Mr. Matthews spent several years working in the trial departments of some of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the U.S., including Holland & Knight, LLP and DLA Piper US LLP, representing companies in cases involving truck crashes, catastrophic injury and product liability, and business disputes. Relying on that experience, Mr. Matthews joined forces with one of the preeminent plaintiffs’ firms in the State of Florida, prosecuting catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims through verdict. Always striving to passionately represent his clients in seeking to maximize their recovery, he continues to represent individuals and families who have been injured or lost a family member due to the negligence of others, as well as those clients in need of a trial attorney due to insurance or business disputes.
Originally from Pinellas County, Mr. Matthews attended the University of Central Florida on an academic scholarship before graduating from the University of Florida College of Law with honors. Since law school, Mr. Matthews has lived and practiced law in Orlando, West Palm Beach and Tampa, Florida. Mr. Matthews previously served as a member of the national trial counsel team for an international Fortune 100 motor carrier. His experience includes litigating cases throughout the State of Florida and the nation involving catastrophic trucking accidents, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, tire blowouts/rollovers, wrongful death, product liability claims, and commercial actions.
In recognition of his legal skills and ethical standards, Mr. Matthews received an AV Preeminent Rating – the highest rating given to lawyers – from Martindale Hubbell. Martindale Hubbell has been a reliable source for over 130 years for those seeking experts in the legal industry. Click HERE to learn more.
Mr. Matthews is admitted to practice in all of the state and federal courts throughout Florida. He has appeared in the Northern, Middle and Southern District Courts of Florida in cases ranging from multi-million dollar business disputes to multi-million dollar insurance claims, and he has tried cases ranging from wrongful death to motor vehicle accidents to real estate property disputes. And in seeking to fully represent his clients’ best interests in pursuing the justice they deserve, Mr. Matthews has prosecuted cases through appeal when necessary.
In an effort to stay involved in his community outside of work, Mr. Matthews serves on the Board of Directors of two charitable foundations – Vincent Jackson’s Jackson in Action 83 Foundation, which supports military children and families, and The Ryan Nece Foundation, which strives to empower student leaders to impact giving in their communities.
Awards & Distinctions
|AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2014*|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012-Present|
|Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine, 2014|
|Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014|
|Vincent Jackson Foundation, Jackson in Action 83, Board Member|
|Ryan Nece Foundation, Board Member|
|Outback Bowl, Sponsor/Member, 2011-2012|
|Best Moms in the Bay presented by Ryan Nece Foundation and Shelton Quarles Impact Foundation, Sponsor, 2012|
|Vanguard Award, Selection Board, 2011-Present|
|American Association for Justice, AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, 2010-Present|
|Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, National Advisory Board Member and Member, 2010-Present|
|Florida Justice Association, Member, 2010-Present|
|Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2010-Present|
|Leadership Tampa Bay, 2009-Present|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member, 2006-Present|
|Florida Citrus Sports, Former Member|
|UF Alumni Association, Member|
|UCF Alumni Association, Member|
|Tampa Bay Watch|
|Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)|
|University of Central Florida, B.A. 2000|
|University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2003|
Publications & Presentations
|Invited Speaker at the Florida Justice Association’s Hell on the Highways Seminar: Motivating the Trucking Carrier to Settle, December 2013|
|Invited Speaker at the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association’s (TBTLA) Trucking Law Seminar, April 2013|
|Invited Speaker at the National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar Truck Accident Litigation 101: Medicare Set-Aside, Negotiation and Trial Tips, August 2012|
|Invited Speaker at American Association for Justice (AAJ) Annual Convention: Trucking Litigation Group, How to Maximize Case Value, July 2012|
|Invited Speaker at the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA) Super Summit: How to Bullet Proof Your Trucking Case for Trial, September 2011|
|FJA Journal, Article: Tales from the Defense – The Rise of the Negligent Selection and Hiring Claim, August/September 2011 issue|
|DeSilva v. First Community Bank of America, 42 So. 3d 285 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010)|
|Reddick v. Rosemary Beach Land Co., 9 So. 3d 621 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009) (per curiam affirmation of directed verdict on tort claims and jury verdict on contract claims)|
|Boga v. de Teresa Sosa, 2007 WL 2264599 (M.D. Fla. August 6, 2007)|
*Martindale-Hubbell does not make an independent evaluation of lawyers but relies exclusively on confidential opinions expressed by sampling selected members of the Bar and judiciary familiar with the lawyer.