Dr. Coglianese is a litigator practicing law in the areas of environmental, employment, construction and commercial litigation. Matt also serves as general counsel at a local manufacturing company, participating in and directing litigation. Prior to law school, Matt obtained a Ph.D. in Biology from Texas A&M University. His doctoral dissertation examined the sublethal biochemical effects of pollutional stress on two common Gulf of Mexico crustaceans.
As part of his environmental law practice, Dr. Coglianese has broad experience with a wide range of federal and state enforcement matters, focusing on Clean Water Act and wetlands issues, CERCLA and RCRA, as well as state and local environmental matters, including mold, toxic tort and construction defect litigation. Prior to entering the private practice of law, Dr. Coglianese served as an Assistant Regional Counsel with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Atlanta, Georgia. As senior attorney with a major Los Angeles-based petroleum company, he was responsible for managing numerous Superfund and state hazardous waste sites throughout the country. Dr. Coglianese has litigated numerous high profile Superfund cases, as well as complex litigation concerning the Florida Everglades. He has also been involved with issues related to the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, and published an article related to the incident.
Dr. Coglianese has written extensively on a variety of environmental and construction law topics, and has published in journals as well as books. He also lectures frequently on environmental topics. His professional achievement and subsequent peer recognition has earned him inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers 2014, an elite ranking that represents only 5 percent of all lawyers in the state. Matt also litigates, pro bono, for adolescent children in dependency court.