It’s time to get to know the team! We sit down with attorneys and team members at PLG, to learn more about their interests, expertise, and goals. This month, we’re introducing our newest team member, Matt Osborn!
Matt Osborn (“Matt”) is a leading appellate and military law attorney with over 16 years of experience. Matt has dedicated his practice to the military community and focuses on federal and military cases. His primary practice areas are courts-martial appeals, Officer Grade Determinations (OGDs), Board for Corrections of Military/Naval Records (BCMR/BCNR) cases, security clearance reviews and appeals, Discharge Review Boards (DRBs), and the preparation and correction of military pension orders.
PLG: Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
Matt: I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the middle of Roll Tide country. My activities in high school mainly centered on sports: football, soccer, and tennis. After growing up in the same town for my entire childhood, I was ready to go away for college and chose Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There on an Air Force ROTC Scholarship, I graduated with a degree in Mathematics and became a Bengal Tiger for life. I then returned home to Tuscaloosa to attend the University of Alabama School of Law.
What is your role at Patriots Law Group, and what do you do?
I am an appellate and military law attorney. At PLG, I focus on federal and military cases, with a primary focus on courts-martial appeals, Officer Grade Determinations (OGDs), Board for Corrections of Military/Naval Records (BCMR/BCNR) cases, security clearance reviews and appeals, Discharge Review Boards (DRBs), and the preparation and correction of military pension orders.
How did you know you wanted to be a lawyer?
Growing up, my favorite television show was Law & Order—not Criminal Intent or the multiple other spin-offs, but the original. Then, when I was in 10th grade, OJ Simpson was arrested for murder and my fascination with the criminal justice system was set. I remember where I was when the news broke of the murders, where I was during the car chase. I spent the summer after 10th grade glued to the television and the trial, and even checked out of school that fall and went home to watch the verdict.
What has been your proudest victory to date in your legal career?
In 2016 and 2017, I worked a series of cases alleging that a military Colonel terminated his position as a military officer and a military appellate judge by accepting a Presidential appointment to become an appellate judge on the United States Court of Military Commission Review. Representing the United States government in those cases, I argued before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces that no such termination occurred. Those cases were eventually heard before the Supreme Court of the United States, where the Solicitor General’s office adopted my arguments and resulted in a consensus opinion affirming our position.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my downtime, I am either reading, writing, or spending time with my wife, children, and family. My wife Kerrie and I live on the Gulf Coast with our two youngest children, our basset hound (Chief), and our cat (Lando). Our oldest child lives with her husband in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. When not working, you will likely find me and the family near sand, water, or both, or watching LSU play whatever sport is currently in season.
What is your greatest inspiration today?
My wife and children. My wife works as a special education administrator from home and is dedicated to children with special needs. My two youngest attend virtual schools—one is an aspiring artist and writer, while the other is focused on becoming the next great placekicker. My oldest is a professional photographer in Baton Rouge who shoots various sporting events around the area, including LSU games. You’ve likely seen her pictures of Joe Burrow floating around the internet the last few months.
Stay tuned for more “Meet the Team” interviews, coming soon!