Matthew D. Easton is a partner with Easton & Easton, LLP, located in Costa Mesa, California. The firm was orignally founded by Matt's father, Doug Easton, in 1993 after he had spent more than 20 years representing personal injury and medical malpractic plaintiffs. Matt now practices with his father and two brothers, Brian and Travis. Between them, they have more than 65 years of experience representing personal injury and wrongful death plaintiffs.
Prior to joining the firm, Matt was awarded a full scholarship to attend Whittier Law School, where he served as Chief Justice for the Moot Court Honors Board and served on both the Trial Advocacy Honors Board and Whittier Law Review before receiving his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2009.
In the years since then, Matt has represented hundreds of plaintiffs and litigated cases against the State of California, numerous cities, numerous school districts, and countless large corporate entities and other defendants. As a result of his litigation successes in recent years, Matt was selected in 2014 for the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in California and as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, which is an honor given to only 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40. Just recently in 2015, Matt was selected for the prestigious Top 10 Under 40 in California Award from the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys.
While he is always prepared and ready to take a case to trial if that is what is necessary to obtain just compensation for his clients, Matt has also used his negotiating acumen to arrive at numerous very favorable settlements prior to entering the courtroom. Among his recent successes are a settlement of $2.75 million for the wrongful death of an unmarried 55-year-old man with no economic losses, $1.3 million for a woman who was rear-ended by a drunk driver trying to evade the police, $1.24 million for a woman whose breast reconstruction incision ruptured after a T-bone auto collision, $350,000 for a slip-and-fall at a big box chain store, and a confidential amount for a defective product action involving The Walt Disney Company.
Believing in helping others, Matt spent two years in Mexico City on a mission for his church, during which he became fluent in Spanish and developed a love for the people and culture of the Hispanic community. An avid outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys camping, rock climbing, skiing, wakeboarding, waterskiiing, mountain biking, golf, volleyball, basketball, and tennis.
Matt is married with an amazing 2-year-old son, Ronan. Ronan is already quite the talker, which Matt hopes might be a sign he will be able to continue the Easton litigation legacy in the future. Matt and his wife, Rachel, are also excitedly expecting their second son, Liam, in March 2015.
Languages spoken: Spanish, English
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Premier 100 Trial Attorney in California||American Academy of Trial Attorneys||2015|
|"10 Best" Personal Injury Attorney in California||American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys||2015|
|Multi-Million Dollar Advocate - The Top Trial Lawyers in America||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2015|
|Million Dollar Advocate - The Top Trial Lawyers in America||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated (Highest Rating)||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Top 10 Under 40||National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys||2015|
|Best Law Firms - Southern California||US News & World Report||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|City Commendation for Wrongful Death Settlement of $2.75 Million||City of Lancaster||2013|
|Best Oral Advocate -- Susan E. McGuigan Competition||Whittier College School of Law||2007|
|Adjunct Professor of Trial Technology||Whittier Law School||2015 - Present|
|Partner||EASTON & EASTON, LLP||2014 - Present|
|Associate||Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton||2009 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Member||2013 - Present|
|J. Reuben Clark Law Society||Member||2013 - Present|
|Moot Court Honors Board||Chief Justice||2008 - 2009|
|Law Review||Member||2007 - 2009|
|Trial Advocacy Honors Board||Competing Member||2007 - 2009|
|Moot Court Honors Board||Competing Member||2007 - 2009|
|Schenk v Joe's Street Sweeping||$2,750,000 Settlement|
|Castaneda v Simon Property Group||$400,000 Settlement|
|Weinstein v State of California/Caltrans||$175,000 Settlement|
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|Whittier Law Review||Disparate Outcomes Among Medical Malpractice Victims: A New Look At An Equal Protection Challenge to MICRA||2008|
|Whittier College School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|Brigham Young University||English Major; Editing Minor; Philosophy Minor||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2006|