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Matt Easton has been a central figure in some of Easton & Easton's most prominent cases in recent years, including a 2013 mediated settlement for $2,750,000 and two 2014 settlements for $1,240,000 and $1,300,000 (all of which were selected as Top Million-Dollar Settlements in California for 2013 and 2014). Based on his successes over the past several years, Matt is a full partner at Easton & Easton, and has been chosen for the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in California. Additionally, each year since 2014, he has been selected as a Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star, an honor given to only the top 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California under the age of 40. Based on the significant trial skill and incorporation of trial technology that Matt has brought to bear in his cases over recent years, he was also asked to join the faculty at Whittier Law School as an Adjunct Professor, where he began teaching a class on Trial Technology & Advocacy in 2015.
The recognition Matt is receiving from his peers in the legal community is not surprising, as he first came to our firm (then known as the Law Offices of W. Douglas Easton) with high marks and accomplishments in college and law school. He received his B.A. in 2006 from Brigham Young University, where he majored in English and minored in Philosophy and Editing. Whittier Law School awarded Matt a full academic scholarship, which paid his full tuition for all three years of law school at Whittier. In 2009, Matt received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Whittier Law School, graduating in the top 10% of his class. He was admitted to the California Bar in 2009.
While at Whittier Law School, Matt was chosen as the "Best Oral Advocate" of the 3rd Annual Susan E. McGuigan Oral Advocacy Competition. He also competed in numerous other oral advocacy competitions on behalf of both the Trial Advocacy Honors Board and Moot Court Honors Board during his time at Whittier Law School. In 2008, Matt was selected as the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Honors Board and served in that position from 2008 till his graduation in 2009. Matt also continues to serve as a guest coach and judge for oral advocacy teams competing through Whittier Law School's Trial Advocacy Honors Board and Moot Court Honors Board.
Matt was also a graduating member of Whittier's prestigious Law Review, where he assisted in the editing and publication of numerous scholarly legal articles. In addition, Matt's own article was published in the Whittier Law Review in Fall 2008 (Volume 30, Number 1). Matt's article, "Disparate Outcomes Among Medical Malpractice Victims: A New Look at an Equal Protection Challenge to MICRA," allowed him to passionately address the continuing problems that MICRA poses to California medical malpractice victims, which is an issue he has seen the effects of first-hand through his work at Easton & Easton.
Over the past several years with Easton & Easton, Matt's law school success has translated into litigation success on behalf of the hundreds of plaintiffs that he has already represented in that time period. Matt has litigated cases against the State of California, numerous cities, numerous school districts, and countless large corporate entities and other defendants.
In 2013, Matt was instrumental in securing a negotiated settlement of $2.75 Million for the wrongful death of an unmarried 55-year-old man whose only surviving heirs were his 80-year-old parents, such that he received a Commendation from the City of Lancaster for his work in that case. Recently in 2014, Matt represented a breast cancer survivor whose healed breast reconstruction incision ruptured after a T-bone collision. After litigating the case for more than a year, Matt negotiated an exceptional settlement of $1,240,000 one month before trial.
Over the past two years, Matt has acquired countless other impressive awards for his clients, including a $1,300,000 pre-litigation settlement for a car accident caused by a drunk driver evading the police; a confidential mediated settlement of $350,000 for a slip and fall case against a big box chain store; a mediated settlement of $325,000 that was more than 6 times the medical bills for a dog attack case where no bite had occurred; a confidential settlement of $250,000 for a client who was struck by a wooden stick by an actor in a Halloween maze; $185,000 against Walnut Valley Unified School District in a difficult premises liability case wherein the medical bills were only $25,000; a mediated settlement of $175,000 against the State of California for an extremely difficult and hard fought bicycle roadway defect accident; and a pre-litigation settlement of $80,000 for an elderly couple who experienced food poisoning from room service during their Christmas vacation at a local hotel.
Matt also negotiated a significant settlement in a product liability case where a Disney watch had burned the wrist of Matt's 4-year-old client. While the amount of that settlement remains confidential, it can be said that the total settlement amount was more than 50 times the medical bills in that case. Matt has also experienced great trial success in recent years, receiving several verdicts in excess of the Section 998 Pre-Trial Offers (meaning the jury paid his client more than Matt's client had offered to settle the case for before trial, such that the Defendants in each of those cases were required to pay many of the Plaintiff's trial costs and expert witness fees). These are but a few examples of the type of success that Matt has brought to his client's cases over the past several years with Easton & Easton. In recognition of these remarkable results on behalf of his clients and his growing respect and recognition among his peers, Matt became a full partner at Easton & Easton, LLP in 2014.
Matt is the second youngest son of Doug and Rae Easton and grew up most of his life with the strong desire to work with his father and brothers in providing passionate service to the legal community. Matt spent almost every summer since High School working for the law firm in various capacities and, in doing so, he saw how lawyers like his father can really help the ordinary person achieve extraordinary and needed aid in their individual lives. This inspired Matt to become a lawyer and the Easton's legacy of helping the ordinary man achieve justice, no matter how big of a goliath he may be facing off against.
While Matt grew up in Orange County and has a strong love for the community here, he also spent two years abroad in Mexico City on a mission for his church. There he sincerely fell in love with the Hispanic culture and the people that so warmly welcomed him into their lives. He also became fluent in Spanish, which has allowed him to help clients in Southern California that do not speak English.
Matt is also an Eagle Scout and continues to enjoy many outdoor activities including camping, snow skiing, rock climbing, and wakeboarding. Matt has a strong sense of family commitment, much like his parents, and truly feels blessed to work alongside his father and brothers. In addition, Matt and his wife Rachel have a son named Ronan (who already has his first briefcase) and are expecting their second son, Liam, in 2015.
Areas of Practice
- General Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Public Entity Liability (City & State Liability)
- Auto, Motorcycle, & Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents
- Products Liability
- Slip, Trip, & Fall
- Wrongful Death
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Supreme Court of California, 2009
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2009
- U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2010
- California, 2009
- Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, California
- J.D. magna cum laude - 2009
- Law Review: Whittier Law Review
- Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
- B.A. - 2006
- Major: English
- Minor: Philosophy
- Minor: Editing
- Disparate Outcomes Among Medical Malpractice Victims: A New Look at an Equal Protection Challenge to MICRA , Whittier Law Review, Fall, 2008
- Adjunct Professor, Whittier Law School - Litigation and Trial Presentation Technologies (Beginning Winter), 2015
Honors and Awards
- "Best Oral Advocate" of the 3rd Annual Susan E. McGuigan Oral Advocacy Competition
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars
- National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40
- Heritage Registry's Who's Who for Executives and Professionals
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Trial Advocacy Honors Board, Coach and Judge for Oral Advocacy Teams
- Moot Court Honors Board, Coach and Judge for Oral Advocacy Teams
- Moot Court Honors Board, Chief Justice, 2008 - 2009
- English (Primary)