Attorney Matthew S. LaBeau

Matthew S. LaBeau

matthew.labeau@ceflawyers.com
P: 248-663-7724
F: 248-663-7725
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Matthew focuses his practice on defense litigation in first party No-Fault claims, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims, automobile negligence, premises liability, general negligence, and contractual disputes. Matthew has extensive experience in defending catastrophic No-Fault claims, as well consulting insurers regarding catastrophic claims prior to litigation. Matthew has vast experience in all aspects of the litigation process from the discovery process through trial and routinely achieves successful results for his clients.


AREAS OF PRACTICE

General & Automotive Liability
Insurance Coverage


EDUCATION

Wayne State University Law School
(J.D. 2006)

Western Michigan University
(B.B.A. cum laude, 2003)


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan


 ACCOMPLISHMENTS & AWARDS

Super Lawyers™
—-– Rising Star (2012-2018)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Association of Defense Trial Counsel (President from 2015-2016)
Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
Monroe County Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
—-– Indemnity Law Section (Council Member)


PROMINENT OUTCOMES

Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition in Calhoun County Circuit Court in a lawsuit for first-party, no-fault benefits. A hospital claimed that, under an assignment clause in the hospital’s consent-for-treatment form and the hospital’s fee agreement with Cofinity/PPOM, it had standing to claim over $400,000 in no-fault benefits. The Court rejected this argument, finding that the assignment was invalid and that the Cofinity/PPOM agreement didn’t give the hospital standing. The Court dismissed the case in its entirety.

Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition in a claim for premises liability in favor of a snow removal company. The Court found that the plaintiff failed to prove that the snow removal company owed any separate and distinct duty outside of its contractual duties to the homeowner such that the snow removal company cannot be held liable in tort. Plaintiff claimed significant damages and the claim against the snow removal company was dismissed in its entirety.

Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition in a claim for premises liability. The Court granted summary disposition and dismissed the case on the basis that there was no genuine issue of material fact that that Plaintiff was a licensee and that the premises owner complied with any duties owed to the Plaintiff. Plaintiff was claiming significant damages related to a severe leg injury.

Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition in a claim for first-party No-Fault benefits. The Court granted summary disposition and dismissed the case on the basis that the Plaintiff had failed to submit reasonable proof in support of her claim for attendant care benefits. Plaintiff was seeking over $300,000 in outstanding attendant care benefits.

Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition in a claim for first-party No-Fault benefits. The Court granted summary disposition and dismissed a large portion of the case on the basis that Plaintiff had failed to incur a claim for medical benefits. Plaintiff was seeking almost $1,000,000 in outstanding medical benefits.


PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Matthew has been asked to present throughout the State of Michigan on various topics relating to claims under the Michigan No-Fault Act, uninsured/underinsured motorist claims, and automobile negligence.

Presented at the ICLE No-Fault Summit on the topic of “Using the Claim File to Prove and Disprove Damages at Trial – the Defense Perspective.” (April 26, 2018)

Presented at an insurance carrier’s claim representatives training seminar on the issue of “Best Practices Under the Michigan No-Fault Act.” (August 25, 2015)

Presented to an insurance carrier on the issue of “Overview of Catastrophic and Litigated Claims.” (October 24, 2013)

Presented at an insurance carrier’s New Claim Representatives Training Seminar on the issue of “Order of Priority Under the Michigan No-Fault Act.” (July 18, 2012)

Presented to an insurance carrier on the issue of “Overview of Pending No-Fault Legislation and Case Law Update.” (October 26, 2011)

Presented to an insurance carrier on the issue of “Life after McCormick v. Carrier.” (July 14, 2011)

Presented to an insurance carrier on the issue of “Non-Standard and Experimental Treatment under the Michigan No-Fault Act.” (May 19, 2011)

Presented to an insurance carrier on the issue of “Overview of Benefits Payable Under the Michigan No-Fault.” (April 11, 2011)

Presented at the Buckeye Seminar in Columbus, Ohio on the issue of “Non-Standard and Experimental Treatment under the Michigan No-Fault Act.” (October 13, 2010)

Presented to the Insurance Institute of Michigan on the issue of “Non-Standard and Experimental Treatment under the Michigan No-Fault Act.” (September 20, 2010)

Presented at the Indy City Seminar in Indianapolis, Indiana on the topic of “Is it Covered? Issues Related to Non-Standard/Experimental Treatment in No-Fault First Party Cases.” (October 22, 2009)


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Matthew is active in the Grosse Pointe Park community, where he currently serves as a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission.