Matthew L. Wilson


Matthew L. Wilson is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer.  This distinction places Mr. Wilson in the top 1% of all attorneys in Florida with respect to civil trial expertise.  Board Certification is the only criteria sanctioned by the Florida Bar to recognize experts in the field of Civil Trial Law and only those lawyers who are Board Certified can hold themselves out as experts or specialists in the field of Civil Trial Law.

Mr. Wilson is a former prosecutor, having worked in Pinellas County for the Office of Bernie McCabe from 1996-2003.   While there, Mr. Wilson advocated strongly in numerous cases on behalf of those too fragile or infirm to defend themselves.  His work continued in the private sector after leaving the State Attorney’s office, working at the Tampa law firm of Williams Schifino Mangione & Steady (“Williams Schifino”), where current Florida Bar President William J. Schifino, Jr. was the managing partner.  While at Williams Schifino, Mr. Wilson developed a clear desire to help those who could not help themselves and co-counseled several significant civil cases on behalf of plaintiffs with allegations ranging from sexual abuse of the disabled to civil rights claims against local and federal governmental entities.

Mr. Wilson left Williams Schifino in 2011 to work full-time advocating for Plaintiffs at the law firm of Marshall Thomas Burnett (“MTB”).  After trying 15 cases at MTB in a 24-month period (with all but one of those cases being co-counseled with Joshua Burnett or Lee Reeder), Mr. Wilson partnered with Mr. Burnett and Mr. Reeder in 2015 to open the law firm of Burnett Wilson Reeder (“BWR”).  Since its inception, BWR’s number one priority has been and continues to be to help those who have been harmed due to the wrongdoing of others.  Mr. Wilson considers victims of elder abuse to be one of the most precious groups of citizens in need of protection.

Mr. Wilson is also an AV Preeminent-rated lawyer and has tried nearly 100 trials to verdict.  The son of U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas G. Wilson, Mr. Wilson was born and raised in Tampa having graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1989.  Mr. Wilson graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1996 alongside Mr. Burnett and has been fortunate to work with Mr. Burnett and Joshua Zudar since 2011 and Mr. Reeder since 2013.