Matthew  Wright

Wright Law, PLC
Wright Law, PLC
840 Crescent Centre Dr, # 310
FranklinTN 37067
(615) 455-3588
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How I became a truck accident lawyer:


Having begun my legal career representing mega-insurance 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, as a truck accident lawyer. 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.


CERTIFICATIONS

·       Board Certified as a Specialist in Truck Accident Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy


EDUCATION

·       Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 2002)

·       Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1994)

·       The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA (Class of 1990)


ADMISSIONS

·       Tennessee Supreme Court

·       All Tennessee State courts

·       United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

·       United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

·       United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

·       Pro Hac Vice Admission in California, Texas, Kentucky, Southern District of New York, Southern District of Florida


PUBLICATIONS

·       The ELD Mandate: An Imperfect Solution to Rampant Danger, AAJ, Interstate Trucking Litigation Journal (Winter/Spring 2019)

·       “Hidden Motor Carriers in the Supply Chain – The New Fraud,” AAJ, Interstate Trucking Litigation Journal (Winter/Spring 2018)

·       “Left-Hand Turn Cases,” AAJ, Interstate Trucking Litigation Journal (Fall 2014)

·       “Defeating the Ostrich Defense in Premises Liability Cases”, Tennessee Trial Lawyer (2009)

·       “Securities Action”, Tennessee Trial Lawyer (2005)

·       “Admissibility of Expert Testimony”, National Business Institute (2004)


AWARDS

·       Rated 10/10 Superb for Top Truck Accident attorneys by avvo.com

·       Member of Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum (2016-present)

·       Member of The National Trial Lawyers, Top Ten Trucking Trial Lawyers (2017-present)

·       Advocate, American Association for Justice (2009)


AFFILIATIONS

·       American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group Broker Committee (2018-present)

·       American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America) (President’s Club Member current) (2006-present)

·       American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Journal, Co-Chair of Journal (2014-2015), Chair of Journal (2017-2018), Membership Chair (2018-present)

·       American Association for Justice, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, Member of Executive Board (2014-2015), (2017-2018)

·       Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers’ College (Ranch Club Member) (2011-present)

·       Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2005 – present) and Member of Circle of Advocates

·       Board of Governors, Tennessee Association for Justice (2009-2012)

·       Ethics Committee, Tennessee Association for Justice (2009-2010)

·       Attorney Mentor

·       Tennessee Bar Association

·       Federal Bar Association (Nashville Chapter)


FEATURED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

·       American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group Members Only Seminar, “The Future of Litigation: Technology Systems and the Market Driven Standard” (Palm Beach, Florida 2019 – forthcoming).

·       American Association for Justice, Specialized Depositions College – Trucking, “Deposing Responsible Third Parties” (Faculty and Presenter, Washington, D.C. 2019 – forthcoming).

·       Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys 2019 Symposium, “Construction Zone Crashes” (Nashville, Tennessee 2019 )

·       Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, “Proving System Failures-A How To Primer on Rules and Evidence” (National Webinar 2019)

·       American Association for Justice, Annual Convention 2019, Trucking/Bus Litigation Group, “Defendants Other than the Motor Carrier” (San Diego, California 2019)

·       New Jersey Association for Justice, Boardwalk Seminar, “Settling the Trucking Case” (Atlantic City, New Jersey 2019)

·       360Advocacy, Auto Crash Litigation 6.0, “Traumatic Sleep Deprivation (Always Present, Always Ignored) to Prove Economic Disability for Life Care Plans” (Las Vegas, Nevada 2019)

·       Strafford, “Arguing Driver Fatigue in Trucking and Auto Accidents,” (National Webinar March 5, 2019)

·       Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group 2018 Members Only, Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C., “Proving Sleep-Deficit Damages,” (2018)

·       Trucking Litigation Group 2018 Members Only, Willard Hotel Washington, D.C., “Using Internal Policies to Prove Aggravated Damages,” (2018)

·       Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys, 2018 Symposium, “Understanding HOS – ELD,” (Nashville, Tennessee 2018)

·       Kentucky Justice Association, Trucking Seminar, “Tenacity Required—Get What You Need in Discovery in the Big Truck Case,” (2018)

·       New Jersey Association for Justice, Boardwalk Seminar, “Finding Additional Coverage Right Under Your Nose,” (2018)

·       American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation College Faculty Member, Winter/Spring 2018

·       Trial Lawyer Nation Podcast, “Finding Additional Liability in Brokers and Shippers,” (2018) https://triallawyernation.com/episode/07-matthew-wright/

·       American Association for Justice, Winter Convention Specialized Track on Transportation Safety, 2018, Maui, HI, “Hidden Motor Carriers in the Supply Chain – The New Fraud,” February 5th, 2018

·       Ohio Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group, “Parent Company Liability for Broker Selection,” September, 27th, 2017

·       Stafford, “Motor Carrier Claims for Negligent Entrustment, Hiring and Retention,” August 16th, 2017

·       Interstate Trucking Litigation Group – Members Only Seminar, “Suing the Insurance Company Directly – Yes You Can!” November 10th, 2016, Ponte Vedra, Florida.

·       Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, JazzFest Seminar Members Only, “Case Themes and Demonstrative Evidence in Trucking Cases” (2014)


PERSONAL

·       Member of Brentwood Baptist Church

·       Married with four children

·       Hobbies: travel, art, museums, reading, and learning

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