Joe “Matt” Mathews was born and raised in Bulloch County and is proud to be a 5th generation member of the Bulloch County business community. Matt has a diverse legal background ranging from fisheries regulation and environmental law, to real property litigation and medical malpractice. Recently, his practice has been focused on complex civil litigation and trial practice. He has tried cases in both state and federal courts in Southeast Georgia. Matt earned a bachelor of arts in marine affairs and policy (with a minor in economics) from the University of Miami in 2005, and a master of arts in marine affairs and policy from the University of Miami’s Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in 2007. Matt attended law school at the University of Florida and graduated (with honors) in 2010 with a certificate in Environmental and Land Use Law. Matt is an active member of the Georgia and Florida Bars, and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Civil Litigation and Trial Practice
  • Environmental, Land Use and Water Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Real Estate
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Gun Trusts / National Firearms Act (NFA) Trusts

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Bulloch County Bar Association
  • Savannah Bar Association
  • Rotary Club of Statesboro
  • Florida Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (2011 – 2012)
  • Propeller Club (2003 – 2007): former president (University of Miami Club); former sergeant-at-arms (Port of Miami Club)

Honors, Awards & Recognition

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law Dean’s List (Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010)
  • Book Award in International and Comparative Environmental Law (Summer 2010)
  • Book Award in Environmental Dispute Resolution (Spring 2010)
  • University of Miami Presidents Honor Roll, Provost Honor Roll and Dean’s List
  • University of Miami’s 2005 “Outstanding Marine Affairs Graduate”
  • University of Miami Cannon Master (2004) – Fired the Cannon “Touchdown Tommy” at all University of Miami Home Football Games
  • University of Miami Presidents 100 (2003 – 2005)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Rotary Club of Statesboro
  • Southbridge Community Church, Member, Finance Team, and Sunday School Teacher for 1st Grade and Kindergarten
  • Laurel Hill Property Owners’ Association, Board Member
  • Sigma Chi Alumni Association

Publications

  • Redefining the Territorial Sea in the Clean Water Act: Replacing Outdated Terminology and Extending Regulatory Jurisdiction. Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1, 114 (Summer 2011).
  • Cooperative Tagging Center Newsletter: 1996-2006 (and Best Tagging Practices). NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-587. http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/PDFdocs/1996-2006%20Newsletter_Final.pdf
  • Impacts of Hurricane Katrina on Microbial Landscape of the New Orleans Area, “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America” 104, 9029-9034.
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Phone: 912-764-8600
Fax: 912-764-8862
Email: E-mail Me

EDUCATION

  • University of Miami, 2005
  • University of Miami, Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, 2007
  • University of Florida, 2010

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • State Bar of Florida

BAR ACTIVITIES

  • State Bar of Georgia
    • Young Lawyers Division
    • Environmental Law and Real Property Law Sections
  • State Bar of Florida
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Sectio