Zach M. Matthews

Zach M. Matthews

Alpharetta, Georgia
(678) 824-7801

Zach Matthews is a partner with McMickle, Kurey & Branch. He devotes his entire practice to litigation, including commercial motor carrier defense, premises liability, auto and personal injury defense and insurance coverage. He also represents both employers and insurers in the retail and hospitality sector (including hotels, restaurants, barrooms, and large sporting venues). Mr. Matthews is an experienced trial lawyer with a number of jury trial victories in Georgia's state and federal courts, including as solo trial counsel.

Mr. Matthews received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2006 where he was an Articles Editor for the Tennessee Law Review.

Outside of the office, Mr. Matthews serves on the executive committee of the Paper Mill Road Baptist Church in Marietta.  He is active in the Georgia Defense Lawyer's Association, where he has served as the Young Lawyers Chairman and is currently the chair of the Substantive Law Committee for Trucking.  He is also active in the Defense Research Institute and speaks regularly to its various seminars.

Outside the practice of law, Mr. Matthews is an outdoorsman and a regular contributor to many national publications, including Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Arkansas Life, The Drake and American Angler magazines.  He has previously served as the Southeast Field Editor for Fly Fisherman magazine as well as the front-of-book editor for American Angler magazine.  He hosts a popular outdoor podcast called The Itinerant Angler Podcast, available at

Areas of Practice

  • Trucking Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Personal Auto Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Business Auto Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Tennessee
  • Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. cum laude - 2006
    • Law Review: Tennessee Law Review, Articles Editor, 2005 - 2006
  • Hendrix College
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 2003
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • DRI Webinar: The Facebook Grenade – (Ethically) mining Social Media for Maximum Effect (Nationwide, April 26, 2017).
  • Ethical Considerations of Social Media Investigation - Tennessee Farm Bureau Attorney Days (Franklin, Tennessee; August 2016).
  • "The Facebook Grenade: Getting the Most Out of Social Media" GDLA Annual Meeting CLE presentation - (Amelia Island, Florida; June 2016).
  • "The Facebook Grenade: Mining Social Media for Maximum Effect" Georgia Defense Lawyer (Georgia Defense Lawyers Association, Winter 2016).
  • "Autonomous Trucking and the Death of Driver Negligence?" For the Defense(Defense Research Institute, December 2015).
  • Premises Injury Best Practices: What to Do When a Customer Gets Hurt - Georgia Restaurant Association's Legal Knowledge Center (May 1, 2015)
  • "Autonomous Vehicle Technology: Its Effect on Motor Carriers Today and the Future Regulatory Response"(Defense Research Institute, March 2016).

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer (2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer (2016)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • State Bar of Tennessee
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited