Matt Couch practices in the firm’s commercial and general litigation groups. His practice areas include transportation law, with a focus on railroad personal injury claims and regulatory compliance, employment law, and business law. He also handles corporate transactional matters, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation and governance, and contract review.
Matt has in-depth knowledge of and experience litigating a myriad of issues involving railroad and transportation law, alleged toxic exposure, general personal injury, automobile negligence, property damage, medical malpractice, and regulatory enforcement and compliance. In particular, Matt’s experience includes representing national and regional transportation entities at the trial and appellate levels. He has litigated claims arising under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, Locomotive Inspection Act, Federal Safety Appliance Act, Railway Labor Act, Federal Railroad Safety Act, Railroad Retirement Tax Act, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act, and related federal and state statutes and regulations governing common carriers.
A native of Pensacola, Matt earned his J.D., with honors, from Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2011. Following law school, Matt served as a law clerk to Judge Sharon L. Blackburn on the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama. After his clerkship, Matt built and solidified his reputation as a skilled litigator at a large Birmingham law firm, where he represented local and national clients in a wide array of legal matters. Missing family, friends, and the Gulf Coast, Matt and his wife Mary Ann decided to move their growing family back home to Pensacola in 2019. Matt is excited to bring his legal skills to the Northwest Florida and Coastal Alabama regions.
Matt is dedicated to working tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for the clients he represents. His legal knowledge, tenacity, and engaging personality help him to effectively advocate for his clients both in and out of the courtroom. As an avid distance runner, Matt understands that hard work and persistence are necessary to achieve desired results. He applies that same approach to his legal practice.
Matt is licensed to practice law in Florida and Alabama.
- Eagle Scout
- Scholar of Merit (highest grade) Pre-Trial Practice
- Scholar of Merit (highest grade) Scientific Evidence
- Scholar of Merit (highest grade) Legal Writing
- Scholar of Merit (highest grade) Media Law
- Academic Scholarship – Cumberland School of Law
- National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
- Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
- Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc. v. Gorka – a Roadmap for Amending Alabama’s Version of Federal Rule 68?, 34 AM. J. TRIAL ADVOC. 377.
Areas of Practice
- Employment Law
- Civil Litigation
- J.D., Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, cum laude
- B.A., Appalachian State University, magna cum laude
Admittance to Practice