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Matt Stevensj. matthew stephens

Litigation Partner 
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Mr. Stephens’ practice is devoted to handling employment disputes and ERISA subrogation matters on behalf of employers, plan fiduciaries, and third-party administrators throughout the United States. Mr. Stephens has litigated many ERISA subrogation lawsuits and Title VII discrimination lawsuits throughout the country. Before joining Russell & Oliver, Mr. Stephens served as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Frank Crawford of the Tennessee Court of Appeals and worked with one of the country’s largest labor and employment law firms.  He is a frequent speaker on ERISA, FEHBA, Medicare, and other health and disability subrogation topics. 


EDUCATION

The University of Memphis, J.D., 2001
• American Jurisprudence Awards in the General Litigation and Child Advocacy Clinics
• 1999 National Moot Court Team member
The University of Memphis, B.P.S., cum laude, 1998
State Technical Institute at Memphis, A.A.S., 1995


PUBLICATIONS

• Healthcare Subrogation Trilogy: Sorting Out the Three Cases Decided by the Supreme Court in 2006 in Order to Maximize Subrogation Recoveries in 2007 and Beyond Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Legal Affairs Bulletin, No. 974 (March 2007)

• Becoming the Best Healthcare Gunslinger in the Ninth Circuit Subrogator, National Association of Subrogation Professionals (Winter, 2006)


PUBLISHED DECISIONS

Moss v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am., No. 11-6017, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 17630 (6th Cir. Aug. 17, 2012).
Isabel v. City of Memphis
, 404 F. 3d 404 (6th Cir. 2005).
LeSuer v. HCA Inc., No. 09-35458, 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 17428 (9th Cir. Aug. 18, 2010).
CHS/Community Health Systems, Inc. v. Ledford, 204 F. Supp. 3d 983 (M.D. Tenn. 2016)
Kargarian v. AutoZoners, LLC, No. 3:12-CV-144-MOC-DSC, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143705 (W.D.N.C. Sept. 13, 2012).
Johnson v. AutoZone, Inc., 768 F. Supp. 2d 1124 (N.D. Ala. 2011).
Politron v. Worldwide Domestic Servs., LLC, 17 Wage & Hour Cas. 2d (BNA) 1175 (M.D. Tenn. 2011).
Moss v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am., 50 Employee Benefits Cas. (BNA) 1984 (W.D. Ky. 2011).


PRACTICE AREAS

• Employment Litigation
• ERISA Litigation
• Health Care Subrogation
• Disability Subrogation
• Overpayment Collection Litigation
• Benefit Claims Litigation
• Med-Pay Subrogation


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Reading Between the Telephone Lines National Other Party Liability Group
Phoenix, AZ – April 28, 2017

How to Win in Michigan National Other Party Liability Group
Asheville, NC - April 13, 2016

MONTANILE: A New Beginning or Just the Same Old Rule? National Telephone Conference Presented by Lawrence & Russell, PLC for Health Plan Subrogation Professionals
January 28, 2016

ERISA Subrogation A-Z National Other Party Liability Group
Arlington, VA - April 9, 2015

ERISA Subrogation A-Z: Protecting the Plan’s Lien When Not Intervening BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Lawyer’s Conference
Chattanooga, TN - May 16, 2014

Negotiation Techniques for the Health Plan Subrogation Professional: Knowledge is Power National Other Party Liability Group
San Diego, CA - April 9, 2013

Equitable Defenses: Not a Bed of Roses National Webinar Presented by Lawrence & Russell, PLC for Health and Disability Subrogation Professionals
November 6, 2012

American Subro: Negotiation Techniques National Other Party Liability Group
San Antonio, TX - May 3, 2012

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Lawyer’s Conference
Spring 2012

"The Top Ten Things to Know Before Calling a Member's Attorney" National Conference Call Presented by Lawrence & Russell, PLC for Health and Disability Subrogation Professionals
July 26, 2011

"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and COBRA Compliance" Guest Speaker, Webinar Sponsored by Lipscomb & Pitts
March 27, 2009

Subrogation Game Show Challenge National Other Party Liability Group
Denver, CO - April 29-May 2, 2008

The Best of the Best: The Top Ten Ways to be the Best In-House Subrogation and Reimbursement Unit in the Country National Other Party Liability Group
Portland, OR - April 18-20, 2007

ERISA Subrogation NASP Southern Chapter Meeting
Murfreesboro, TN - October 2006

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

• Memphis Bar Association
• National Association of Subrogation Professionals


ADMITTED

• United States Supreme Court
• Supreme Court of Tennessee
• United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
• United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
• United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
• United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
• United States District Court for the District of Colorado
• United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
• United States District Courtfor the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas