Matthew C. Billips

Matthew C. Billips


Attorney Matthew Billips was born in Abingdon, Virginia and inherited a strong affinity for public education and employee rights from his parents, both of whom were educators in Tennessee.  His support for labor and the rights of workers goes back even further, as his paternal grandfather was a union steward in the West Virginia coal mines.

Matthew started his 25-year career with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. He subsequently served as General Counsel for the Georgia Association of Educators. Since 1994, he has been in private practice.

Matthew has represented hundreds of individuals in employment discrimination, civil rights, education and personal injury cases. As counsel for the plaintiffs, Matthew has won numerous out-of-court settlements in a class action and collective action discrimination, overtime and education claims — including many cases brought by police officers and educators.

Because of his reputation in the practice area, Matthew is often called upon by other attorneys to serve as trial counsel in their cases and to lecture at continuing legal education courses on employment law issues. For several years, his peers selected him as a Super Lawyer in the field of employment law — a designation given to attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Bar admissions

  • Tennessee, 1988
  • Georgia, 1989


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1988
  • University of Tennessee, B.A., Philosophy, 1985

Professional memberships and affiliations