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Matthew J. Galluzzo

Criminal defense Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   28 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 21 years
    Illinois - IL 20 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2002
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2003
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Currently representing defendants in New York City state and federal courts in cases involving a wide range of charges. Particular expertise in rape and sexual assault cases.

    21 years, 500 cases

  2. Sex crime
    Ex Manhattan prosecutor and former member of the Sex Crimes Unit

  3. Appeals


Matthew Galluzzo is an aggressive and accomplished litigator who cares deeply about his clients. He has experience representing high-profile clients in high-stakes matters and gets outstanding results under pressure. His clients often rave about him and routinely refer their friends and loved ones to him. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of criminal defense, appeals, and qui tam/whistleblower lawsuits. Call him or email him to set up a consultation, and you’ll get an honest assessment of your case and a fair quote for his services.

Mr. Galluzzo has represented clients in high-profile civil rights lawsuits, homicide investigations, complex conspiracies involving financial fraud, high-stakes violent crime cases, rape and sexual assault investigations, and a wide variety of other civil and criminal matters. He is a rare attorney in that he possesses the academic legal ability to write sophisticated and winning briefs for New York state's highest appellate court as well as the tenacity and courtroom skill to win jury trials when the stakes are highest. Moreover, judges and prosecutors throughout the city respect him for his professionalism and his zealous advocacy on behalf of his clients. In 2014, the National Trial Lawyers Association named him to its list of the Top 100 trial lawyers in the United States. In 2023, France honored his extraordinary work defending French citizens by making him a knight (Chevalier) in its National Order of Merit. 

Mr. Galluzzo began his career at one of the most esteemed prosecutor’s offices in the nation: the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He started in the Appeals Bureau, where he researched complex issues of criminal law, drafted briefs in response to criminal appeals, and argued several times before panels of judges at the Appellate Division, First Department. Mr. Galluzzo later transferred to the office’s Trial Division, where he oversaw the prosecution of hundreds of criminal cases and investigations and tried a dozen felony cases to verdict with an outstanding success rate. As a member of the office’s Sex Crimes Unit, he successfully prosecuted many rapes and sexual assaults. Mr. Galluzzo also developed a reputation as an outstanding domestic violence prosecutor and was promoted to a supervisory position whereby he trained the junior prosecutors in his bureau and supervised the prosecution of their misdemeanor domestic violence cases. Finally, he regularly supervised the office’s Early Case Assessment Bureau and assisted in the investigation of homicides.

As a former member of the renowned Sex Crimes Unit of the Manhattan D.A.'s Office, Mr. Galluzzo has particular expertise pertaining to rape and sexual assault investigations. He has obtained outstanding results for clients charged with rape and sexual assault charges, both at trial and during the pre-trial investigation phases. He has been recognized as a leading expert in rape investigations by the U.S. government, which recently recruited, hired and sent him to go on assignment in South Africa to help improve the training of their prosecutors in the investigation of rapes and sex crimes. He also regularly represents and advises victims of rapes and sexual assaults and students facing disciplinary proceedings at universities. He is also frequently asked to write columns in New York newspapers about pending sexual assault investigations in the news.

Mr. Galluzzo has been interviewed by journalists countless times (in English and in French) for his expert opinion on notable criminal cases, and has appeared in dozens of American and foreign TV, radio, and print news publications including, among others: CNN, Good Day New York (Fox 5 TV), ABC News New York, ABC News US, CBS News New York, CBS News US, Channel 11 News New York,the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post,the New York Daily News, Channel 12 News Brooklyn, the Village Voice, the Associated Press, Yahoo! News, The Washington Times, the BBC (UK), Reuters, The Regional News Network (RNN TV), DNAinfo, Yahoo! France, NPR, Slate, the London Sunday Times, the Globe and Mail (Canada), Radio Canada TV (French); TV-A (Montréal), 98.5 FM (Montréal), Die Spiegel (Germany), France 3 TV, Radio France Info, Atlantico (France), Telefrance 5, BFM-TV (France), Eurovision, France 24, Le Figaro (France), Metro France, LePoint (France), France Inter, Elle Magazine (France), Sudouest (France), Le Parisien, 20 Minutes (France), the New York Financial Press (French edition), Europe 1 (France), The Australian (newspaper), La Libre (Belgium), RadioLive in New Zealand, amNY, ARD (German TV), The Arab Times Online (English), radio in Martinique, African television (Benin), the Angola Press (French), and the Times of Pakistan. He is a co-author of a blog about current issues in criminal law, and he and his innovative use of social media (including Twitter and Facebook) have been profiled by the Wall Street Journal.

Mr. Galluzzo is a French speaking New York Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney. The French Consulate in New York (Consulat Général de France à New York) bestowed upon Mr. Galluzzo the prestigious title of Avocat-Conseil en Droit Pénal in recognition of his zealous representation of French nationals living and working in New York, as well as for his ability to communicate effectively in French. In 2023 he was knighted by France for his work in representing French citiznes. In 2012, the French American Foundation selected him and nine other Americans to participate in its prestigious Young Leaders Program. Past American recipients of this honor include Bill and Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bill Bradley, Gen. Wesley Clark, and Citigroup chairman John Thain. Mr. Galluzzo also maintains regular relationships with the Belgian, Swiss, Australian, and Saudi Arabian consulates, who regularly entrust him to represent their citizens in criminal matters. In 2022, the nation of France knighted him by naming him a Chevalier in the Ordre National du Merite (National Order of Merit), in recognition of his extraordinary service as a criminal defense attorney for French citizens. 

Mr. Galluzzo earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Duke University and later attended the prestigious Northwestern University School of Law, where he was a regular on the Dean’s List, served as the co-chair of the Moot Court Board, and worked in the Juvenile Criminal Defense Clinic. He also worked as the teaching assistant for a negotiations course taught to both graduate law and business students.

Mr. Galluzzo is admitted to practice law in New York as well as in the Southern and the Eastern District of New York federal courts. He is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, the National Italian American Bar Association, the French-American Bar Association, and the Columbian Lawyers’ Association of New York City. Mr. Galluzzo has also previously served as a panelist on the New York City Democratic Party Judicial Screening Committee.

In his spare time, Mr. Galluzzo enjoys piano, guitar, bicycling, basketball, cooking, and travel.


Client's Choice 2016,2014
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2016 2014

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5.0 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney - Fair, Honest, Competent. Highly Recommend!
I hired Mr. Galluzzo to represent me in a criminal case in Federal Court and he did a fantastic job from beginning to end! He assessed my case accurately, charged me a fair fee, always communicated with me promptly and worked very hard for me, until I was acquitted after a 4-day Jury trial. Originally after being arrested I rushed and hired a different attorney who was not advancing my case properly and was making obvious mistakes, in my opinion. After I paid this other attorney in full I was forced to fire him anyway and he would not even give me back my file. I was so fortunate to find Mr. Galluzzo, a great attorney, who took over my case, was very patient and understanding, he retrieved the necessary documents from the court and worked out a great winning defense strategy for me. Mr. Galluzzo is not only a highly knowledgeable and skilled attorney, but he is also a very good and caring human being. I am very grateful to Mr. Galluzzo for all he has done for me! I highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2014
Excellent attorney
Mr. Galluzzo and his team at G&J are absolutely one of the best at what they do. The work tirelessly at getting the best possible result for the case at hand and they truly care about their clients. Galluzzo and his team were able to overturn and vacate my guilty plea, then taking a big risk where I could have faced a large amount of time in prison Galluzzo took my case to trial. He walked in there with the confidence and swagger as if he already knew everything would work out for me, he laid out every single fact and hole in the prosecutions case to the jury and came away with a full acquittal on every charge after just one hour of deliberations. In an instant, I had my life back! I would most certainly recommend Matthew and his team to anyone in need of legal help. Thanks again Matt!
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Posted by Edmond | December 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney! Absolutely five stars!
I would like to start by disclosing that I am using an Alias for obvious privacy concerns; however, the views expressed are genuine and true to my personal experience with Matthew Galluzo. I had been in an unfortunate situation, which at the time, could have change the course of my life and wiped out my professional aspirations; I went to law school in Europe so I had pretty good sense or the seriousness and complexity of the legal matter that I had to deal with; I searched for top lawyers and actually ended up settling for Matthew after 2 previous experiences with other attorneys who had been working on my case. I felt confident after our first consultation that he had the expertise and attitude required not only to win the case, but also to make me feel confident during this long and draining process. I could not recommend Matthew enough. Meeting with him was truly a real game changer, legally, but also emotionally; not only Matthew is a very knowledgeable, strategic and resourceful expert, but he is also empathetic, available, patient and reassuring, and to this day I cannot thank him enough for his relentless dedication to my case and for the resulting best possible scenario outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2018
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Excellent representation
Matthew Galluzzo defended me with excellent professionalism and was able to resolve my case to a extremely satisfactory conclusion. During my initial consultation he fully explained the process and the expected resolution. He came through and provided all as promised.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
An amazing attorney!
Mr. Galluzzo is a very able and skilled attorney, who treats his clients with the utmost respect even in the most awkward of situations. Mr. Galluzzo was retained by my parents and not only did he manage to negotiate a very favorable deal on my behalf, he always made us feel comfortable and at ease. I highly recommend Mr. Galluzzo to anyone seeking his above average legal skills and impeccable manners.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2017
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Extremely happy and satisfied
Spoke to many lawyers before hiring Matt. Could not have made a better decision. He was extremely responsive all the time by phone and email and took the time to explain all possible options and outcomes. His knowledge in the field is absolutely amazing and would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Summons for misdemeanor and violation
Matt is an amazing lawyer who is genuinly concerned about each client's personal circumstance. As a professional, i could not risk having any kind of criminal record. Matt got the case dismissed on the first hearing. I would recommend him to anyone needing a criminal defense attorney.
Posted by James | January 24, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Professional , intelligent and courteous
I would recommend Matt for your legal needs
Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Matthew was amazing. I highly recommend him for any scenrio you are in. He is very knowledgeable, kind, motivated and ensures complete attention to you.
Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Unlimited Stars
I found myself in such a dark place thinking only God could understand and help me through this horrible situation. But Matthew Galluzzo did. And he did so in a very kind, compassionate and respectful manner. Enough said.
Posted by Angela | February 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend him
We hired Matt when my son was arrested on several very serious felony charges. Matt is not only very knowledgeable about the law, he genuinely cares about his clients. He was patient and professional, inside the courtroom and out, in what turned out to be a very long process. He worked closely with our family and was receptive to our input. We are all extremely grateful to Matt and his partner, Zack, because our case resulted in a full acquittal. If you need a great lawyer and great firm with reasonable costs, call this guy.
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Posted by Jesse | January 27, 2016
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Saved my life.
We worked closely together for 2 years, went all the way to trial and got a full acquittal on all of 9 charges, an outcome I didn't dare to even hope for. If I had been convicted on even a few of the charges, I could have spent 5-10 years in prison. He worked closely with medical experts, eyewitness identification experts, investigators, as well as all the input that came from me and my family, and he synthesized all of that into a compelling case at trial. I thank God that we found him and his partners and that they were able to see this case through to such a successful end. I could not possibly recommend anyone more highly.
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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Intelligent, Fair — A Life Saver
We found Galluzzo & Johnson Law when my husband was falsely accused of a crime, which snowballed into various other criminal charges. It was terrifying. Matt was with us from the night of the arraignment, where he moved quickly and under pressure, successfully arguing bail down by 67% of what the judge initially asked. He continued to work very closely with us over the course of the 27 grueling months that followed. He worked hand-in-hand with us, late nights and weekends for what tallied over 800 days of our lives, and put his true energy into this case. It was an incredibly tough case, which Matt led to acquittals on all nine charges that would have been incredibly detrimental to our lives. In such dire situations, lawyers are poised to take advantage of those who are vulnerable. We were not a number or an invoice to him. I am so grateful for G&J's reasonable and fair client fees. So much was drained from us, but this fair attorney had the honor to work hard but never take advantage. I hope no one ever needs a criminal defense attorney as we did, but if so, I would recommend Matt Galluzzo without hesitation.
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Posted by Alex | November 4, 2015
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Very Grateful Client!
Avvo is the website that lead to me Mr. Galluzzo, and I am very thankful that it did. I was charged with two misdemeanors: Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. This was my first time dealing with the criminal justice system - and I truly did not have a clue about what to expect (how to find a lawyer, the legal process, etc.) I called Mr. Galluzzo and he met with me the very next day, and gave me a free hour long (it actually even went over the hour) consultation. He was so understanding of my situation, and the fact that I was "inexperienced" with the legal system. He took the time to listen to my entire story, walked me through what I was being charged with, explained what he believed could / would occur based on his experience, and what the next steps would be. One of the biggest things I want to comment on about Mr. Galluzzo is that he is very responsive. Whenever I had a question or concern, he would always get back to me in a very timely manner - and I never felted "rushed" when talking to him. He even answered multiple calls when he was on vacation with his family! I could truly tell that he wanted to make sure that I was as comfortable as I could be during the entire process - and for that I am extremely grateful. I was asked by the District Attorney assigned to my case to meet before my court appearance date. Mr. Galluzzo met with me for nearly two hours the day before, and went over every question I had / could think of. When the day came to appear at the District Attorney's office - Mr. Galluzzo could tell that I was a bit "nervous" and he even met with me 30 min before to calm me down and go over any "last minute" questions / concerns. After the meeting - Mr. Galluzzo informed me that the case against me would be dismissed. Overall, I am just extremely grateful for all that Mr. Galluzzo did for me. He is a very kind, understanding, and professional attorney - who demonstrates that he clearly cares about his clients. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Craig | March 22, 2015
Current client - successfully represented by Matt's firm, very satisified.
Matt Galluzzo and his firm represented me on two occasions. First I was arrested under the NYPD’s Domestic Violence “mandatory arrest” policy based on a false report made by a mentally ill in-law who was in fact institutionalized involuntarily right after making the complaint and at the time of my voluntary surrender. Matt represented me and diligently attempted to negotiate an alternate solution given that the complainant was under a mandatory extended psychiatric hold (wound up being nearly six months) for threatening suicide to police officers and other displayed psychotic behavior, with the promise of a lawsuit if they followed through with the arrest. The NYPD did arrest and Matt was there and did an excellent job in court in my behalf, getting me released on my own recognizance. Rather than admit fault, the DA chose the let the charge time out and lapse without a response, ending with the charges being fully dismissed based on my rights for a speedy trial. Matt and his partners subsequently represented me in suing the NYPD for violation of my constitutional rights for an unreasonable arrest and confinement. Police officers have “qualified immunity” which is a very significant barrier shielding them from a lawsuit, but Matt and his partners were still willing to represent me as we all mutually agreed the principal of the matter was that the NYPD acted with a myopic view of the circumstances, not exercising proper judgement, and abused their authority. The process was made easy with Matt’s expert legal counsel, and the city settled which to me represented that the NYPD was held accountable for arresting an innocent person without reasonable cause. Matt and his partners are highly competent, hardworking, personable, and to me were a bargain for the level of legal expertise and representation I received. I would highly recommend this firm and Matt to anyone requiring legal representation, you will be in very good hands.
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2014
A relative to one of his clients
Mr. Galluzzo is open to ideas and very easy to work with. He carefully listens to the concerns and addresses them immediately. He is a very good team player and is never intimidating with the legal issues. I really enjoyed working with him. Fortunately for us, the outcome was miraculous thanks to his pertinent strategies.
Posted by dessy | December 10, 2014
Excellent avocat je le référe à tous sans hésiter.
M Galuzzo est un avocat d'experience et respecté par ses collègues à New York. Il prend tout ces cas à coeur. il est diponible et flexible pour discuter n'importe quelle heure de la journée 7/7. Il te met à jour dans l'évolution du dossier.M.Galuzo est un avocat humain et perceverant il propose des bonnes idées pour résoudre ton cas. Il n'hésite pas à demander à son reseau de contact les meilleurs solutions pour gagner la cause. Ses honraires sont abordables et il est flexible. Merci beaucoup M Galuzo pour ton excellent travail.
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Posted by Saad | December 10, 2014
Wonderful Lawyer-excellent avocat
A recommender sans hesitation. Absolutely a skillful and competent lawyer that I highly recommend. And a very nice person on the top of it.
Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2014
Top-Class Criminal Defense Attorney
My spouse and I hired Matthew Galluzzo to handle the case of a family member who was arrested and charged with multiple felonies. Matthew immediately put us at ease with his confidence and intelligence, and we knew from the beginning that we and our loved one would be in good hands. While our family member was facing up to 25 years in prison, Matthew was able to negotiate a plea deal that reduced the sentence to only one year (!). Our loved one is now out on parole leading a productive life, and thanks to Matthew this traumatic ordeal is now only a distant memory for him/her. We feel fortunate to have found Matthew Galluzzo and his firm in our time of need, and we would not hesitate to retain him again.
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2014
I had retained a lawer from a larger firm. However, after few meetings and court dates, I felt I needed a new lawer, who is more responsive to my needs and is sympethatic to what I was going through. So I approached Mr. Galluzzo and he listned to me, offered suggestions, kept up with the court proceddings and at the appropriate time filed a motion to dismiss the charges, which was granted. Chrges against me were dropped and I was free and relived. I would recommend Mr. Galluzzo any time.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Matthew Galluzzo PLLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Partner
  • Galluzzo & Arnone LLP
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Avocat-Conseil en Droit Penal (Criminal Lawyer)
  • Consulat General de France à New York (French Consulate)
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Principal
  • Galluzzo & Johnson LLP
  • 2009 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • New York County District Attorney's Office
  • 2001 - 2008
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  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2001
  • Duke University
  • Bachelors
  • 1998

Legal Cases

  • Acquittal in federal sex abuse trial
  • Full acquittal after trial
  • Full acquittal on Sex Abuse and Assault
  • Full acquittal after trial
  • No jail in federal sex abuse case
  • Defendant sentenced to no jail or probation, where sentencing guidelines called for 6-12 months in jail.
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  • Columbian Lawyers Association of the First Department
  • member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Italian-American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • 18B Assigned Counsel Plan - Felony & Appellate
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • Democratic Party
  • Judicial Screening Committee
  • 2009 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Chevalier (Knight)
  • The Nation of France (la Republique Francaise)
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Young Leader
  • French-American Foundation
  • 2012
  • Gold Record for Excellence in Prosecution of Music Piracy
  • Recording Industry Association of America
  • 2004
  • Dean's List
  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • 2001
  • Co-Chair of the Moot Court Board
  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • 2001
  • Dean's List
  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • 2000
  • Dean's List
  • Northwestern University School of Law
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • BBC News
  • Was Robert Durst's confession admissible?
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Given (12)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Litigation Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An exceptional litigation attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Matt for over 13 years now. He is hands down one of the brightest attorneys I have met, and what I would consider a double threat - a top notch trial attorney, and an outstanding legal writer. In addition to being one of the smartest in the pack, quite frankly, what truly sets him apart from the rest is the fact that he cares about his clients so much. Anyone who doubts that assertion should simply check the client reviews on this site, written by a few of the many people who he's helped (some he has flat out saved and given a fresh start on life). When Matt represents you he fights for you as if you were one of his own; and these qualities simply are lacking in our profession. For these reasons, he will always be a go-to lawyer in my book. Matt is simply a winner, and I recommend him to the fullest."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I've known Matt for several years now and worked with him at the inception of his firm. He's an amazingly talented attorney and I've seen him accomplish the near impossible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt does very well by his clients, many of whom return to him for later representation. I've worked closely with him and have seen him in action in court - he is able to communicate complicated arguments to a jury in a very persuasive manner. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is an excellent attorney and very knowledgeable in his practice areas. I have sought his guidance from time to time, and he has been extremely helpful. I endorse and recommend him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His knowledge of complex legal issues is extensive, based on his AVVO answers."
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