Matthew Way is what they call a rooted individual. He and his family are planted here in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area — it’s their home — and that means something to them. Their loyalty to location is somewhat rare in hypermobile America, where life’s adventure is so often defined by how far one can stray away from home. For Matthew, life’s quests are less nomadic, more local, and home is simply where his friends and family are.
It’s not that Matthew couldn’t survive away from home because he could, of course. In fact, he thrived when he relocated to West Virginia to attend law school and receive his MBA. Somehow he did it all in just three years, but he still had time to make plenty of friends, and even credits that period of his life as a time of great personal growth and maturity. But, when all was said and done, it wasn’t home, and today he is happy to be back among his roots in Northern Kentucky.
“If I had to move away again for a job, I could, but would I want to? Probably not. Family and friends are something that I place a high value on. I’ve spent my whole life building deep connections with them.”
Fortunately for Matthew, the feeling appears to be mutual within his social circle. Many of his friends have also committed to starting their careers locally so that they can maintain the relationships they spent their whole lives developing. Collectively, they have a vision of living in proximity to each other and look forward to starting their families around the same time. That seems unique for a group of young men. According to Matthew, he thinks their education at Covington Catholic may have had an impact on that way of thought.
“I think one thing CovCath really instilled in us was to take pride in our communities, whether that means giving back through service or understanding the impact we can have as future leaders. I think when you combine that with the relationships and experiences I developed throughout my life in the Cincinnati/NKY area, it really created a sense of maintaining roots here locally.”
Sure, but how does he take on the world? What does he do to fulfill his sense of adventure? Well, Matthew is a competitor. His sense of adventure comes in the form of competition, which means he only has to travel as far as the local gym or his office to get there. No globetrotting required. The same goes for his friends, which is a convenient way for all of them to stay connected and push each other to continue to get better. They recently started the tradition of meeting every Tuesday night on the court for basketball night. It keeps them in shape physically and connected socially.
Matthew credits his competitiveness to childhood days spent at his Grandparents’ house playing sports with his cousins. Interestingly enough, on his grandfather’s side, from grandpa down, the family has born fifteen consecutive boys. That’s right, Matthew’s grandpa had all boys, his father and uncles had all boys, and now two of Matthew’s cousins have had all boys so far. They haven’t found anything in Guinness yet to confirm a record, but they are all quite curious.
Matthew’s sense of competition would graduate from the backyard to the classroom, and then eventually to the courtroom. It was the competitive nature of law that drew Matthew to becoming an attorney. And his biggest competitor? Himself.
“I’ve been told that worrying about where others are at or how they are performing is pointless. Your main competitor is yourself. I enjoy pushing myself and seeing results of my hard work. I believe effort is the most important thing anyone can give. My parents always preached to control what you can control in life, and to do everything to the best of your ability. Especially the little things.”
Matthew is a member of the Corporate Counsel Practice Group, where his practice focuses on commercial loan transactions and documentation. Prior to joining the Firm, Matthew graduated from West Virginia University with both a JD and MBA.
During his time at West Virginia University, Matthew served as President of Business Law Society and as Community Service Chair of the Student Bar Association. He also enjoyed multiple professional experiences throughout his time in law school. Notably, he worked as a Student-Attorney within WVU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic where he represented both for- and non-profit businesses around the State. Within this role, one of Matthew’s favorite achievements was being able to successfully advocate to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office to change the State’s historical understanding of certain entity conversions. He and his clinic partner went on to earn the Clinical Legal Education Association – Most Outstanding Clinic Team Award for their representation throughout the year.
Matthew also has experience in the public sector, where he interned for the General Counsel of the West Virginia Office of Technology at the State’s Capital. His role centered on reviewing procurement bids primarily tailored toward innovative and security initiatives within the State.
Matthew was selected as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honor Society, for his academic performance throughout his MBA program. Prior to attending law school, Matthew earned his Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Kentucky.
Since moving back to the Cincinnati area, Matthew moved downtown where he is excited to explore the restaurants and entertainment that the City has to offer.