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Matthew D. Barrett

Matthew D. Barrett

Attorney
Location:
Logansport, Indiana
Phone:
574-516-6188
800-523-5099 (Toll Free)
Fax:
574-753-3302
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Semi-Truck Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Moped Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Construction Injuries
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Bus Crashes
  • Three-Wheeler, Four Wheeler and ATV Accidents
  • Airplane/Boat/Train Crashes
  • Medical Malpractices
  • Birth Injuries
  • Nursing Home Injuries
  • Pharmacy Mistakes
  • Burns/Fires/Explosions
  • Dismemberment
  • Slip and Fall
  • Drowning
  • School and Playground Injuries
  • Sex Abuse at School/Daycare
  • Daycare Injuries
  • Defective Products
  • Legal/Attorney Malpractice
  • Civil Rights/Police Misconduct
  • Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Claims
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Insurance Claims
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Drunk Driving/OWI/DUI
  • Minor Consumption
  • Driving While Suspended/Without a License
  • Marijuana/All Other Drug Offenses
  • Battery
  • Domestic Battery
  • Criminal Confinement
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Sex Crimes
  • Trespass
  • Arson
  • Firearm Offenses
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Homicide – Murder/Manslaughter
  • Habitual Traffic Violator
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Bond Reduction

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2006

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • J.D. - 2002
    • Honors: Special Commendation for Pro Bono Externship
    • Honors: Honor Papers in Pretrial Skills and Advanced Appellate Advocacy
    • Law Review: Valparaiso University Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Indiana University - Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1998
    • Honors: Dean's List (4 Semesters)
    • Major: English Literature
    • Minor: History

Published Works

  • "Failing to Provide Police Protection: Breeding a Viable and Consistent 'State-Created Danger' Analysis for Establishing Constitutional Violations Under Section 1983", 37 Valparaiso University Law Review 1, Fall, 2002
  • "Preparing Your Client for Deposition Testimony", American Bar Association - The Young Lawyer, July/August, 2005
  • "How to Deal With an Objection of Privilege Based on Indiana's Peer Review Statute During the Course of Pre-Trial Discovery", Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, VERDICT, 2005
  • "And Just Where Do You Think You're Going?": Police Detention of Passenger Who Walks Away From Vehicle During Traffic Stop, Res Gestae, March, 2006
  • "Indiana's New 'Communication of Sympathy' Statute: Saying 'I'm Sorry' In the Context of Medical Malpractice and Other Personal Injury Accidents", Indiana Lawyer, (Vol. 17, No. 8) June/July, 2006
  • "Groundless Cases Still Get Into Court", Indiana Lawyer (Featured Interview), (Vol. 17, No. 10) July/August, 2006
  • "A Brief Review of What Types of Claims Fall Within and Outside the Scope of Indiana's Medical Malpractice Act", Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, VERDICT, 2006
  • "A Modest Proposal: Submitting a Joint Discovery Plan In Federal Court", American Bar Association - The Young Lawyer, September, 2006
  • "Waiver of Right Forms Under Miranda: Not a Ritual of Words to be Recited by Rote According to Didactic Niceties", Open Court, Newsletter of the Criminal Justice Section, Indiana State Bar Association, Vol. XI, No. 1, December, 2006
  • "Recovering Damages for Tortious Injury to Historic Buildings and Other 'Special Purpose' Property In Indiana: Drawing the Line Between Fair Market Value and Cost Repair' In Cases of Permanent Damage", Res Gestae, December, 2006
  • "A Case of Bad Breath: Does the Odor of an Alcoholic Beverage, By Itself, Establish Probable Cause for a Police Officer to Offer Chemical Test In the Context of DWI Offenses?", Open Court, Newsletter of the Criminal Justice Section, Indiana State Bar Association, Vol. XII, No. 1, May, 2007
  • "Supreme Court Clarifies Five Exceptions to Nonliability Involving Personal Injury Claims Asserted by a Contractor's Employee", Indiana Civil Litigation Review (publication of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana), Vol. 3, No. 2, May, 2007
  • "Brendlin v. California: Supreme Court Holds That a Passenger Is "Seized" for Fourth Amendment Purposes and Can Challenge Legality of a Traffic Stop", Open Court, Newsletter of the Criminal Justice Section, Indiana State Bar Association, Vol. XII, No. 2, October, 2007
  • "The Attorney Commitment In Traumatic Brain Injury Cases", American Bar Association - The Young Lawyer, November, 2007
  • "Federal Preemption of State Law Claims Involving Class III Medical Devices", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, Winter, 2007
  • "Calm the Child Witness", TRIAL, Journal of the American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association), February, 2008
  • "Coughing It Up: Indiana Supreme Court Holds That Police Chokeholds Are Unreasonable Searches and Seizures", Open Court, Newsletter of the Criminal Justice Section, Indiana State Bar Association, Vol. XIII, No. 1, February, 2008
  • "Reducing the State's Cut: Amending Indiana's Split-Award Statute In Punitive Damage Cases", The Indiana Litigator, Newsletter of the Litigation Section, Indiana State Bar Association, Summer, 2008
  • "Representing Children In Cases Involving Wrongful Death of a Parent", Res Gestae, July/August, 2008
  • "Estoppel to Extend Insurance Coverage Based on Bad Faith", Indiana Civil Litigation Review (publication of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana), Vol 5., No. 2, November, 2008
  • "Holding a Surgeon Liable for Medical Negligence of Another Under the 'Captain-of-the Ship' Doctrine", Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, VERDICT, 2010
  • "Recovery for Separate Acts of Negligence Under Indiana Medical Malpractice Act", Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, VERDICT, 2011

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Featured Speaker, "Civil Rights and DWI", Crown Point, Indiana, 2004
  • Lecturer, Topics In Medical Malpractice Law, Health Careers Exploration Class, Century Career Center, Logansport High School, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • Honors Paper in Pretrial Skills, Criminal Pleadings and Advanced Appellate Advocacy
  • Ranked upper 1/3 in Legal Writing and Research
  • Special Commendation for 41 hours of Pro Bono Externship
  • Harrison Legal Writing Award (First-Place Recipient), 2006
  • Harrison Legal Writing Award (Second-Place Recipient), 2008
  • Award, Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America
  • Award, “Top 10 Under 40” in Indiana, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Cass County Bar Association, Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Brain Injury Association of Indiana, Member
  • Civil Justice Foundation, Member
  • Open Court, Newsletter of the Criminal Justice Section - Indiana State Bar Association, Editor, 2007 - 2008
  • Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • Elite Lawyers of America, Life Member
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Member
  • Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, Member
  • Cass Circuit Court, Judge, pro tempore, 2009

Pro Bono Activities

  • Participant, Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, Literacy Volunteers of Cass County, 2005
  • Judge, Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, Literacy Volunteers of Cass County, 2006
  • Chief Organizer and Tour Guide, Law Day at Cass County Courthouse, 2006
  • Member, Cass County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee, 2008
  • Volunteer, Muscular Dystrophy Fundraiser, 2008
  • Tour Guide, Law Day at Cass County Courthouse, 2008
  • Board of Directors, Cass County Historical Society, 2010 - 2011
  • Founder, Indiana State Trooper Daniel R. Barrett Memorial Scholarship

Record of Justice

Civil Cases

At Matthew D. Barrett, P.C., we are committed to maximizing compensation and financial recoveries for our clients.

In cases of personal injury, wrongful death, and all other injury matters, we put lots of time and experience behind every case.

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Criminal Cases

At Matthew D. Barrett, P.C., we are dedicated to ensuring justice and due process for the accused.

We always approach each criminal defense case with an eye toward obtaining a not-guilty verdict at trial.

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Proud Member Of The Following Organizations:

Million Dollar Advocates Forum MultiMillion Dollar Advocates Forum American Association for Justice Brain Injury Association of Indiana Indiana State Bar Association Indiana Trial Lawyers Association The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 under 40 Indian Supreme Court Supreme Court of the United States Law Dragon United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Elite Lawyers of america RUE ratings | Best attorneys of america | 2015 Member
Nation's Premier | NAOPIA | Top Ten Attorney 2014 National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys | NAOPIA