mjjMATTHEW J. JANKOWSKI
Senior Attorney
Indianapolis, IN
P: 317.818.1360
F: 317.818.1390
mjjankowski@kopkalaw.com
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Matthew J. Jankowski is a trial attorney who specializes in handling both civil defense litigation and employment law matters. His insurance defense practice focuses on diverse areas of law including professional negligence, premises liability, product liability, food contamination, heavy trucking, automobile, insurance coverage, bad faith, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. In employment law, Matt has defended cases involving allegations of racial discrimination, national origin discrimination, gender discrimination, hostile work environment, age discrimination, and sexual harassment in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

Matt joined our firm in 2004, after having obtained extensive insurance defense and valuable trial experience in the central Indiana legal community since his admission to the bar in 1998. He has continued to add to that experience since that time, and to date, he had tried over 50 jury cases to verdict, along with a significant number of bench trials and arbitrations. During that time, Matt has also served as lead counsel on numerous appeals arising from both motion practice and jury verdicts rendered at the trial court level, defending the interests of his clients on topics including expert witness bias, premises insurance coverage, medical malpractice, and contractual indemnity.

TRIAL AND CASE HIGHLIGHTS

  • In his most recent trials, Matt successfully defended two different U.S. based-corporations in suits brought in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.
    In the first, the plaintiffs had claimed that a popular adjustable mattress manufacturer had delivered a mattress to their home that was infested with bedbugs. Matt used expert witness testimony to convince the jury that it was virtually impossible for the insects to have been introduced to plaintiffs’ home in manner that they had claimed, and established a more likely means of manifestation not involving the manufacturer that the jury found persuasive.  The jury returned a defense verdict in less than 20 minutes.

    In the second, the plaintiffs claimed that an employee of an aerospace company had struck the rear of their vehicle while in the course and scope of his employment, resulting in permanent injuries to the plaintiff wife. Matt again used expert witness testimony to not only contest the manner in which the plaintiff wife claimed that she was injured, but also the nature and extent of those injuries.  Though plaintiffs had demanded $750,000.00 to resolve their claims prior to trial, the jury returned a verdict awarding them only $25,000.00.

  • Other recent jury trial successes in personal injury cases include obtaining a verdict well under the amount demanded of his client in Wright v. Maurer and obtaining a defense verdict in favor of his client in Jones v. Sterrett, both in Marion County, Indiana.
  • In the personal injury case of Lowe v. Speer, the plaintiff had sought $300,000 for injuries sustained in a collision which he claimed was the result of Matt’s client pulling out in front of his vehicle. Based on concerns about liability, the plaintiff was offered $70,000 prior to trial. After a four-day jury trial, Matt was able to obtain a defense verdict for his client.
  • Please click here for a full summary of jury cases tried by Matt since joining the firm in 2004.

APPELLATE OPINIONS

  • Brown v. Boeing Co., 2016 Ind.App.Unpub. LEXIS 1150
  • Everhart v. Founders Insurance Company, 993 N.E.2d 1170 (Ind.App. 2013)
  • Fenoglio v. Gluszak, 987 N.E.2d 548 (Ind. App. 2013)
  • Ogea v. Karamesines Credit Shelter Trust, 979 N.E.2d 7717 (Ind.App. 2012)
  • Tincher v. Davidson, 762 N.E.2d 1221 (Ind. 2003)
  • Gallant Ins. Co. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 723 N.E.2d 452 (Ind.App. 2000)

MEMBERSHIPS

Indiana State Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
NNRDA – National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association
PLUS – Professional Liability Underwriting Society, Midwest Chapter
SCHIRA – South Central Human Resources Association

ADMISSIONS
Indiana
U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana

EDUCATION
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D.
Indiana University, B.S., Criminal Justice