Matthew B. Covington (Matt) is a native Charlottean who received a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. After college, Matt entered the charter class of the Elon University School of Law. He was a member of the Elon School of Law Moot Court Team, a Research Assistant and Web Developer for the Center for Engaged Learning in the Law, and Technology Director and Website Designer for the Elon Law Student Bar Association. He graduated in 2009 and received his J.D. degree as a member of the Elon University School of Law inaugural class.  He passed the North Carolina Bar in July 2009.

Matt returned to Charlotte and began practicing in the Workers’ Compensation Defense Practice Group with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog. His affiliations include the North Carolina Bar Association, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, and Defense Research Institute. He has defended complex workers’ compensation claims and appeared in evidentiary and appellate hearings before the North Carolina Industrial Commission. Notable litigated issues include successful* defending against psychological trauma, occupational diseases, repetitive motion cervical conditions, Lyme Disease, N.C.G.S. 97-2(18) disputed hernias, and injury by accident claims.

Matt and his wife Susan are avid travelers who have set foot on 4 continents and over 30 countries. Matt is also an avid UNC football and basketball fan, a die-hard Panthers supporter, and a techie.

*Cases or matters referenced do not represent the attorney’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

  • “60 Technology Tips in 60 Minutes to Increase Efficiency and Productivity in Legal Practice,” Lawyers Mutual CLE Presentation, February 8, 2012.

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Matt Covington Featured in NC Lawyers Weekly


Matt Covington, an attorney in the Charlotte office of Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was recently featured in the NC Lawyers Weekly article “Legislators move swiftly to override workers’ comp ruling.” Matt discusses a recent law that affects workers’ compensation in North Carolina and how the law will impact a recent state Supreme Court decision.… Read More