Matt Stone's practice is focused on resolving motor vehicle liability claims against companies, drivers and insurers in the transportation industry. He represents motor carriers, specialty haulers, bus lines and motor coaches, waste haulers, mobile cranes and emergency and non-emergency transportation providers. He has extensive experience handling claims from the on-scene investigation through trial and appeals and has been named a "Top Rated Lawyer" in Transportation by Corporate Counsel, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and The Daily Report.
Matt also regularly represents automobile dealerships in litigation, consumer and regulatory issues. He served as lead defense counsel for the auto dealership in Melton v. General Motors, et al., the landmark case involving a defective ignition switch that led to GM’s recall of more than 2 million vehicles, a Congressional inquiry into GM's conduct, and record-breaking civil penalties levied against GM by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA).
He has tried cases in all of Georgia's federal judicial districts and many of Georgia's 49 judicial circuits, and he has represented clients in more than 75 appeals to the state and federal appellate courts in Georgia.
Matt is a member of industry-specific groups, including the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA), the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), the Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA), the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association (GDLA), the National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC) and the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association (GADA).
He is one of two attorneys in the Country to be approved as an instructor for the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI), which provides internationally-recognized, university-affiliated professional certification and training for truck, bus, and transit fleet professionals. He teaches a segment on litigation during the quarterly NATMI classes held at GMTA.