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Matthew Sowell


Matt Sowell

Matt is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who focuses his practice on medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury claims, partic­u­larly those where the client has suffered a stroke.  Matt is a national leader in stroke litigation, having served as the founding chairman of the Stroke Litigation Group of the largest organi­zation of trial attorneys in the United States.  Matt has also written for and made presen­ta­tions to trial lawyer groups on how to success­fully prosecute stroke cases.  Over his 30 years of practicing law, Matt has obtained numerous multi­million dollar verdicts and settle­ments for his clients on incredibly complex stroke cases.  He has handled stroke cases involving the following:

Strokes caused by:

  • Clots blocking arteries in the brain
  • Neck trauma during car wrecks
  • Medication errors causing reduced blood flow to the brain
  • Medication error causing clots to form in the brain
  • Venous throm­boemboli (DVT) traveling through the heart and onto the brain
  • Air embolism
  • Cardiac tamponade reducing blood flow to the brain
  • Misuse of surgical instru­ments
  • Birth trauma

Negli­gence of health care providers to prevent stroke:

  • Failure to inves­tigate and treat cause of pre-stroke Transient Ischemic Attack(s)
  • Failure to recognize or appre­ciate the warning signs of impending stroke
  • Failure to prescribe blood thinners and/or anti-platelet medicines
  • Failure to properly monitor patients on medicines known to cause stroke

Negli­gence of health care providers to properly treat a patient having a stroke:

  • Failure of Emergency Department to activate hospital’s Stroke Alert
  • Failure to timely give clot busting medicine to patient having a stroke
  • Failure to timely transfer a patient having a stroke to a Stroke Center
  • Failure of floor nurses to activate hospital’s Stroke Alert
  • Misdi­ag­nosis of the cause of stroke symptoms
  • Failure of code team to consult on-call neurol­ogist

Matt is a sixth gener­ation Floridian who has spent his entire career repre­senting clients harmed by profes­sional negli­gence or corporate misconduct. After earning a law degree from the University of Alabama, Matt spent two years researching banking law and creditor’s rights with the Dean of his law school. He then joined the commercial litigation department of a large Jacksonville law firm where Matt developed a special interest in prose­cuting profes­sional malpractice lawsuits.

Matt and his wife Sara are in their thirtieth year of marriage. Sara is an Advanced Regis­tered Nurse Practi­tioner who helps evaluate many of the medical malpractice cases Matt handles. They have two daughters, Megan and Rachel, who have achieved the athletic success that Matt never did. Megan attends law school at Florida State University having earned her under­graduate education at The Citadel where she was on the women’s volleyball team.  Rachel is on the rowing team at The University of Alabama.  Matt’s family is active at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.


Juris Doctor (1986). University of Alabama, School of Law.
Bachelor of Business Admin­is­tration, Economics and Finance (1983). Baylor University.


Sowell MW, Expert Analysis: When can stroke claims result in a malpractice action? Stroke: Challenges, Risks, and Liability Issues, Medical Law Perspec­tives, September 2016.

Sowell MW, Present the whole picture in stroke cases. Trial, Vol.51, No. 1, 16–23 (January 2015)

Sowell MW, Lovelady CL, Brogdon BG, Wecht CH. Infant Death Due to Air Embolism from Peripheral Venous Infusion, J. Forensic Sci. 2007 Jan; 52(1): 183–8.

Hansford VN, Sowell MW. Loan Partic­i­pa­tions and the UCC: The rights of secured and priority creditors when a bank fails, 106 Banking L.J. 62 (1989)


Current Trends in Stroke Litigation,” American Associ­ation for Justice, Stroke Litigation Group, Annual Convention, Palais des congrès, Montreal, Canada, July 2015

Identi­fying Merito­rious Stroke Cases,” American Associ­ation for Justice, Annual Convention, Baltimore, MD, July 2014

Avoiding Legal Malpractice” Paralegal Associ­ation of Florida, Spring Seminar, Jacksonville, FL, June 2014

0Board Certifications

Civil Trial, Florida Bar Board of Education and Special­ization
Medical Malpractice, American Board of Profes­sional Liability Attorneys


The Florida Bar
Alabama State Bar
American Associ­ation for Justice
Stroke Litigation Group (Chair 2013–2015)
Repub­lican Trial Lawyers Caucus
Florida Justice Associ­ation
American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Stroke Advocacy Network, National Stroke Associ­ation

Practice Areas

Stroke litigation; Medical Malpractice; catastrophic personal injuries; Wrongful Deaths; Dangerous Products; Nursing Home Abuse and Insurance Disputes.