Grammens v. Dollar
Argument before the Georgia Supreme Court.
Practical Professionalism 2.0
Zurich – Chicago, IL
Matt’s printable resume is here.
Matt Moffett is an “AV” rated (Martindale-Hubbell) attorney, listed among the top 100 lawyers in Georgia (Super Lawyers) in Atlanta Magazine, and selected among the Legal Elite in Georgia Trend magazine. Matt’s jury trial experience for the defense totals well over 100.
Over the last few years, Matt has secured significant defense verdicts in 11 high risk cases. Four of these cases involved wrongful death (motor vehicle and premises liability) where each plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury to award between $4 million and $5 million dollars in damages. Another trial involved a permanent spinal injury from a third party criminal attack where the plaintiff’s attorney demanded $10 million, and another involved a case against a religious institution where the adverse attorney asked the jury to award $1 million.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Matt majored in journalism at the University of Georgia, from which he graduated cum laude. He attended Emory School of Law, where he won Best Advocate in the National Moot Court Competition. The International Academy of Trial Lawyers recognized him with their Litigation Award, and he was selected into membership in the Order of the Barristers.
During the early years of Matt’s private law practice, Emory asked him to return annually as an Adjunct Professor of Law and teach by lecture and demonstration on effective appellate advocacy. When a West Publishing affiliate learned about his teaching at Emory, they asked him to create an audiotape program on appellate advocacy, which continues in circulation under the title “Moot Court Success” (Sum & Substance).
Legal organizations and insurers regularly ask Matt to present on effective case evaluation, litigation and defensive trial strategy, and Matt has given presentations across the country from New York to Nebraska. He has presented at the annual meetings of state defense lawyer organizations and for the Defense Research Institute. He has instructed at the DRI Trial Tactics program and currently is an instructor at the Trial Academy of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. Upon graduating from the CLM Litigation Management Institute, Matt began presenting education and training seminars for member insurers of CLM.
Matt is the President of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association. He is a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a member of The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Association of Defense Trial Attorneys and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a Lifetime Fellow of the Atlanta Bar Foundation, which supports public service projects that assist youth, provides pro bono legal services, and promotes higher education through scholarships.
Married to his high school sweetheart for over 24 years, Matt and Diane have two daughters, Kate and Megan, who attend Marist School and St. Martin’s Episcopal School, respectively, with Matt serving as a trustee at St. Martin’s. Matt and family are longtime members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, where Matt has chaired the Administrative Board and now teaches in the adult education program.
When not lawyering, you likely will find Matt either water skiing in North Georgia or snow skiing out west. He also is a certified SCUBA diver and has dived both wrecks and reefs all over the Caribbean.
September 5, 1965, Atlanta, Georgia