Matthew Berard is an associate practicing product liability litigation with a strong focus on automotive, autonomous vehicles, aviation and drone law. As an FAA certified private pilot, he leverages his flight knowledge and technical training to defend major product manufacturers in complex product-related claims.
Practicing in both state and federal courts across the country, Matthew represents clients in litigation arising from personal injury, product defect, property damage, premises liability and an assortment of other claims. He defends the design and manufacture of motor vehicles and components such as airbags and seat belts as well as defending autonomous vehicle manufacturers in product liability litigation. Matthew also advises and assists businesses with respect to commercial drone operations, certification processes, and FAA regulations. In his practice, Matthew has experience conducting depositions of critical fact and expert witnesses, as well as developing cost-effective litigation strategies, arguing dispositive motions and attending status and settlement conferences. Matthew has successfully briefed and argued challenges to personal jurisdiction in various state and federal courts on behalf of foreign product manufacturers. His background also includes defending insurance companies in various coverage disputes.
Prior to joining the firm, Matthew was an attorney at one of Michigan's largest law firms. He also served as the Senior Judicial Court Clerk for the Honorable Shalina D. Kumar in Oakland County Circuit Court for nearly five years while earning his undergraduate and law degree.
When he's not practicing law or flying his Cessna 172, Matthew participates in many aviation-centered legal organizations and authors articles addressing issues with respect to insurance, aviation and drone law.