletic Conference2002
Academic All ConferenceSouthern Collegiate Athletic Conference2002
Academic All ConferenceSouthern Collegiate Athletic Conference2001
Academic All ConferenceSouthern Collegiate Athletic Conference2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSpivey, King & Spivey, LLP2012 - Present
AttorneyFoltz Martin, LLC2006 - 2012
Summer AssociateFoltz Martin, LLC2005 - 2005
Research Assistant to Professor Robert SchapiroEmory University School Of Law2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
National Academy Of Personal Injury AttorneysMember2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationLeadership Law Class of 20142014 - Present
Tennessee Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2012 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Criminal Justice SectionMember2012 - Present
Tennessee Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Law SectionMember2012 - Present
Kingsport Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember2006 - Present
Atlanta Council of Younger LawyersBoard Member2011 - 2012
Associated General ContractorsMember2011 - 2012
Atlanta Bar AssociationLeader (Firm Leader Fundraising)-Foltz Martin2010 - 2012
Atlanta Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2012
Eleventh Circuit Historical SocietyMember2006 - 2012
Atlanta Bar Association, Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers SectionMember2006 - 2012
Construction Forum-American Bar AssociationMember2006 - 2012
Associated Builders and ContractorsMember2006 - 2012
Atlanta Bar Association, Construction Law SectionMember2006 - 2012
Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2006 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Not Guilty-Drugs and Drug ParaphernaliaNot Guilty After Trial
DUI-DismissedDUI and Driving charges dismissed
DUI-Not Guilty Verdict After Jury TrialNot Guilty After Jury Trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Emory University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of the SouthPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
C.A.S.E.S (Criminal Appeals Civics Education for Students)Criminal Appeals Civics Education for Students (Dobyns Bennett)2015