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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.



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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
    12 years
  2. Appeals: 20%
    12 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    12 years
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
    12 years



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Contact info

21 Everett Road Extension
Albany, NY, 12205


NYCurrently registered 200507/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100National Trial Lawyers2014
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2014
Rising StarNew York Super Lawyers2013
Frank M. Patterson PrizeAlbany Law School2004
Justinian SocietyAlbany Law School2004
summa cum laudeAlbany Law School of Union University2004
Dean Sponsler FellowshipAlbany Law School2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyTown of North Greenbush Planning Board2008 - Present
AttorneyTown of North Greenbush Industrial Development Agency2006 - Present
PrincipalLaw Office of Matthew C. Hug2005 - Present
Special District AttorneyGreene County2013 - 2013
Special District AttorneyRensselaer County2011 - 2012
Special District AttorneyRensselaer County2009 - 2010
Deputy Town AttorneyTown of North Greenbush Zoning Board of Appeals2008 - 2010
Appellate Court AttorneyNYS Supreme Court Appellate Division Third Dept2004 - 2005
Summer AssociateBond Schoeneck & King2003 - 2003
Legal InternNYS Supreme Court2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Better Business BureauMember2014 - Present
National Trial LawyersMember2014 - Present
New York State Defenders AssociationMember2013 - Present
Rensselaer County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Appellate Division, Committee on Character and FitnessMember2011 - Present
Wynantskill School District Ad Hoc CommitteeMember2010 - Present
KiwanisMember2009 - 2010
St Jude the Apostle SchoolSchool Board Member2008 - 2010
North Greenbush Business and Professional AssociationPresident2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. WeaverWon
People v. MayeWon
McCaffrey v Town of East FishkillWon
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Publication nameTitleDate
Matthew Bender publicationContributor / Research AssistantAntieau on Local Government Law -2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
State University of New York, AlbanyHistoryMA - Masters2000
State University of New York, AlbanyHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lecture - Fordham Law SchoolThe Right to Counsel2011
Al Roney Show - 810 WGYGuest -- GPS Surveillance / Court of Appeals2008
Women in Business - Advertising WorkshopLegal Advertising in Technological World2006