Matt is a native Charlottean who returned to Charlotte after law school and began practicing in the Workers’ Compensation Defense Practice Group with Cranfill Sumner LLP in 2009. 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 and North Carolina Court of Appeals. Notable litigated issues include successfully defending against psychological trauma, occupational diseases, repetitive motion cervical conditions, Lyme Disease, out-of-state traveling employee claims, and injury by accident claims. Matt has presented and moderated at several major workers’ compensation conferences including a panel on the development of artificial intelligence in the claims environment at the 2019 WCI Workers’ Compensation Annual Conference.

Matt returned to Charlotte and began practicing in the Workers’ Compensation Defense Practice Group with Cranfill Sumner and serves on the Cranfill Sumner COVID-19 Response Team. 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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