Matt heads the workers' compensation practice group at Martin & Jones. Since he joined the firm in 2006, he has worked hard to secure disability benefits and medical treatment for injured workers. Matt is a certified workers' compensation specialist. He takes pride in negotiating favorable settlements for his clients, settlements that provide security to families whose futures are jeopardized by workplace injuries. Matt has been recognized as Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers since 2010.
Matt has significant experience litigating cases before the North Carolina Industrial Commission, the state agency that oversees workers' compensation. He has also successfully represented clients before the North Carolina Court of Appeals. In addition to on-the-job injuries, he handles occupational disease claims, particularly claims arising from exposure to asbestos. Matt also handles civil claims that sometimes arise when a worker is injured by a negligent third party.
In the course of his practice, Matt has developed a particular interest in representing workers who have suffered catastrophic injuries - such as serious spinal injuries, amputations, and traumatic brain injuries. Such workers often need significant medical treatment and attendant care for the rest of their lives. Matt has worked closely with doctors and life-care planners to determine the care his clients need and has battled insurance companies to ensure that the care is provided.
Prior to joining Martin & Jones, Matt practiced at one of the largest corporate law firms in North Carolina, where he focused on insurance defense matters, including workers' compensation. Much of his practice involved representing a large manufacturer before the North Carolina Industrial Commission and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. However, while working for large corporations and insurance companies, Matt became convinced that he would rather help people whose lives have been devastated by workplace injuries.
Matt has been practicing law in North Carolina since 2002. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1995. In 2002, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served on the Georgia Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He lives in Raleigh with his wife and four young children. When he can find the time, Matt loves to read fiction, biography, history, and philosophy. He enjoys running and is absolutely obsessed with Notre Dame football.