Matthew E. Wright
(615) 455-3588

 

 

 

Having begun his legal career representing mega-insurance companies, Matt 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.

Matt decided to represent ordinary people instead of large companies, as a truck accident lawyer. There is simply so much to learn about trucks, technology and trucking law that it only made sense to specialize in this particular area. The decision has resulted in him having life-long friendships with those whom he represented and other trucking lawyers across the country. Matt hopes that he has brought positive change to the lives of those clients and will continue to effect positive change, making the world a safer and more livable place.

Education

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.

Vanderbilt University, B.A.

The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, GA

Certifications

Board Certified as a Specialist in Truck Accident Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (One of the first 10 lawyers in the country to receive this certification)

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

• American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group, Chairwoman’s Award for Distinguished Service (2019, 2020)
• 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 Executive Officer/Treasurer (2020 – present)
• 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 (2018-2019); Education Chair (2019-2020)
• 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)
• Christian Trial Lawyers Association

Featured Speaking Engagements

• Minnesota Association for Justice, “The Hidden Motor Carrier Case” (October, 2020)
• Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys 2020 Symposium, “Hidden Motor Carrier (Agency)” (2020)
• American Association for Justice, Jazzfest Seminar, “Choosing the Right Venue [In a Trucking Case]” (National Webinar, 2020)
• American Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group Members Only Seminar, “The Future of Litigation: Technology Systems and the Market • Driven Standard” (Palm Beach, FL 2019) (Chair, Moderator and Speaker)
• American Association for Justice, Specialized Depositions College – Trucking, “Deposing Responsible Third Parties” (Faculty and Presenter, Washington, D.C. 2019)
• 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,” (Louisville, KY 2018)
• New Jersey Association for Justice, Boardwalk Seminar, “Finding Additional Coverage Right Under Your Nose,” (Atlantic City, N.J. 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,” (Maui, HI 2018)
• Ohio Association for Justice, Trucking Litigation Group, “Parent Company Liability for Broker Selection,” (Columbus, OH September, 27th, 2017)
• Stafford, “Motor Carrier Claims for Negligent Entrustment, Hiring and Retention,” (National Webinar August 16th, 2017)
• Interstate Trucking Litigation Group – Members Only Seminar, “Suing the Insurance Company Directly – Yes You Can!” (November 10th, 2016, Ponte Vedra, Florida)
• Intestate Trucking Litigation Group, JazzFest Seminar Members Only, “Case Themes and Demonstrative Evidence in Trucking Cases” (New Orleans, LA 2014)

Personal

• Member of Brentwood Baptist Church
• Married with four children
• Hobbies: travel, art, museums, reading, and learning

Avvo Rating - 10
Super Lawyers
Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
Thomson West Author
National Board of Trial Advocacy
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