Boyd & Jenerette is pleased to welcome Attorneys Matthew Cavender and Walker Berry to the firm.
Matthew D. Cavender joined the firm in August 2022 and is a senior associate with the Appellate Practice division, working remotely from Melbourne.
A New Jersey native, Matt graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from New York City’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2006. After teaching high school for a year, he moved to South Carolina to attend law school. He graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2010. While in law school, he served as a Research Editor for the South Carolina Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court Bar. He was also a member of the Order of the Wig and Robe, Order of the Coif, and Federalist Society.
After law school, Matt practiced for three years with a civil litigation firm in Beaufort, South Carolina, handling a range of matters, including personal injury, construction defects, insurance coverage, bad faith, governmental liability, and § 1983 litigation. In addition to his day-to-day litigation practice, he briefed numerous cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, South Carolina Supreme Court, and South Carolina Court of Appeals.
In 2013, Matt left private practice to join the federal court system, serving as the career law clerk to the Honorable Terry L. Wooten, United States District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina. In that role, Matt gained extensive experience in all manner of federal litigation, both civil and criminal. Matt served in that role until he joined Boyd & Jenerette.
Matt is admitted to practice in South Carolina (2010), the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina (2011), and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2011), and Florida (2022).
Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife, Stefanie, and their daughters, Charlize and Sadie Mae. His family and he are enjoying their recent move to the Space Coast and, as long-time Disney fans, their proximity to Disney World.
Walker E. Berry is an associate of Boyd & Jenerette, P.A., working in the firm’s Jacksonville office. His practice is focused primarily on insurance defense litigation involving coverage and bad-faith issues. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Berry gained experience clerking for the Honorable Judge Meredith L. Sasso at Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal. Before his clerkship with Judge Sasso, Mr. Berry lived in South Carolina and clerked for the Honorable Jean H. Toal, Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, during her tenure as an active-retired judge presiding over the state’s asbestos litigation, as well as other complex civil litigation matters.
Mr. Berry is a Jacksonville native who attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate studies. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law where he graduated with honors. While in law school, Mr. Berry was an avid member of the school’s mock trial team and volunteered as an arbitrator with the Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration program. He received the 2018 Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award and the Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism Award for his work at the school’s Domestic Violence Law Clinic. He is licensed to practice in Florida and South Carolina.