January 27, 2023

Volume XIII, Number 27

Matthew F. Hall

Matthew practices in the firm’s Litigation group, primarily focusing in complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes, management-side employment matters and federal court practice. The diversity of Matthew’s practice is reflected in the diversity of the clients he represents: from Fortune 100 companies to large insurance companies to small and up-and-coming businesses to individuals. Matthew has worked to obtain six-figure recoveries on behalf of his clients in breach of contract actions and successfully defended other clients from multi-million dollar claims of negligence. With his prior experience as a law clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Matthew also assists the Firm’s appellate practice group with high-profile federal court appeals. He is also a regular guest lecturer on various topics at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and the University of Tampa. 

Prior to attending law school, Matthew served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army, deploying to Iraq in 2003. Also, he is a life member of both the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Matthew continues to try to give back to the military veteran community and the community at large. He helped create and fund the first endowed scholarship for military veterans at the University of Florida School of Law. He also serves as an officer at the local VFW, serves as a mentor with the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Veterans Treatment Court, and previously chaired the county bar’s Military & Veterans Affairs Committee. Matthew also handles pro bono matters to benefit veterans and is accredited to represent veterans’ benefits claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Matthew’s other charitable efforts include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where Matthew served as the Board Chair for the Mid Florida Chapter. 

Out of the office, Matthew enjoys spending time on the water, watching sports, and enjoying time with his two children and his wife, Kimberly. And, while not as fast as he used to be, Matthew still tries to participate in a few distance runs each year.

Articles in the National Law Review database by Matthew F. Hall

Hill Ward Henderson has been named a 2022 Go-To Thought Leader by the National Law Review for Insurance Coverage Law. In September of 2022, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Southwestern Florida, sending shockwaves through the local economy, displacing residents and devastating infrastructure. Authors Matthew F. Hall, Timothy A. Hunt, Brett J. Preston, and Erik P. Raines provided extensive insight into what individuals and businesses should look for in their insurance policies in the face of this unprecedented weather event. 

Hill Ward Henderson’s COVID-19 Response Team is recognized as a National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader for their valuable contributions related to the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act), and their examination of the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by that legislation.  Their thoughtful and thorough analysis of the Paycheck Protection Program including eligibility, loan amounts available, terms and conditions, loan forgiveness, the Safe Harbor Necessity Provision of the PPP, and the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act was very well-read and timed to provide clarity and detailed guidance when it was needed most.  In addition to information on the PPP, Hill Ward Henderson’s COVID-19 team addressed other pertinent issues of the CARES Act including direct payments to Americans, extended unemployment insurance, possible delay in paying payroll taxes, the emergency use of retirement funds and other details important to both businesses and individuals.  Notable contributing attorneys included Kevin H. Sutton, S. Gordon Hill, Zachary W Watt, Matthew F. Hall, Bret Hamlin, and Kirsten L. Vignec.