Matthew Swihart is an attorney and mediator with the Day Law Group, PC. Matthew’s practice currently focuses on business and commercial law, civil litigation, contracts, civil rights. He is also a neutral third party mediator.
Matthew earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing—Fiction, with honors, from the University of South Florida, where he was a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and a founding member of the writing group Writer’s Ink.
He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Goddard College. While there, Matthew served as Editor-in-Chief of the college’s student literary publication, The Pitkin Review.
Matthew received his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, ranked #1 in the nation for trial advocacy. During his time at Stetson, Matthew worked as a Teaching Fellow, Professor’s Assistant, and Legal Research & Writing Lab Instructor. He also served as an elected member of the Student Bar Association, Vice President of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a member of Phi Alpha Delta, a founding member of the Federalist Society and the Stetson Young Republicans, and a Judicial Intern with the 13th Judicial Circuit in Tampa, Florida. Continuing his life-long devotion to martial arts, Matthew also founded and instructed the Stetson Chito-Ryu Karate Class.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Matthew spent a decade working as a certified Crisis Counselor and Therapist. This background serves Matthew well both in mediations and in front of juries.
Matthew is a seasoned trial attorney, but is also a firm believer in allowing his clients to control the fate of their cases whenever possible through alternative dispute resolution. In Florida, Matthew was a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit-Civil Mediator, and he has successfully mediated a plethora of cases, from medical negligence to construction defect, from personal injury to contract disputes.