Matthew J. Vande Brake
Matthew Vande Brake, a well-known East Tennessee insurance, disability and personal injury attorney, works out of the Knoxville, Tennessee, office of NST Law.
A Tennessee native, Mr. Vande Brake received his B.A. from King College (now King University), with majors in history, political science, and psychology. At the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, he continued his studies in experimental psychology, microbiology, and ultimately, law.
Mr. Vande Brake began his legal career as one of 120 Special Hearing Officers hired to adjudicate appeals when the State of Tennessee reduced the scope of its state-run health insurance in 2005. He was one of only 25 hearing officers later offered a permanent position. He served the State of Tennessee as an administrative adjudicator for a total of seven years with the Department of Human Services. It was during this time that he discovered his enjoyment of helping people in need.
In 2012, Mr. Vande Brake began serving as an Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication & Review in Knoxville. He then decided to become more active in helping people in need, and joined a personal injury law firm, where he has litigated various personal injury cases throughout East Tennessee.
Mr. Vande Brake chose to practice personal injury law because he loves helping people through difficult times. He upholds NST’s culture of superior service by working to better understand our clients’ situations and needs, and helping to get them the compensation they deserve.
When he’s not working, Mr. Vande Brake enjoys spending time with his wife, Shane, and their three children. An avid traveler and reader, he is always looking for new destinations and book recommendations.
2004 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
1994 King College, Bristol, TN
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/History/Political Science)
Admitted to the Tennessee Bar on April 29, 2005.