Schad, Matthew J.
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Matthew J. Schad

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Biography

Matt Schad is a trial lawyer. He's been representing injured people here in Southern Indiana for more than 25 years. Trial lawyers are those select few attorneys who have made the commitment to never back down and stand up for their clients in front of jury, even when it's the hard thing to do. He only represents injured people.

Matt has acted as lead counsel in over 50 jury trials and has won multiple seven (and eight) figure verdicts. His practice focuses on serious injury and death cases, including trucking cases, medical malpractice, toxic exposure, auto wrecks, premises liability, civil rights, products liability, construction site accidents, highway design, and insurance bad faith. Other attorneys from across Indiana and Kentucky turn to Matt for his experience in tough, complex, hard to win cases.


Background

Matt grew up on a farm in Greenville, Indiana. After graduating from Floyd Central High School he majored in Ancient Greek & Latin at Indiana University, where he earned high honors. He went on to attend the Florida State College of Law and graduated cum laude in 1994.

After law school Matt joined the United States Army and served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps overseas in the Republic of Panama. After promotion to captain he became the chief Army military prosecutor for U.S. Army South and prosecuted military crimes in Central and South America. In that role he acted as the lead prosecutor in murder, rape, drug, and other senior misconduct cases. He also advised commanders in overseas military intelligence, special forces, and combat aviation units in Panama and Honduras. At the end of his tour Matt was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, rarely bestowed on non career junior officers.

At the conclusion of his military career Matt returned home and joined his father, Larry Schad, at the family firm in New Albany. Since then he's be carving a reputation as a creative, innovative and fearless litigator. He's tried cases to verdict all over Southern Indiana and Kentucky. His trial verdicts and settlements exceed $100,000,000. Matt has also argued before the Indiana Court of Appeals. He routinely presents to other lawyer groups on trial persuasion and related topics.

Matt is married to Kelly Robertson. He has five children: Piper, Sebastian, Finn, Hadley, and McKenna. In his free time he enjoys playing lead guitar with his band, The GOATS, fly fishing, camping (especially in the West), and travel.

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Best Oralist award on the Moot Court team
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • 1990
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Ancient Greek, Latin, Classical Civilization

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1994
  • Indiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana

Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • AV Rating from Martindale Hubble. “AV” is the highest peer reviewed rating an attorney can achieve for skill and ethics, awarded to less than 5% of all attorneys.
  • FindLaw “Super Lawyer” for over 10 consecutive years
  • 665Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Army
  • “Best Oralist” for trial competition, Florida State University
  • Young Trial Lawyer of the Year in Indiana, 2003
  • Past President, Floyd County Bar Association
  • Past Board Member, Indiana Trial Lawyers
  • Graduated with Honors from Indiana University
  • Graduated with Honors from Florida State University School of Law

Representative Cases

  • $22 million verdict - child toxic exposure (highest in Floyd County history)
  • $2.3 million verdict - construction site injury
  • $1.2 million verdict - civil rights/negligence against Harrison County Sheriff Department
  • $900,000 verdict - insurance bad faith
  • $700,000 - medical malpractice
  • $665,000 - motor vehicle spinal injury
  • $330,000 - soft tissue injuries
  • $519,000 - soft tissue injuries
  • $5.7 million settlement - trucking accident
  • $4.3 million settlement - child traumatic brain injury
  • $1.2 million settlement - insurance bad faith
  • $2.1 million settlement - products liability, defective ATV
  • $1.2 million settlement - medical malpractice
  • $6.7 million settlement - trucking case

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury 50%
  • Insurance Bad Faith 10%
  • Civil Rights 10%
  • Trial Consulting 10%
  • Medical Malpractice 10%
  • Products Liability 5%
  • Nursing Home Negligence 5%