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McGavin, Boyce, Bardot, Thorsen, & Katz, PC Tel: 703.385.1000
Fax: 703.385.1555
9990 Fairfax Boulevard, Suite 400
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
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Matthew A. Roberson


Fax: 703.385.1555


Matt Roberson is a principal at McGavin, Boyce, Bardot, Thorsen & Katz, P.C. After completing a judicial clerkship, he joined the firm in 2013. Matt is an experienced litigator, and has been first chair counsel at approximately 80 trials. His practice is primarily focused on civil defense for a range of tort claims. In addition, he routinely defends administrative matters before various licensing board in Virginia and the District of Columbia, primarily the Board of Medicine, the Board of Veterinary Medicine, and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. Matt is a zealous advocate and enjoys working to achieve positive results for his clients.

Matt has completed lengthy homestays with non-English speaking families in Costa Rica and Spain, and he directly enrolled at the University of Salamanca in Spain for a full semester in college. He remains proficient in Spanish such that he can comfortably converse with and assist Spanish speaking clients.

When he is not at the office or in court, Matt enjoys running, traveling, chess, and spending time with his wife and their foxhound mix, “Frasier.”

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  • University of Georgia (Honors College), B.A. International Affairs, Spanish, B.A., summa cum laude, 2008
    • Varsity Track & Field and Cross Country, Team Captain and Letterman
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2012
    • George Washington Mock Trial Board, Member
    • American Association for Justice Mock Trial Competition, Mid-Atlantic Region Finalist
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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
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  • Virginia Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Virginia Business Magazine - Virginia Legal Elite in Civil Litigation, 2021
  • Virginia Super Lawyers – General Personal Injury Defense, Rising Star, 2021
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Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Fairfax Bar Association; former board member of the Young Lawyers’ Section
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys; former Vice Chair and Chair of the Auto & Transportation Section
  • District of Columbia Defense Lawyers Association
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Representative Publications & Presentations

  • CLE Presentation: “Issues regarding the independent contractor versus employee distinction in Virginia civil litigation;” Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Annual Meeting; Norfolk, Virginia, October 4, 2019
  • Matthew A. Roberson, B. Patrick O’Grady, and Matthew Dwyer, Developments in Accident Reconstruction Evidence, 32 J. Civil Litig., Spring 2020, at 11-22.
  • Michael E. Thorsen, Andrew R. Alder, Mark D. Quist, and Matthew A. Roberson, Practical Considerations and Systemic Challenges under the Revised Virginia Code Section 38.2-2206, 29 J. Civil Litig., Spring 2017, at 37-45.
  • Melissa H. Katz & Matthew A. Roberson, Third-Party Observers Should Not Be Present at Rule 4:10 Medical Examination unless Plaintiff Can Prove Good Cause, 26 J. Civil Litig., Spring 2014, at 33-45.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury (plaintiff and defense)
  • Insurance Defense Litigation
  • Motor Vehicle Accident
  • Premises Liability
  • Veterinary Malpractice
  • Administrative Licensing Board Complaints and Investigation
  • Virginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act
  • Defamation
  • Business Torts
  • Contract Claims
  • Landlord Tenant Disputes