Wesley Matthew Nakajima

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Matt Nakajima is a sought-after trial lawyer focusing his practice on wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases. His passion and dedication to clients drive his results. In the last 8 years, Matt has obtained over $50 million in verdicts, judgments, and settlements on behalf of his clients. In 2022 alone, Matt has successfully resolved cases for $7 million, $3 million, $3 million, $2 million, $2 million, and numerous $1 million policy limit settlements.

Matt does not shy away from difficult cases and is known for obtaining extraordinary results under the most challenging circumstances. For example, in 2021, Matt and Lindsay Lawrence entered a case two weeks before trial and obtained at $825,000 jury verdict in Warren County, Ohio, on behalf of a woman who suffered an ankle fracture. The top offer before their involvement was $90,000 as the defense was disputing liability and causation. In 2019, Matt and Charlie Rittgers obtained a $3,000,000 jury verdict in Hamilton County, Ohio, on behalf of a 71-year-old woman who suffered a fractured knee cap. The top offer before trial was a mere $25,000. Matt accepted the case after multiple law firms had turned it down believing the case to be too difficult to win against a multi-billion-dollar corporation. In 2018, Matt and his client had a top offer of $20,000 from a large insurance company after a shoulder tear injury. He, his co-counsel, and his client refused the offer and went to a jury trial. The verdict was $1,028,317 and one of the largest for a non-death case in the history of Campbell County, Kentucky. Matt, along with Kyle Salyer, successfully pursued the company on a bad faith action following the verdict.

As a result of his track record of success in the courtroom, Matt is often asked to speak to trial lawyer organizations across the county on trial advocacy, litigation, and injury law. Respected by his peers, Matt has been a recipient of the prestigious "Super Lawyer" and/or "Rising Star" awards by Super Lawyers every year since 2013. In 2014, Matt was invited by the National Trial Lawyers to be a member of the Top 40 under 40 attorneys for Kentucky and Ohio and has a 10/10 Superb Avvo rating.

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury - General 20%
  • Personal Injury - Truck Wrecks 50%
  • Personal Injury - Brain Injury 10%
  • Personal Injury - Wrongful Death 10%

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • Kentucky, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • Federal Claims Court
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky

Education

  • Northern Kentucky University, Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • J.D. - 2008
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • Bellarmine University , Louisville, Kentucky
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Economics
  • Northern Kentucky University
    • LL.D. - 2008

Representative Cases

  • Ollberding v. Kentucky Farm Bureau - A jury verdict of $1,028,317.17
  • Drame v. Irby – 7,500,000.00 judgment, https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/11/05/pit-bull-mauling-lawsuit/75216558/
  • Product liability - 1,000,000.00 settlement
  • Roberts v. Boehl, 2018 WL 1468734, Court of Appeals 12th Dist OH

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the prestigious “Rising Star” award, Super Lawyers every year since 2013
  • Top 40 under 40 attorneys for Kentucky and Ohio, National Trial Lawyers
  • 10/10 Superb Avvo rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Ohio Association of Justice, Member, 2009 to Present
  • The Kentucky Justice Associations, Board of Governor 2009-2016
  • American Association of Justice , Member, 2009 to Present
  • Ohio Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2014 to Present
  • The Kentucky Justice Associations, Member, 2009

Past Employment Positions

  • O'Connor Acciani & Levy, Attorney, 2014 to 2019
  • The Sanders Law Firm, Attorney, 2009 to 2014

Languages

  • English