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Steve Matz started his law firm in 1977 and has been practicing for an excess of 43 years.  He has logged hundreds of thousands of miles traveling to virtually every county in Michigan’s lower and upper peninsula’s, meeting with clients and doing the work necessary to earn significant settlements or judgments in the majority of Michigan counties.

Our Fee is 22% not 33%

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FAQ

How can we charge just 22%?

We can charge 22% while virtually all other injury attorneys charge 33 1/3% 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.

Could I really talk to Steve Matz the first time I call?

Yes.  When you hire Matz Injury Law, you will work with Steve or Jared from beginning to end.  You will have their cell phone numbers and they will be ready to talk to you whenever you need their help.

Are you good at what you do?

Steven J. Matz is a founding shareholder of Matz Injury Law. The firm’s concentration is on personal injury litigation, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury. 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)

About Steven Matz

Admitted: 1977, Michigan

Professional Webpage: http://www.22NOT33.com

Honors/Awards:

·  B.A.-Highest Honors, High Distinction 1974, University of Michigan.  Martindale/Hubbell – AV Preeminent rated (highest possible).  Elected to The National Trial Lawyers Association, recognizing the top 100 Trial Attorneys in the State of Michigan. Honored as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.  Named by Crain’s Detroit as one of Michigan’s Top Attorneys.  Recipient of America’s top 100 Attorney’s Lifetime Achievement Award, AVVO Clients choice rating 10/10.  Consistently named a “Superlawyer”.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

·  Also licensed in Colorado, Texas and Washington D.C.

·  Appointed Special Master by Michigan Supreme Court. Lecturer, Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Lecturer, Southfield Bar Association. Lecturer, Michigan Head Injury Association. Chairman, Tri-County Attorney Disciplinary Hearing Panel #85

Bar/Professional Activity:

·   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

Pro bono/Community Service:

·  Speaker/Lecturer at the following schools:  University of Michigan Honors College, Southfield High School, Bloomfield Hills Andover High School, North Farmington High School, Harrison High School, Mercy High School, Clarenceville High School, Livonia Churchill High School, West Bloomfield High School, Walled Lake Central High School, Brighton High School, Lapeer East High School, Oxford High School, Avondale High School. Lectured for Kiwanis, Rotary and Chambers of Commerce. Member, ACLU, Sierra Club.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

·  Public Speaking by Lawyers, Michigan Bar Journal, Vol 71, No 1, 1992.Lawyer Advertising-An Advertising Lawyer’s Perspective, Michigan Trial Lawyers Quarterly, Vol 27, No 4, 1993.Why and When You Should Cooperate With a Lawyer, Legal Aspects of Medical Practice, July 1980

Verdicts/Settlements:

$3.45 Million Settlement against a cement company whose truck crossed a centerline causing three deaths. The settlement was $450,000 in excess of available insurance.

$1.74 Million settlement against a19 year old drunk driver and the fraternity where he was drinking prior to head-on collision which killed a 52-year old husband and father of 3.

$1 Million settlement on behalf of 60 year old woman with closed head injury due to negligence of County Road Commission. $1.3 Million Federal District Court settlement on behalf of mother in a car/truck collision.

$1.4 Million settlement on behalf of father and son suffering from Huntington’s Chorea, who died after running over a spare tire which had dropped from a semi-tractor trailer.

$1 Million settlement for a 52-year old woman after being struck by a gravel truck.

$1.4 Million settlement from Sears for a 32 year old woman who developed Thoracic Outlet Syndrome after lifting a jewelry display case off her 2-year old daughter. 

One Million dollar award in the Upper Peninsula for a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of an auto accident. 

$244,903.50 verdict in Lenawee County against an insurance company that refused to pay appropriate no-fault benefits in an auto injury victim.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

Mountain Climbing: 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. Sea-kayaked 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.

Educational Background:

1974 University of Michigan Honors College, Bachelor of Arts with high distinction and highest honors 1977 George Washington University National Law Center, Juris Doctor

Do I have to travel to your office to meet you?

No.  We will be happy to come to you wherever you wish, and we don’t expect you to make your case fit our schedule.  In the last year most of our clients have felt comfortable speaking with us via the telephone, facetime, or zoom.

The no-fault system is complicated and hard to use. How can you help?

Your rights break down into several basic principles. We simplify issues by making them understandable and less intimidating. We’ll keep you constantly updated about your case. We also want you feel free to contact us anytime. 

Do you mind if I get a second opinion?

Please do. Get a third and a fourth opinion, too, if you need to. Your decision should be based not only on your impression of the abilities of a lawyer, but on your personal chemistry with the lawyer with whom you’ll be working. The fact that we charge 22%, not 33%, as our contingent fee is an enormous added value, but it shouldn’t be the deciding factor. 

What if I can’t pay right away?

There’s absolutely no cost to talk to us on the phone, or to meet with you. And if you don’t hire us, you don’t pay a cent. In fact, you won’t pay us until we obtain a settlement on your behalf. Remember, all attorneys are required to inform you that case costs spent by the attorney are a separate charge from the percentage fee; and that you are responsible for paying those costs regardless of the outcome of your case. Our contingent fee is 22%, not 33%. 1-844-TWENTY-TWO. 

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The maximum contingency fee permitted by law is actually 33 1/3%. 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.

What does 22not33 mean, exactly?

We can charge 22% while virtually all other injury attorneys charge 33 1/3% 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.

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