Matt Harbin

“I enjoy being able to practice law while helping people fight for the medical care and disability benefits to which they may be entitled.”

- Matt Harbin


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North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist – Workers’ Compensation Law

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NCAJ Order of Service Award Recipient, 2017- 2019

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Named to “Best Lawyers”4 list for Workers’ Comp by Best Lawyers, 2021 – 2024

Attorney Matt Harbin (Partner)

Matt Harbin joined the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2003 and became a Partner with the firm in 2008. He has spent more than twenty years fighting for the rights of injured workers throughout North Carolina, and he is a tireless and empathetic advocate.

“My family has a strong tradition of serving the community.”

Matt grew up in Delaware surrounded by a large extended family in a community where people looked after each other. His father, a public school teacher, and his mother, an assistant director of a senior center, instilled in their three children a service orientation towards others that would later guide Matt in his career choice.

An Affinity for Helping Injured Workers

Industrious and independent, Matt left Delaware and moved to Charlotte, where he worked for a year before enrolling in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As an undergrad, he joined a pre-law society group and was introduced to his future career path.

He also met lifelong friends who would go on to practice law throughout the state. The group met regularly with practicing attorneys and even travelled to DC to have audiences with legal dignitaries, such as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and Senator Bob Dole.

After earning his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Matt accepted a position with a Raleigh firm and handled criminal, employment, and workers’ compensation cases. Next, he worked at the North Carolina Industrial Commission (the agency in charge of workers’ comp in N.C.) as a Special Deputy Commissioner, where he learned the ins-and-outs of the workers’ compensation system.

While he always maintained the impartiality required of the position, Matt recognized that his sympathies often laid with the injured workers. In 2003, he decided to put himself in a position where he could work directly with these individuals, and he interviewed with the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin.

“I enjoy having the opportunity to help people.”

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Matt loves his job. He knew from a young age that he wanted to help others, and as a workers’ comp lawyer, he has the opportunity to solve many people’s problems. He also learns new things daily – about medical conditions and employment issues – and this combination of learning and advocacy suits him well.

Since joining the firm, Matt has become a rare North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law and a member of the American Association for Justice, the Workplace Injury Litigation Group, and North Carolina Advocates for Justice, which honored Matt with an Order of Service award in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Matt was also named to the Best Lawyers in America “Best Lawyers”4 list for Workers’ Compensation law from 2021-2024.

At Home in Greensboro

Matt and his wife live in Greensboro and have two daughters and a son. His wife’s parents live nearby, and his children grew up, as he did, surrounded by family. In his spare time, Matt enjoys sharing his legal knowledge and experience with aspiring students as a volunteer mock trial advisor at Grimsley High School and walking with his family in their neighborhood.

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Licensed In

  • North Carolina

Practice Area


  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Order of Service award: 2017, 2018, 2019
  • “Best Lawyers”4 for Workers’ Compensation Law – Claimants by Best Lawyers in America, 2021 – 2024


  • 10th Judicial District Bar Association
  • 16th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization of the North Carolina State Bar
  • American Association for Justice
  • Workplace Injury Litigation Group
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Workers’ Compensation Section Liaison, Industrial Commission

Admitted to Practice

  • US District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

Community & Civic Involvement

  • Mock Trial Advisor, Grimsley High School

Law School

University of North Carolina School of Law
Chapel Hill, NC
2000, J.D.

  • Moot Court


University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
1997, B.A. in History and Philosophy (double major), cum laude


Board Certified Specialist, NC State Bar, WC

Workers’ Compensation
Board of Legal Specialization, North Carolina State Bar

five star review badge Workers’ Comp Client, Google Review1
I want to thank everybody who worked on my case at James Scott Farrin.
I would recommend them to anybody that was ever looking for a lawyer, and I definitely would use them again.
five star review badge Former Workers’ Compensation Client, Online Google Review
I love JSF!
I love JSF! They were so helpful and respectful. … Jennifer and Matt made everything so easy for me. I got my weekly checks and got to see a knee specialist.1 They took all of the stress … and made my case very easy. THANK YOU! 1

For legal reasons and client confidentiality, reviews have been slightly edited to remove identifying information and correct typos.