Burr & Forman

Matthew J. DeVries

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

District of Columbia



  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC 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
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law (2013-2022), Litigation - Construction (2021-2022)
  • Fellows of the Construction Lawyers Society of America (2017)
  • JD Supra's Readers' Choice Award Recipient (2016-2020)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, "Rising Star" (2011)
  • Engineering News-Record, "Top Up-and-Coming Leader Under 40," South Central Region, Construction Law (2011)
  • Nashville Business Journal, "Commercial Real Estate Most Valuable Player" Award in the Professional Services Category (2010)

Partner | Nashville, TN

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Commercial / Corporate Litigation Construction and Project Development Employment Litigation Labor & Employment

“My sole purpose as a lawyer is to tell my client’s story well. With a diligent and dynamic approach, I work closely with them to find the optimal way forward.”

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 and sports/entertainment presence in Tennessee. Matt sees himself as a hybrid attorney—a seasoned litigator who also spends a significant amount of time drafting contracts. While most of his experience lies in construction, a growing part of his practice involves representing artists and talent in the sports and entertainment industries. In this role, he provides guidance and experience in contract negotiations, insurance disputes, intellectual property matters, and general business litigation. Moving forward, Matt plans to balance both areas of law, leveraging his wide range of skill sets to serve his eclectic roster of clients.

Matt is as practical as he is effective for his clients. Seeing the practice of law as a vital way to help others, Matt creatively identifies every issue and defines the most beneficial outcomes. Anchored in truth, Matt enjoys the challenges that come with each new day, learning lessons from each case that he carries to the next client relationship. Setting expectations with his clients and building a mutually respectful rapport from the start, he proactively represents his client’s interests, empowering them to make the best decisions.

Matt is the founder of the construction-related blog www.bestpracticesconstructionlaw.com, which focuses on lessons learned, technology, project management, and legal trends in the construction industry. When he’s not at work, Matt spends time with his seven children and writes and produces a blog about family, work, and life balance at www.thesameasyou.com.

Matt earned his J.D. from the University of Richmond School of Law and his B.S. in Political Science from American University. 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).