Matthew J. Meyer
Matt, one of the law firm’s founding partners, serves as the managing partner of the Tampa office. His litigation practice focuses on business, employment, construction, real estate, and franchise disputes. He handles litigation matters throughout Florida’s state and federal courts, as well as the state and federal courts located in other states. Matt has experience trying cases before judges, juries, and arbitration panels, as well as obtaining injunctions.
Originally from Wisconsin, Matt moved to Florida in 1997 after completing a clerkship with United States Senator Connie Mack in Washington, D.C. and graduating from law school. He resides in Tampa with his wife, son, and daughter.
For a brief introductory video, see the following link: https://vimeo.com/436535701
Education and Admissions
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Washington University in St. Louis, J.D. (1997)
B.S., Bradley University, with honors (1994
- Matt’s business and employment litigation experience includes minority shareholder disputes, contract litigation, the enforcement of restrictive covenants such as non-competition agreements, director and officer liability litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and business fraud and tort claims. His experience includes the representation of Fortune 100 companies, mid-sized and small businesses, and entrepreneurs.
- Matt’s franchise litigation experience includes the prosecution and defense of claims involving franchise law violations, the enforcement and defense of confidentiality and non-competition covenants, and the enforcement and defense of intellectual property claims, such as trademark and copyright violations. Matt’s experience includes the representation of both franchisors and franchisees.
- Matt’s real estate litigation experience includes the enforcement of restrictive covenants contained in community documents, the prosecution and defense of foreclosure claims, real estate contract litigation, the enforcement and defense of lien and claims, and claims involving the reformation of deeds. Matt’s real estate clients have included developers, contractors, property owners, and real estate brokers.
- Matt’s experience with construction litigation includes construction defect claims, delay claims, the enforcement and defense of construction liens, contract and warranty disputes, claims involving excessive sound transmission in multi-unit residential construction, product defect litigation, insurance coverage disputes, and personal injury claims related to construction sites. Matt’s clients have included builders, contractors, owners, and material suppliers.
DLA Piper US LLP (1999-2008)
Shear Newman Hahn & Rosenkranz (1997-1999)
- EBSCO Gulf Coast Development, Inc. v. Camilo K. Salas, III, as Trustee,
Case No. 3:15-CV-586 (N.D. Fla. Aug. 1, 2018)
(granting in part Motion for Summary Judgment regarding enforceability of repurchase rights and liquidated damages provisions in real estate sales contract and community’s governing documents related to buyer’s failure to timely commence construction of residence).
- EBSCO Gulf Coast Development, Inc. v. Tennant Land LLC,
Case No. 3:16-CV-153, 2017 WL 6947784 (N.D. Fla. Sept. 21, 2017)
(granting in part Motion for Summary Judgment regarding enforceability of liquidated damages provision in real estate sales contract based upon buyer’s failure to timely complete construction of residence)
- Christian Tennant Custom Homes of Florida, Inc. v. EBSCO Gulf Coast Development, Inc., et al,
Case No. 3:15-CV-585, 2017 WL 4102458 (N.D. Fla. Sept. 15, 2017)
(granting in part Motion for Summary Judgment regarding claims for tortious interference, breach of contract, breach of implied contract, and promissory estoppel)
- Willis of Florida, Inc. v. Alliant Insurance Services, Inc., et al.,
Case No. 16-CA-007824 (Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, Florida, Sept. 21, 2016)
(granting in part Motion for Temporary Injunction against former employee and his new employer regarding violation of non-competition agreement)
- DeSilva v. First Community Bank of America,
42 So. 3d 285 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010)
(reversal of appointment of receivership in mortgage foreclosure litigation)
- City of St. Petersburg v. Total Containment, Inc.,
265 F.R.D. 630 (S.D. Fla. 2010)
(denying motion for class certification in product liability action)
- Reddick v. Rosemary Beach Land Co.,
9 So. 3d 621 (Fla. 1st DCA 2009)
(per curiam affirmation of jury verdict in real estate development litigation)
- St. Fleurose v. Worldwide Dedicated Services, Inc.,
2007 WL 4287614 (M.D. Fla. 2007)
(setting aside recommendation of Magistrate and precluding plaintiff’s use of expert witnesses in personal injury action)
- Sandpiper Development and Construction, Inc. v. Rosemary Beach Land Co.,
907 So. 2d 684 (Fla. 1st DCA 2005)
(affirmation of summary judgment in real estate litigation)
- McIntosh Land Co. v. Fairfield Fletcher Ltd. Partnership,
2005 WL 2656577 (M.D. Fla. 2005)
(granting, in part, motion for summary judgment in real estate sale litigation)
- Mivan (Florida), Inc. v. Metric Constructors, Inc.,
857 So. 2d 901 (Fla. 5th DCA 2003)
(reversal of summary judgment in construction litigation)
Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement
Hillsborough County Bar Association & Florida Bar
J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court, Barrister
American Bar Association, Franchise and Construction Sections
Board of Fellows, University of Tampa