Matt's practice encompasses a broad spectrum of business and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on financial institutions and financial services. He handles business transactions, securities offerings and reporting, mergers and acquisitions, corporate matters, lending and financing, consumer protection compliance, and privacy and information security issues, as well as a variety of matters involving government and quasi-governmental entities. Matt leads the Privacy and Information Security Practice Group, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional. He is a frequent writer and speaker on privacy and information security issues, as well as on corporate, banking and commercial law matters. He has been rated by his peers as being "preeminent" in his fields of law, and has been recognized by a number of organizations and peer surveys.
Matt is an active leader in the legal profession, serving in a number of statewide leadership roles, including as Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division. In addition to his passion for helping his clients meet their goals, he enjoys contributing to his communities. He devotes significant time to providing free ("pro bono publico") legal services for the benefit of those in his communities.
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I am a business and regulatory lawyer, and I am passionate about helping my clients succeed. My goal is to be the most resourceful person my clients know—someone who identifies legal and practical problems and creates workable solutions. I wake up every day thinking about how I can help my clients achieve their goals and protect them from risks.
My practice includes a variety of transactional and regulatory matters, with a particular emphasis on the financial services sector. I handle a range of matters for businesses of different sizes and in various industries, from large, publicly-held corporations to closely-held businesses to government and quasi-governmental organizations. One of the aspects I enjoy most about my practice is the opportunity to work with smart, savvy leaders and innovators in a number of fields.
My favorite thing about practicing law at Ward and Smith is the firm's strong emphasis on teamwork, which allows me to collaborate with my partners all over the state with a single goal in mind: meeting the client's need effectively and efficiently.
To me, a significant part of being a "professional" means contributing to my community and taking leadership roles in areas outside of my law practice. I have been actively involved in the North Carolina Bar Association, where I have held many volunteer and leadership positions for nearly a decade. I am currently the Chair of the Young Lawyers Division, leading more than 6,400 young lawyers and law students across North Carolina in dozens of pro bono, public service, and community-oriented initiatives. I have also been involved in a number of pro bono projects and continue to look for opportunities to serve my community.
As a true legal nerd, I enjoy reading, writing, and talking about the law even outside of work. I have written for many publications, in addition to my own legal blogs (www.BizLawNC.com and www.PrivacyLawNC.com), and I have had many opportunities to speak about legal issues for a variety of groups, from lawyers to accountants to governmental officials.
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