Matthew J.


Matthew Gries is an accomplished and experienced tax attorney with a highly diverse skill set, who advises, solves problems and develops strategies for his clients on a wide variety of matters. He represents both corporate taxpayers and tax-exempt organizations, including universities, trade associations, supporting organizations, private foundations, and other religious, scientific, medical, charitable and educational organizations. 


His wide-ranging experience includes drafting and reviewing contracts, policies, and organizational and corporate governance documents; providing legal and tax compliance advice to his clients; litigating in several Courts of Appeals and the United States Tax Court; representing clients during Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Attorney General audits and investigations; handling and resolving administrative appeals with the IRS Office of Appeals; and representing clients before the IRS National Office in connection with exemption applications and requests for rulings and technical advice.

Before joining Sutherland, Matthew served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert R. Beezer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is currently a member of the bars of the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh, Sixth, Seventh and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. Matthew is a summa cum laude graduate of both the University of Notre Dame and Duke University School of Law, where he graduated first in his class.


Selected Experience

Awards and Rankings

Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America in the area of non-profit/charities law (2017)

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of tax controversy (2009-2011, 2015)

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of tax (2013-2016)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of tax law (2013-2017) and nonprofit/charities law (2017)

Professional Activities

Past Chair, Nonprofit Law Section, Georgia Bar
Member, Zoning Board of Appeals, City of Peachtree Corners, Georgia
Member, Board of Directors, Catholic Charities Atlanta
Member, American Bar Association Tax Section
Member, Gulf Coast Area TE/GE Council (Exempt Organizations)
Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
Past Member, Uniform Management of Institutional Funds Act Subcommittee, Fiduciary Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
Participant, 2015-2016 Atlanta Philanthropic Advisors Leadership Institute
Member, Finance Committee, Mary Our Queen Catholic Church
Past Member, Title I Steering Committee, Norcross High School

  • J.D., summa cum laude, Duke University School of Law, Managing Editor, Duke Law Journal, Order of the Coif, Willis Smith Award (highest grade point average in his graduating class)
  • B.B.A., summa cum laude, University of Notre Dame, Beta Gamma Sigma
Bar Admissions
  • Georgia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Honorable Robert R. Beezer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is an international law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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