Matthew E. Cook, B.A., 1996, Piedmont College; J.D., Cum Laude, 1999; Walter F. George School of Law; Mercer University. Member: Mercer Law Review, 1997-99; Brainerd Currie Honor Society. Recipient CALI Awards for Excellence: criminal law, statutory analysis, constitutional law, legal writing II and advanced legal research. Recipient of Thomas Ryals Foundation and Mercer Law School Merit Scholarships. Speaker: U.S. v. Mitchell: The Fifth Amendment at Sentencing, 49 Mercer L. Rev. 865 (1998); co-author: Trial Practice & Procedure, 51 Mercer L. Rev 487 (1999); Trial Practice & Procedure, 53 Mercer L. Rev 475 (2001). Member of American Bar Association, State Bar of Georgia, The American Association for Justice, and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. Admitted to practice in Georgia.
J.D., Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia, 2000
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
U.S. District Court
Member Since: 2000
Middle District of Georgia
Member Since: 1999
American Bar Association
The American Association for Justice
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
E. Wycliffe Orr Inn of Court
Super Lawyers, 2011, 2012
Invited to Join the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Areas of Practice
Wrongful death and personal injury litigation representing injured victims and their families in cases arising from tractor-trailer wrecks, commercial vehicle collisions, car wrecks, workplace and construction accidents, premises liability, nursing home abuse/neglect, railroad accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians and defective products. Matt has secured more than $90 million for clients in just the past 7 years for clients including a $5.47 million jury verdict in October, 2009, in DeKalb County, Georgia and a $1.78 million jury verdict in Rabun County, Georgia in December, 2011 (largest personal injury verdict ever in that County).
Trial Practice & Procedure (co-author), 51 Mercer L. Rev. 487, 1999; U.S. v. Mitchell: The Fifth Amendment at Sentencing, 49 Mercer L. Rev. 865, 1998; Trial Practice & Procedure (co-author), 52 Mercer L. Rev. 447, 2000; Trial Practice & Procedure (co-author), 53 Mercer L. Rev. 475, 2001
Honors and Awards:
Recipient of CALI Awards for Excellence: Criminal Law, Statutory Analysis, Constitutional Law, Legal Writing II & Advance Legal Research, 1996-1999. Recipient of Thomas Ryals Foundation and Mercer Law School Merit of Scholarships.