Mr. Matz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction and highest honors in 1974 from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from The George Washington University National Law Center. Mr. Matz lectures and publishes in a number of areas, including ethics, marketing, trial tactics, and head injury. Mr. Matz has served on the Michigan Association for Justice Executive Board and currently serves the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board as a Hearing Panel Chairman and Master. He is also a member of the State Bar Committee for Character and Fitness.
Mr. Matz and his firm have obtained judgments or settlements of $1,000,000 or more in 9 areas of personal injury litigation.
In 2009 Mr. Matz’s firm obtained the largest reported motor vehicle accident settlement in Michigan ($3,000,000 as reported by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 1/11/10 )
1974 University of Michigan Honors College, Bachelor of Arts with high distinction and highest honors 1977 George Washington University National Law Center, Juris Doctor
Appointed Special Master by the Michigan Supreme Court – Lecturer, Institute for Continuing Legal Education – Chairman, Tri-County Attorney Disciplinary Hearing Panel #85 – Member, State Bar of Michigan Committee for Character and Fitness
Speaker/Lecturer at the following schools:
North Col of Mt. Everest (Tibet side); Mt. Rainier, Washington; Mt. Ararat Turkey; Mt. Whitney, California; El Pico de Orizaba, Mexico; La Malinche, Mexico; Mount Blanc du Tacul, Chamonix France; Mt. Humphreys, Arizona; The Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland; Dent du Geant, France; Pollux, Castor, Breithorn, Switzerland; Kilimanjaro, Tanzania Africa; Mt. Toubkal, Morocco, Machu Picchu, Peru; Unnamed peaks in the Andes, Chile.
The width of Chile and the southern coast of Crete, Small Cyclades Islands, Greece; Amalfi Coast, Italy; Coast of Belize; Santorini, Thirassia. Circumnavigated the Isle of Capri; Six Gold Medals in the last three Senior Olympic Games (swimming). Defending Michigan State champion, Master’s Swimming.
$3.45 million settlement against a cement company whose truck crossed a center line causing three deaths and severely injuring a 4 year-old boy. The settlement was $450,000 in excess of available insurance.
$1.74 million settlement against a 19 year-old driver and the fraternity where he was drinking immediately prior to a head on collision that killed a 52 year-old husband and father of 3 children.
$1.3 million Federal District Court settlement on behalf of a mother and daughter in a car/truck collision. Mom suffered a pancreas injury but returned to full-time employment within six months; eight year old daughter suffered an aggravation of a pre-existing learning disability as well as a ruptured spleen.
$1 million settlement for a 52 year-old woman in a rural county who broke both ankles and suffered a retrobulbar hemorrhage of her right eye after being struck by a gravel truck.
Matz Injury Law obtained a $1,000,000 settlement for a woman in Northern Michigan who fractured both ankles as a result of being rear-ended by a gravel truck.
A settlement of $3,450,000 ($450,000 more than the insurance policy limits) for a family who lost loved ones as a result of an inattentive cement truck driver.
The maximum contingency fee permitted by law is actually 331/3%. Michigan court rules require that the attorney fee be computed on the net sum recovered after deducting all disbursements properly chargeable to the enforcement of the claim.
We can charge 22% while virtually all other injury attorneys charge 331/3% because we are very, very, good at obtaining results for our clients.
We do not spend millions of dollars on television ads; instead, we offer a lower fee to all our clients. We do not have dozens of lower paid associates handling our work. All our clients are represented by Steven and Jared Matz. Steven Matz started the firm in 1977 and since then has dedicated his life to representing injury victims. Jared joined the firm in 2016 but grew up listening to stories, discussing theories, and generally learning at the dinner table about how to effectively and compassionately represent injury victims. Jared Matz was literally born to represent individuals involved in motor vehicle crashes.
All of our cases are handled on a contingency fee and all our cases are handled at 22%. Whether the case settles or goes through trial, the fee does not change. While our competitors make excuses as to why they charge so much, we are obtaining results for our clients at a lower fee.
At a typical television advertising law firm, your first call will be handled by a receptionist, who may refer you to an intake person, who will discuss your claim with an intake manager, who then discusses your claim with an associate, who may then report to a partner. You may never speak with the person whose name is at the top of the letterhead. At Matz Injury Law you will always speak with either Steven Matz or Jared Matz.