Matt has vast experience in the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer products, chemical, energy, automotive, telecommunications, and healthcare fields. He also represents inventors whose patents have been infringed and small businesses in commercial disputes.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Matt is known as a skilled litigator and for his capacity to tackle complex issues, his ability to communicate and connect with jurors, and his high-energy determination to achieve success for his clients.
Based in Atlanta, Matt represents clients across the nation. He is admitted to practice in Georgia but has appeared in courts pro hac vice in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. He also serves as local counsel for law firms outside Georgia who need an in-state attorney to address various issues.
Matt is a frequent commentator, writer, and lecturer on television, in print, online, and for law schools on a variety of legal topics. Matt presents at professional conferences, continuing legal education programs, and for civic and community groups. Matt and his staff devote time to Atlanta’s Salvation Army.
The national SuperLawyers organization has named Matt a Georgia “Rising Star” every year of the distinction since 2006; Atlanta Magazine similarly named him a “Rising Star” in the legal community. Matt serves on the editorial board of the magazine “Verdict” published by the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Pharmaceutical injury: As a litigator in the Pennsylvania Mass Tort Program (MTP), where hundreds of parents claim that ingestion of a medication during the first trimester of pregnancy caused birth defects in their children. Matt was a member of the trial team of the first case tried in that MTP, against one of the most recognizable trial lawyers from the state of Texas.
Medical device death: Currently litigating a case where a medical device caused the death of a young woman; working with dozens of others potential clients to investigate whether the same device caused their injuries.
Diet supplement injury: In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, litigation involving multi-district litigation (“MDL,” meaning multiple states) where a dietary supplement caused thousands of people to suffer from serious side effects, including strokes, heart attacks and sudden death.
Fraud: A complete reversal of an $80 million jury verdict in a Medicaid fraud case brought by the state of Alabama.
Catastrophic Injury Claim: Complete reversal of a $27 million jury verdict in a dram shop case brought against Matt’s client arising from an accident involving multiple fatalities and quadriplegia. After three years on appeal, with interest accruing to the $27 million verdict growing to over $40 million, the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Matt’s client’s favor.
Environmental contamination: Case currently under way on behalf of the family of a boy who contracted Leukemia, living near where petroleum companies dumped the toxic chemical Benzene on the ground and in ground water.
Media, Events, and Speaking Engagements
Panelist, “The FDA, ‘Big Pharma,’ and Consumers” on The American Law Journal television program airing on the Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate appearing via satellite from CNN world headquarters in Atlanta, June 2013
“U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Generic Drug Injury Protection Again; Patient Safety at Risk says Attorney Matt Harman” .