Matthew Tiffany was born and raised in the town of Snellville, Georgia.
He attended the University of Georgia for undergraduate and attended the University of Florida for Law School.
While attending the University of Florida Matthew quickly understood the importance of gaining practical real world experience in the legal profession and learned the value of sitting down face to face with persons in need of legal counsel and listening. He devoted hours to working as an intern with the University Legal Assistance Program and with the Seventh Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office, eventually receiving an award from the University for dedication to providing free pro bono legal services.
Upon graduating from the University of Florida, Matthew started his legal career as a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office in Orlando, Florida. He spent six years as a prosecutor, sometimes carrying hundreds of open cases at any given time, and dedicated two years to prosecuting crimes against children and crimes involving sexually based offenses. He had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of persons victimized by crime and was tasked with the difficult decision of whether to pursue a criminal case. In addition to prosecuting criminal case, he also worked with the post conviction division, ensuring that persons who were convicted of a crime had not been wrongly deprived of their constitutional rights and determining whether those persons might be entitled to a new trial or new hearing. Matthew brought over seventy jury trials to verdict as lead counsel, obtaining convictions in a majority of those cases. None of the cases Matthew tried as lead counsel were overturned on appeal and every conviction he obtained was upheld by the appellate courts.
After leaving the State Attorney’s Office Matthew practiced first party property litigation with firms that represented insurance companies. He litigated case involving wind damage to roofs due to hurricanes, water damage to bathrooms and kitchens from pluming ruptures, cracked floors and foundations from sinkholes and a variety of other property cases involving fire, mold, theft and floods. After dealing with insurance companies for several years, Matthew returned to working on behalf of persons in need of help to overcome legal impediments and obtain benefits and exercise rights to which they are entitled.
University of Florida, Levin College of Law
University of Georgia