Meet Matt McGonagle

Matt McGonagle focuses his practice on working with small businesses and their owners in solving problems concentrated in the areas of taxation, general corporate transactions, succession and estate planning, and estate administration and probate. Matt enjoys helping clients start new businesses and answering questions focused on what type of entity the client should utilize to maximize liability and asset protection as well as income tax savings. Additionally, Matt helps clients navigate the buying or selling of businesses, including mergers and corporate reorganizations, as well as planning for the potential transfer of those assets to future generations through wills, trusts or outright gifts.

Matt also works with local non-profit and tax-exempt organizations, guiding them through the formation process, including preparing and submitting the Internal Revenue Service’s application for tax-exempt status.

Matt grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma before moving to Miami, Florida for high school. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance, with honors. Matt attended the University of Tulsa College of Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and after obtaining his law degree, proceeded to the University of Florida Levin College of Law, in Gainesville, Florida, receiving an LL.M. in Taxation. Matt and his wife Kelli reside in Clayton, and spend their time keeping up with their four young daughters.

Community Involvement


  • Leadership Johnston

    Graduate (2009-2010)

  • Military VITA Training (2014)

    Instructor (2014)

  • Boy Scouts of America

    Eagle Scout

University of Miami
B.B.A., with Honors, 2003

University of Tulsa College of Law
J.D. 2006

University of Florida Levin College of Law
LL.M. in Taxation, 2007

Florida
North Carolina
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
U.S. Tax Court
Corporate and Business Law
Tax Law
Estates & Trusts

North Carolina Bar Association

  • Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law, Tax sections;
  • Young Lawyers Division

Eleventh Judicial District Bar Association

  • Member

Johnston County Bar Association

  • Member

Wake County Estate Planning Council

  • Member

James W. Narron

Jason W. Wenzel

Matthew S. McGonagle

Kemp Mosley

O. Hampton Whittington, Jr.

Benton G. Sawrey

Robert Bryson Pike II

Rachel E. Mills

Wm. Joseph Austin, Jr.

Taylor Avioli