Matthew F. McGahren

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Matthew F. McGahren's
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After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1992, I first worked as an associate for a multi-state personal injury firm, Henson Law Firm, which exclusively handled automobile collisions, workers compensation and social security disability.

In 1994, I was assigned the task of opening the Henson Law Firm Atlanta branch office. Sometime during 1996, I established my own personal injury practice so that I could gain extensive jury trial experience while fighting for one client at a time.

Today, I am proud to say today that most of my clients find me through direct referrals.

I am passionate about fighting for those harmed due to negligence – handling virtually any case where the carelessness of another has caused you or your family to undergo pain & suffering or loss of life.

While I have handled numerous cases involving automobile and/or tractor trailer collisions, here is a sampling of some of the unique types of cases that I have handled over the years.

Case Samples
  • Negligent security claim for damages resulting from a serious arm injury sustained to a male plaintiff from the explosion that occurred during the 1996 Summer Olympics; case was resolved under confidential settlement agreement.
  • Negligence claim of a daughter for the wrongful death of her mother who perished several weeks after she fell when a rusted railing collapsed at an apartment complex; case settled for confidential amount.
  • Negligence claim of a daughter for the wrongful death of her mother who perished several weeks after she fell when a rusted railing collapsed at an apartment complex; case settled for confidential amount.
  • Negligence claim of two teenage boys for the wrongful death of their father who died in a fire that started in an apartment he had just rented but which did not have a working smoke detector; case settled for confidential amount.
  • Product liability claim of a Georgia Rock & Roll Hall of Frame musician who sustained an serious injury to his left elbow after having been struck by a retractable tape crowd control device while at the airport. Musician was no longer able to play his the drums; case settled for a confidential amount.
  • Negligence claims against Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and its agents for misdiagnoses resulting in adult female becoming comatose for several weeks; case settled for confidential amount.
  • Premise liability claim of a elderly woman who severely fractured her ankle (5 pins inserted) when she fell at a restaurant due to hazardous conditions; case tried to verdict in 2007 for $250,000.00.

Practice Emphasis
  • Personal Injury
    • Dangerous Property
    • Wrongful Death
    • Personal Injury – Defense Personal Injury
    • Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
    • Motorcycle Accidents
    • Truck Accidents
  • Accidents & Personal Injury
    • Construction Site Injuries
    • Jones Act
    • Slip & Fall
    • Petrochemical Accidents
    • Car/Auto Accidents
    • Whiplash Felony Auto Accident
  • Dangerous Products/Product Liability
    • Design Defects
    • Manufacturing Defects
  • Intentional Injuries
    • Assault & Battery
    • Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
    • Sexual Assault
  • Mass Accident
    • Airplanes
    • Buildings
    • Mass Transit – Bus, Train, Subway
    • Ships & Boats
    • Toxic
    • Torts & Class Actions Asbestos Mesothelioma
  • Serious/Catastrophic Injuries
    • Amputation
    • Birth Injury
    • Burn Injury
    • Head/Brain Injury
    • Paralysis

Other Areas of Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Construction Law
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Collisions
  • Truck Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • HMO Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Corporate Transactions
  • Products Liability
  • Workers Compensation
  • Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices
  • Misrepresentation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Real Estate
  • Child Custody
  • Domestic Relations
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Social Security Disability
  • Adoption


  • GA, Mar 1993 Bar Number: 491330
  • FL, May 1995 Bar Number: 0051675
  • NC, Apr 1993 Bar Number: 19698

Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • 11th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals
  • 4th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals
  • District of Columbia Federal Court of Appeals
  • Middle and Northern Georgia Federal District Courts
  • Western North Carolina Federal District Court
  • Middle Florida Federal District Court
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • North Carolina Supreme Court
  • North Carolina Court of Appeals
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • Florida Court of Appeals.

Association Memberships
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • Florida


Schools and Degrees
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC
    Graduated:  1992
    Degree:  Juris Doctor School
    Honors:  Dean’s List
    Focus and Accomplishments
    • Taught trial advocacy courses to undergraduate pre-law students
    • President of Lawyers for Entrepreneurs
    • Actively assisted on civil litigation matters through law school
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
    Graduated:  1989
    Degree:  Bachelor of Arts
    Honors:  Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
    Focus and Accomplishments
    • During my senior year taught trial advocacy courses to undergraduate pre-law students
    • Appeared in college court on behalf of students charged with violating policy

Fraternal Organizations:  Phi Beta Kappa
Continuing Education
  • Live and/or webcast seminars
  • Most Continuing Legal Education seminars attended that deal with improving Trial Advocacy


Papers and Publications
  • “What to Do After an Automobile Collision” Inside Gwinnett 2006
  • “Reasons Why Executing Your Will Should Be A Top Priority”

Activities and Awards
  • Member of Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Member of the Atlanta Bar Association
  • Lifetime Member of University of North Carolina Alumni
  • Toastmasters

Personal Information

Birth Information:  Teaneck, New Jersey, 1967

Personal Philosophy
  • What is your opinion regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?
    Clients should always educate themselves as much as possible.
  • Are you willing to review documents prepared by clients?
    I am absolutely willing to review documents prepared by clients that need guidance.
  • Are you willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?
    While I don’t recommend that clients represent themselves unless they truly have the necessary ability and knowledge, I have on numerous occasions advised pro se clients as to how to prosecute certain civil actions (particularly small claims actions).
  • Why did you decide to be a lawyer?
    I became a lawyer because of my strong belief that the world needs to strive for fairness and justice. During high school I helped uncover misconduct involving a cover-up created by several teachers (involving drug use) and was ultimately told by the principal that I should be a lawyer.
  • What work experience and education helps you be a better lawyer?
    My father was an civil engineer who represented himself pro se because he was never able to find competent representation. Through my college years and law school, I watched my pro se father fight vigorously and defeat attorneys on numerous occasions. In essence, I was exposed to the law for nearly 7 years before becoming an attorney.
  • Why did you decide on your primary area of practice?
    It gives me a chance to help others and let my competitive edge abound.
  • What do you like best about your career?
    I always wanted to be a superhero growing up and when I learned that most trial attorneys fight for justice I found my calling.
  • Tell us about your law firm:
    Our attorneys and staff care about our clients and about creating best results possible. Everyone understands that quality is what counts and not quantity.
  • What are your strengths and style?
    Competitive, compassionate, and conscientious. I believe in doing my best.
  • Personal Interests:
    Dedicated Husband and Father to Two Wonderful Boys; Competitive Tennis; Creative Writing; and Filmmaking.

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