J. Matthew Kirby


6060 Primacy Parkway, Suite 100 
Memphis, Tennessee 38119
Phone: 901-525-1455
Email: mkirby [at] harrisshelton [dot] com

Matthew’s calm demeanor permits a solution focused outlook, rather than a problem focused one.

Having represented health care providers for his entire career; he has handled a variety of legal matters for them, such as professional liability, workers’ compensation, insurance disputes, employment matters, contracts, and regulatory compliance, to name a few. The breadth of his experience is a benefit to his clients. For example, having handled hundreds of workers’ compensation cases, he developed his skill and comfort interacting with physicians.  As a result, over the past several years, Matthew has been retained by peers for the sole purpose of handling medical depositions and medical evidence. 

Beyond the courtroom, Matthew particularly enjoys assisting clients in making deals.  The adage that lawyers (particularly litigators) kill deals is not applicable to his practice. While his experience makes him uniquely suited to spot potential problems, his solution focused approach assists in overcoming those challenges and results in a better product.  

Matthew handles matters in the areas of professional malpractice (legal and medical), workers’ compensation, premises liability, employment and labor law (FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII), insurance coverage disputes, HIPAA compliance, and general tort litigation. In addition, Matthew advises clients on risk management issues generally and in the specific areas of HIPAA compliance, employment and labor issues. He regularly speaks to various organizations on topics including civil commitment laws, risk management, medical malpractice and workers’ compensation.

Matthew began working at Harris Shelton during law school and became a partner in 2009.

A native to the Memphis area, Matthew enjoys the outdoors, coaching youth sports, serving the community. He is a volunteer and supporter of the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Martindale Hubbell rating – AV® Preeminent™
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer, Rising Star
  • AVVO rating – Superb
  • American Inns of Court, former Associate Member
  • Memphis Bar Association, Member
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year 2019” – Workers' Compensation Law – Employers, Memphis


  • University of Memphis, J.D., 2001
  • Union University, B.A., 1998

Bar Admission

  • Tennessee, 2001
  • Arkansas, 2014 

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