Matthew F. Boyer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
100 Galleria Parkway SE, Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: 770-818-0000
Fax: 770-937-9960
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage (60%), Civil Litigation: Defense (30%), Constitutional Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Matt Boyer is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Atlanta office. Matt is a member of the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith practice group, representing insurers in a variety of third-party and first-party coverage matters arising under commercial general liability, personal auto, business auto, umbrella, and errors and omissions, professional liability, and property and crime policies. From preparing coverage analysis and evaluation during claim investigations, to preparing reservation of rights and coverage position letters, to pursuing declaratory judgment and contribution actions, Matt works with his clients throughout the claim-handling process. Matt is also often called upon by his clients to provide analysis and guidance with respect to evaluation of time-limited demands and avoidance of bad faith.

About Matthew F. Boyer

Admitted: 2004, Georgia

Professional Webpage: https://www.fmglaw.com/attorney_bio.php

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Tiptoeing the Minefield: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Background Checks, Negligent Hiring, and “Ban the Box” Legislation, In-House Defense Quarterly, Spring 2015
  • From Facebook to Tik Tok: Obtaining and Using Social Media in Litigation, January 2020;Defending and Preparing for the 30(b)(6) Deposition, January 2020;UM Coverage in Georgia: Who Qualifies, Stacking, & Priority, May 2019;Bad Faith and Obligations to Excess Insurers, April 2019;Georgia Bad Faith Law and Recent Developments, May 2015

Honors/Awards

  • SuperLawyers – 2020; Rising Star - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019; Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019; State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyer’s Division – Leadership Academy 2011

Representative Clients

  • The Cincinnati Insurance Companies; Asplundh, The Fresh Market, Inc.; The GEO Group;

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Farmer, et al. v. Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, et al., Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-2148-ODE, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In a case featured on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, defended university officials and football coaching staff against claims of purported race discrimination in the recruitment of white-student athletes to a historically black university.  Obtained summary judgment on most of the claims prior to trial and, subsequently, obtained a jury verdict in favor the head football coach at trial.  Defended the summary judgment and verdict on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Farmer, et al. v. Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia et al., No. 13-13206.  See 589 Fed.App’x. 913 (11th Cir. 2014); Coleman v. Danforth, et al., Civil Action No.: 3:16-cv-95-DHB, United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Obtained jury verdict in favor or client corrections officials and officers against claims of failure to protect in violation of the Eighth Amendment;  Hayles v. Smith, et al., Civil Action No. 6:10-cv-13, United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia. Obtained jury verdict in favor of client corrections officers against claims of excessive use of force in violation of the Eighth Amendment; Nix v. Rockwell, et al., Civil Action No. 5:10-cv-256, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Obtained summary judgment as to some claims, and jury verdict as to remaining claims, against client corrections officers for allegations of excessive use of force; Collins v. Bridges, et al., Civil Action No. 5:09-cv-109, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.  Obtained jury verdict in favor of client corrections officers against allegations of purported used of excessive force; Williams v. Ralley, et al., Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-087, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Obtained jury verdict in favor of client corrections officers against allegations of purported used of excessive force; Sutton v. Georgia Correction Industries, et al., Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-062, United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.  Obtained dismissal of lawsuit brought for alleged constitutional violations against clients based upon Plaintiff’s loss of appendage during workplace accident; Lawrimore v. Old Republic Ins. Co. , et al., Civil Action No. 2:14-cv-1275, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.  Appearing pro hac vice, obtained summary judgment for client in declaratory judgment action regarding liability for Plaintiff’s damages under South Carolina statue and the federal Motor Carrier Act.

Industry Groups

  • Insurance
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Office Location for Matthew F. Boyer

100 Galleria Parkway SE
Suite 1600
Atlanta, GA 30339

Last Updated: 6/18/2021

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