2860 Piedmont Rd. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
In the courtroom, Matt takes on powerful defendants and wins. He fights for victims of defective products, reckless drivers, and corporate fraud. His clients have won verdicts and settlements totaling over $100 million through Matt’s work ethic, creativity, and enthusiasm. In 2014, Matt was one of the youngest attorneys ever selected by the Daily Report as “On the Rise,” an annual list of forty attorneys who have made a difference and will continue to do so in the future. Out of the courtroom, Matt helps his clients put their lives back together. He also works to empower others to make informed decisions about their health, safety, and financial well-being.
Matt’s efforts have sparked legislation and federal investigations, and protected millions of families from dangerous products. While representing victims of catastrophic tire failures, Matt took additional action to protect other families from suffering the same fate. He personally compiled a list of almost ten million recalled tires and founded the Tire Safety Group to keep the list up to date and freely available. Through its website and free mobile apps, the Tire Safety Group is the only service in the world that instantly detects aged or recalled tires. Even a frequent critic of Matt’s role in holding the tire industry accountable, Tire Review magazine, praised his work as being “for the benefit of his fellow man.”
Matt is a first-generation college graduate from Climax, Georgia. He worked his way through Mercer University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. Matt then attended Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law on a tuition scholarship. Matt attributes these successes to the example set by his father and mentors. After losing his mother at thirteen, Matt watched his father juggle multiple jobs to support his family. Matt also received significant support from his teachers and community. Because of these experiences, Matt and his wife, Michele, are committed to causes that enable individuals and communities to reach their full potential.
While at Mercer, Matt and three other students created a plan to revitalize the city of Macon. Their ideas united the city and led to the College Hill Alliance. The project has generated over $100 million in investment and brought new housing, jobs, and fun to the area. The project is praised in the Macon Telegraph as “The best thing that’s ever happened in Macon.” After completing his undergraduate degree, Matt was selected to join the PBS television series Roadtrip Nation. With two friends and a film crew, he traveled 6,400 miles across America in a big green RV. Along the way he interviewed entertainers, business executives, and social advocates. Those leaders shared advice and stories for creating a fulfilling and purpose-driven life.
After law school, Matt immediately went to work for people injured, killed, or financially harmed by the misconduct of others. His decision has led him to courthouses and kitchen tables across the United States. He quickly gained experience in high-stakes cases involving wrongful death, quadriplegia, and other serious injuries. Matt now works with teams of the brightest lawyers and support staff in the nation. Whether representing a nationwide class harmed by corporate fraud or a local victim of individual carelessness, Matt is a powerful voice for those seeking just and fair treatment under the law. As Ralph Nader, one of the most successful consumer advocates, puts it, “There’s seventy thousand trial lawyers—how many are like Matt? Maybe a 100.”
Representative Speeches and Publications:
Know the Jury BEFORE Walking Into the Courtroom
Matt Wetherington & Sherry Rosen, AIEG Voice, Summer 2016.
Jury Selection Guide for Paralegals and Support Staff
Matt Wetherington & Sherry Rosen, Paralegal Voice, Spring 2016.
2014 Guide to Online Marketing for Georgia Attorneys: How Search Engine Optimization and Law Firm Branding Can Transform Your Practice
Matt Wetherington & Darren Tobin, GTLA Verdict Magazine, Winter 2014.
Tire Defect Cases, Product Liability, and Design Defect Cases
Matt Wetherington & Tedra Hobson, Atlanta Bar Association, Expertise in Plaintiff Personal Injury Law: Learning the Details of Key Practice Areas, January 2014.
Recalled Tires Still Wrecking Lives
WSB-TV News, Channel 2 Investigation Finds Recalled Tires for Sale, November 2013.
Creative Ways to Save Money and Ensure Value with Experts
Matt Wetherington, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Expert Testimony in Georgia, October 2013.
Closing Argument Considerations for the Plaintiff
Michael Werner & Matt Wetherington, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, Inside the Courtroom: The Trial of a Personal Injury Case, 2013.
Online Research of Potential Jurors, A Survey of Resources and Ethical Boundaries
Matt Wetherington, Verdict Magazine, Fall 2013.
Essential Elements for a Successful Focus Group
Matt Wetherington & Matt Stoddard, Georgia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Annual Convention, 2013.
Using Technology to Screen Product Liability Cases
Matt Wetherington, Auto Seminar, Miami, Florida, 2013.
Tire Tips: 10 Ways to Avoid Blowing Your Tire Case
Jeb Butler & Matt Wetherington, Verdict Magazine, Summer 2012.
Expert Witness Considerations for the Plaintiff
Richard Griggs & Matt Wetherington, Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia, 20th Annual Product Liability Seminar, 2012.
Identifying and Pursuing Repair Shop Cases
Cale Conley & Matt Wetherington, Georgia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Auto Focus, 2012.
Awards and Achievements:
Daily Report Rising Stars 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2014
Georgia Trial Lawyers, New Lawyers Division, Education Committee co-chair
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association LEAD Academy, 2013-14 Session Chair
Award of Achievement for Completion of the Georgia Bar Association’s Young
Lawyers Division Leadership Academy, 2012
Mercer Law School CHC Award for Outstanding Community Service, 2010
CALI Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Walter F. Georgia Legal Writing Program
American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition Quarter-Finalist 2008, 2009
Edward J. Grassman Tuition Scholarship for Community Service
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Champion Member
American Association for Justice
American Bar Association
Georgia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce