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Biography

Matt is a trial lawyer representing plaintiffs and defendants and practicing primarily in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, employment, and commercial litigation matters. He has trial and litigation experience in both federal and state courts across the state of Michigan and in numerous other states.

Matt devotes the majority of his practice to helping individuals and families who have catastrophic injuries and wrongful death claims. Matt's experience includes vehicular, airplane, premises, and construction accidents.

Additionally, Matt serves a variety of businesses and individuals in commercial disputes, such as employment discrimination, trade secret, trademark infringement, wrongful advertising, and other unfair trade practice claims. Matt often works with his clients under alternative billing arrangements.

Whether Matt is representing individuals or businesses, he maintains a genuine and passionate dedication to his clients and their interests. While many "litigators" dread the court room, Matt welcomes the privilege of presenting his client's case to a jury.

Matt began his career with Smith Haughey as a summer associate in 2003 and joined the firm as a full-time associate in 2004. Currently, Matt serves on the firm's Board of Directors (management committee) and hiring committee.


Experience

Previous Experience

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association - Western Michigan Chapter
  • Michigan Association of Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Justice Foundation of West Michigan, Fellow
  • American Inns of Court
  • The Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • Board Member, The University of Michigan Club of Grand Rapids
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association and Victors Club
  • West Michigan Sports Commission (Advisory Council)
  • Sigma Chi West Michigan Alumni Chapter
  • Kent Country Club

Education

  • University of Michigan (B.A., 2001)  
  • Wayne State University (J.D., 2004); Vice Chancellor, Wayne State Moot Court Program; Member, Sports and Entertainment Law Society  

Admitted

  • State Bar of Michigan, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2009

Accolades

  • Selected as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2012

  • Selected as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Plaintiff, 2013-14

  • Listed as a "Rising Star" in Michigan Super Lawyers (2013-2016) -- Personal Injury Plaintiff: General

  • Listed as a "Local Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation (2015) -- Personal Injury, Wrongful Death Litigation

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