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Matthew E. Wright

Trucking accident Attorney at Franklin, TN

4.3   6 reviews

also known as Matt Wright

  • State Years
    Ohio - OH 1 year
    Tennessee - TN 21 years
  • Licensed for 1 year
    State OH
    Acquired 2023
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Trucking accident
    Injuries caused by the negligence of commercial trucking companies and commercial truck drivers. Truck accidents.

    21 years

  2. Personal injury
    Wrongful death, car accidents, premises liability, product liability (defective products), electrical and gas injuries.

    21 years

Having begun my legal career representing mega-inurance companies, I quickly realized many of these companies cared little about people, even if those people had suffered catastrophic, life-altering losses. That realization did not sit well with me. Things were made worse when an insurance company wanted me to find a way to avoid paying a mother for the loss of her unborn baby, when the loss of life was the company's insured's fault. Not paying the claim might save the company a few cents on their annual report to shareholders, but would prolong and exacerbate human suffering.  


So, I decided to represent ordinary people instead of large companies. The decision has resulted in me having life-long friendships with those whom I represented. I hope that I have brought positive change to the lives of those clients and that we, together, have and will continue to effect positive change, making the world a safer and more livable place. 

Photos and videos

I was fortunate enough to learn from two of the greatest trial attorneys of all time.  First, Gerry Spence and then Rick Friedman showed up on his ranch.  This is me with Rick at Gerry's ranch in July, 2011.
Me with Gerry Spence - Thunderhead Ranch, Wyoming 2011.


The Law Firm for Truck Safety LLP
840 Crescent Centre Drive, Ste 310
Franklin, TN, 37067


4.3 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Mary | January 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Choice Lawyer
Matt fighted for our case for 2 1/2 years for a Personal Injury case resulting from a semi crash. He recommended the Drs for my husband to see to prove our case even more. If you are looking for a Atty that will do everything in his power to help you, Matt is the Lawyer to pick!! His secretary is wonderful and will help answer questions if Matt is unavailable to speak to directly. She is very kind and courteous. If looking for a good Atty, this office is absolutely THE BEST!!!
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Posted by Donna | January 21, 2014
Not only is Matt Wright an amazing lawyer but he is also a wonderful person! I didn't know Matt until I contacted him about representing me in a malpractice case for the wrongful death of my 22 year old daughter, a college student who presented to the emergency room in the city where she was going to school but was misdiagnosed and untreated for bacterial meningitis. I am a registered nurse and had spoken to a couple of lawyers about the case (lawyers who were local and also my personal friends) but I couldn't make them understand how this was a malpractice case. The first time I talked to Matt, he immediately understood--he got it. While working on the case, Matt realized that I needed to be included and didn't shut me out in the 2 years it took to get the case into court. He kept me informed and included me whenever he could in the process. We spoke or emailed quite often and he was always available for me whether it was days, nights, weekends, or holidays. If I needed to speak with him urgently, I knew how to get in touch with him. Other lawyers will tell you whatever you want to hear regardless of the facts however Matt has always been truthful with me. If we can win an argument or appeal, he tells me; if we can't win, he tells me. He doesn't lead me to believe that everything's going to turn out just like I want, he prepares me for the truth and that's what I want in a lawyer. He is the best lawyer that I know (or have ever known) and I would never use anyone but him for legal representation. Matt is not just an incredible lawyer, he's also a wonderful person and friend. Working on this case was very difficult for me--sitting through depositions and testimony, listening to people lie in an attempt to cover their mistakes. Matt has children and I could see he empathized with my loss which made him even more determined to win the case.
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Posted by Chasity | January 11, 2014
Fantastic Attorney
Matthew Wright represented my husband and I in a personal injury case. My husband was in a serious accident involving an 18 wheeler. Matt made a very stressful situation so much easier for us. He is kind, caring and very knowledgable. We were proud to have him handle our case. He is devoted to his clients and he always took the time to answer any questions we had. He worked hard to get us the settlement we needed. He knows the ins and outs of trucking litigation. He explained everything to us step by step. He made the whole process so much easier for us so we could focus on my husbands recovery which really meant a lot to us. We highly reccomend him to anyone that is looking for a trustworthy attorney.
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Posted by Jamie | January 11, 2014
Matt Wright vs. 2 trucking companies
Matt and his crew represented my uncle after a fatal car wreck my aunt was in loved in. Matt worked around the clock, as well as the other attorneys. Matt kept my uncle and I up to date on everything and was as nice, understanding, and sympathetic as anyone could ask for!!
Posted by Maggie | January 11, 2014
I couldn't ask for a better lawyer!
I couldn't have dreamed up a better person. I wish the world could know what a wonderful experience my family and I had. Mr. Wright honestly cared about our situation, and through him were able to pick up the pieces and move forward after loss and heartache. I saw in him honesty, intelligence, loyalty, and kindness. I felt like I was his only client! I recommend this person to everyone. Thanks Matt for changing our lives!
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Terrible experience
Matthew never kept me updated on my case all my documents looked liked they were rushed with no effort. I just had a really bad experience with his firm and after 3 and a half years of working my case he decides to drop the case because he didn't want to spend the money to go to trial and some other terrible excuses. Don't waste your time go hire Mr. David Hardy I hear he is awesome.
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Response from Matthew Wright March 7, 2017
While it's unfortunate that this person chose to post anonymously, I would be glad to address it offline, should you wish to let me know who you are. While there are many reasons not to proceed to a jury trial "not wanting to spend money" is not a reason. However, if there is no chance of winning a trial because evidence did not pan out the way we had hoped OR there is no insurance to recover (for example if the defendant did not have insurance) - OR the defendant has no assets to recover from, are all legitimate reasons why one may not want to continue to trial after the discovery period. Bear in mind that if a client loses at trial, he or she will be forced to pay the other side's costs and possibly their attorney fees which can run into the tens of thousands of dollars and could result in the necessity of filing bankruptcy for the client and leave them worse off than if the case had never gone to trial. There is a period in civil litigation called "discovery" where a lawyers seeks to gather evidence of the defendant's wrongdoing. Sometimes, the evidence to win at trial is just not there and that means the plaintiff (injured person) loses because they bear the "burden of proof". Clients can also neglect to share (or lie about) critical pieces of information with their lawyer, which can change the course of proceeding before trial. For example, I once took a case to trial early in my career where I had learned my client was drunk and on pain-killers and had not been forthcoming of that fact with me when I agreed to take their case. The client lost at trial because juries can find the injured person to be at fault. In that case, the jury did just that because my client was drunk and high and did not remember what happened. It is hard to prove a case under those facts. It is always a difficult decision not to go to trial, but one that ultimately is in the best interest of the clients, if they would have ended up worse off than before the accident happened.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Trial Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Trial Attorney
  • Private Practice
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Nix, Patterson & Roach, LLP
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Associate Attorney
  • Ortale, Kelley, Herbert & Crawford
  • 2003 - 2005
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  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • F Warrior
  • 2011
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Vanderbilt University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Piantek v. Talley et. al.
  • Verdict for plaintiff for $265,330.49
  • DeFoe v. King
  • Settled for policy limits of $500,000.00.
  • Rupnik v. K-Mart
  • $325,000.00 personal injury settlement.
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  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Medical Malpractice Group
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Committee to Elect Joy Smith Kimbrough
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - 2014
  • American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
  • Co-Chair of Journal
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Tennessee Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Tennessee Association for Justice, Ethics Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Certified
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2016
  • Advocate
  • American Association for Justice
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Specialization in Law and Business
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • 2002
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  • American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group
  • Hidden Motor Carriers in the Supply Chain - The New Fraud
  • 2017
  • American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Jounral
  • Left-Hand Turn Cases
  • 2014
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyer
  • Defeating the Ostrich Defense in Premises Liability Cases
  • 2009
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyer
  • Securities Action
  • 2005
  • National Business Institute
  • Admissibility of Expert Testimony and the Hearsay Rule
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • New Jersey Association for Justice Boardwalk Convetion
  • Finding Additional Coverage Right Under Your Nose
  • 2018
  • Kentucky Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Conference
  • Tenacity Required—Get What You Need in Discovery in the Big Truck Case
  • 2018
  • American Association for Justice Winter Convention
  • Hidden Motor Carriers in the Supply Chain – The New Fraud
  • 2018
  • Ohio Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group Conference
  • Parent Company Liability for Broker Selection
  • 2017
  • American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group
  • Suing the Insurance Company Directly - Yes You Can!
  • 2016
  • American Association for Justice Jazz Fest Seminar
  • Themes and Demonstrative Evidence in Trucking Cases
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (16)
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Personal injury Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Matt for many years and we have had the opportunity to work together on several different cases. He is a fearless advocate for his clients and brings a no-nonsense attitude to negotiations. His results are proof positive of this approach. On a personal level, Matt has always been willing to share valuable insights that have enabled me to sidestep a few landmines along the way. I highly recommend Matt."
Trucking accident Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a tireless advocate for his clients, and a really approachable attorney. He is fearless in the courtroom, and a gentleman in every way. I endors this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is knowledgeable, intelligent, and he takes good care of his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Wright and his law firm as being strong advocates for personal injury clients. Anyone in need of an attorney in Jackson, Tennessee or in communities serviced by attorneys in Jackson should consider Mr. Wright and his firm."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Wright provides insightful, helpful and accurate advice. His knowledge and experience are clearly evident. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is extremely knowledgeable about Tennessee's Medical Malpractice Act, about personal injury trial practice, about legal ethics, and about medical causation. He's a great guy too. You'd make a wise choice if you hired him as your lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Wright. He is an experienced attorney and is highly respected in his community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Wright. He is knowledgeable in this area of the law and is dedicated to providing his clients with the best possible result. He is a graduate of Gerry Spence's trial college.."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Wright is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Based upon his answers to questions posted on Avvo, this lawyer has a very high level of knowledge and experience."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an asset to the legal profession."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Matt this summer at The Trial Lawyers College that was founded by Gerry Spence. I found Matt's work ethic and his compassion to his clients are amazing . The trial skills that John developed at the college will serve any of his clients well. Any lawyer that is willing to spend three weeks working on their trial skills is worth consulting about their legal problem."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Matt highly. He's an intelligent and aggressive attorney, who's impressed me greatly. He goes above and beyond for his clients, and achieves excellent results."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt is a top-notch lawyer. He is smart, dedicated, thorough, and quick on his feet. I have watched him conduct various parts of a trial and his skills are excellent. If you have been hurt because of someone's carlessness and want top tier representation then call Matt. He wil devote himself to your case and to you."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Matt. I had the pleasure of attending Trial Lawyers College with Matt and he is a great lawyer but more importantly he is a tremendous person. You will not find a more committed, honest and good lawyer anywhere."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Matt when we attended the Spence Trial Lawyer's College for three weeks in July of 2011. I was lucky enough to be in Matt's mock trial group, and got to see him in action. Matt is a very talented trial attorney with all of the skills necessary to take a case to trial and win. Even more importantly, Matt values and cares for his clients tremendously, and because of that, will fight even harder for them to win. I would recommend Matt Wright to anyone looking for an attorney in his area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the opportunity to work with Matthew this summer and endorse him without hesitation. He is a truly gifted and dedicated lawyer."
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