Matt has been a litigator since 2005. He started his career as an Assistant District Attorney in Athens, Georgia, where he spent several years prosecuting felony crimes. He then moved to Atlanta and spent the next five years at two of Georgia's most respected defense firms, where he handled workers' compensation, trucking, premises liability, and general liability litigation.
In 2012, Matt chose to focus his law practice exclusively on the representation of injured workers in Georgia. In this capacity, he has helped hundreds of Georgia workers navigate the complicated and confusing workers' compensation system. In addition to his law practice, Matt is a trusted mediator who is often hired by parties in litigation to assist in resolving disputes. He also serves the citizens of Athens-Clarke County as a Municipal Court Judge pro tempore.
Matt has earned the AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a distinction that signifies he has reached the pinnacle of the legal profession as determined by peer review. He is also recognized as a Super Lawyer and is rated 10.0/10.0 "Superb" by AVVO. He is a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Academy of the State Bar of Georgia. He is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals.
Matt earned his juris doctor from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, and his undergraduate degrees from The College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and New York. While attending law school, Matt served as the Chief Judge of the Trial Advocacy Board and was a member of Cumberland School of Law's National Trial Team. He is the recipient of the Papantonio Trial Advocacy Award, the James O. Haley Scholarship, and the Scholar of Merit Award for Advanced Trial Advocacy. In 2005, he was inducted into The Order of Barristers.
When not working, Matt enjoys the outdoors, motorcycles, and spending time with his wife, Cathrine, and their spoiled rescue pets. To better serve his clients, Matt splits his time between residences in downtown Atlanta and Athens.
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D., 2005 Birmingham, Alabama
College of Charleston, B.S. Business, B.A. Corporate Communication, 1998 Charleston, South Carolina
Bar Admission: Georgia, New York
Court Admissions: Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals
Mediation Areas: Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation, Defense Base Act