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Matthew David Wagoner

Litigation Attorney at Albany, NY

5.0   4 reviews

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About Matthew

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Matt founded the firm and assembled our team based on his belief that traditional law firms do not adequately serve the business community. Matt put together a team of seasoned attorneys who focus on value above all. Indeed, the groundswell of entrepreneurs bringing new products and services to market has created a space for the unconventional practice of law. The bottom line is that the business landscape has changed dramatically – from the growing list of innovative businesses to the surge in non-traditional crowdfunding opportunities – the business world requires more than what the traditional law office can offer. This demand was the impetus for our flagship In-House Counsel Experience.


Before starting the Firm, Matt worked at one of the Capital District’s more notable law firms. There, he focused on representing large national and regional clients with a variety of business and litigation matters including highly complex commercial disputes, corporate governance matters, and regulatory compliance.

Licensed for 14 years
State NY
Status Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/17/2022

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

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150 State Street
Suite 504
Albany, NY, 12207


5.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Dennis | March 29, 2015
Best Attorney I have ever worked with
I am a Physician in the local area. In January, Mr. Wagoner reviewed my contract with one of the local hospitals. I found him to be dependable, trustworthy, and knowledgeable. His work ethic was exceptional. When given a job to do he did not forget or delay but got it done. I found Mr. Wagoner to be a pleasant, understanding, and caring individual. He spent quite a lot of time with me and he explained the complex terminology in easy to understand terms. He proved to be a thorough, courteous, and dedicated attorney. I could not be happier with the outcome of his work and would recommend him with the highest regard for all future assignments. Thank you.
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Posted by Andrew | March 28, 2015
Business and family advisor.
I count on Matt as a trusted advisor for my business and my family. He's helped me navigate nuanced business issues, advised me on complicated contracts and has done my estate plan for my family. He's well informed, responsive and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a business attorney.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2014
EASY transaction!
Matt helped me with a confidential matter, that caused great stress in my life. Once I was hook-ed up with him, everything seemed to go smoother. He took the time and attention to get to know the facts of my case and explained things to me in an understandable way, not like some lawyers who only use legal jargon to confuse you and try to prove how smart they are. I would highly recommend him to anyone! Thanks for all your help, Matt!!
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Posted by Tim | October 5, 2014
Trusted Advisor
Matt helped me set up my boat rental company and drafted a comprehensive operating agreement on behalf of my business partner and I that was cognizant of the variety of forward looking issues we faced at the time as well as legal fees. We continue to count on his counsel and I highly recommend him.


  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • The Wagoner Firm, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The West Firm, PLLC
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Principal Law Clerk to Justice
  • New York State Unified Court System
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Senior Court Attorney to Judge
  • New York State Unified Court System
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Law Clerk and Legal Intern
  • Crane, Greene & Parente
  • 1999 - 2006
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  • Albany Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • 2006
  • Old Dominion University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Multi-Million Dollar Transaction
  • Start-Up Representation
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  • Albany Barn, Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Tri-Village Little League
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Albany Can Code
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • 1 Million Cups Albany
  • Community Organizer
  • 2015 - Present
  • Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star - Business Litigation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Nominated - Magical Mentor
  • Upstate Venture Connect
  • 2018
  • Rising Star - Business Litigation
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Nominated - Community Catalyst
  • Upstate Venture Connect
  • 2017
  • Nominated - Magical Mentor
  • Upstate Venture Connect
  • 2017
  • Rising Star - Business Litigation
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Honor Society
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • NYBizLab Legal Seminar
  • Legal Issues for Start Ups
  • 2017
  • Due Diligence Seminar
  • Due Diligence for Start Ups
  • 2017
  • Entreprenuer Bootcamp
  • Legal considerations for StartUps
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (11)
Endorse Matthew
Litigation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have referred several cases to Matt. In the 14 years i have known him i have learned you can count on Matt. That is very important."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I've worked with Matt on cases ranging from FINRA arbitrations, commercial disputes between companies and/or partners, and other business related matters. He is committed to his clients above all else. His advice is routinely proved correct by the results he gets for his clients. These results come from a tireless work ethic and a drive to have satisfied clients at the end of every case. These qualities have served our clients and community well. I highly recommend Matt to prospective clients seeking advice in securities, business, and general practice litigation."
Business Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew David Wagoner aggressively pursues every angle of a case on behalf of his clients. He is thorough, detail-orientated, and works tirelessly to protect his clients rights. I highly recommend him."
Business Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Matthew David Wagoner knows the law extremely well and cares about making sure people understand their rights and obligations. Anyone needing assistance with a business law legal matter would be well served to contact him."
Business Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is a great attorney serving clients throughout New York State. I know him to be an incredibly hard worker, to be at the forefront of technology and new legal issues, and a zealous advocate for his clients. He's also a very easy guy to deal with on a personal or business matter. If you are in need of his services, I would highly recommend using Matt Wagoner."
Business Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for a long time and have found him to be a strong advocate on behalf of his clients. I would recommend him without hesitation."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Matt for approximately 8 years. Matt's passion and knowledge about commercial litigation is second to none. Since opening his own firm Matt has become one of the leading commercial litigation attorney's in the Albany area. He gives his clients his full attention and no detail is overlooked. Probably one of the best things I can say about Matt is that if I needed an attorney.....I would hire him."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Matt is a skilled and deliberate litigator. With clients, Matt is approachable, commits to understanding their needs, and remains solutions-focused throughout the entire litigation process. As a fellow attorney, the traits I admire most in Matt are his unwavering drive and optimism, willingness and ability to lend expertise, and, most of all, his integrity."
Business Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt and I teamed up in January of 2015. Since then, I've had the pleasure of working with Matt on all types of matters. During the course of the year, I learned much from Matt. He is my business partner but he is also a mentor. His analytical skills, work ethic, thoroughness, honesty, limitless energy, and sincere dedication to the practice of the law are not only impressive, they are deserving of emulation. Matt is as genuine as they come; a rarity these days. He strives for perfection but unlike others, he achieves it. Matt is an excellent attorney. His legal and business insight, work ethic, and relentless commitment to our clients, puts him in an elite class of professionals."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt has proven to be a valuable asset and resource. He is sharp, strategic, methodical and adaptive - everything you want in a litigator. I know that if I bring Matt into a case / project he will execute and add an extreme amount of value. Matt is a leader and an astute entrepreneur capable of relating to his clients needs both from legal and pragmatic business perspectives."
Business Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is a class act. Matt took the time to mentor me during my first year of law school and continued to offer me guidance thereafter. He is professional, courteous, friendly, and willing to lend a helping hand."
Business Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Matt is a trustworthy and reliable attorney who puts his clients at ease through his professionalism, responsiveness, and great attention to detail. Matt takes the time to thoroughly understand and evaluate all aspects of his client’s situation, whether it relates to a transaction, litigation issue, or general business matter, he is extremely knowledgeable and it shows through his work. If you want someone who is proactive with your legal needs and provides outstanding service, he is the man for the job."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Friend
"I've had the good fortune of knowing Attorney Matt Wagoner on both a personal and professional level for almost a decade and for as long as I've known him, he's always been forthright, candid, and direct. These traits, coupled with his professionalism and skill make him a gifted attorney with a bright future ahead of him. For these reasons, and many more, I wholeheartedly endorse Matthew Wagoner for your legal needs."
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