Senior Research Attorney Matthew T. McDavitt

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.


Client Testimonials on Matthew McDavitt

"Another great product.  Wish he were in my office."—Colette Meyer, Jupiter, FL

"I have used Matthew more than a few times. He does very good work and has provided follow-up assistance when needed in a timely manner."—Lawrence Solorio, Fair Oaks, CA

"Very good job and I plan on using you more in the future."—Wade Bettis, Milton Freewater, OR

"He was very knowledgeable and effective."—Phillip Leslie, Mobile, AL

"Matthew is always responsive, thorough and professional in every way."—Charles Nance, Richmond, VA

"[Matt] did a great job, very courteous."—Kenneth Secor, Clifton, NJ

"Matt was EXCELLENT: Very knowledgeable, listened carefully, understood all issues thoroughly, called me appropriately only with one question to clarify something, and was right on time with providing his work product. Matt has very clear, coherent clear writing skills. Matt had an excellent understanding of the applicable law involved in the project which was/is very helpful. It was a pleasure working with Matt. I will certainly look forward to engaging him/NLRG in the future should the need arise."—Jerome Seidenman, Pikesville, MD

"Mr. McDavitt did an excellent job on my research and was great with communication and timely responses."—Edward Younger—Spotsylvania, VA

"Matt is a valuable resource for our firm. He is smart, efficient, and always responsive. The only downside is that he is not down the hall from my office."—Colette Meyer, Jupiter, FL

"I can always count on Matthew; enough said!"—Eugene McDonald, NJ

"Very satisfied with the report and it met my expectations."—John Herzog, Farmington, MI 

"Matthew is great and his work is excellent."—Richard L. Yoder, Laurel, MS

"Work is thorough, timely and limited to the inquiry I posed. Product is great value for my client. Outstanding."—William E. Glover, Fredericksburg, VA

"I am very pleased.  He was quick to understand what it was we wanted and did an outstanding job.  He far exceeded our expectations."—Bruce Tyler, Somers, CT

"Matthew McDavitt does a terrific job! We would hire him but, unfortunately, he works for you."—Colette Meyer, Jupiter, FL

"Matthew possesses a nimble mind. He easily grasps concepts and issues. His writing skills are above par."—Mark Haddad, Greater Detroit, MI

Other satisfied clients who have used this attorney:
William Bates, Lincoln, IL
Collette Meyer, Jupiter, FL
Marlow White, Tallahassee, FL
Graham Showalter, Lewisburg, PA
Gary Denton, Mechanicsville, VA
Robert C. Dodge, Beauford NC
Bruce Anderson, Warren, AR
James P. Pruitt, Jr., Pikeville, KY
Michael C. Hall, Albany, GA
Frederick B. King, Monroe, LA
Kidwell King, Greeneville, TN