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Matthew Joseph Simone

DUI and DWI Attorney at Albany, NY

5.0   32 reviews

also known as Matt Simone

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  • Licensed for 10 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Matthew

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CALL 24/7 (518) 859-9235 FOR DWI, CRIMINAL, VEHICLE & TRAFFIC, AND PERSONAL INJURY MATTERS.

Matthew J. Simone is a partner at the law firm of Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Binghamton University in 2010 and graduated from Albany Law School in 2013.

During Matthew’s tenure at Binghamton University, he majored in financial management, was a Division 1 Scholarship Athlete and captain of the baseball team in his senior year. In law school, Matthew interned at the Schenectady County Public Defender’s Office and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.

Prior to joining the firm, Matthew was an associate attorney at a local firm where he practiced in the areas of DWI defense, criminal and civil litigation, personal injury and vehicle & traffic matters. He was admitted to practice law in New York in January of 2014, and was admitted to practice in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in June of 2015.

Mr. Simone’s practice is focused on DWI defense, criminal and civil litigation, personal injury and vehicle & traffic matters.

Location

Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang

Reviews

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Posted by Dan | April 27, 2018
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More time and effort than I could have hoped for
I cannot say enough about the time and effort Matt put in to my case. He was extremely helpful from start to finish, and helped answer any question I had. Matt did more research, spent more time with me, and explained more to me than I could have imagined. The amount of time Matt spent during work hours, and after work hours, on my case, was beyond what I thought a lawyer would normally do. My case ended up going to trial with jury, and Matt helped me through every step. We won the case with the expertise he had, and with the preparation and effort he put in. I appreciate Matt's help, and I would recommend him to my closest friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2019
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Aggravated DWI, Common Law DUI, and Traffic Violation
Attorney Matthew Simone was excellent to work with during my court proceedings. He possessed every aspect, in my opinion, a great attorney should have. He was professional, knowledgeable, personable, and most importantly caring. Every step of my case I felt Matt was doing everything in my best interest. He was very passionate about getting the best possible outcome. Matt also was able to provide hope that this wasn’t the end of the world. It’s a long process and he creates a well thought out game plan in order to help you with the situation that you are in. Originally I was arrested for aggravated dui, common law dui, and a traffic violation. Our goal was to have no criminal offenses and we accomplished just that. Throughout my case attorney Matt Simone found multiple issues with the police proceedings and was able to get my chemical test suppressed at trial. Multiple times the DA threatened to take plea deals off the table. However, attorney Matt Simone advised me not to panic and to trust him in reaching our goals. Because of this, I was only offered better plea deals each time we met in the court room. The out come of my case was getting all arrest records sealed and destroyed while pleading guilty to a DWAI which is only a traffic violation. With the help of attorney Matt Simone I was able to get back on my feet and put this incident behind me. If Matt had not worked on my case so diligently I could of been facing much harsher sentencing. I would recommend Matt to anyone in need of legal counsel. He is truly the best out there.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2020
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Best legal representative in the world!
Mathew J. Simone is the BEST lawyer in the WORLD! TRUST ME FOREVERRRR!! He is very clear, crisp and extremely knowledgeable about the case he is involved with. He is very diligent and honest to the core. He is a highly motivated and a dependable lawyer and is very thorough and meticulous in his approach towards the details of a case no matter how complex or lengthy it might become down the road!!! He is very smart and easily approachable no matter what time of the day (basically 24X7). To me he is one of the lawyers that you get to see in the hit TV shows such as the NCIS etc! In my case he fought tooth and nail with the prosecutors for over a year till justice was served in my favor...a BIG THANK YOU Mr. Simone!!! He pursued my case as if it was his own and never gave up on me . He took care of all the miniscule details pertaining to my case and never put any kind of psychological or emotional pressure on me He was very calm and collective whenever he spoke with me. He always assured me that there was no need to PANIC about anything! He gave me this confidence as if there was nothing wrong in the first place! He took care of all the nitty gritty details of this very unique and a rather complicated case on my behalf I am very lucky that I came across him at the right time To me he came in the form of an ANGEL!! I would recommend him and only him to all the people on this earth!
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2023
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DWI
Mr. Simone is honest, straight forward and will never give you a guarantee on a deal to the nature of law and the unpredictability. He’s well versed in the law of DWI. His team is very customer service oriented and this law firm felt like home to me and provided above and beyond service to me and fully thankful for the referral itself! Appreciate the above and beyond reproach to their business model. Always thankful for what he did for me!
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2022
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Phenomenal Attorney!
Matthew Simone was a life saver for me! He got my DWI and refusal to submit a breathalyzer down to an open container where I only paid a fine, completed an alcohol evaluation, and a short course for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). My arrest record, finger prints and mug shot were sealed and my license was not suspended for a year for refusing the breathalyzer. I also can travel freely back and forth to Canada where my girlfriend lives because of Matt. I was stopped at a checkpoint, only conducted one field sobriety test, did not conduct a breathalyzer test, and was respectful and cooperative with the police. If you were swerving in and out of lanes, stumble out of your car, blow over a .08, and are rude to the police there is only so much that can be done. However, Matt will still fight for you to get you what you want. Remember to set proper expectations and know that a majority of how your case is going to play out depends on your behavior that night. Matt’s communication was also great! If I had any questions or concerns about the legal process he would answer them swiftly and take the time to ensure I understood what was happening. His legal assistant Joselyn was also spectacular! She would get back to me in a timely manner as well and always sent me what I needed, even if I asked twice and forgot that I already had what I needed. 10/10 would recommend! Hopefully we won’t cross paths again, but if we do it feels good knowing Matt is on your legal team!
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Posted by Ed | January 18, 2020
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Without a Doubt The Best Legal Representaion for DWI, Hands Down!
When facing what seemed to be an insurmountable task of getting my license reinstated after multiple DWI offenses, Matthew Simone provided exemplary representation. Together with his colleague, Joe , who was also instrumental in winning the case, I felt completely confident in their expertise in DWI law which is unparalleled by any other law firm in the area. Thanks to Matt Simone and Joe I am now able to successfully find work in the automotive field. Thanks guys you are the best!
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Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2019
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Best in the business
Ive had several Dui lawyers and this firm is by far the best ive encountered. Matt Simone was assigned for my case and he worked diligently to get my record cleared and myself relicensed. I had numerous obstacles and courtrooms to get through and this firms knowledge/undertanding of these Dui laws were top notch. I lost my license about 7 years ago (3 of more drug/alcohol convictions and 20+ points) and was just able to get points reduced and recently relicensed thanks to him. Highly recommended if your case is as complex as mine was.
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Posted by Douglas | July 31, 2019
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Smart, Conscientious, Personable
Matthew Simone is an excellent lawyer who was able to get us a better outcome than if we did not have him working on the case. Good firm backing him up. Great demeanor. Spent the time to explore and explain our options. Negotiated a favorable plea deal.
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2019
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Matthew talks to you as an equal
Matt was very professional and upfront with costs and possible outcomes. I was falsely accused without probable cause. Matt did a great job presenting the facts of my case at the hearing and the mistakes of the officers. Matt is very accessible(text or call) and will answer all questions, significant or insignificant. Highly recommended
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2019
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Matt Simone
Matt is well versed in his craft. Intelligent, patient and thorough. Very pleased with his service.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2019
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Recent Client
Matt Simone helped our family through a difficult if not impossible situation. Matt is very knowledgeable and professional. Each time we reached out Matt returned our calls very quickly. We could not be happier with Matt as our attorney and would refer him to anyone we know.
Posted by Kathy | December 18, 2018
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Great Results from Matt Simone
I hired Matt Simone to represent me for a violation in Schenectady, NY. Matt is highly professional and very competent. The result he got me was above my expectations and I highly recommend Matt. Matt is very good at his job and extremely intelligent. Hire Matt and you'll be very satisfied with your results.
Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2018
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Unexpected Coverage
My lawyer had something come up the date of my final court date, and Matthew, a partner at the firm, filled in for him. He fully understood the situation, and handled it very professionally and effectively. I was just as confident and happy with his service as I had been with my other lawyer, with whom I had been working for 6 months.
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Posted by Rick | October 11, 2018
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Driver License Restored After 3 DWI's, Causing Revocation, Expiration and I moved out of State
2001, 2006 & 2008, my last (3rd DWI), had my license revoked and possibly banned for life due to NYS 3 Strikes legislation. Then my license was locked by a Child Support Lien for several years....causing my license to expire. After Child Support lien was removed....I tried to figure out how to navigate the NYS Driver Improvement Bureau. I contacted 2 lawyers, those that actually helped me during my DWI's. Neither was helpful, competent or interested in helping me. They gave me forms and left me out to dry. I sent the forms to Albany....and they were lost, never received or never reviewed. I moved out of State which compounded the issue dramatically. As I had no NYS address. I called Matt Simone, as he was located close to DMV in Albany NY. He did his homework, consulted with his DMV contacts and got back to me in days...not weeks/months. He had me fill out just 2 forms! I sent them to Matt and the DMV. Matt then stayed close to his contact at the DMV to ensure they were processed in a timely manner. Result: I now have my drivers license after 10 years of trying to get it back. It only took the DMV a few weeks. Just call Matt Simone.....seriously.
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Posted by Joan | March 4, 2018
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Amazing Lawyer, Highly Recommend!!!
I got a HEFTY speeding ticket as well as another traffic ticket while traveling through Albany and I am from Long Island. I contacted Matthew Simone immediately about the tickets which was quick and easy. I never had to face any court appearance and he did an amazing job on getting my tickets dropped from 10+ points on my license to NONE!! If you ever get a ticket you need to hire matt!! I strongly recommand this lawyer, he is extremely knowledgeable and very professional.
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Posted by yemin | October 10, 2017
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great experience with Matt, brilliant!
recently i worked with Matt on my traffic tickets. Matt was very professional and brilliant: he handled my case very well, and help me keep the good driving record. I enjoyed working with him, and would like to recommend him to my friends.
Posted by Russiko | September 28, 2017
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Absolutely amaizing person !!!!
I absolutely recomend Mr.Matthew to anyone who is in need of legal service of his field!!!! He is just a simply amazing honest person!! !!excellent professional who took our case (speeding ticket with other complicated nuances) in his hands and did the excellent job!!! I just wish him all the best in his life from the bottom of my heart!!!!
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Posted by Cheyenne | April 27, 2017
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Best lawyer around
Matt was great, he got me a better deal than most people get for dwi. He kept me filled in through out the entire process and made sure I was 100% on board with everything. I would use him again for any other tickets.
Posted by Shawn | March 23, 2017
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DUI w/speeding tickets and an assortment of complicating factors.
I came to Matthew with a DUI charge coupled with a high rate of speed offense. As we advanced through the legal process, he uncovered other 'complicating' factors that included previous speeding offenses that seriously impacted the stability of my case. These further aggravating discoveries required that Matthew travel to several outlying areas and plead these charges to vacation from my record. What nominally should have been a relatively simple case to process became a tangle of previous convictions that Matthew deftly maneuvered. I was faced with losing my license for a far longer time than anticipated which would have made my work life nearly unsustainable. Matthew exhibited polite professionalism throughout the entire process especially as the scope of the case grew significantly. He eagerly advanced as the challenge presented itself and, above all, he made me feel confident I was in knowledgeable and capable hands.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2017
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Excellent and Professional
Matthew took my case and explained everything throughly, he was on top of everything and new about laws the judge wasn't aware of. He's on the ball and very professional. Great Firm. I highly recommend them.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • The DeLorenzo Law Firm, LLP
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Law Intern
  • Albany County District Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Law Intern
  • Schenectady County Public Defender's Office
  • 2011 - 2012
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Education

  • Albany Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • State University of New York, Binghamton
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2010

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Pugliatti v. Riccio, 130 A.D.3d 1420 (3d Dep't 2015)

Associations

  • Schenectady County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Schenectady County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Schenectady County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • 2020 Upstate New York Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Association of American Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • American Institute of Legal Advocates
  • 2018
  • Dean's List
  • Albany Law School
  • 2011
  • 1st Place in Reeves-Ellington Case Competition
  • Binghamton University
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Schenectady County Bar Association Newsletter
  • DWI Practice
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Schenectady County Bar Association, Brown Bag CLE
  • To Blow or Not To Blow & Handling Test Refusals
  • 2019
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (8)
Endorse Matthew
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an excellent trial attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in both criminal and injury law. I would recommend him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Matt for many years (since the first day of law school!) and can confidently say that any client would be extremely fortunate to have him as their attorney. Matt is both intelligent and well-versed in the criminal law, and has secured positive outcomes for clients in matters ranging from speeding tickets to DWIs. Matt is also exceedingly responsive to his clients’ needs, always making himself available whenever he is needed. Maybe most importantly, Matt is simply a great, responsible guy. If someone I cared about became involved in a serious criminal matter that required top-notch representation, I'd recommend Matt Simone every time."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Matt both personally and professionally since his entrance into the legal profession. I have found Matt to be extremely forthright and he has a passion to fight for his clients ensuring there are no loose ends. I would highly recommend and be comfortable with Matt as an attorney for any client with criminal needs."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Matt very well both professionally and personally. He is one of the hardest-working attorneys I know and is very detail-oriented. He represents his clients diligently and confidently. Matt is an attorney that I will consistently recommend for DUI / DWI, traffic infractions and other criminal defense representation. Additionally, he has the backing of one of the preeminent DUI / DWI firms in New York State."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Simone represents clients accused of DWI and related offenses to the highest standard. He is an excellent trial attorney and his attention to detail, his in-depth knowledge of criminal and traffic law, and his professionalism in and out of the courtroom lead me to recommend him without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Matthew Simone is an incredible asset to our law firm. Matthew has gained a thorough understanding of DWI law which makes him effective in the courtroom. He is also able to effectively communicate with clients and is truly concerned in obtaining the best possible outcomes."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"He was fair & hardworking. He came up with a creative solution to resolve an old case with coverage issues. Everyone was happy to get it concluded."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matthew Simone is an extremely talented lawyer. Even before I worked with him, I had observed how effective he was at advocating for his clients. His knowledge and experience is not limited to DWI/DWAI drugs defense but also extends to Penal Law offenses of all kinds. I could not more emphatically endorse Matthew."
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