Matthew was born in Harrisonburg, Va. His primary area of practice is civil litigation and personal injury. Matt earned his undergraduate degree (B.S., magna cum laude) in administration of justice and public affairs in 1990, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He attended Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University where he was the Wiggins Scholar, Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Review, Paul Dennis Award Recipient, and inducted into the International Order of Barristers. Matt received his Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) in 1995.
Matt has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Product Liability Litigation since 2010 and has been selected by his peers for North Carolina Business Magazine Legal Elite for Litigation since 2013. About three percent of the State's attorneys are chosen as best practitioners, according to magazine officials. Matt is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest achievement rating. According to Martindale-Hubbell's website, an AV Preeminent rating is a significant rating accomplishment and a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Matt is licensed to practice before all North Carolina State Courts, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the North Carolina and American Bar Associations, the Eighth Judicial District Bar Association, the Lenoir County Bar Association (president 1997-1998), the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (member of Board of Governors), and The Eastern North Carolina Inn of Court.
Matt's practice is concentrated in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, tractor-trailer accidents, industrial accidents, wrongful death, products liability and product failures, workers' compensation, commercial and general civil litigation.
Matt, married with three children, and his family attend Bethel Free Will Baptist Church. He has served on the board of directors of the Lenoir Committee of 100 and has been involved in the United Way, Kinston Evening Rotary and the Kinston-Lenoir Chamber of Commerce. Matt has served on the North Carolina Advocates of Justice, Board of Governors (2008-2014).
Matt continues his longtime love of athletics as a coach of the North Carolina Rawlings Prospects travel baseball team; earning a 1st degree black belt in jujitsu; hunting, fishing and shooting sports. He played collegiate baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1986 through 1988.
Recent Cases of Note:
PCS Class Action Settlement