Attorney Matthew Healey
Mr. Healey joined the Workers’ Compensation Department at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2015. He is a Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers’ Compensation Law.
Mr. Healey received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, also graduating with honors.
While in law school, Mr. Healey was asked to clerk for several law firms. After graduating, he joined one of the largest corporate defense firms in NC, but in Healey’s words:
“I wasn’t very happy representing large corporations and insurance companies. I saw how people’s lives could be turned upside down by workplace injuries and wanted to represent those people rather than try to deny their benefits.”
Since that decision, his goal has been “to become the best workers’ compensation attorney in North Carolina and to get the best results for my clients that I can,” and he’s made great strides. He became a specialist in NC Workers’ Compensation Law in 2011, and prior to joining the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, Mr. Healey ran a workers’ compensation department at another NC firm.
He was selected to Best Lawyers in America’s* annual list of workers’ compensation lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. North Carolina Super Lawyers listed him as a “Rising Star” ** in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and a “Super Lawyer”*** in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Best Lawyers**** went a step further and named Mr. Healey as a workers’ compensation “Lawyer of the Year” for Raleigh in 2015 and 2017. However, at the end of the day, Mr. Healey says it’s all about the clients.
“My clients are hard-working people who just want to take care of their families. My job is to get them from that place of fear and anxiety to a place of security, where they have some economic stability and a plan for the future. One of my favorite expressions is ‘fiat justitia ruat caelum’ – Let justice be done though the heavens may fall.”
Mr. Healey is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the North Carolina Bar Association.
University of Georgia School of Law
2002 J.D. – magna cum laude
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
1995 B.A., Great Books – cum laude
Specialization: Workers' Compensation
Board of Legal Specialization, North Carolina State Bar
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
North Carolina Bar Association
* Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. For the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2017) nearly 55,000 leading attorneys cast more than 7.3 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
** To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. Rising Stars undergo a rigorous, multiphase process which combines peer nominations with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually on a state by state basis. While up to 5% of the lawyers in any state are named "Super Lawyers," by Super Lawyers magazine, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list.
*** Super Lawyers undergo a rigorous, multiphase process which combines peer nominations with third-party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made annually on a state-by-state basis.
**** Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant.
Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the exhaustive peer-review assessments conducted with thousands of leading lawyers each year. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.