Matt was the oldest of five boys raised in rural West Virginia. He attended college at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, before starting a family and enlisting in the United States Army. He served for ten years on active duty in the 101st Airborne Division and deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was awarded a Bronze Star in recognition of his meritorious service in combat. Before attending law school, he served as a Drill Sergeant for 15 months before being selected to serve as an instructor at the United States Army Drill Sergeant Academy at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he trained NCOs to become Drill Sergeants.
After making the transition out of the Army and immediately into The University of South Carolina’s School of Law, Matt began practicing in the South Carolina low-country. During that time, he became proficient in several areas of law and gained trial experience in felony criminal trials, including Court-Martial at Parris Island, South Carolina, as well as serving as counsel in several personal injury cases. Matt became an attorney to go to trial, and that is his practice focus.
In 2019, he made a move down the coast from South Carolina to Georgia, where he worked for an international civil defense firm in Savannah and continued to hone his skills and experience personal injury law from the defense perspective. Here, he represented insurance companies against the people. It wasn’t long before he joined The Murray Firm and made representing plaintiffs in personal injury law his primary focus, which developed into a passion. In 2022, he became a Partner in The Murray Firm, and Murray & Adkins was established, continuing the traditions that Lloyd D. Murray Sr. and The Murray Firm has cultivated since 1978.