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Matthew P. Stone

Matthew P. Stone

Partner

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Overview

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.

Achievements
  • Named “Top Rated Lawyer” in Transportation by Corporate Counsel, The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, and The Daily Report
  • Earned designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP) by Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top (AV) Peer Review Rating *

* AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Experience

Representative Work

  • Tried cases in all of Georgia's federal judicial districts and many of Georgia's 49 judicial circuits
  • Represented clients in more than 75 appeals to the state and federal appellate courts in Georgia

Experience

  • Georgia Department of Law – Assistant Attorney General, 1992-1995
  • Private practice in Atlanta, Ga. and Los Angeles, Ca., 1989-1992, 1995-2014

* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.

Thought Leadership

Published Works

  • "Navigating the Minefield: Legal Duties for Non-Emergency Transportation of Disabled Passengers," Sovereign Risk Solutions (2013)
  • "What We Can Learn from the Top Jury Verdicts against Trucking Companies," Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) (Spring 2013)
  • "Aging Drivers and the Plaintiff Lawyers Who Love Them: Strengthen Your Defense and Protect Your Client's Privacy," Defense Research Institute (DRI), For the Defense (December 2012)
  • "Will a $40 Million Verdict in Cobb County, Georgia Affect Other Cases against Trucking Companies?," Georgia Defense Lawyer (Spring 2012)
  • "Minor Compromises, A State by State Summary, Georgia, American Bar Association," Tort Trial & Insurance Practice, Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee (July 2010)
  • "U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces Federal Ban on Texting for Commercial Drivers," The Indicator, a publication of the Crane Institute of America, Inc. (April 2010)
  • "Guarding Against the Risk of Monetary Penalties in Settlements with Medicare Recipients: Amendment to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act of 1980," American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice, Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee Newsletter (Winter 2010)
  • "Georgia Auto Insurance Law Update 2008-2009," Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, 2009 Law Journal (2009)
  • "Moreland v. Adams: Its Impact on Ex Parte Communications," The Georgia Defense Lawyer (2009)
  • "Preserving Electronically Stored Information for Use in Litigation," The Generator, a quarterly magazine of the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association (2007)

Events

Presentations

  • The First 48 Hours: Critical Steps to a Favorable Outcome in a Commercial Motor Vehicle Accident Claim, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Palm Desert, Ca. (2015)
  • The First 48 Hours: Critical Steps to a Favorable Outcome in a Catastrophic Motor Vehicle Loss, Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. Safety Conference, Atlanta, Ga., Seattle, Wa. (2015)
  • The Booming Business of Litigation against Trucking Companies: Steps to Protect Your Company and Achieve a Favorable Outcome, Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA), Atlanta, Ga. (2015)
  • Cutting Edge Issues in the Non-Emergency Transportation World, Sovereign Risk Solutions, Atlanta, Ga. (2015)
  • The Commercial Motor Vehicle Collision: How to Protect Your Company, Atlanta, Ga. (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014)
  • Safety & DOT Compliance, Motor Carriers & Litigation. North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI), Marietta, Ga. (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015)
  • Managing Motor Fleet Safety Programs, Accident Litigation, North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI), Marietta, Ga. (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015)
  • The Distracted Driver: Utilizing Human Factors, Driver Behavior, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to Support Claims Investigations & Litigation. Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Omaha, Ne. (2014)
  • Tips from the Trenches: Real Claims Against Dealerships & Steps To Reduce Or Eliminate Liability & Damages, Atlanta, Ga. (2014)
  • Use of Seatbelts & Restraints in Non-Emergency Transportation, 2nd Paratransit Conference, Atlas Financial Holdings, Elk Grove, Il. (2014)
  • Protecting the Trucking Industry Client during the Discovery Process. Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Boca Raton, Fl. (2014)
  • What We Can Learn From The Top Jury Verdicts Against Trucking Companies. Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), San Antonio, Tx. (2013)
  • Evidence Preservation/Spoliation and Collecting Data and Documents in a Way that Avoids Business Interruption: Electronically Stored Information, ECM, Electronic On Board Recorder and Beyond, American Conference Institute (ACI)'s 3rd National Forum on Defending and Managing Trucking Litigation, Atlanta, Ga. (2012)
  • Transportation Claims – How to Investigate, Defend and Resolve, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. (2012)
Community
  • Temple Kol Emeth, President (2004-06), Board member (2002-08)
  • Habitat for Humanity, Smyrna Interfaith Coalition, Founding Member
  • East Cobb Park, Legal Counsel (2008-12)
  • Jewish Family & Career Services, East Cobb Council, Member (2007-08)
  • Cobb County Community Relations Council, Member (2010)
Education
  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., English, 1985
Admissions
  • Georgia
  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
Affiliations
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of California
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Motor Trucking Association
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel
  • Georgia Automobile Dealers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    • Regional Chair
    • Co-chair of newsletter for Transportation Committee
  • Cobb County Bar Association
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