Matthew L. Wikander
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Matt is Smith Haughey’s Chief Executive Officer.

He 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, aviation, product liability, and construction accidents.

Additionally, Matt serves a variety of businesses and individuals in commercial disputes, such as employment discrimination, employment non-competition agreements, trade secret, trademark infringement, wrongful advertising, and other unfair trade practice claims. Matt also defends business charged with ADA violations (barriers to access to public accommodations).

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.

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

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

Accolades

Listed as a "Michigan Super Lawyer" (2021) - Personal Injury General: Plaintiff

Listed as a "Local Litigation Star" in Benchmark Litigation (2021) - Securities, Wrongful Death Litigation, Automotive

Listed in Best Lawyers (2019-2021) - Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiff

Listed in the "Grand Rapids 200" as one of the most powerful business leaders in West Michigan by Grand Rapids Business Journal (2019)

Listed in "Top Lawyers" in Grand Rapids Magazine (2019)

Listed as a "Rising Star" in Michigan Super Lawyers (2013-2018) - Personal Injury Plaintiff: General

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

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

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

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, Judicial Review Committee

Justice Foundation of West Michigan, Fellow

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)

Kent Country Club, Member