Learn More About Matthew D. Barrett
“I believe that the key to being a successful attorney is hard work. I’m in the office six or seven days a week, and I talk to clients at all hours. When I’m representing a client, I take a scorched earth approach and read every case on the subject. It takes time, but it leads to great results.” – Attorney Matthew D. Barrett
Attorney Matthew D. Barrett has nearly 20 years of legal experience in both personal injury and criminal defense cases in Indiana and other states. He is certified as a lifetime member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum for his impressive results on behalf of injury victims statewide.
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Mr. Barrett is a prolific author and respected speaker on a variety of legal topics. He was also the honored recipient of the Harrison Legal Writing Award in 2006 and again in 2008. The awards were for legal articles published in Res Gestae, which is the official journal of the Indiana State Bar Association. Established in 1996, the annual award recognizes articles of significant subject matter, with practicality and timeliness that demonstrate high-quality research and analysis. Mr. Barrett is the only attorney in Indiana to have won this prestigious award more than once. In addition, he maintains a strong commitment to giving back to his community through a spectrum of pro bono activities.
In 2013, Mr. Barrett received a plaque from The National Trial Lawyers recognizing his accomplishment as one of Indiana’s top 100 trial lawyer members. The National Trial Lawyers is an organization composed of premier trial lawyers from across the country and seeks to ensure justice to those who would otherwise be left helpless. Invitees must meet stringent qualifications and actively participate in trial practice as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law, and exemplify superior qualifications, leadership skills and trial results. Mr. Barrett has handled numerous jury trials across northern Indiana, including many acquittals in felony criminal cases and several recent multimillion-dollar jury verdicts in personal injury cases.
Mr. Barrett also received a plaque in 2013 from The National Trial Lawyers recognizing his accomplishment as one of Indiana’s top 40 trial attorneys under 40 years of age. Membership in the “Top 40 Under 40” is by invitation only and extended exclusively to only those trial attorneys under 40 years who meet stringent qualifications and concentrate in the areas of criminal defense or civil plaintiff. Selection is based on a thorough multiphase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research.
In 2014, Mr. Barrett was invited to join and became a lifetime member of the Elite Lawyers of America, a national organization that restricts its membership to only those attorneys handling a civil case that has resulted in an award, settlement or jury verdict of at least $2 million dollars. Mr. Barrett received a crystal engraved award to commemorate his jury trial achievements.
The firm is pleased to announce that Matthew Barrett was nominated for receipt of the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents 2014 Litigator Award. As one of the most rigorous trial law competitions, the Litigator Awards recognizes only the most highly accomplished trial firms in the nation. The Litigator Awards’ selection process and eligibility criteria are strict. To be nominated, law firms must exemplify a record of regulatory compliance, as well as a legacy of successful case results. To earn a nomination, firms must have recovered million, multimillion and/or billion dollar verdicts or settlements. Mr. Barrett is proud to have been nominated for the 2014 Litigator Award. The nomination says a great deal not only about Mr. Barrett’s past record of success, but his continued commitment to work hard to recover compensation for his clients.
In 2015, Mr. Barrett became a member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America. Membership is by invitation only and extremely selective, carefully screened and limited to the most qualified and accomplished attorneys in the United States. With these high standards, less than one percent (1%) of the attorneys in America have been invited to be a member of Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America.
Mr. Barrett was chosen to receive the prestigious “Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award” for the state of Indiana from the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (“NAPIA”) and received an award plaque. The NAPIA is a national organization established with the primary goal of discovering and recognizing the top 10 personal injury attorneys in each state for their hard work. The attorneys who make the NAPIA Top 10 list must first be nominated by a licensed attorney and then NAPIA’s research staff verifies that they meet membership requirements. 50 of the nominated attorneys are chosen to advance to the final selection stage by the selection committee and then the board of governors officially selects the “Top 10” in each state. The website of the NAPIA states that “very few attorneys (less than 1%) that are good enough to make our list have demonstrated an extraordinary amount of knowledge, skill, experience and success in their practice of personal injury.”