Born and raised in Ohio, Matt Popp made his way to New Orleans by way of a basketball scholarship to Tulane University. During college Matt spent his summers working offshore as a deckhand on towing vessels moving rigs around the Gulf of Mexico, as well as in yards for towboat companies, gaining the practical experience of being a Jones Act seaman and longshoreman. Law school at Tulane immediately followed college, and his first job out of law school was as an assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish, where he gained considerable jury and bench trial experience.
Matt entered private practice and over the course of his career, has become a member of the state bars of Louisiana, New York, Florida, and Texas, as well as 14 federal district and appellate courts. He is trial ready, trial tested, but trial smart. Whether the case involves defending an insurance company, towboat company, dredging company, or any other marine industry or construction company, your defense attorney needs to be able to discern the cases in which your company truly has a defense versus the cases that should not be tried. Having knowledge of the judge or jury pool that will decide the case is paramount, and having tried cases in Louisiana, Texas, and Florida, Matt has the experience to best advise clients as to how to proceed, and how to save money, whether it be by settling a bad case early, and avoiding defense costs, or taking it to trial to not pay a ridiculous and exorbitant settlement demand.