Matthew C. Hug is the principal attorney at HugLaw, PLLC. His practice is limited to litigation with an emphasis on personal injury, criminal defense, commercial litigation and appeals. Mr. Hug's appellate experience is extensive and has argued cases before the NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, Second, Third and Fourth Departments. He has had four cases before tne New York State Court of Appeals.
Among the most important cases Mr. Hug has worked on was People v. Weaver, in which he succussefully argued before the NY Court of Appeals that police should not be permitted to place a GPS device on the vehicles of private citizens without a warrant. This case was reported by numerous news agencies, including the New York Times, ABC News, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Albany Times Union, the Troy Record, WGY, Talk 1300, WNYT and WTEN. This historic decision was later cited by the United States Supreme Court when they dealt with the issue.
Mr. Hug has represented individuals charged with crimes by the New York State Attorney General's Office and has represented large corporations involved in complex commercial litigation.
Before he opened his own practice, Mr. Hug worked as an Appellate Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Third Judicial Department. Prior to working for the Appellate Division, Mr. Hug received his J.D. from Albany Law School, where he graduated summa cum laude (and was in the top 10 of his graduating class). During his time at Albany Law School, he was one of the first recepients of the Dean Sponsler Fellowship that was awarded after finishing his first year with the 2nd highest GPA. He later was awarded the Frank Patterson Prize. While at Albany Law School, he served as a judicial intern with Hon. George B. Ceresia of the NYS Supreme Court and worked as a summer associate with Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC in both Albany and Syracuse, New York.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Hug received a M.A. from the State University at Albany in United States History. He also has a B.A. in the same discipline from the same institution. In 2011, Mr. Hug was appointed by the Appellate Division, Third Department as a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness to a five year term.
Licensed since 2005
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I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Hug is an exceptional criminal defense and appellate attorney. His is considered an expert by his peers. I do not hesitate to refer him clients knowing their rights and interests will be protected by Attorney Hug. Because he is both a trial and appellate attorney, his clients receive the best possible legal representation.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2015|
|Top 100||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Top 40 Under 40||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||New York Super Lawyers||2013|
|Frank M. Patterson Prize||Albany Law School||2004|
|Justinian Society||Albany Law School||2004|
|summa cum laude||Albany Law School of Union University||2004|
|Dean Sponsler Fellowship||Albany Law School||2002|
|Special District Attorney||Greene County||2013 - 2013|
|Special District Attorney||Rensselaer County||2011 - 2012|
|Special District Attorney||Rensselaer County||2009 - 2010|
|Attorney||Town of North Greenbush Planning Board||2008 - Present|
|Deputy Town Attorney||Town of North Greenbush Zoning Board of Appeals||2008 - 2010|
|Attorney||Town of North Greenbush Industrial Development Agency||2006 - Present|
|Principal||Law Office of Matthew C. Hug||2005 - Present|
|Appellate Court Attorney||NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division Third Dept||2004 - 2005|
|Summer Associate||Bond Schoeneck & King||2003 - 2003|
|Legal Intern||NYS Supreme Court||2002 - 2002|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Better Business Bureau||Member||2014 - Present|
|National Trial Lawyers||Member||2014 - Present|
|New York State Defenders Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Rensselaer County Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Appellate Division, Committee on Character and Fitness||Member||2011 - Present|
|Wynantskill School District Ad Hoc Committee||Member||2010 - Present|
|Kiwanis||Member||2009 - 2010|
|St Jude the Apostle School||School Board Member||2008 - 2010|
|North Greenbush Business and Professional Association||President||2008 - 2009|
|Albany Law School of Union University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|State University of New York, Albany||History||MA - Masters||2000|
|State University of New York, Albany||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
|Lecture - Fordham Law School||The Right to Counsel||2011|
|Al Roney Show - 810 WGY||Guest -- GPS Surveillance / Court of Appeals||2008|
|Women in Business - Advertising Workshop||Legal Advertising in Technological World||2006|