Matthew Tarkington

Matthew Tarkington


Matthew Tarkington | Director

Practice Areas

Civil litigation; appeal; civil rights litigation; mediation; partnership and shareholder disputes.

Matthew Tarkington is a member of the firm's appellate and civil litigation groups. He represents clients in both federal and state proceedings. He has experienced at all levels of the legal system: administrative actions, trials, and appeals. Matthew's practice focuses on business and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in matters concerning covenants not to compete, employment discrimination, breach of fiduciary duties, interference with contractual relationships, lender liability claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, and trade secret violations as well as many other general business issues.

Matthew is also skilled at litigating a wide range of civil disputes including civil rights (1983 actions), BitTorrent litigation, real estate disputes, fraud, defamation, invasion of privacy, negligence, and wrongful death. He is well-versed in proceedings governed by the Indiana Administrative Orders and Procedures Act and the Indiana Tort Claims Act. Matthew is also an experienced appellate lawyer and has argued before the Indiana Supreme Court.

Matthew is licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Utah. He is also a registered Indiana civil and domestic mediator. Matthew is available to serve as a mediator in your case either in our Indianapolis office or at any location in Indiana.

While in law school, Matthew served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Valparaiso University Law Review.


Purdue University, B.A., Political Science, 1998; Valparaiso University School of Law (cum laude) 2002.

Bar Admissions

Indiana Supreme Court; Northern & Southern District Courts of Indiana; Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Utah Supreme Court; Utah District Court; and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Of-Counsel, Lewis & Kappes: 2002-2005, 2010-present; Associate/Of-Counsel, Christensen Thornton, Salt Lake City, Utah: 2007-2010; Associate, Wood Crapo, Salt Lake City, Utah: 2005-2007.


Indianapolis Legal Lines, Volunteer; Indianapolis Bar Association, Bar Leaders Series, Graduate; Indianapolis Bar Association, Ask-A-Lawyer, Volunteer; Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law, Moot Court Judge; American Bar Association; Indiana Bar Association; Indianapolis Bar Association; Valparaiso University School of Law Advisory Council.