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Matthew M. Williams

Matthew M. Williams

Director

2510 14th Street
Suite 910
Gulfport, Mississippi 39501

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Office: 228-214-4250
Cell Phone: 228-324-9143
Fax: 228-214-9650
Additional Offices: Mobile
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Having successfully tried cases throughout Mississippi and Alabama, Matt’s practice is primarily focused in the areas of First and Third Party Insurance Defense, Trucking and Transportation, Employer’s Liability, Professional Liability and Construction. Matt’s aggressive mindset and well-reasoned approach to litigation has routinely produced favorable verdicts and results for clients. As a testament to these results, Matt serves as local counsel to some of the largest insurance carriers in the United States and abroad and is also often called on to represent his clients’ interests in corporate acquisitions and other transactional matters.

A skilled negotiator and litigator, Matt is adept at quickly and efficiently evaluating claims to assist the client in deciding whether the matter should be resolved early or taken through trial. Serving on the firm’s Emergency Response Team, Matt is no stranger to meeting the needs of his clients at all hours of the day or night. This commitment to 24/7, on-site emergency response allows Matt to immerse himself in the earliest stages of a claim, gathering details and witness reactions that help clients to anticipate the demands of the claim and position their defense. Understanding that the claim belongs to the client, not him, Matt actively engages and collaborates with his clients in all phases of the claim, ensuring that his clients’ needs and wants are meaningfully addressed.

Matt joined Galloway Law Firm after having already established his presence in Mississippi. A native of Pascagoula, Matt has remained a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast. Recognizing the need to give back to the community that has helped shape his career, Matthew has remained professionally and civically active. He is a member of the Mobile County, Harrison County and Jackson County Bar Associations; the Jackson County Young Lawyers Association and the Russell, Blass, Walker chapter of the American Inns of Court. In 2012, and again in 2014, he was honored with an appointment by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs to serve as Vice-President of the city’s Economic Development Council. Additionally, Matt serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Back Bay Mission, a local non-profit aimed at eradicating poverty along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Matt received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. This client review rating provides the perspective of the client and recognizes lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards.

Representative Matters

  • Received a favorable decision from the Mississippi Supreme Court, affirming the trial court’s directed verdict in favor of Galloway’s client, a trucking company, on the issue of punitive damages.
  • Appellate Court upheld the validity of chancellor’s appointment of a conservator to estate and found that conservator substantially complied with statutory conservatorship requirements.
  • Appellate Court denied interlocutory appeal pertaining to summary judgment in premises case involving failure of elevator that caused Plaintiff’s injuries.
  • Appellate Court upheld summary judgment in case where Plaintiff claimed to have been assaulted and robbed in a casino parking lot.
  • Appellate Court upheld Court’s denial of withdrawal of admissions and granted summary judgment in favor of defendant apartment complex in a case involving death in an apartment fire.
  • Appellate Court upheld summary judgment based upon Plaintiff’s failure to timely respond to requests for admissions and denial of Plaintiff’s motion to withdraw admissions in a case where Plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries after colliding with the rear of a tractor trailer.
  • Appellate Court affirmed dismissal of Defendants as a result of (1) Plaintiff’s failure to state a claim for which relief could be afforded under Mississippi law; and (2) for insufficiency of service of process in light of Plaintiff’s failure to strictly comply with Mississippi’s rules regarding service by publication.
  • Summary Judgment obtained by Galloway on behalf of a Jackson, Mississippi restaurant in a case where Plaintiff was claiming to have been shot in the restaurant’s parking lot.  Additionally, the Court awarded sanctions against the paraplegic Plaintiff and in favor of Galloway’s client relative to discovery violations committed by the Plaintiff during the course of litigation.

OVERVIEW

Having successfully tried cases throughout Mississippi and Alabama, Matt’s practice is primarily focused in the areas of First and Third Party Insurance Defense, Trucking and Transportation, Employer’s Liability, Professional Liability and Construction. Matt’s aggressive mindset and well-reasoned approach to litigation has routinely produced favorable verdicts and results for clients. As a testament to these results, Matt serves as local counsel to some of the largest insurance carriers in the United States and abroad and is also often called on to represent his clients’ interests in corporate acquisitions and other transactional matters.

A skilled negotiator and litigator, Matt is adept at quickly and efficiently evaluating claims to assist the client in deciding whether the matter should be resolved early or taken through trial. Serving on the firm’s Emergency Response Team, Matt is no stranger to meeting the needs of his clients at all hours of the day or night. This commitment to 24/7, on-site emergency response allows Matt to immerse himself in the earliest stages of a claim, gathering details and witness reactions that help clients to anticipate the demands of the claim and position their defense. Understanding that the claim belongs to the client, not him, Matt actively engages and collaborates with his clients in all phases of the claim, ensuring that his clients’ needs and wants are meaningfully addressed.

Matt joined Galloway Law Firm after having already established his presence in Mississippi. A native of Pascagoula, Matt has remained a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast. Recognizing the need to give back to the community that has helped shape his career, Matthew has remained professionally and civically active. He is a member of the Mobile County, Harrison County and Jackson County Bar Associations; the Jackson County Young Lawyers Association and the Russell, Blass, Walker chapter of the American Inns of Court. In 2012, and again in 2014, he was honored with an appointment by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Ocean Springs to serve as Vice-President of the city’s Economic Development Council. Additionally, Matt serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Back Bay Mission, a local non-profit aimed at eradicating poverty along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Matt received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. This client review rating provides the perspective of the client and recognizes lawyers for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards.

Representative Matters

  • Received a favorable decision from the Mississippi Supreme Court, affirming the trial court’s directed verdict in favor of Galloway’s client, a trucking company, on the issue of punitive damages.
  • Appellate Court upheld the validity of chancellor’s appointment of a conservator to estate and found that conservator substantially complied with statutory conservatorship requirements.
  • Appellate Court denied interlocutory appeal pertaining to summary judgment in premises case involving failure of elevator that caused Plaintiff’s injuries.
  • Appellate Court upheld summary judgment in case where Plaintiff claimed to have been assaulted and robbed in a casino parking lot.
  • Appellate Court upheld Court’s denial of withdrawal of admissions and granted summary judgment in favor of defendant apartment complex in a case involving death in an apartment fire.
  • Appellate Court upheld summary judgment based upon Plaintiff’s failure to timely respond to requests for admissions and denial of Plaintiff’s motion to withdraw admissions in a case where Plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries after colliding with the rear of a tractor trailer.
  • Appellate Court affirmed dismissal of Defendants as a result of (1) Plaintiff’s failure to state a claim for which relief could be afforded under Mississippi law; and (2) for insufficiency of service of process in light of Plaintiff’s failure to strictly comply with Mississippi’s rules regarding service by publication.
  • Summary Judgment obtained by Galloway on behalf of a Jackson, Mississippi restaurant in a case where Plaintiff was claiming to have been shot in the restaurant’s parking lot.  Additionally, the Court awarded sanctions against the paraplegic Plaintiff and in favor of Galloway’s client relative to discovery violations committed by the Plaintiff during the course of litigation.

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • The University of Mississippi, B.A., Political Science and Journalism
  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D.

Admissions

  • State of Mississippi
  • State of Alabama
  • United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • The Defense Research Institute
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Jackson County Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • IALDA