Contact Information:
Matthew J. Gilligan 
Hall, Arbery, Gilligan,
Roberts & Shanlever LLP

3340 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 1900
Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Phone: 404-537-5525
Fax: 404-537-5555

University of Georgia School of Law (J.D., 1994)
U.S. Military Academy (West Point) (B.S., 1987)
U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School (LL.M., 1999)

Admitted to Practice:
U.S. Supreme Court
4th Circuit Court of Appeals
11th Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Military Appeals
U.S. District Court (N.D. Ga.)
U.S. District Court (M.D. Ga.)

Matthew J. Gilligan, Partner

Matt Gilligan’s practice focuses exclusively on employment law and litigation. He has successfully defended clients in all types of employment-related litigation, regularly counsels employers on compliance with employment laws, and has extensive experience defending employers in government investigations, including state and federal OSHA investigations and U.S. DOL wage and hour audits.

Before founding Hall, Arbery, Gilligan, Roberts & Shanlever LLP, Matt was a Partner at Alston & Bird LLP (a national Am Law 100 firm), where he practiced for 9 years. He is recognized by SuperLawyers® as a “Georgia Super Lawyer” (employment law), by Best Lawyers in America® (employment law), Best Lawyers in Georgia, and by Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite.”

Matt is a frequent lecturer on employment law and related human resources topics, and he has published articles on employment law and other legal topics in The National Law Journal, Benefits Law Journal, Occupational Safety & Health, Georgia Law Review, Military Law Review, Public Safety Labor News, The Army Lawyer, Pulp & Paper Association Quarterly Review, and The Officer. He has been quoted on employment law topics in FORTUNE magazine,, FORTUNE Small Business,, Employment360, BNA’s Workforce Strategies, Thompson’s FMLA Handbook, and Thompson’s Leave & Disability Coordination Handbook.

Matt is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), where he was a Distinguished Cadet (top 5 percent). He received his J.D. from University of Georgia School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Georgia Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He earned a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, where he was Honor Graduate. Matt attended boarding school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

Matt is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (JAG Corps). He served 14 years on active duty and 8 in the Army Reserves, first in the combat arms (Infantry) and then as a Judge Advocate in various positions, including litigation attorney and criminal prosecutor in military courts-martial. Matt is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, he was awarded the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and was an Airborne- and Air Assault-qualified U.S. Army Ranger.

Matt coaches youth Lacrosse in Milton, Georgia.  He is a member of Roswell Presbyterian Church.

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