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Matthew Edward Ballard

Matthew Edward Ballard

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Speeding & Traffic Ticket, Personal Injury, Violent Crime

About Me

Matt Ballard was born and raised in Hampton, Virginia.  He graduated from Kecoughtan High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech before earning his Juris Doctor from the College of William and Mary School of Law.  After an internship at the National Labor Relations Board, Division of Judges, in Washington, DC, employment at the Law Firm of Jenkins & Rhea in Charlottesville, and six years of service as a prosecutor at the Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney office, he joined the Smith Law Firm.  Licensed in all Virginia courts, as well as the Eastern and Western United States District Courts, Matt represents clients throughout the Commonwealth and focuses his practice on criminal defense, traffic defense, and accident cases.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 20%
  4. Violent Crime: 10%
  5. Personal Injury: 10%



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Jan Freerk Hoen

    I endorse this lawyer. Matt is an excellent young attorney who went from being a dedicated prosecutor to a very able defense attorney. I recommend him enthusiastically.


    Jan Hoen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Romeo Garcia Lumaban Jr.

    Matt Ballard is a great attorney who will do an outstanding job representing you. If Matt is your attorney, feel confident that he will work to get the best possible outcome.


    Romeo Lumaban Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Smith Law Firm

133 Kings Way, Suite 3000
Hampton, VA, 23669-3536

Smith Law Firm

133 Kings Way, Suite 3000
Hampton, VA, 23669-3536




VAAuthorized to practice law200303/11/2014

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Trial AttorneySmith Law Firm2010 - Present
Assistant Commonwealth AttorneyHampton Commonwealth's Attorney Office2004 - 2010
AttorneyJenkins & Rhea2003 - 2004
InternNational Labor Relations Board, Division of Judges2001 - 2001


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Hampton Coliseum Advisory BoardBoard Member2013 - Present
Hampton Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - 2013
Hampton Bar AssociationN/A2004 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2003 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
United States of America v. Morgan HanksNot Guilty

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
College of William and MaryN/AJuris Doctor2002
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityEnglishBachelor of Arts1998