Matthew P. Massey

Matthew concentrates his practice on white collar and complex commercial litigation. He represents clients in matters that include business disputes and derivative actions, federal criminal defense, health care fraud, internal investigations, professional malpractice litigation, regulatory proceedings, and construction litigation.

Before joining Beggs & Lane, Matthew served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia.  As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Matthew led hundreds of investigations and tried more than 20 cases to verdict.  His caseload included prosecutions involving felony major crimes, drug and gun interdictions, crimes against minors, fraud, and cyber-related crimes.  He received two Special Achievement Awards in recognition of his work at the Department of Justice.  Prior to working as a federal prosecutor, Matthew served as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Matthew is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Emory University School of Law, where he was Managing Editor of the Emory Law Journal. He is active in the Pensacola community and was recognized as a 2020 Pensacola Inweekly Rising Star.


Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA

  • Managing Editor, Emory Law Journal
  • J.D. (2012)
  • Dean’s Awards: Advanced Civil Trial Practice; International Commercial Arbitration
  • Judicial Externship: U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Division of Enforcement Extern: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

  • B.A. Economics (2009)
  • B.A. Psychology (2009)
Bar Membership
  • Florida (2018)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (2018)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (2018)
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (2018)
  • District of Columbia (2014)
  • Virginia (2013)
  • Maryland (2012)


Professional Associations
  • Navy League of the United States – Pensacola Council, JAG
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court, Pensacola Chapter
  • Rotary Club of Pensacola, 2020 Paul Harris Fellow
Representative Cases
  • Negotiated pre-arraignment dismissal of federal charge for theft of government property.
  • Represented client in forfeiture proceedings and money laundering charges brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.
  • Negotiated favorable AWC with FINRA’s Division of Enforcement for client accused of securities violations for allegations of trading away.
  • Litigated multi-party derivative action under Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act.  Successfully resolved matter such that clients retained control of all company assets, ownership, and real property.
  • Represented industrial pressure vessel manufacturer in multi-party products liability litigation in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
  • Successfully represented client before Florida’s First District Court of Appeals in appellate matter involving punitive damages in personal injury action.
  • Member of trial team in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that secured $1.4 billion in damages on behalf of family members of American hostage.
  • Member of trial team that won judgment following a jury trial in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida on behalf of U.S. Army veteran who brought claims under the Fair Housing Act.  Jury awarded both compensatory and punitive damages.
  • Represented business owner accused of money laundering and wire fraud by Department of Justice.
  • Representing industrial manufacturer of pipe coatings in multi-party litigation in federal district court.
  • Successfully served as bid protest counsel to emergency fuel services company during bid protest of FDOT government contract.


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