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Matthew Bryant’s practice focuses on eminent domain and land use issues, as well as business formation, business disputes, real estate litigation and commercial transactions.  Mr. Bryant was the lead attorney in the successful landmark North Carolina property rights case Kirby v. NCDOT that involved years of litigation, numerous appeals and ultimately concluded with over 500 settlements for clients across North Carolina totaling over $300,000,000.

Mr. Bryant is experienced in commercial litigation, and corporate / partnership management and control issues. As part of his representation, he advises owners, directors and shareholders on their rights and duties. He has successfully handled contentious shareholder disputes and corporate dissolutions.  He also handles the firm’s land use, debtor / creditor, employment and appellate matters.

Aside from the Kirbycase, Mr. Bryant has successfully argued numerous cases before the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals.  He argued and won O&M Industries v. Kurz, a case of first impression on North Carolina lien law before the North Carolina Supreme Court, successfully defending the client - lien holder’s large judgment.

Prior to law school, Mr. Bryant served in the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf and Japan, and as a systems analyst for the Department of the Navy’s ship construction command.

He has served on numerous local boards including the Winston-Salem Symphony, Bethesda Center for the Homeless, St. Paul’s Summer Enrichment program, Winston-Salem Theater Alliance, Triad Youth Lacrosse Association and as president of Winston-Salem Lacrosse.

Representative Cases:

§ Kirby v. N.C. DOT  368 N.C. 847 (2016)

§ Chappell v. N.C.DOT | 374 N.C. 273 (2020)

§ Town of Carrboro v. Slack 261 N.C. App. 525 (2018)

§ N.C. DOT v. Stimpson, 258 N.C. App. 382 (2018)

§ BSK Enters. v. Beroth Oil Co. 246 N.C. App. 1 (2016)

  • O & M Industries v.      Smith Engineering Co. 360 N.C. 263, 624 S.E.2d 345 (2006)

  • Beroth Oil Co. v. N.C.      DOT, 367 N.C. 333, 757 S.E.2d 466 (N.C. 2014)

  • Joyce Farms, LLC v. Van      Vooren Holdings, Inc., 756 S.E.2d 355, (N.C. Ct. App. 2014)

  • Beroth Oil Co. v.      Whiteheart 173 N.C.App. 89, 618 S.E.2d 739 (2005)

  • Nexsen Pruet, PLLC v.      Martin, 212 N.C. App. 680, 713 S.E.2d 130, (2011)

  • Business Communications,      Inc. v. KI Networks, Inc. 157 N.C.App. 710, 580 S.E.2d 77 (2003)

  • Hemric v. Groce 154      N.C.App. 393, 572 S.E.2d 254 (2002)

  • Hemric v. Groce 169      N.C.App. 69, 609 S.E.2d 276 (2005)

  • Cap Care Group, Inc. v.      McDonald 149 N.C.App. 817, 561 S.E.2d 578 (2002)

  • Bassett Seamless      Guttering, Inc. v. GutterGuard, LLC 2007 WL 2079714, *1 (2007)

  • B. Elliott Enterprise,      Inc. v. Mitchell 2007 WL 1119344, *1 (2007)


  • Wake Forest School of Law      – 1995

  • University of North      Carolina at Chapel Hill – 1985


  • North Carolina Court

  • U.S. Middle District of      North Carolina

  • U.S. Eastern District of      North Carolina

  • U.S. Western District of      North Carolina

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for      Fourth Circuit

“There is nothing more gratifying than helping your client get the right result”

Matthew Bryant

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