Matthew D. Easton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Costa Mesa, CA

Easton & Easton, LLP
 | 650 Town Center Drive, Suite 1850
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-850-4590
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2009
Education: Whittier Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Matthew D. Easton is a partner with Easton & Easton, LLP, located in Costa Mesa, California.  For more than 20 years, his firm has focused exclusively on representing clients throughout Southern California who have been harmed by the negligent acts or omissions of others in cases involving aviation, mass transit and motor vehicle accidents, defective products, nursing home abuse, premises liability, medical malpractice and wrongful death.

Matt has become a central figure at Easton & Easton, representing hundreds of plaintiffs and litigating 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 has been selected each year since 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.  Each year since 2016, Matt has been selected by Super Lawyers among the Up-and-Coming Top 100 in Southern California and Up-and-Coming Top 25 in Orange County.  In addition, Matt has been selected each year since 2015 among the "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in California by AIOPIA and received the prestigious AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbel.  In 2015, Matt also began teaching a class on Trial Technology at Whittier Law School as an Adjunct Professor to help prepare the next great litigators of Southern California.

While his litigation experience and trial technology skills ensure that 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 $3 million for a lane splitting motorcycle accident, $2.75 million for the wrongful death of an unmarried 55-year-old man with no economic losses, $2 million for a man injured in a fall from scaffolding, $2.15 million for a neglected foster child, $1.8 million for motorcyclist who suffered a severe wrist fracture, $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, $400,000 for a slip and fall on a loose grape in a grocery store, $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.

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.

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 happily married to Rachel Easton, a talented author, and they have two beautiful boys, Ronan and Liam.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (80%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - Products: Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017

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Admitted: 2009, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.eastonlawoffices.com/Attorneys/Matthew-D-Easton.s...

Honors and Awards:

  • "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys for California, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2017
  • Top 50 Verdict in California for 2016, TopVerdict.com, 2017
  • Top 10 in California, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40 in California, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 in California, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Best Attorney of America - Lifetime Member, Rue Ratings' Best Attorneys of America, 2016
  • "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys in California, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2016
  • Outstanding Alumni of the Year -- Whittier Law School, Outstanding Alumni, Whittier Law School, 2016
  • Highest 5.0 AV Preeminent Rating, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 in California, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 10 Under 40 in California, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2015
  • Highest 5.0 AV Preeminent Rating, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbel, 2015
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Life Member) - The Top Trial Lawyers in America, 2015
  • "10 Best" Personal Injury Attorneys for California, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2015
  • Premier 100 Trial Attorneys, Premier 100, American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40 in California, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Commendation from City of Lancaster for $2.75 Million Settlement, City of Lancaster, 2013
  • Top 10% of Class, Whittier Law School, 2009
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum (Life Member) - The Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Moot Court Honors Board, Chief Justice, 2008 - 2009
  • Moot Court Honors Board, Coach and Judge for Oral Advocacy Teams
  • Trial Advocacy Honors Board, Coach and Judge for Oral Advocacy Teams
  • "Best Oral Advocate" of the 3rd Annual Susan E. McGuigan Oral Advocacy Competition
  • Magna Cum Laude, Whittier Law School, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Adjunct Professor of Trial Technology - Whittier Law School, 2015
  • Supreme Court of California, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2010
  • California, 2009

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • I recently acquired $1,875,000 for a minor client who suffered a cervical dislocation requiring a single-level Cervical Fusion.  My client was a high school sophomore at the time of the accident riding in the vehicle of another minor, who attempted to "drift" on a dirt shoulder when he lost control of his vehicle causing this accident.  After 9-12 months of rehab post-fusion, my client made a remarkable recovery and was able to resume playing football for his high school team (despite the Cervical Fusion) and was selected as Team Captain, MVP, and All-League for his conference during his Senior Year.  Despite the remarkable recovery, I was able to convince the defense that my client's young age exposed him to the possibility of significant further treatment resulting in a mediated settlement at $1,875,000 pre-litigation., 2017
  • I recently acquired $2,150,000 for a foster child who suffered brain damage due to negligent supervision and medical care.  The foster child had been born prematurely due to drug abuse by her birth mother and was taken from her birth mother immediately after birth and placed into foster care.  Thereafter, the negligence of her caregivers allowed her to develop RSV Encephalitis, which was insufficiently treated by her medical providers (both her pediatrician and the ER doctors).  The adoptive parents of the child were so troubled by the care that had been provided to this child, that they sought consultation with our firm shortly after the adoption was finalized (more than two years after these events took place).  Despite our delayed entrance into the matter, I was able to obtain $2,150,000 collectively from the child’s medical providers and the foster parent compensation fund after almost two years of hard fought litigation., 2017
  • I recently acquired a $1,800,000 settlement for a client who suffered a motorcycle accident causing a comminuted right wrist fracture requiring ORIF Surgical Repair, as well as left shoulder and left ankle fractures that were treated non-surgically.  My client spent two weeks in the hospital and incurred $168,000 in past medical specials and alleged more than $300,000 in lost earnings.  Despite claiming the possibility for future surgery if his condition deteriorated, he experienced few lingering complaints or limitations and I was able to negotiate a $1,800,000 settlement., 2017
  • In late 2016, I helped acquire a $1,850,000 verdict for a client involved in an automobile accident caused by a State of California Parole Officer. Our client had been parked on the side of the road sitting in the passenger seat in his truck when the State employee became distracted and rear-ended his stopped truck. The State of California contended that the forces of the accident were insufficient to have caused any of our client’s claimed injuries, which included a cervical fusion, wrist surgery, and hernia repair. Throughout the litigation, the State only offered our client $200,000, primarily disputing causation for our client's injuries. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict of $1,850,000 against the State of California in favor of our client., 2016
  • I recently acquired $3,060,000 for a client injured while lane splitting on a motorcycle on the edge of the carpool lane when a shuttle bus suddenly changed lanes into the carpool lane of the 405 freeway.  While the bus company initially disputed liability due to my client’s lane splitting conduct, I was ultimately able to show that the bus driver’s negligent lane change was the true cause of the collision and they accepted full liability. As a result of this accident, my client slammed into the side of the shuttle bus and then crashed onto the roadway, suffering a fractured pelvis, torn ACL, internal degloving wound, and various shearing wounds.  He underwent three surgeries and more than a year of physical therapy, and incurred $300,000 in medical bills.  After demonstrating the significant effect that this accident had on my client’s life, the shuttle bus company sought a mediation early in the litigation process and ultimately paid $3,060,000.   , 2016
  • Aquired $275,000 for a 4-year-old girl who suffered second degree burns after a waiter allegedly spilled a hot tea kettle while serving food to the table.  While the restaurant claimed that one of the patrons had knocked over the tea kettle, I used photographic evidence of the spill pattern on the table to show that only the server could have spilled the tea kettle.  Despite ultimately suffering only minor scars to her inner thighs once the burns healed and incuring less than $3,000 in medical specials, I acquired $275,000 for this plaintiff at mediation., 2016
  • In 2015, I assisted in aquiring a mediated settlement of $1,250,000 for a Plaintiff who had been rear-ended and suffered a 2 centimeter (20mm) disc herniation at C5-6, requiring Anterior Cervical Decompression, Discectomy and Fusion.  After the first 3 months of positive recovery post-Fusion, Plaintiff began smoking again (as she had strictly been told not to do by her physician) and soon thereafter began to experience pain and radicular complaints.  She was diagnosed with Pseudoarthrosis and loosening of the prior Fusion hardware and was advised to undergo a repeat surgery.  At the time of mediation, Plaintiff had incurred $48,965.03 in medical specials, but had not yet undergone the second fusion surgery. Despite the Defense contention that Plaintiff was responsible for the need to undergo the second surgery due to her smoking, we negotiated a mediated settlement of $1,250,000. , 2015
  • In 2015, I assisted in acquiring a $2,000,000 policy limits settlement for a client who had fallen from a ladder that he placed on top of a two-story high scaffolding while he was trying to remove eaves for a project on behalf of the HOA where he owned a condo.  My client had fallen to the ground, severely fracturing numerous bones in his skull and face and suffering a traumatic brain injury.  While the Defendants contended that my client was primarily at fault for his injuries because he chose to bring a ladder onto the scaffolding and placed the ladder in a precarious position on the scaffolding at the time of his fall, we contended that the Defendants' agents had negligently constructed the scaffolding and were liable as a matter of law due to other deficiencies.  While the Defendants denied any liability throughout pre-litigation, they ultimately tendered their $2,000,000 policy limits prior to the expiration of our §998 Offer after we showed their significant additional exposure in the matter., 2015
  • In late-2014, I acquired $1,300,000 for a client who was rear-ended in Newport Beach by a drunk driver being chased by the police at a high rate of speed in a residential community.  The force of the impact sent my client’s car more than 500 feet down the roadway, up the curb, and into a tree.  During pre-litigation, I was able to ascertain facts regarding a prior history of evading the police by this drunk driver in order to establish a powerful potential claim for punitive damages.  As a result of the collision, my client suffered a subdural hematoma, thyroid cartilage fracture, and respiratory failure for more than 3 days.  She was intubated and hospitalized in the ICU for 10 days and spent another 12 days in the hospital and at a rehab facility.  She requried a G-tube for more than 6 months after her discharge from the hospital as she continued to struggle with swallowing liquids due to her injuries from this accident.  Ultimately, the medical specials related to this incident amounted to approximately $248,000.  While these injuries were serious, none were of a permanent and lasting nature, and the client returned to work full-time within 4 months after the accident. Using the despicable conduct of the drunk driver and the powerful threat of punitive damages I had established, I was able to acquire the drunk driver’s full $1,300,000 policy limits less than a year after the accident., 2014
  • I acquired $1,240,000 for a client whose breast implant incision ruptured after she was T-boned in an intersection.  My client was a remarkable breast cancer survivor who was three months post-op to her breast reconstruction when she was T-boned and her healed incision was ruptured.  After the rupture was surgically repaired the day after the collision, this client experienced a breast infection from the rupture, though it appeared to resolve a few days later.  She then experienced recurrent infections several months later after a trip to Mexico following her failed nipple graft procedure.  These recurrent infections ultimately lead to various complications and the removal of her breast implant for over a year before it was finally replaced and the situation ultimately resolved.  In all, my client had incurred $175,000 in medical bills related to this 3-year ordeal. The Defendants’ physicians contended that all of my client’s more serious complications stemmed from the subsequent infections after her Mexico trip, and therefore were unrelated to the car accident.  However, I was able to establish through multiple depositions that it was likely she had developed a biofilm infection after the initial rupture and that this biofilm lay dormant in the months after this accident.  I showed that it was likely a jury would determine that this biofilm ultimately lead to the subsequent infections, such that the Defendants would be liable for all of my client’s complications.  This convinced the Defendants to compensate her for the full extent of her injuries and the case settled one month before trial for $1,240,000., 2014
  • I acquired a mediated settlement for $175,000 in a hard fought bicycle accident case against the State of California where my client — a weekly cyclist with over 10 years of extensive cycling experience — crashed on Northbound Newport Coast Drive in the gore point for the SR-73 toll road on-ramp due to ground down asphalt in the gore point.  As my client approached the gore point, he was unaware that roadwork had occurred and the asphalt had been ground down on the on-ramp and gore point because there were no warning cones or roadwork signs.  As cyclists are not permitted to ride on freeways and the gore point is considered part of the SR-73 freeway, the State of California contended that it did not need to place any warnings at the gore point.  The State of California’s Safety Expert testified at his deposition that cyclists needed to merge into the middle lane of the roadway in order to stay off the freeway on-ramp lanes.  When I pointed out that vehicles on Newport Coast Drive were traveling in excess of 60 MPH, the State’s Expert realized his ridiculous position and I was able to use this testimony to significantly strengthen our case.  Through further litigation, I showed that the only reasonable path for cyclists on this roadway was to pass through the gore point, resulting in a mediated settlement of $175,000 one month before trial.  My client had suffered a fractured femur (no surgery required) and separated shoulder in the accident.  As a result of this lawsuit, the on-ramp interchanges at this location have been changed with striping to indicate where bicyclists should ride., 2013
  • I assisted in aquiring a mediated settlement of $2.75 million for the wrongful death of a 55-year-old man with no wife or children, just two surviving parents in their 80’s.  The defendants’ insurance carrier initially expected to pay no more than $250,000 to settle the case of these 81- and 79-year-old parents, who had no economic losses as a result of their son’s death.  Their son had died as a result of the negligent operation of a street sweeper in the early morning hours that caused the decedent to drive his vehicle into the stopped street sweeper and die upon impact.   We filed suit against the street sweeper company and operator. We focused the case mostly on the unique bond these parents shared with their son by persuasively telling their family story, which included living together for almost 49 of the son's 55 years  before his death due to the his prior health problems.  We also pursued a claim for punitive damages against the driver and his company, which claim I handled exclusively and which I fought through several motions to strike.  After failing to remove the claim for punitive damages in the last motion to strike hearing, the insurance carrier sought an early mediation in the matter and it settled on March 1, 2013 for $2.75 Million (an amount far in excess of my clients' wildest dreasms) at a mediation at Judicate West., 2013
  • I acquired a mediated settlement of $400,000 for a client who suffered a slip and fall injury while shopping at Westminster Mall.  My client contended that she slipped on vanilla ice cream that had been on the floor so long that it congealed, but she had taken no pictures of the substance that caused her fall and therefore had no evidence of what caused her to fall.  As a result of the fall, she suffered significant injuries, including torn Achilles tendons and a fractured Coccyx (tailbone).  At an initial mediation, the insurance carrier for the mall offered a paltry settlement of a few thousand dollars based on the lack of evidence for my client’s alleged fall.  After further litigation, depositions, and discovery, I was able to show that the mall was not conducting reasonable inspections of the premises at the time this fall occurred through their failure to keep sweep sheets or inspection logs.  The mall’s insurance carrier sought a second Mediation in the matter a month before trial where the case settled for $400,000., 2012
  • I acquired a mediated settlement of $185,000 for a 16-year-old high school student against Walnut Valley Unified School District where the Gymnasium Floor Mat Rack fell on the student when he carelessly overloaded it on one side.  While the School District contended that my client had negligently used the Rack when he was asked to help clean up the Gym after an awards ceremony, I was able to show through a site inspection that the Rack was poorly constructed, unstable, lacked the necessary warnings, and constituted a dangerous condition of public property. At a Mediation in the matter, I not only showed that a jury was likely to find the School District liable, but also demonstrated that the story of my particular client would be extremely compelling, as he was an honors student whose femur was fractured when the Rack fell on him just a week before finals in his sophomore year.  Based on the compelling story I advocated, the case settled at mediation for $185,000, despite the fact that my client had only incurred $25,000 in medical bills., 2012

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Matt was the youngest litigator selected for final screen testing by NBC for Law & Order: You The Jury -- a TV series to feature real litigators trying real lawsuits live on primetime NBC in mid-2016.  Ultimately, Matt had to decline the offer due to the time commitments of his busy litigation practice and teaching schedule., 2016

Educational Background:

  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, B.A. in English, Minor: Philosophy & Editing, 2006
Office Location for Matthew D. Easton

650 Town Center Drive
Suite 1850
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-850-4590

 

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Last Updated: 2/24/2017

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