Matthew Cleary, Vancouver Motor Vehicle Lawyer

Matthew Cleary is a lawyer in Klein Lawyers’ personal injury practice.  Matt manages motor vehicle plaintiff cases and has experience in conducting trials, mediations and judicial settlement conferences. He has worked on many notable trials and settled files with remarkable results against ICBC.

Matt was active at UBC where he was part of the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, helping members of the community with legal assistance and offering free advice to low-income clients with legal disputes. He has also volunteered with the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society as well as volunteered in Jakarta, Indonesia. Matt is proficient in Bahasa Indonesia and Spanish.

Practice Areas


  • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Laws, 2008
  • Dalhousie University, Legal Studies, 2006
  • University of Victoria, BA (With Distinction), 2001
  • Pan Pacific International College, Victoria, 2002

Bar Memberships

  • British Columbia, 2009

Work Experience

  • Lawyer, Klein Lawyers
  • Lawyer, Spraggs and Company Law Corporation, 2009-2013
  • Various Positions, Spraggs and Company Law Corporation, 2007-2009
  • Articled Student, UBC Criminal Clinic, 2008

Professional Affiliations

Selected Decisions

Recent Settlements

  • 2014: Passenger in highway rollover resulting in fractured femur and ribs, and internal injuries. Settled nine months post-accident for $150,000 over policy limits. Settlement amount: $656,915.59
  • 2013: passenger in serious, single vehicle accident, not wearing seatbelt. Suffered fractured ribs, spinal compression fracture and collapsed lung. Settlement amount: $240,000
  • 2013: Toddler run over by slow-moving vehicle on dirt road. Numerous, serious initial injuries, including fractured pelvis and venous compression, restricting blood flow to head. Substantial recovery within weeks and total recovery in months, with no ongoing injuries. Settlement amount: $145,000
  • 2012: T-bone collision resulting in chronic knee pain caused by Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy: Settlement amount: $550,000
  • 2012: Motor vehicle accident resulting in chronic back and neck pain and headaches: Settlement amount: $550,000
  • 2011: Head-on Collision resulting in multiple fractures: Settlement amount: $1.5 million
  • 2011 : Pedestrian hit crossing street resulting in a broken nose, concussion, chronic neck and back pain: Settlement amount: $350,000

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, 2006
  • Active Supporter of Canadian Red Cross
  • Active Supporter of UBC Law Student Bursaries
  • Active Supporter of Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation