Matthew G. Moffett

Matthew G. Moffett: Attorney with Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske, LLP AV stamp icon
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Biography

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.

Matt has secured significant defense verdicts in numerous high risk and exposure cases. Recently Matt won defense verdicts in four wrongful death (motor vehicle and premises liability) cases, where each plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury to award over $4 million dollars in damages. Another successful trial result involved a permanent spinal injury from a third party criminal attack where the plaintiff’s attorney demanded $10 million, and another defense verdict resulted from 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 Oregon. 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 immediate past 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 25 years, Matt and Diane have two daughters, Kate and Megan, who attend LSU and Marist School, respectively. The Moffett 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.

Areas of Practice (17)

  • Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Defense
  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Business Litigation
  • Automobile Liability
  • Insurance
  • Constitutional Law
  • Government Immunity
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Liability
  • Multi Vehicular Accidents
  • Property Hazards and Conditions
  • Third Party Criminal Attack
  • Mass Torts

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
404-857-4613  Phone
404-870-7374  Fax
www.grsmb.com
University Attended:
University of Georgia, A.B.J., cum laude, 1987
Law School Attended:
Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1990
Year of First Admission:
1990
Admission:
1990, Supreme Court of Georgia; 1990, Georgia; 2013, United States Supreme Court
Memberships:
Atlanta Bar AssociationState Bar of GeorgiaAtlanta Claims AssociationDefense Research InstituteThe Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)The Lawyers Club of AtlantaAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesLitigation Counsel of America-Charter FellowGeorgia Defense Lawyers Association – President, Board of DirectorsClaims & Litigation Management Alliance – FellowAtlanta Bar Foundation – Charter Lifetime and Sustaining FellowAssociation of Defense Trial Attorneys
Reported Cases:
Jennings v. Moss, 235 Ga.App. 357, 509 S.E.2d 655 (1998) Appellate Procedure; Carroll v. Americal Corp., 207 Ga.App. 651, 428 S.E.2d 811 (1993) Automobile/Employer Liability; Dupree v. Goodrum, 201 Ga.App. 114, 410 S.E. 2d 332, 70 Educ. L. Rep. 1281 (1991) Automobile/Negligence; Duffy v. Lyles, A06A1377, Georgia Court of Appeals (2006) Civil Procedure; Christian v. Cartersville City Schools Bd. of Educ., 167 Fed.Appx. 89, 2006 WL 72998, 208 Ed. Law Rep. 211 (11th Cir. 2006) Civil Rights, 1981 and 1983 and Title VII; Palmer v. Stewart County School Dist. , slip copy, 2006 WL 1876928 Civil Rights/Discrimination/1981 (MDGa. 2006); Pryor v. CCEC, Inc., 257 Ga.App. 450, 571 S.E.2d 454 (2002) Contract/Deceptive Trade Practices; Hampton v. Norred & Associates, Inc., 216 Ga.App. 367, 454 S.E.2d 222 (1995) False Imprisonment; Parrish v. Jones, Ga. App. 645, 629 S.E.2d 468 (2006) Fraud/Contract; Larkins v. Cobb County School Dist., 225 Ga.App. 387, 484 S.E.2d 10, 117 Educ. L. Rep. 792 (1997) Governmental Immunity; AEW #2 Corporation et. al. v. Federal Insurance Company, 2004 WL 1505473 (GA Ct of Appeals Case No. A04A0576, Decided July 7, 2004) Insurance Subrogation, Indemnification, Insurance Risk Shifting Provisions; Cook v. Partain, 224 Ga.App. 251 480 S.E.2d 279 (1997) Intentional Torts; Parks v. Norred & Associates, Inc., 206 Ga.App. 494, 426 S.E.2d 12 (1992) Malicious Prosecution; Myers v. Texaco Refining & Marketing, Inc., 205 Ga.App. 292, 422 S.E.2d 216 (1992) Premises Liability/Third Party Indemnification; Gay v. Woodward Academy, (not published) Sexual Harassment; Cochran v. E.I. duPont de Nemours, 933 F.2d 1533, 1992 A.M.C. 2599, Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 12, 838 11th Cir.(Ga.) (1991) Toxic Tort/Products Liability; Pacheco v. Regal Cinemas, Inc., Premises Liability-Negligent Security-Wrongful Death, 311 Ga.App. 224, 715 S.E.2d 728 (2011); Dominic v. Eurocar Classics, Contracts-Products, 310 Ga.App. 825, 714 S.E.2d 388 (2011); Cohen v. Alfred and Adele Davis Academy, Inc., School Liability, 310 Ga.App. 761, 714 S.E.2d 350 (2011); Raines v. Maughan, Premises Liability-Wrongful Death, 312 Ga.App. 303, 718 S.E.2d 135 (2011); McDowell v. Hartzog, Motor Vehicle Injury, 312 Ga.App. 162, 718 S.E.2d 20 (2011); Berni v. Cousins Properties, Premises Liability,-S.E.2d - 2012 WL 2478154 (Ga.App.,2012).
ISLN:
902435276

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
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CLM

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