Q&A SESSION WITH ATTORNEY MATTHEW C. HINES
Attorney Matthew C. Hines founded the company in October of 2004. This was the date that he passed the bar exam and has maintained the practice ever since. Since then, The Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines has been helping Atlanta residents defend their rights in civil and personal matters.
Matthew C. Hines, ESQ.
WHAT IS YOUR TITLE AT THE FIRM?
I am the Founder and practicing for the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines.
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT?
I was in law school and was an undergrad at Clemson University. While in college and law school I worked for various attorneys and gained a fundamental understanding of the various areas of law.
WHAT IS YOUR LAW SCHOOL EDUCATION?
I went to Georgia State University and received my law degree as well as my masters in Business Administration.
WHAT AREAS OF THE LAW ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT?
I’m passionate about personal injury law, litigation and other types of trial work, criminal defense and family law. I find that those are some of the most important areas of law where people need help.
IS THAT WHAT YOU ENJOY ABOUT IT?
Yes it is. Taking an individual who is in a very difficult situation and empowering them with the law and with a good legal defense presentation is something I enjoy the most.
WHAT KIND OF CLIENTS DO YOU LOVE WORKING WITH THE MOST?
There’s no one particular type of client that i like the most. Any type of client that is need of legal assistance where they have a genuine issue. I enjoy stepping in to help. I’m not so concerned with the area of help, but more with the person.
WHICH CASE DID YOU FIND THE MOST REWARDING TO WORK ON?
There was a case that involved the wrongful arrest of some individuals by a corrupt sheriff and his lieutenant and that case was very exciting because it was one where there was very clear governmental abuse of power and we were able to do something about it and it felt good.
WHAT TYPES OF COMMUNITY-BASED EVENTS DID YOU EVER PARTICIPATE IN?
We’re active in a lot of different areas. There are some drug rehabilitation programs that we are involved with. Any type of human rights campaign, we support and participate in . There’s also a group called Applied Scholastics which helps children read and we are active in that also. We have an Atlanta elementary school where we give parents an alternative to home-schooling.
WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR FAMILY PLAY IN MAKING YOU GREAT AT WHAT YOU DO?
My family is very supportive of everything that i do. I have a wonderful wife and 2 wonderful sons. They support me with whatever. They give me the time I need and they are also ready to listen to me when I’m ready to complain about something
TELL ME ABOUT A CLIENT’S BAD EXPERIENCE THEY ENCOUNTERED WITH DEALING WITH ANOTHER ATTORNEY AND HOW WERE YOU ABLE TO OFFER THEM A BETTER EXPERIENCE?
Well the biggest complaint other clients have about a previous attorney is that they didn’t communicate with their client enough. Because the client is in a difficult spot, they’re wanting to know what’s happening and they want to know what the outcome is going to likely be. So they need communication from their attorney. But the attorney is usually too busy and doesn’t pay enough attention to their client and they get neglected. Our firm makes sure that everyone get spoken to and taken care of and that the individuals are aware of whats happening to the case. So that a legal situation which started out bad can turn out to be a very positive experience.
FINALLY, WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?
I enjoy the outdoors, specifically I enjoy hunting. I enjoy martial arts, working out, and any type of traveling that allows me to experience other types of culture.