Matt is currently serving in his third year as a member of the Board and served as President during the 2018-19 school year.
In 1996, Matt graduated from University of South Florida in Tampa with a major in Political Science and a minor in Technical Writing. In 1999, Matt graduated, cum laude, from Florida State University, College of Law. He passed the Florida Bar during the February 2000 testing session and began work at the private law firm of Volpe, Bajalia, Wickes & Rogerson, in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2003, Matt moved his practice to Miami joining the then-mayor’s law firm, Diaz, O’Naughten and Borgognoni. In 2005, Matt was recruited to the law firm of Isicoff, Ragatz & Koenigsberg, where he was named a partner in 2007. Matt has a wide range of experience in civil litigation matters and regularly represents clients in the areas of Complex Commercial Litigation, Complex Hospital Litigation, Hospital Lien Matters, Consumer Protection Defense, Class Action Litigation and Restrictive Covenant Enforcement and Defense.
Matt grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and, as a young adult, participated in Boy Scouts earning the rank of Eagle. Matt is married to his wife of 12 years, Mirela Gataiantu Lines. Mirela grew up in Romania, where she lived under the brutal dictator, Ceausescu, until he was overthrown by the Romanian people in 1989. The demonstrations that led to the Romanian Revolution started in her home city of Timisoara. After the Revolution, Mirela left Romania, stayed for a brief time in Austria and was granted asylum in the United States. She became a U.S. Citizen in 2005. Matt and Mirela have three daughters, Catalina, Angelina and Nicoleta. Catalina and Angelina both started the German IS program as first graders at Sunset Elementary School.
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