Headshot of Civil Litigation Attorney Matthew Costa with McCandlish Holton, PC in Richmond, Virginia

Matthew J. Costa

MCosta@lawmh.com      Matt’s vCard

P/F: (804) 775-3882

Practice Areas

Civil Litigation

Premises liability, personal injury, transportation/trucking,  ADR and mediation.


  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S., Real Estate & Urban Land Development, cum laude, 2008


  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Matt is Of Counsel in the Litigation practice group.

Matt is a dedicated civil litigator who has served as lead counsel in over seven hundred civil cases and over one hundred more as second chair. 

Prior to joining McCandlish Holton, Matt practiced law as both outside and in-house counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. He was a certified Member of the Liberty Mutual High Impact Unit, designating him to operate as lead attorney for significant cases. In addition to his work as an attorney, Matt also drafted the Virginia Exemplar, a template for claims adjusters and new attorneys handling claims in Virginia, has written on the rules of social media research in the voir dire process, and was a member of the Continuous Process Improvement Committee.

While earning his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, Matt served in a clinical placement with the Richmond Public Defender Office where he represented criminal defendants through trial. He also served as president of the University of Richmond School of Law Virginia Bar Association Law School Council, leading the organization to win the Attorney General’s Cup in each of the two years he served.

Originally from Newport News, Virginia, Matt moved to the Richmond area for college and law school and has been in Richmond ever since.  During his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and two beautiful daughters, golfing, grilling, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills. 

Representative Outcomes:

  • Defense verdict in a personal injury claim brought by a bicyclist against commercial courier.
  • Defense verdict in a dog bite case wherein Defendant passed away prior to suit being filed and the only witness to the incident was Plaintiff.
  • Defense verdict in seven minutes in suit alleging employee of hotel chain ran over Plaintiff’s foot in parking lot.
  • Successfully argued motion to strike in case involving alleged foreign object in meal against national restaurant chain, resulting in case dismissal.
  • Successfully argued motion to strike in auto case wherein his client’s vehicle rear-ended Plaintiff’s vehicle, resulting in case dismissal.
  • Defense verdict in auto case wherein his client, who was deceased at the time of trial, was alleged to have caused an accident and fled the scene.
  • Successfully presented statute of limitations defense in case against restaurant with claimed medical bills exceeding $200,000, resulting in dismissal of the case against the restaurant.


  • Virginia State Bar
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Pro Bono work includes assisting veterans to obtain medical benefits for cancer treatment; step-parent adoption; and, procuring short and long-term social security disability benefits.