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Matthew R. Smalls, Esq. is a highly trained and well respected legal professional.  In law school, Mr. Smalls was accepted as a Judicial Clerk in the Manhattan Supreme Court.  He was later selected as a Legal Intern in the Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney Office, as well as the Investor Protection Bureau of the Attorney General of the State of New York.




Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Smalls was one of a small number of successful applicants accepted into the prestigious Manhattan District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney under the Honorable Robert M. Morgenthau.  Mr. Smalls underwent a rigorous and highly-coveted training program on New York State criminal law and procedure.  After his training, Mr. Smalls was a member of the Trial Division, where he successfully prosecuted hundreds of felony and misdemeanor.  He took the lead on felony trials, hearings, search warrants, and virtually every other aspect of a criminal matter.




Mr. Smalls later left the District Attorney’s Office to pursue his career as a private criminal defense attorney.  Since 2007, Mr. Smalls has fought for his clients throughout New York State. 




A few of Mr. Smalls’ recent cases include:




*  17 year old girl charged with Murder for shooting her alcoholic father in the head. Mr. Smalls successfully fought to have the Indictment Dismissed.




*  Single mother charged with felony assault after an altercation with a police officer’s brother.  After conducting an investigation and engaging in negotiations with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, the charges were completely dismissed and sealed.




In addition to representing private clients, Mr. Smalls was retained as Special Counsel to the New York State Senate in 2009.   As Special Counsel, Mr. Smalls was the lead contact for the United States government during highly-publicized investigations into political corruption in Albany.  Mr. Smalls also represented notable politicians and senior staff members during the lengthy Aqueduct bid rigging investigation launched by the New York State Inspector General.  None of the individuals represented by Mr. Smalls were charged with criminal wrongdoing.






Juris Doctorate, New York Law School, Manhattan, New York


Bachelor of the Arts, English, The University of Rochester, Rochester, New York




Professional Associations


New York State Bar Association


Association of the Bar of the City of New York


Richmond County Bar Association


Metropolitan Black Bar Association




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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    12 years
  2. Family: 10%
    9 years



Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Shaun Gregory White

    I had the honor of working on a case for Mr. Smalls shortly after law school. He taught me the finer points in criminal procedural law. With his experience on both sides of the field, he is a true master of the craft.


    Shaun White Personal injury Attorney
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Contact info

The Law Office of Matthew R. Smalls PLLC

60 Bay Street
Suite 702
Staten Island, NY, 10301

The Law Office of Matthew R. Smalls, PLLC

305 Broadway
14th Floor
Manhattan, NY, 10007



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certification of AppreciationSchenectady Job Corps2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselPrivate Law Practice2007 - Present
Special CounselNew York State Senate2009 - 2013
Assistant District AttorneyNew York County District Attorney's Office2004 - 2007
Research AssistantNew York Law School2004 - 2007
Legal InternKings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney2003 - 2003
Legal InternOffice Of New York State Attorney General2003 - 2004
ClerkThe Supreme Court Of The State Of New York2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Albany County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Metropolitan Black Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Capital District Black Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Murder Indictment DismissedN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Albany Business Review100 Net training program closes the digital divide2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of RochesterN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Albany Academy for BoysN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Volunteer Recognition AwardsKeynote Address2013
Capital District AchieversKnow Your Rights2013
Professionals DayBecoming an Attorney2012
Annual Mentor Open HouseValue of Becoming A Mentor2012