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Matthew D. Barrett

Matthew D. Barrett

Local and Experienced Personal Injury & Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Personal Injury, Criminal Law, DUI & DWI...
  • Indiana
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Summary

I have a state-wide practice representing people (not government or insurance companies) throughout Indiana. I practice in the areas of personal injury accidents, wrongful death, DUI/Drunk Driving, and criminal defense. I offer a FREE initial consultation. All personal injury and wrongful death cases are handled on a contingency fee basis (no fee unless you win; percentage taken from the recovery) and reasonable fees for all DUI/criminal cases including payment plans. For more information, please call our office at (574) 753-3300, visit our website at www.barrettlaw-office.com, or send us an e-mail at matt.barrett@barrettlaw-office.com. I look forward to speaking with you.

Education
Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D. | Law
Honors: Honors: Special Commendation for Pro Bono Externship Honors: Honor Papers in Pretrial Skills and Advanced Appellate Advocacy
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
B.A. | English (major), History (minor)
Honors: Dean's List multiple times
Professional Experience
American Association Of Justice
Current
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
"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 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 Asso
"A Modest Proposal: Submitting a Joint Discovery Plan In Federal Court", American Bar Association - The Young Lawyer, September, 2006
"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
"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,
"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
"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
"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
"Federal Preemption of State Law Claims Involving Class III Medical Devices", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, Winter, 2007
"Groundless Cases Still Get Into Court", Indiana Lawyer (Featured Interview), (Vol. 17, No. 10) July/August, 2006
"Holding a Surgeon Liable for Medical Negligence of Another Under the 'Captain-of-the Ship' Doctrine", Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, VERDICT, 2010
"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
"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
"Preparing Your Client for Deposition Testimony", American Bar Association - The Young Lawyer, July/August, 2005
"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
"Recovery for Separate Acts of Negligence Under Indiana Medical Malpractice Act", Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, VERDICT, 2011
"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
"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
"The Attorney Commitment In Traumatic Brain Injury Cases", American Bar Association - The Young Lawyer, November, 2007
"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
Speaking Engagements
Featured Speaker, "Civil Rights and DWI", Crown Point, Indiana
Awards
Harrison Legal Writing Award (1st Place); Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America
Indiana State Bar Assoc.; Rue Ratings
Professional Associations
State Bar of Indiana # 23884-64
Member
Current
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Indiana Trial Lawyers Assoc., Indiana State Bar Assoc., American, Association of Justice
Member
Current
The National Trial Lawyers
Current
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
Current
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
Current
Elite Lawyers of America, Life Member
Current
National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Member
Current
Rue Ratings’ Best Attorneys of America, Member
Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana
6th Circuit
7th Circuit
D.C. Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    I offer a "free" initial, no obligation consultation for all personal injury, wrongful death, and criminal defense cases either in person at my office or over the telephone.
  • Contingent Fees
    All personal injury and wrongful death cases are handled on a contingency fee basis (i.e., no fee unless you win; percentage of fee taken out of recovery). For all DUI and criminal matters, I charge a reasonable fee and offer payment plans.
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • White Collar Crime
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Insurance Claims
  • Appeals & Appellate
Languages
  • English
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
Contact & Map
Matthew D. Barrett, Attorney at Law (Main Office)
1730 East Market Street
Logansport, IN 46947
USA
Telephone: (574) 753-3300
Fax: (574) 753-3302
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