Matt is a trial lawyer with over 19 years of experience handling a variety of personal injury cases and insurance coverage disputes. He has tried more than 35 cases to a jury and represented clients in the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Matt’s courtroom experience reaches beyond the greater St. Louis area. He has tried cases in ten different counties throughout southeastern Missouri, including: Ste. Genevieve, Jefferson, St. Francois, Pulaski and Phelps counties to name a few. He has also successfully argued appellate cases in state and federal court, including before the Missouri Supreme Court and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining Casey & Devoti, Matt represented multiple hospitals in a case against the tobacco industry. He uses this inside knowledge to aggressively fight for what is fair and just for his clients. He became a partner with Casey & Devoti because of his belief in the firm’s core values of honesty, integrity, strong work ethic and putting clients’ needs first. Today, Matt honors these core values while emphasizing personal service.
Matt was born and raised in St. Louis. He volunteers his time and talents with several professional and charitable organizations. In 2017, he served as board president of the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is currently serving on the executive board. He previously served seven years as a board member of St. Martha’s Hall, a shelter for abused women and their children. He was recently reappointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to serve a second term on the Regional Disciplinary Committee for Region XI. Matt is married to his wife Lauren and resides in St. Louis Hills with his four children: Joseph, Sophia, Nicholas and Lillian. In his spare time, Matt enjoys coaching his son’s baseball team, playing golf, and working in his yard.
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1998
U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri, 2007
U.S. District Court, Kansas, 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, 2012
U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2013
J.D., Saint Louis University, 1998
B.A., Westminster College, 1995
The Missouri Bar
Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis
The Injury Board (2011-Present)
American Association for Justice (2010-Present)
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (1998-Present)
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (1998-Present)
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Leadership Council, 2018
Appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to the National Leadership Council in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
‘AV Preeminent’ Peer Review Rating for Highest Possible Rating In Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, 2017.
‘AV’ Peer Review Rating for Highest Standards of Ability and Conduct, Ethics, Reliability, and Diligence, 2004-2016.
Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers
Rising Star 2010, 2011, 2012
Super Lawyers, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
St. Martha’s Hall, Board Member (2012-2018)
Gateway Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Executive Board (2018), President (2017), President-Elect (2016), Board Member (2012-present), planning committee and ‘Co-Host’ for annual Wine Opener fundraiser (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018)
EndDD.org ‘End Distracted Driving’ Student Awareness Program, Authorized Speaker (2015-present)
St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church
The Grove Community Improvement District
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Delta Omicron Chapter (Westminster College) – Chapter Advisor (2006-2008)
Read Across America, Regional Chairperson (2003-2007)
Kids Voting Missouri (2004)
University of Missouri-St. Louis Mock Trial Team, Attorney-Coach (1999-2002)
Presenter, “Auto Injury: Damages Boot Camp” – presenting faculty for two sections “Necessary Documentation for the Extent of the Auto Injury” and “Negotiating and Litigating Auto Injury Damages: Plaintiffs’ Tactics” National Business Institute (January 2019)
Presenter, “Necessary Documentation for the Extent of the Auto Injury” and “Negotiating and Litigating Auto Injury Damages: Plaintiffs’ Tactics” National Business Institute (June 2017)
Presenter, “Legal Issues Related to Volunteer Management”, “Liability of Nonprofit Organizations and Volunteers” and “Legal Protection for Volunteers and Use of and Validity of Waivers and Releases” Non Profit Management and Leadership Program – University of Missouri, St. Louis (March 2017)
Presenter, “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists: Medical Discovery and Real Life Scenarios Counsel Often Confronts When Dealing With An Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Case” National Business Institute (March 2017)
Presenter, “Necessary Documentation for the Extent of the Auto Injury” and “Negotiating and Litigating Auto Injury Damages: Plaintiffs’ Tactics” National Business Institute (June 2016)
Presenter, “Miscalculation of Pain and Suffering and Exacerbation of Pre-Existing Conditions”, “Negotiating with Auto Insurance Adjusters” and “Examination Errors of Doctor Expert Witnesses” National Business Institute (December 2015 and October 2016)
Presenter, “Litigating Duty to Defend Claims: Overcoming Defense Strategies” and “Insurance Company Strategies Used to Deny Duty to Defend Claims” National Business Institute (August 2014)
Speaker, “Case Selection & Investigation” Lawyers Association of St. Louis (November 2012)
Presenter, “Expert Reports & Scientific Evidence” & “Applying the Rules of Evidence” National Business Institute (October 2012)
Presenter, “Common Types of Insurance Coverage Disputes” & “Litigating the Insurance Claim” National Business Institute (July 2009)
Presenter, “Automobile Litigation – Strategic Issues and Answers” National Business Institute (March 2009)
Speaker: “Practice Skills for New Lawyers” Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (October 2005)
Speaker: “Court Crawl” A walking tour of the Federal Court, 22nd Judicial Circuit, and Missouri Court of Appeals (March 2008)
Speaker: “Cocktail Party Questions You Never Know How To Answer – Torts” Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (June 2008)
Author: “Protecting Yourself Against Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists” Living Safer Magazine, Spring 2018
Author: “Turbulence Happens: Flying Safely With Kids” Living Safer Magazine, Summer 2017
Author: “My Teen Is Ready to Drive. Now What?” Living Safer Magazine, Spring 2017
Author: “Why Are We Driving Drunk in 2016?” Living Safer Magazine, Summer 2016
Author: “Beware of Liability Waivers and Releases” Casey & Devoit Blog, Summer 2016
Author: “Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Personal Injury Claim” C&D PI Claim Guide_web Spring 2016
Author: “My Wallet/Purse Was Stolen, What Should I Do?” Living Safer Magazine, Spring 2016
Author: “Insuring Teen Drivers” Living Safer Magazine, Summer 2015