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Matthew Lee Harris

  • Attorney


Ridgeland, MS




Matthew Harris concentrates his practice in the defense of civil litigation matters, primary including personal injury claims, medical malpractice, business/commercial disputes, "bad faith" claims, and contract law. His clients have included physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities, dentists, advanced practice nurses, and many other allied healthcare professionals.. He also defends tort claims filed against the State of Mississippi, and has defended numerous state agencies including the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the Mississippi Department of Safety, and the Mississippi Forestry Commission.

Matthew aggressively litigates his cases from the moment suit is filed. He develops an early understanding and analysis of his clients' potential liability, then works with the client to determine the best and most cost-effective strategy to resolve the lawsuit. Mr. Harris has a proven record of obtaining dismissal in favor of his clients early in litigation and has also obtained numerous defense verdicts in cases where his clients faced considerable exposure. Matthew is a member of the Mississippi and Tennessee Bar Associations, the Capitol Area Bar Association, the Litigation Section of the Mississippi Bar Association, and was chosen to be a member of the Mississippi Bar's Professionalism Committee.

Matthew lives in Jackson with his daughter, Madeline, and twin sons, Walker and Reed. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice 75%
  • General Negligence and Business Disputes 15%
  • Contract Negotiations & Litigation 10%

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2011
  • Tennessee, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Mississippi, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi, 2015
  • Tribal Court of Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, 2016


  • Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi
    • J.D.
  • Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee
    • B.S. - 2008
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • Best Paper, Global Issues in Corporate Law, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mississippi Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Capitol Area Bar Association


  • English


  • Sigma Chi