B.A., University of Virginia, 1993. J.D., University of Virginia, 2006, where he was a member of the Virginia Environmental Law Forum and was a Public Interest Law Association Grant Winner.
Matthew specializes in Wills, Trusts and Estates, Pensions, and Environmental Law. Recent projects have included drafting pleadings and objective memoranda regarding: (1) the assertion of maritime liens for unpaid boat repairs, (2) the enforcement of state and federal clean water laws, (3) analysis of how Superfund and inheritance laws intersect regarding devises of contaminated lands, (4) the law of will contests from both the proponent’s and contestant’s perspective, (5) the application of the Slayer’s Rule in several different jurisdictions, and (6) the imposition constructive trusts and purchase money resulting trusts, to combat fraud.
Matthew’s conservation efforts on behalf of critically endangered sawfishes have been internationally recognized, as he was a 2008 recipient of the Peter Benchley Shark Conservation Award. He lectures regularly on the topic of shark mythology and art. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys collecting tribal art, traveling, and cooking.
See a sample of Matthew's work.