Profile

Named Best Lawyer’s 2019 Personal Injury “Lawyer of the Year” in Lexington based on the consensus opinion of leading lawyers in the region, Matt Minner is the managing partner of the firm’s Kentucky office. He has tried numerous major jury trials in state and federal courts and has had tremendous success in complex and high profile cases, obtaining million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. His cases and results have been covered by USA Today, CBS, ABC, Fox, Law360, The National Law Journal and numerous other national and local media outlets. Matt also serves as president of Hare Wynn Foundation and takes great pride in the firm’s philanthropic pursuits.

Education

A stellar student, Matthew attended the University of Kentucky on full academic and ROTC scholarships and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with departmental honors and highest distinction. In 1996, he graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law where among other honors and achievements, he received the Weldon White Scholarship and was elected by his peers as an officer and their representative to the Vanderbilt Bar Association.

  • University of Kentucky, 1993, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1996
  • Judicial Clerkship, Hon. C. Lynwood Smith, Jr., United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama

Notable Work

Matt is deeply devoted to his clients and has been sought out for representation by individuals, governmental entities and businesses. His clients often face long odds against some of the largest and most powerful companies in the country. Matt was proud to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky and other states as lead and co-lead counsel in achieving record-breaking consumer protection results. His aggressive and innovative approach to trial preparation has led him as far as Ghana, Africa, in pursuit of an excellent result for his client. He has been recognized by the National Law Journal for attaining one of the “Top 100 Verdicts in America.” In other cases, he has been recognized as having achieved one of the top five verdicts of the year in Kentucky and has been separately recognized as having obtained one of the top 10 verdicts of the decade in Alabama.

Admitted

  • Alabama
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Courts for Alabama and Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Awards

He holds an AV Rating – the highest attainable – from Martindale-Hubbell and has met the rigorous trial requirements and peer and judicial review requirements for board certification as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Matt has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of personal injury litigation every year since 2011.

He has been named on multiple occasions to the prestigious Lawdragon “500 Leading Lawyers in America.” This is among the most elite distinctions in the legal profession and includes government leaders, U.S. Supreme Court justices, and cutting edge attorneys from both sides. He has also been listed as a Litigation Star in Benchmark Litigation/The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys since 2011 and named as a MidSouth Super Lawyer for many years.

Matt is a member of the national board of directors for the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. He is a member of the board of directors of the Kentucky Justice Association. He is the President of Cure KY Kids, a nonprofit organization focused on Kentucky’s children fighting cancer. Matt has also served on the board of directors of the YMCA where he was named the “Volunteer of the Year” in 2008. In 2019, he was recognized as B-Metro Top Flight Attorney.

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News

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  • Eleven Hare Wynn Attorneys Named in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

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  • Hare Wynn Recognized at the National Law Journal's Plaintiff's Hot List Hall of Fame

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  • Hare Wynn Client Featured in USA Today

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  • Benchmark Litigation Honors for Hare Wynn

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  • Hare Wynn Attorneys in Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ranking

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Awards & Accolades

  • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25
    Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25

    Membership in the Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25 is reserved for the top 25 attorneys in the state who best exemplify superior qualifications in the organization’s ranking factors: reputation, leadership, influence, advocacy training, and continuing legal education.

  • ABA
    ABA

    Members of the American Bar Association work to uphold the organization’s mission of “defending liberty and delivering justice.” Attorneys are expected to act in ways that eliminate bias, enhance diversity, and advance the rule of law.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    The American Board of Trial Advocates and its members aim to foster improvement in both the ethical and technical standards of the legal field. Attorneys are held to high standards of integrity, honor, courtesy, and education/training.

  • AV Preeminent
    AV Preeminent

    The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating™ symbolizes strong legal ability and high ethical standards. Selected attorneys have been evaluated on their professional legal abilities and the services they have to offer.

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
    American Society of Legal Advocates

    Less than 1.5% of attorneys across the nation are selected for membership in the American Society of Legal Advocates. These attorneys have demonstrated proven commitment to their practice and hold themselves to the highest professional standards.

  • The Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America

    The Best Lawyers in America uses a tried and true peer review process to select the top legal talent in America. Lawyers who make the list are recognized as the most sophisticated, transparent, and conscientious in their fields.

  • Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year

    For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has used a tested peer review process to select the best lawyer of the year, and we are thrilled to have made the list.

  • Best Lawyers 2018
    Best Lawyers 2018

    Every year, the Best Lawyers organization publishes a list of best lawyers and best law firms in the state, recognizing those with commendable professional achievements.

  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
    Americas Top 100 Attorneys

    Only the most qualified and accomplished legal professionals are selected to the prestigious list of American’s Top 100 Attorneys. The organization uses proprietary methodology to select the top 100 attorneys from a given state.

  • American Association for Justice
    American Association for Justice

    The American Association for Justice’s mission is to promote a fair and effective justice system, and that’s exactly what attorneys who are members of the organization work to do.

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    This is an invitation-only fellowship consisting of trial lawyers from diverse backgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada. Selected lawyers have demonstrated the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, trial advocacy, integrity, and collegiality.

  • Multi-Million Advocates
    Multi-Million Advocates

    Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® is limited to only those attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. The organization is so prestigious that fewer than 1% of all U.S. lawyers are members.

  • American Judicature Society
    American Judicature Society

    Members of the American Judicature Society aid in the organization’s mission to secure and promote an independent, qualified judiciary, along with a fair system of justice.

  • US News Best Law Firms 2019
    US News Best Law Firms 2019

    Qualitative and quantitative data are used to rate the overall best law firms in the nation. Law firms are rated using a tiering system that compares legal practices in similar metro areas.

  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
    Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association

    Members of ATLA are committed to protecting the safety and health of families in Arkansas by increasing consumer protections and preserving people’s right to trial by jury.

  • Benchmark Litigation
    Benchmark Litigation

    We are proud to be included in Benchmark Litigation’s annual publication, which serves as America’s definitive guide to leading litigation firms and lawyers.

  • Alabama Association for Justice
    Alabama Association for Justice

    Attorneys and members of the Alabama Association for Justice work to protect and preserve people’s constitutional right to trial by jury by ensuring that victims of misconduct and/or negligence can hold their wrongdoers accountable.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Fellowship in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers is by invitation-only and involves a carefully crafted vetting process.

  • International Society of Barristers
    International Society of Barristers

    The era’s best advocates are recognized and invited to come together as part of the International Society of Barristers, where they are expected to support common goals of upholding justice and improving legal advocacy, among others.

  • Kentucky Justice Association
    Kentucky Justice Association

    The Kentucky Justice Association and its members act as a voice for consumers, working to protect their health and safety and to preserve their right to trial by jury.

  • Lawdragon 2017
    Lawdragon 2017

    Every year, Lawdragon publishes a guide that lists the nation’s leading lawyers, and we are thrilled to have made the list.

  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
    National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys

    The Academy’s mission to provide advanced educational opportunities helps personal injury attorneys like ourselves ensure our clients are provided with the best representation available.

  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
    National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts

    The National Law Journal is considered to be the nation’s premiere legal source for timely, trusted legal news, and we are proud to have their list of top 100 verdicts.

  • National Trial Lawyers
    National Trial Lawyers

    Membership in the National Trial Lawyers organization is by invitation-only and is reserved for only the most qualified attorneys in their respective fields of practice.

  • Top 40 Under 40
    Top 40 Under 40

    Membership in this exclusive organization is extended only to the top 40 attorneys under the age of 40 in a given geographic location.

  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
    NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers

    The NBLSC offers board certification to trial lawyers and is recognized as the first American Bar Association accredited attorney board certifying agency in the entire world.

  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
    Phoenix Club of Birmingham

    Young, professional men who are members of the Phoenix Club of Birmingham have the opportunity to support the organization’s mission to impact the direction of the local community’s youth through interaction and fund-raising opportunities.

  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
    Plaintiffs Steering Committee

    We proudly sit on the plaintiff’s steering committee, where we have the ability to direct multi-district litigation along with other lawyers on the committee.

  • SuperLawyers
    SuperLawyers

    A patented, multiphase selection process is used to choose attorneys for the Super Lawyers® organization. Both peer recognitions and professional achievements are assessed to select the top lawyers in a given state.

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Super Lawyers Rising Star

    Only attorneys who are 40 years of age or younger, or those who have been practicing for 10 years or less, can be selected to the prestigious list of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars.

  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
    Tennessee Trial Lawyers

    All citizens, families, and small businesses should have access to justice, and that is the mission of TTLA. Members of the association are committed to protecting and upholding people’s right to justice and trial by jury.

  • Top Ranked USA Chambers
    Top Ranked USA Chambers

    Through independent research, Chambers assesses a number of criteria to collect information on the top-ranking law firms in the country.

  • Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award
    Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award

    We are honored to have been selected to Arkansas Magazine’s annual pick of the very best lawyers and law firms in the state.

  • National Featured Verdict
    National Featured Verdict

    Only the top verdicts in a given field, and from a given state, are listed here. We are honored that some of our verdicts have made the list.

  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019
    Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019

    For more than 30 years, Best Lawyers has used a tested peer review process to select the best lawyer of the year, and we are thrilled to have made the list.

  • Top Rated Lawyers
    Top Rated Lawyers

    Top-rated lawyers are those who have been identified by Lawyers.com as the most elite in their corresponding fields of practice.

Our Results

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  • $422,000,000 Whistleblower

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  • $410,000,000 Qui Tam

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  • $310,000,000 Corporate Fraud

    In 2016, a team of Hare Wynn lawyers, including Scott Powell, John Haley, Bruce McKee, Ralph Cook, Brian Vines, and Tempe Smith secured a $310 million dollar settlement on behalf of a nationwide class of investors who had been defrauded...More

  • $218,000,000 Syngenta GMO Corn

    Scott Powell and three long-time colleagues are responsible for securing a $217.7 million dollar verdict on behalf of a class of more than 7,000 Kansas farmers. This was the first of a number of trials against Syngent....More

  • $133,000,000 Securities Fraud

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  • $40,250,000 Wrongful Death

    Hare Wynn has obtained a $40.25 million jury verdict in Jefferson County, Alabama, in a case involving the death of Derric Rush, a Hoover resident killed on his way home from Wednesday night service at the church where he worked....More

  • $40,000,000 Whistleblower

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  • $37,500,000 Death of a Police Officer

    Hare Wynn lawyers, Matt Minner and Jamie Moncus, obtained a large punitive damages verdict from a Madison County jury in a case involving the death of a Huntsville Police Officer. The family of slain Officer, Daniel Golden, bro...More

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