Jordan Van Matre

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in McDonough, GA

Law Office of Jordan Van Matre
 | 18 Atlanta St, Suite 300
McDonough, GA 30253
Phone: 678-759-2427
Fax: 678-649-4365
Selected To Rising Stars: 2020
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Bankruptcy: Business (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Jordan Van Matre is the founder and owner of The Law Office of Jordan K. Van Matre, P.C., in McDonough, Georgia. A top-rated trial attorney with more than eight years of legal experience, Mr. Van Matre represents the rights and interests of clients throughout Henry County and the surrounding areas of the Atlanta metro region who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Criminal defense, including DUI/DWI, murder, armed robbery, child molestation, drug possession, manslaughter, and all other types of felonies and misdemeanors

· Personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from car accidents, trucking accidents, dog bites, slip-and-fall accidents and other preventable tragedies

· Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies

· Appeals

Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Van Matre has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of the accused as well as for his plaintiff clients dealing with highly complex legal issues that affect their lives, their families, their finances and their future. From his aggressive approach at obtaining the best possible outcomes for those he serves, he has achieved a trial success rate of more than 95%.

Recognized for his exemplary professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Mr. Van Matre has received numerous accolades from his peers along with excellent client ratings on AVVO and many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Mobile, Mr. Van Matre obtained his Juris Doctor from Liberty University School of Law in 2010, where he won the Area Award for alternative dispute resolution. In 2008, he was the Champion in the American Bar Association's Moot Court Competition and placed as National Semi-Finalist in the competition in 2009.

Mr. Van Matre is an active member of the Henry County Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Georgia, and he serves as Executive Officer of The Henry Players, Inc., a performing arts theatre in McDonough.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (40%): Criminal Law, Sex Offenses

Appellate (20%)

Bankruptcy (20%)

Personal Injury - General (20%)

Focus Areas

Criminal Law, Sex Offenses

Selections

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Rising Stars: 2020

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About Jordan Van Matre

Admitted: 2010, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://jvm-law.com/about/

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Bill Daniels Trial Advocacy Graduate, 2017
  • Certified by the Georgia Public Defender Standards Counsel to defend Death Penalty cases, 2018
  • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar, 2018
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Admission to the United States Supreme Court. Applied and became a member of the United States Supreme Court. Sworn in before the justices in Washington D.C. upon motion to Chief Judge Roberts, 2018
  • The Atlanta Lawyers Club, 2019
  • Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers ("GACDL"), 2016
  • 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Became a member of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia. Barred in 2014, 2015
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. Became barred by the Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts of the Northern District of Georgia, 2010
  • Georgia Supreme Court. Became a member of the Supreme Court of Georgia, 2012
  • Court of Appeals for the State of Georgia. Barred in 2012., 2012
  • Georgia State Bar. Admitted to the practice of law in the State of Georgia, 2010

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Took case pro bono for convicted sex offender. Client was 21 at time of offense, a female, and truly a victim of her circumstances. She originally pled guilty for an offense that arose because she was dependent on a wealthier man who was bidding her to perform certain acts for money and drugs. She stayed in and out of prison, probation, and parole on unrelated charges. She was classified as a level two sex offender. I challenged the classification, and the SORRB affirmed. We appealed that decision to the Fulton County Superior Court, and won. She was reclassified as a level one offender. We then successfully had her removed from the sex offender registry after a two year battle. This was pro bono work., 2016
  • "Team Jesus" - Jail Ministry I am volunteering as a minister and teacher for inmates at the Henry County Jail. 

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • I was asked by Judge Studdard - the author of the book, to contribute any forms I had that may be helpful to the practice of criminal law. I included a special demurrer to an indictment with which I had great success with, as well as a Petition for Removal from the Sex Offender Registry, and a Petition for Judicial Review of Sex Offender Classification. The works were published in the 2019/2020 edition., Author of three criminal forms published in "Daniels" Georgia Criminal Trial Practice Forms, 2019-2020 ed., Ben W. Studdard., Special Demurrer to Indictment, Petition for Removal from Sex-Offender Registry, Petition for Judicial Review of Sex-Offender Classification, "Daniels" Georgia Criminal Trial Practice Forms, 2019-2020 ed., Ben W. Studdard., Criminal Law, 2019

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Cochran v. Cochran, 2018. Represented ex-wife of plaintiff, who sued her in contempt of original divorce decree that required her to make monthly payments to him and other matters. Successfully argued that the divorce agreement was null and void because it was not approved by the bankruptcy court for my client, who was at the time in a chapter 13 bankruptcy. Trial Court agreed with our argument and my client prevailed., 2018
  • Woodall v. Johnson, Appeal. Represented client Beau Woodall in petition by ex-wife's husband to terminate his rights and adopt the child. Trial court granted the petition over our strenuous objection and amply proved case. Appealed to the Court of Appeals, who reversed the trial court's decision., 2019
  • Ronnie Goins v. Benjamin Summerfield. Soft-Tissue Injury from head-on collision. Settlement of $50,000.00., 2017
  • State vs. David Watts, 2018 Verdict of Not Guilty, Aggravated Child Molestation and related charges. Client accused of abusing step-granddaughter in the home. Outcry was made to child's mother, who had also been allegedly abused by Defendant when the mother was younger. At trial, evidence was admitted against Defendant that he had engaged in three separate similar transactions with adolescent girls, had been charged, and convicted or entered pleas. These witnesses testified against him at trial. Through use of expert testimony, client testimony, and persuasive theory of the case, we successfully persuaded the jury that he was not guilty. Verdict of Not guilty on all counts., 2018
  • State v. Sean Evans, 2018 Criminal Jury Trial on murder and related counts. Verdict of guilty to reduced charge of Voluntary Manslaughter. Indigent Client represented on appointed basis. Client was involved in a "gang-on-gang" shooting. Client admitted to being involved, confessed to shooting. Through careful cross examination and expert witnesses, we argued self-defense, as there was a confirmed "hit" on the client's life. After a week-long jury trial, client was convicted only of manslaughter. Successfully argued that the felony murder conviction merged into the manslaughter conviction for a lower and parolable sentence., 2018
  • State v. Keisha Wingfield, 2018 Criminal Jury Trial on traffic offense in Gwinnett County. Verdict: Not Guilty. Client given traffic citation after being in an accident that was not her fault. Despite being on dash cam of passerby, State would not dismiss. Conducted jury trial, verdict of not guilty in 25 minutes., 2018
  • State v. John Chris Christopher, 2018. Hung Jury, Aggravated Child Molestation reduced to simple battery. Client was accused by two step-daughters of abuse during five year period of time. Client hired separate lawyer, conducted inconclusive polygraph. Client retained our firm. We prosecuted a special demurrer to the date range of the indictment, and successfully quashed the first indictment. The second indictment actually narrowed the date range to a specific date for one offense, for which Defendant had solid alibi. We prosecuted a motion to declare the rape shield statute unconstitutional, and permit questioning into the victims character. All were denied. Conducted 10-day jury trial, with extensive witnesses and expert testimony, and powerful client testimony, and obtained a hung jury of 11-1, 11 for Not Guilty. Mistrial declared, and negotiated a plea to simple battery on new accusation with no sex offender registration, no fine, and no jail. Client reunited with family., 2018
  • Barbara Watts v. John Doe. Hit-and-Run Driver, Settlement. Client injured in severe hit-and-run accident. At-fault driver fled the scene. Client obtained $50,000 settlement for soft-tissue injuries., 2018

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • I successfully argued and took a case to the Georgia Supreme Court. Clients were pulled over for minor traffic violation. Officer examined their licenses, during which time a drug dog conducted a free air sniff. Drugs were found. The Trial Court suppressed the evidence. As a prosecutor, I appealed. The Court of Appeals affirmed the Trial Court's ruling. I petitioned or cert, which was granted. My work and legal research and briefs were used to ultimately persuade the Georgia Supreme Court that the search was lawful because it occurred during a time when police were engaged in activity that was within the scope of permissible police encounters in the context of a traffic stop. However, I had already entered into private practice at the time of oral arguments., 2015

Videos:

  • This is a firm-profile video for the personal injury practice of The Law Office of Jordan K. Van Matre, P.C., Firm Profile, the Law Office of Jordan Van Matre, Car Accident, Dog Bite, Personal Injury, Plaintiff Lawyer, Trial Lawyer, Trucking Accident, 2018

Educational Background:

  • Double Major in Political Science and Humanities, with Minor Degree in Religion. Cum Laude. President of Young Republicans Club. President of Political Science Club. Vice President of Student Government Association Junior and Senior Year. Internship with then Senator Jeff Sessions.
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Office Location for Jordan Van Matre

18 Atlanta St
Suite 300
McDonough, GA 30253

Phone: 678-759-2427

Fax: 678-649-4365

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