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Matthew Haynes has a state-wide reputation as a successful trial lawyer. Mr. Haynes has tried numerous cases involving wrongful death; automobile negligencepremises liability, negligent security; uninsured motorist coverage; employment discrimination; civil RICO violations; First Amendment violations; “whistle-blower” violations; and, breaches of fiduciary duty, cases to verdict. Before joining Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey, and Fronrath, he was frequently retained as co-counsel by firms throughout Florida to assist them in presenting cases to juries.

Matthew E. Haynes is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Civil Trial Litigation. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Out of more than 80,000 attorneys in Florida, only around 1,100 are Board Certified in Civil Trial Law.

In addition to his active litigation practice, Mr. Haynes has been retained to testify as an expert witness in the field of bad faith litigation and attorneys’ fees. Furthermore, Mr. Haynes has been selected as an arbitrator by other attorneys to determine the value of cases.

Mr. Haynes has lectured on the topic of trial practice, both in Florida and internationally. Mr. Haynes was invited to lecture at Peking University School of Law in Beijing, China on the role of jury trials in the civil justice system. While there, he was one of the first Americans ever invited to observe a civil jury trial in China.

Mr. Haynes was also invited by the United States Navy to participate in its “Leaders to the Sea” program. Through this program, the Navy identifies and invites key leaders throughout the country to personally experience life at sea on a warship. After selection, Mr. Haynes was flown by helicopter to a Guided Missile Destroyer at sea. There, he spent the day with the Captain and crew before boarding the helicopter for the return flight.

Mr. Haynes is also active in the community. He and his family combine their love for the ocean and respect for the environment by cleaning and maintaining local coral reefs. Working together with a local SCUBA diving club, his family won a local competition to gather the most trash from a local reef.

Mr. Haynes was born on Long Island, New York. His family moved to Jupiter, Florida in 1980. Mr. Haynes graduated from Jupiter High School.  Matt has 3 sons: Matthew Edward; Samuel Raymond; and Joseph Patrick. The family enjoys SCUBA diving, fishing, and baseball. Call us to get in touch with Mr. Haynes.

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  • Florida State University: BS in Accounting, 1990.
  • Stetson University College of Law, Cum Laude, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1993
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2008
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2011

Awards and Honors

  • The Florida Bar – Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney
  • Legends Top Lawyers – Plaintiff’s Personal Injury: 2009, 2010, 2011.
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award (Real Property)
  • Recipient of Law I, Law II, and Law III Academic Scholarships.

Published Works

  • Stetson Law Review: “Exculpatory Clauses and Indemnity Agreements Against One’s Own Negligence”

Professional Memberships

  • Florida Justice Association
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association

Featured Reviews

My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Matt Haynes of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey and Fronrath. I can’t say enough nice things about him. He was always available to answer all of our questions and was prompt, professional and courteous. He worked with us closely and guided us as to what actions to take and when. He is extremely knowledgeable with personal injury lawsuits and everything he told us would happen, in fact, did! We are very satisfied with our settlement and give him the highest possible rating.

- Roger S.September 17, 2020

Everyone at the Law Firm has been fantastic, supportive and full of good information. Mr. Haynes and Lisa worked diligently to handle my issues with professionalism. My expectations were set accordingly and Thank You for your representation during a very stressful time period of my life.

- P. ReisigerJanuary 28, 2020

Matthew Haynes represented me in a car accident case. He did a great job and (unlike most lawyers) he actually fought for me through a trial and cared. We won the case and I have no doubt it was entirely because he was representing me. He took the time to talk with me and go over every last detail. I highly recommend him to help you get through any legal issues you may have.

- Susan S.June 20, 2019

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