Matt T. Covell

Attorney

Overview

Matthew "Matt" Covell is an Atlanta litigation attorney who focuses on complex commercial litigation, business torts and class action defense. Mr. Covell also represents private and public employers in all aspects of employment law and litigation, including discrimination matters, wage and hour class actions, and trials of statutory and common law claims. In addition, his representation includes systemic charges and complaints before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), state anti-discrimination agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and state wage and hour compliance agencies, as well as disability access cases under Title VII and state laws.

Mr. Covell advises clients on e-discovery issues, including document retention policies, proper litigation holds, as well as the collection, processing and production of electronic documents in response to discovery requests, government subpoenas and civil investigative demands (CIDs). In 2010, Mr. Covell completed the eDiscovery Training Academy at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Covell spent 16 years as a business litigator for two prominent law firms in Atlanta.

During law school, Mr. Covell served as a law clerk intern for the Honorable John C. Martin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Published Opinions

  • Motorola Inc., et al. v. Michael Patrick Murray, et al., 2016 WL 6134870 (D.C. October 20, 2016)
  • Shropshire v. AloStar Bank of Commerce, 314 Ga. App. 310, 724 S.E.2d 53 (2012)
  • DuPree v. SunTrust Bank, 305 Ga. App. 507, 699 S.E.2d 846 (2010)
  • The River Farm, LLC v. SunTrust Bank, 305 Ga. App. 337, 699 S.E.2d 771 (2010)
  • Simpson v. Pendergast, 290 Ga. App. 293, 659 S.E.2d 716 (2008)
  • In re: Wireless Telephone Radio Frequency Emissions Product Liability Litigation, 327 F. Supp.2d 554 (D. Md. 2004)
  • American Guarantee & Liability Co. v. Timothy S. Keiter, P.A., 360 F.3d 13 (1st Cir. 2004)

Experience

  • Assisted several large healthcare providers in responding to government subpoenas and civil investigative demands, and subsequently defended those entities from the U.S. Department of Justice's False Claims Act qui tam lawsuits
  • Represented a pharmaceutical sales support organization, and negotiated a favorable outcome on breach of contract and fraudulent inducement allegations against a pharmaceutical manufacturer

  • Collaborated and strategized with a defense team comprised of outside counsel to major cellular telephone manufacturers and service providers to defend against claims regarding the potential health implications of radio frequency radiation
  • Represented a Fortune 20 telephone service provider, with a major corporate initiative to secure municipal franchise agreements, resulting in the successful launch of its cable television service in the northeastern United States

  • Negotiated and implemented a methodology for the utilization of technology-assisted review (i.e., predictive coding) to quickly and efficiently review millions of electronic documents and emails in response to government subpoenas
  • Obtained multiple seven-figure judgments on behalf of several banking clients in connection with disputes and appeals regarding various promissory notes and guarantee agreements secured by commercial real estate
  • Obtained numerous judgments on behalf of various commercial landlords against tenants in default of their lease agreements
  • Managed hundreds of asbestos lawsuits against multiple defendants on behalf of a manufacturer
  • Managed employment matters in state and federal court for a large hospitality services provider with a national footprint

Credentials

Education
  • UNC School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., Philosophy
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • All State Courts in Georgia
Memberships
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Domestic Violence Program, Volunteer
  • North Carolina Law Review
  • North Carolina Banking Institute Journal, Articles Editor
  • Phi Beta Kappa
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Stars, Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, 2005

Publications

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