Matthew Gorney joined Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered, in July 2016 as an associate attorney focusing on misdemeanor criminal cases. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gorney maintained a general law practice in Wichita where he gained experience litigating a variety of cases in both state and municipal courts. He is admitted to practice in Kansas, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Gorney has also has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.
Formerly a professional journalist, Mr. Gorney knows the value of listening to others’ stories and possesses the skill to ask strategic questions based on thorough research and mastery of the subject matter. He joined Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered’s criminal defense team in 2016.
A Wichita native, Mr. Gorney graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013 where he earned certificates in both Advocacy Skills and Media, Law and Technology. Mr. Gorney simultaneously earned a Master of Science Degree in Journalism from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications after successfully defending his thesis: Social Media and Kansas Courtrooms: Assessing Kansas Supreme Court Rule 1001 and Exploring Possible Improvements. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University majoring in journalism with a minor in Leadership Studies.
While in law school, Mr. Gorney joined the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division and served a year as one of the division’s four national officers. Mr. Gorney also worked as a graduate teaching assistant and later adjunct instructor for KU’s journalism school during his time in Lawrence.
Mr. Gorney has been honored as a Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers "Rising Star" each year from 2018-2020, and was named to the Best Lawyers in America list in 2021. He has also earned distinction on the National Trial Lawyers' Criminal Defense Top 40 Under 40 list for both 2019 and 2020.
Mr. Gorney is a past board member of the Delta Chi Fraternity and Music Theatre of Wichita.
|KS||Authorized to practice law||2013||10/19/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2021|
|Preeminent 5.0 out of 5||Martindale-Hubbell||2021|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2021|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2021|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2020|
|Top 40 Under 40 - Kansas Criminal Defense||National Trial Lawyers||2020|
|Rising Star||Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine||2020|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2019|
|Rising Star||Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine||2019|
|Top 40 Under 40 - Kansas Criminal Defense||National Trial Lawyers Association||2019|
|Rising Star||Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine||2018|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2018|
|Associate Attorney||Monnat & Spurrier, Chartered||2016 - Present|
|Attorney||Law Office of Matthew A. Gorney||2016 - 2016|
|Attorney||Lawing & Gorney, LLC||2015 - 2016|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Wichita Bar Association||Member - Criminal Practice Committee||2018 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2016 - Present|
|Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2016 - Present|
|Wichita Bar Association, Bar-o-Meter Committee||Committee member||2015 - Present|
|Wichita Bar Association, Young Lawyers Association||Co-Social Chair||2016 - 2017|
|University of Kansas School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2013|
|University of Kansas||MS - Master of Science||2013|
|Kansas State University||BS - Bachelor of Science||2006|
|Constitution Day||U.S. Constitution||2019|
|City of Wichita v. Nyamweya, 18DU000136 (2018)||Client convicted only on a traffic infraction for inattentive driving.|
|City of Wichita v. Thornton, 18DU000039 (2019)||Client found "not guilty" at trial of reckless driving and DUI.|