Matt Powell

Matt Powell

Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Matt Powell

Triple Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer by the Florida Bar, the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy for Civil Practice Advocacy

About Matt Powell

Matt Powell is a Florida personal injury lawyer who is a triple Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who represents injured victims and their families in cases involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, automobile crashes, brain injuries, sexual assault, trucking crashes, pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, birth related injuries, rape cases, dog bites, motorcycle crashes, negligent security and many other injury cases. He first practiced law with a prominent insurance defense firm in Tallahassee, Florida.

The firm represented over 20 insurance companies and defended negligent drivers and doctors. During that time, he learned the methods, techniques and strategies that insurance companies use to reduce the amount of money they pay to people and families who have been injured or killed in accidents or by neglect. After learning these methods and techniques, he decided to stop representing insurance companies. He left the insurance defense law firm and opened his own law firm to represent individuals.

Matt has practiced in the historic landmark building known as the Hutchinson Mansion on Plant Avenue in Tampa since 1989. Matt Powell is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubble, the most respected legal rating service in the country. Matt is triple Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer. First, he was Board Certified by the Florida Bar and secondly he is also Board certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Matt obtained his third board certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy for Civil Practice Advocacy.


Books Authored by Matt Powell


Education

1987 – Juris Doctorate

Graduated from Florida State University College of Law with Honors

1984 – Bachelor of Science

Graduated from the University of Central Florida

1983 – Associate of Arts

Graduated from the University of Florida


Admissions & Certifications

1987 – Florida Bar

Admitted to the Florida Bar

1988 – Missouri Bar

Admitted to the Missouri Bar

1989 – Middle District Court

Admitted into the Federal U.S. Middle District Court of Florida

1990 – District Court of Appeal

Admitted into the Federal 11th District Court of Appeal

1992 – U.S. Supreme Court

Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court

2007 – Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer

Certified by the Florida Bar as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer

2010 – National Board of Trial Advocacy

Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer


Legal Association Details

1988 – American Justice Association

Sustaining member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America now known as the American Justice Association

1989 – Florida Justice Association

Admitted, sustaining Eagle Member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers now known as the Florida Justice Association

2008 – Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum

2009 – American Association for Justice

Presidents Club Member of the American Association for Justice

2012 – Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association

Sustaining member of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association

2012 – Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America

Sustaining member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America


Florida Bar Board Certification

Florida Bar Board Certification

Florida Board Certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law.


National Board of Trial Advocacy Board Certification

National Board of Trial Advocacy Board Certification

An invitation-only professional organization composed of and limited to the Top 25 attorneys from each state or region who serve individuals and families who need attorneys to represent them in the American legal system regarding Motor Vehicle claims.

Civil Pretrial Practice Law – 2012
Civil Practice Advocacy – 2012
Procedural Board Certification – 2012


Keenan Trial Institute

Keenan Trial Institute

Matt’s passion to learn trial skills led him to meet Inner Circle President Don Keenan in Costa Rica in 2012. Since that time, Matt has become a faculty member of the Keenan Trial Institute teaching Advanced Focus Groups. Keenan Trial Institute gives trial lawyers the systems to advocate and win their trials, while using all of the rules of evidence, and powers of persuasion, to protect our community safety while deterring negligent wrongdoers by holding them accountable for their actions.


Gerry Spence Method

Gerry Spence Method

Gerry Spence founded a program for trial lawyers at Thunderhead Ranch which established a revolutionary method for training lawyers for the people. He believes that what he has learned in a career should be shared with those who will continue to strive for justice on behalf of ordinary citizens. There, he and his pro bono staff teach not only trial lawyers for the people but conduct a forum to help lawyers defeat the death penalty.


American Motorcycle Association

American Motorcycle Association

The American Motorcyclist Association is the world’s largest motorcycling organization. It is a non profit organization with a mission is to promote motorcycle lifestyle and to protect the future of motorcycling for generations to come. From dirt bikes, street bikes to Harleys.


American Justice Association

American Justice Association

American Association for Justice was founded over seventy years ago to protect the rights of citizens against corporations and lobbyists trying to take citizens rights away through legislation. AAJ focuses on education of attorneys and the public to save the American Jury system from the onslaught of attempts to take away our constitutional right to a jury trial.


Florida Justice Association

Florida Justice Association

Florida Justice Association The Florida Justice Association (FJA), formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (AFTL), is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers. We passionately believe that all Floridians benefit when deserving individuals have a fair chance to seek justice in our state’s courts and that Florida’s consumers are made safer when large corporations and industries are held to a high ethical standard and accept fair responsibility for their actions.


Martindale Hubble

Martindale Hubble

Martindale Hubbell AV Rating AV Preeminent®: The highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that a large number of the lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.


National Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association

National Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association

National Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyers Association – Top 25


National Trial Lawyers Association

National Trial Lawyers Association

National Trial Lawyers Association’s mission is to promote excellence and foster diversity in the legal profession through advocacy training, networking and education of trial lawyers.

2012 – 2023


National Trial Lawyers Association - Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyer Top 25

National Trial Lawyers Association - Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyer Top 25

National Trial Lawyers Association’s mission is to promote excellence and foster diversity in the legal profession through advocacy training, networking and education of trial lawyers.


Million Dollar Advocates

Million Dollar Advocates

Million Dollar Advocates Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 5000 members throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.


National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers

National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers

The National Academy of Motorcycle Injury Lawyers was founded by a highly regarded Personal Injury Lawyer to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of Motorcycle Injury Law.

President 2021-2022


Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association

Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association

Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association Our goal is to equip our members with cutting-edge tools to advance the cause of those who are damaged in person or property and who must seek redress in a court of law. To this end, TBTLA will preserve the adversary trial system as it now exists; monitor the development of legislation and new laws that diminish the rights or court access of Florida citizens; and vigilantly pursue wrongdoers regardless of their corporate, government, association or individual status.


Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers Our mission is to provide visibility to attorneys who exhibit excellence in the practice of law. Super Lawyers offers a variety of tools to reach busy attorneys and affluent consumers, at no charge to selected attorneys. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.


Florida State College of Law

Florida State College of Law

Florida State College of Law


University of Central FLorida

University of Central FLorida

University of Central FLorida


University of Florida

University of Florida

University of Florida


Florida Bar

Florida Bar

Florida Bar


Missouri Bar

Missouri Bar

Missouri Bar


Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court of the United States

Supreme Court of the United States


United States 11th District Court of Appeals

United States 11th District Court of Appeals

United States 11th District Court of Appeals


United States Middle District of Florida

United States Middle District of Florida

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida is one of three federal judicial districts in Florida. Court for the District is held at Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando, and Tampa.


United States Southern District of Florida

United States Southern District of Florida

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida is one of three federal judicial districts in Florida. Cases for the District are held in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, West Palm Beach, and Ft. Pierce.


Florida Supreme Court

Florida Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Florida is the highest court in the U.S. state of Florida. It consists of seven members—the chief justice and six justices. Five members are chosen from five districts around the state to foster geographic diversity and two are selected at-large.


Missouri Supreme Court

Missouri Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Missouri is the highest court in the state of Missouri. It was established in 1820 and is located at 207 West High Street in Jefferson City, Missouri. Missouri voters have approved changes in the state’s constitution to give the Supreme Court exclusive jurisdiction – the sole legal power to hear – over five types of cases on appeal.


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