Matt Klakulak

Matt Klakulak

Director of Appellate Practice
Location:
Southfield, Michigan
Phone:
248-382-8822
Email:

 Mr. Klakulak has handled more than sixty appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals, Michigan Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and other appellate courts. He has over 17 years of litigation experience focusing on briefing and arguing dispositive motions in both state and federal trial courts. These cases provided the opportunity to represent individuals who have been wronged and have suffered horrendous personal injury and loss and to take on government, insurance companies, large corporations or other wealthy and powerful persons or entities on behalf of everyday people who would otherwise have little recourse.

Many of his cases have involved extremely complex, research-intensive issues and multi-million dollar injuries and jury verdicts. Issues addressed involved personal injury, governmental immunity, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, vicarious liability, employment law, criminal defense, and many others.

In 2012, Matt was named a Fellow to the Michigan State Bar Foundation. The Foundation extends fellowship to lawyers who demonstrate “outstanding legal ability and devotion to community.” Membership is available only upon nomination by a present Fellow, and subsequent review and favorable consideration by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Fellow membership is very limited and may not exceed five percent of the total active membership of the State Bar of Michigan.

Matt clerked for Justice Marilyn Kelly of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate/Appeals
  • Criminal Defense
  • Governmental Liability
  • Civil Rights
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Police Misconduct
  • Premises Liability
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Employment

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. cum laude - 1999
    • Law Review: Wayne Law Review, Assistant Editor, 1997 - 1998
    • Law Review: Wayne Law Review, Comment Editor, 1998 - 1999
  • University of Michigan
    • B.A. - 1994

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Michigan Association for Justice, Amicus Committee
  • Oakland County Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow