Matthew Bennett graduated with honors from the University of West Georgia in 2004 with a degree in Criminology and minor in Political Science. He then attended the University of Tulsa College of Law, graduating with honors in 2008.
Since beginning practicing law in 2009, Mr. Bennett regularly handles cases concerning contract litigation, insurance coverage disputes, civil rights litigation, and personal injury cases. As part of his business law practice, he has provided legal services to small and mid-size business on matters ranging from business formation to business succession and all matters in between. He regularly is involved in negotiating contracts on behalf of his clients, drafting business agreements, litigating employment disputes, litigating contract disputes, advising clients on the legal ramifications of anticipated business actions, and handling bill collection actions.
Mr. Bennett has handle several cases at a variety of venues, including litigating matters before the Office of State Administrative Hearings, Probate Court, State and Superior Court, Federal District Courts, and both the federal and state appellate courts.
By serving as court appointed counsel or as a guardian ad litem, Mr. Bennett has developed a strong probate practice that centers on the creation of guardianships and conservatorships and the drafting of wills and other end of life documents. His family law practice, which includes handling divorces, child custody modifications, child support modifications, and other matters, was a natural extension from his work in the probate courts.
Mr. Bennett has lived in the Coweta County and Fayette County area since 1996. Mr. Bennett and his wife, Jacilyn, and their son, Bryce, currently live in Fayetteville, where he is active in participating in local youth sports leagues by serving as a coach and/or board member.
Civil Rights Litigation
Insurance Coverage Litigation
Probate (Wills, Conservatorships, Guardianships)
Georgia State and Superior Courts
Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia (Pending)
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency v. City of Sandy Springs, 337 Ga. App. 340 (2016).
City of College Park v. Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency, 313 Ga. App. 239 (2011).
Heard v. City of Villa Rica, 306 Ga. App. 291 (2010).
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP
American Health Lawyers Association
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Fundamentals of Healthcare Law Seminar, “Top 3 Issues: Long-Term Care”, Ga. ICLE, March 9, 2016.
Nursing Facility Resident Accounts Receivable: Prevention and Debt Collection Strategies and Issues; American Health Lawyers Association, February 24, 2016.
Protecting the City from a Dysfunctional Mayor and/or Council; Georgia Municipal Association, June 22, 2014.
THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA COLLEGE OF LAW, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Degree: J.D., with Honors, May 2008
Activities: Tulsa Law Review, Editor, 2007-2008
Order of Barristers
Competitor, Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, 2008
Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
Board of Advocates, Vice President, 2007-2008
Student Bar Association, Delegate 2007-2008
Black Law Student Association, Historian, 2006-2007; Vice President,
American Inns of Court, Hudson-Hall-Wheaton American Inn of Court,
Health Law Certificate Program
THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA, Carrollton, Georgia
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, December 2004
Major: Criminology Minor: Political Science
Activities: HOPE Scholar
MAP Certificate of Excellence for Academic Achievement, 3 years
Lambda Alpha Elipson, National Criminal Justice Association,
Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice Honor Society, Vice President 2004
Senoia Area Athletic Association, Coach 2012-Present.
Senoia Area Athletic Association, Director, 2015 – Present.
Inman Elementary, Science Olympiad Coach 2014-2016.
Starr’s Mill Youth Football Coach, 2012 -2015.