Career Profiles

Matthew D. Easton ‘09

Partner, Easton & Easton, LLP

Matthew D. Easton ‘09

What do you do at your job?
I am a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney representing those who have suffered serious injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one due to another’s wrongdoing or negligence. I manage about 45% of the cases in my office from start to finish, which includes initial in-take, pre-litigation strategies, and all litigation work including trial if necessary.

What excites you most about your job?
I love the moment when I know I have achieved a substantial recovery for my client — this may come at the end of a trial, at a mediation, or just in the office through negotiations over the phone. While I very much enjoy trial and the rush and excitement that it provides, I also love the phone call I get to make to a deserving and grateful client reporting that I have resolved the case for the amount they were seeking without them having to go through the stress and ordeal of a lengthy trial.

How did your experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this position?
I spend a lot of my day arguing my position to judges, defense attorneys, insurance adjusters, mediators, and sometimes jurors. My experience on the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Honors Boards helped prepare me to confidently explain my position and argue my client’s case in an effective and succinct manner.

Do you have any advice for those seeking employment in your industry?
Those interested in breaking into this industry should spend a number of years putting in the time by externing, interning, and working at reputable firms that practice in this area so that they can learn the necessary skills and strategies to be successful. I believe skills in legal technology, litigation technology, trial technology, trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, and effective legal writing are probably the most important and desirable skills for those seeking employment in this industry.