Matthew W. Allen
Defamation / First Amendment / Media
Personal Injury, Mass Torts, and Product Liability
White Collar Criminal Defense
Matthew W. Allen
Matt joined the Brunini Law Firm in 2005 and is a member of the firm’s litigation department and environmental law practice group. He has extensive experience litigating a range of matters in federal and state courts, including complex commercial, product liability, environmental, tax, public record, media, and constitutional disputes. He has also advised private entities, non-profits, and local governments on general business and regulatory matters. Before joining the Brunini Law Firm, he clerked for the Honorable William H. Barbour, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.
Matt has the highest peer review rating available by Martindale-Hubbell (AV), and in 2018 he was recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as one of Mississippi’s Leading Attorneys. Super Lawyers has recognized him since 2014 as one of the top business litigators in the Mid-South, and Best Lawyers in America has recognized him since 2016 in the areas of commercial litigation, mass tort litigation / class actions – defendants, personal injury litigation – defendants, and product liability litigation – defendants. For four consecutive years until he was 40, the American Society of Legal Advocates recognized him as one of the Top 40 under 40 litigators in the entire State of Mississippi.
Outside of professional duties, Matt has spent the last several years working towards a PhD in criminal justice. He is now working on his dissertation that explores obstacles to the implementation of criminal justice reform, and his research interests include criminological theory and policy. He dedicates time to Opera Mississippi as a Board member, the Mississippi Center for Public Policy as a Board Member, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, where he is a parishioner and current member of the Vestry. He is a graduate of both Leadership Mississippi and Leadership Greater Jackson. He is an avid runner and has run in numerous marathons and half-marathons. He and his wife, Megan, an evening news anchor, are the proud parents of a daughter, Hartley, and son, Thatcher.
- J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2004 (National Moot Court Team)
- Ph.D. Candidate, University of Southern Mississippi (dissertation in progress)
- M.B.A., Millsaps College, Else School of Management, 2001
- B.A., Mississippi State University, 2000 (Student Association President, finalist for Rhodes Scholarship)
- Mississippi (2004)
- United States District Courts of Mississippi (2004)
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2004)
- United States Supreme Court (2011)
Community & Professional Activities
- American Bar Association, Sections on Litigation and Environment, Energy and Resources Law (SEER)
- Past Chair of the Torts, Trials, & Insurance Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association
- Mississippi Bar Association, Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law (SONREEL)
- Past representative to the Young Lawyers Division of the Mississippi Bar
- National Institute of Trial Advocacy Graduate
- Air and Waste Management Association
- The Nature Conservancy
- Mississippi Center for Public Policy, Board of Directors
- Opera Mississippi, Board of Directors
- St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral, Vestry
- The Hundred Club (provides financial assistance to dependent widows and children of Jackson Police and Firemen and Hinds County Sheriff’s Officers)
- Graduate of Leadership Mississippi and Leadership Greater Jackson
- Service in the past on numerous boards of directors:
- Jackson Rotary Club
- New Stage Theatre
- Greater Jackson Arts Council
- Capital Club
- Mississippi State University Central Mississippi Alumni Association
- I.S. Sanders (Farish Street) YMCA
- Mississippi 30 Day Fund, Advisory Board of Directors (offering forgivable loans financed by private donations to small businesses of three to 30 employees in the wake of Covid-19)
Speeches & Publications
Speeches, Presentations, & Publications on Legal Topics
- Allen, M. (2020, September 20). Presidential Platforms for Environmental Law. Mississippi Business Journal. Located at https://msbusiness.com/2020/09/matt-allen-presidential-platforms-for-environmental-law/
- Allen, M. (2020, August 24). A Circuit Split on Title V Permits under the Clean Air Act. Located at https://www.brunini.com/a-circuit-split-on-title-v-permits-under-the-clean-air-act/
- Allen, M. (2020, April 2). Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order in Plain English. Located at https://www.brunini.com/statewide-shelter-in-place-order-in-plain-english/
- Allen, M., & Rice, A. (2019, February 15). Current cases pending before the United States Supreme Court, a presentation to Mississippi Center for Public Policy Liberty Luncheon.
- Allen, M. (2019, January 30). U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on civil asset forfeiture. The Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Located at https://www.mspolicy.org/u-s-supreme-court-to-weigh-in-on-civil-asset-forfeiture/
- Allen, M. (2018). Approximately fifteen radio appearances to discuss “Current issues facing the Hinds County Judiciary” in the summer and fall of 2018 on numerous shows hosted on 90.1 FM, 97.3 FM, 97.7 FM, and 103.5 FM.
- Allen, M. (2018, November 20). Current issues facing the Hinds County Judiciary, a presentation to the Phoenix Club, Jackson, Mississippi, November 20, 2018.
- Allen, M. (2018, June 26). Experiences in Civil and Criminal Litigation and Public Records Disputes, a presentation to the Jackson Legal Professionals Association.
- Allen, M. (2018, March 12). Current issues facing the Hinds County Judiciary, a presentation to the Lions Club of Jackson, Mississippi.
- Allen, M, & Howell, K. (2018, July). Red Hot Topics in Litigation: Arbitration, distributed at the 2008 Mississippi Bar Convention for continuing legal education.
- Allen, M. (2007, November). Covenants Not to Compete. Delta Business Journal.
- Assisted teaching Introduction to Criminal Justice Theory at the University of Southern Mississippi through numerous classes, 2017-2018.
- Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy, Mississippi College School of Law, 2014.
- Former high school mock trial coach for several years.
Speeches, Presentations, & Publications on Public Policy and Other Topics
- Allen, M. (2020, July 3). Our progress is proof the disintegrationists are wrong. The Mississippi Center for Public Policy. Located at https://mspolicy.org/our-progress-is-roof-the-disintegrationists-are-wrong/
- Allen, M. (2020, January 2). Violence in Jackson: Focus on what we can control. The Clarion-Ledger. Located at https://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/columnists/2020/01/07/violence-jackson-focus-what-we-can-control/2831826001/
- Allen, M. (2019, December 29). Jackson Churches Full of Good Folks Trying to Do Right. The Northside Sun. Located at https://www.northsidesun.com/news-columns-breaking-news/jackson-churches-full-good-folks-trying-do-right
- Allen, M. (2019, July). Answers to Questions Many Have (But Won’t Ask) About Recovery. Presentation to the 2019 Mississippi Bar Convention Summer School.
- Allen, M. (2019, March 10). Republicans, Democrats working together to reform Mississippi criminal justice system. The Clarion-Ledger. Located at https://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/columnists/2019/03/11/mississippi-republicans-democrats-reform-criminal-justice-system/3085710002/
- Allen, M. (2019, January 30). Big Brother is coming to town. The Northside Sun. Located at https://www.northsidesun.com/opinion-editorials-columns/big-brother-coming-town
- Allen, M., Gulledge, L., Hill, J., and Johnson, W. (2018, Sept. 14). Breaking In: Preliminary Results from a Program Evaluation of the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ Reentry Program, a presentation to the Southern Criminal Justice Association Annual Convention.
Honors & Awards
- Named one of Mississippi’s Leading Attorneys during the 2018 Mississippi Business Journal Leadership in Law Awards
- Best Lawyers in America®: Commercial Litigation, Product Liability – Defendants/Mass Torts Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants (2016 – present)
- Super Lawyers®: designated Top Rated in Business Litigation in the Mid-South (2014 – present)
- Super Lawyers®: named a Rising Star in Business Litigation in the Mid-South (2012 and 2013)
- The American Society of Legal Advocates: for five consecutive years recognized as one of the Top 40 under 40 litigation lawyers in the entire state of Mississippi (2013-2017)
- Benchmark Litigation: named one of twelve Future Litigation Stars in Mississippi (2012)
- Portico Jackson: named one of ten up-and-coming lawyers in metro Jackson (2011)
- Mississippi Business Journal: recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 in business professional (2011)
- Brunini Attorneys Recognized in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers
- Brunini’s Matt Allen was a contribution author to the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) recently released publication
- Brunini Law Firm Attorney Matt Allen presenting at the 29th Annual Southeastern Environmental Law and Regulation Conference
- Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit Board
- 17 Brunini Attorneys Named to 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- Matt Allen was recently published in the Mississippi Business Journal
- Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order in Plain English
- Brunini Recognized by Super Lawyers
- Brunini Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers
- MATT ALLEN RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF MISSISSIPPI’S LEADING ATTORNEYS BY THE MISSISSIPPI BUSINESS JOURNAL
- Brunini Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers
- 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers
- Twenty- seven honored by Best Lawyers® 2017, Four attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year”
- Brunini’s 2014 Super Lawyers
- Kaufman and Allen Obtain Summary Judgment in Fire Death Case