Burr & Forman

Matthew J. DeVries

Matthew J. DeVries
  • J.D., University of Richmond School of Law (1998)
  • B.S., Political Science, American University (1993)

Tennessee, Virginia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court – District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Virginia

  • AGC of Tennessee, Board Member
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law (2013-2018)
  • Engineering News-Record, "Top Up-and-Coming Leader Under 40," South Central Region, Construction Law (2011)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers®, "Rising Star" (2011)
  • Nashville Business Journal, "Commercial Real Estate Most Valuable Player" Award in the Professional Services Category (2010)
  • JD Supra’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award Recipient
  • Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (2017)

Partner | Nashville, TN

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Matt is Chair of the firm's Construction Law Practice Group. His focus is primarily on construction and business litigation, with a concentration on health care and transportation industries.

He represents contractors, subcontractors, design-builders, owners, developers and design professionals. Matt is the founder of www.bestpracticesconstructionlaw.com, a construction-related blog that focuses on lessons learned, technology, project management and legal trends in the construction industry.

After working more than 15 years as a construction attorney in Nashville and Washington, D.C, Matt joined Burr & Forman to lead the firm’s construction presence in Tennessee. Prior to entering private practice, Matt clerked for the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. He has also worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (NM), as well as participated in the U.S. Department of Justice’s summer honors program.

Matt and his wife, Courtney, homeschool their seven young children. In his spare time, Matt blogs about family, work and life balance at www.thesameasyou.com.