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Matthew E. Lee

Matthew E. Lee


Whitfield Bryson & Mason LLP
900 W. Morgan Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

work Main Telephone: 919-600-5000
pref Direct Telephone: 919-600-5005
fax Fax: 919-600-5035
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Matt is a partner at WBM and, for the last 10 years, has focused his practice on fighting for people who need help. Too often, a large corporation will run roughshod over the rights of individuals and homeowners who look up one day to find the deck stacked against them with nowhere to turn. Matt takes great pride in being part of a firm that's committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with its clients to fight and win these battles against what sometimes seem like impossible odds. Matt handles complex litigation, primarily construction defect, product liability, business disputes, and wrongful death cases, and has secured substantial verdicts and settlements in a variety of matters, including multi-million dollar verdicts for homeowners associations in construction defect litigation and large settlements in wrongful death and product liability cases. Matt was recently appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in Multi-District Litigation No. 2688 In Re: Windsor Wood Clad Window Products Liability Litigation. 

Matt earned his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 2006 and his Bachelor of Arts from The Catholic University of America, cum laude, in 2001. While at Wake Forest, Matt was the 2005 Zeliff Trial Competition Champion, a regional finalist at the 2006 American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trial Advocacy Competition, the AAJ Student Chapter President, and was selected as a member of the Order of Barristers. Matt is a graduate of Leadership Raleigh 25 with the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trial Advocacy Competition in Raleigh, NC. 

Practice highlights

  • Secured several confidential seven-figure settlements in commercial and residential construction defect disputes
  • February 2013: Won a $1.39 million verdict after a three week jury trial in Madisonville, Kentucky on behalf of a church and a business against two coal companies for causing subsidence to their properties  
  • June 2012: Won a verdict and judgment of over $3 million after a three week jury trial in Wilmington, North Carolina involving a contractor's defective construction of marine bulkhead 
  • February 2011: Won a verdict and judgment in excess of $3.5 million after a two week jury trial involving developer’s deceptive advertising and shoddy construction of subdivision roads in the mountains of Western North Carolina
  • Pro bono service with Legal Aid of North Carolina and the NC Bar Association’s Lawyer on the Line project helping ensure access to justice for low-income families
  • Named to the Super Lawyers' Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in North Carolina for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Business North Carolina Legal Elite for 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Co-Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition Raleigh Regional from 2012 - present

Speaking Engagements 

  • Speaker, "12 Angry Men (and Women)," North Carolina Bar Association, 2016 NC Construction Law Section Annual Meeting, New Bern, NC, September 30 - October 1, 2016
  • Speaker, "Construction Defect Litigation for Paralegals," 2015 Raleigh-Wake Paralegal Association Annual Seminar, Raleigh, NC, October 9, 2015
  • Speaker, "Insurance: Covered v. Uncovered" and "Construction Case Law Update," National Business Institute, Construction Defect Litigation from A to Z CLE Seminar, Raleigh, NC, May 18, 2015
  • Co-speaker, "Using Forensic Engineering Information in Litigation," HalfMoon Seminars, Structural Forensic Engineering Seminar, Chapel Hill, NC, October 21, 2014
  • Co-speaker, "Nuts and Bolts of Trying a Construction Defect Case," North Carolina Bar Association, 2013 NC/SC Construction Law Sections Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, September 27-28, 2013 

Selected Papers

  • 12 Angry Men (and Women)
  • Insurance: Covered v. Uncovered
  • Using Forensic Engineering Information in Litigation
  • Nuts and Bolts of Trying a Construction Defect Case

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • Admitted pro hac vice in many states around the country

You can reach Matt at 919-600-5005 or by emailing him at matt@wbmllp.com