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Matthew Thomas Ness

Sex crime Attorney at Pittsburgh, PA

4.9   21 reviews

also known as Matthew Ness, Matt Ness

  • Licensed for 15 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
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About Matthew

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I grew up in suburban Pittsburgh in a blue collar family with connections to the region’s rich history of steel mills and construction. I was instilled with working class ethics and values that continues to embody me today — and that I recognize and appreciate in many of the people I represents in the criminal court system.  I believe passionately that the basic principles the Founders of our Great Nation set forth regarding the rights of people accused of crimes are worth upholding and fighting for in court — and that’s what I do every day as a trial lawyer on behalf of clients facing what I describe as the “crushing power of the state.”

Location

Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC
332 5th Avenue
1st Floor
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222
Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC - Harrisburg, PA Office
600 N 3rd St.
Ste B
Harrisburg, PA, 17101
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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by hannah | March 29, 2019
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Best Criminal defense lawyer
Matt Ness was always on time and knew exactly what to do I was so afraid that I was going to get a different outcome but Matt was very persistent and always on my side no matter what. we got exactly what we wanted and I can't thank him enough.
Posted by Richard | March 29, 2019
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Best if the best
Matt was amazing from beginning to the end. He was upfront and frank about the charges and possible penalties. Answered all of my questions and made sure that I understood everything thoroughly. He built a strong case that was a pleasure to watch him present to the court. As soon as he have his opening statement. All of my loved ones knew then what I already knew.. that I picked the right man for the job. Watching him do his job in court was like watching a televised court case. Except I was setting at the defense table fearing for the rest of my life. For Attorney Ness to keep my spirits up during the whole process. And allow me to walk away a free man. I will always owe him a debt of gratitude!! If you are considering hiring Matt. Do it. Take my word for it, I'm glad I did.
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Posted by Brian | October 31, 2018
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Brian unlawful taking
I was being charged with unlawful taking I was not sure when I hired this attorney to defend me until he made opening statement then I was shocked on what a great attorney I hired my case was a jury trial he walked step by step through the whole entire case did not leave 1 piece of evidence Unturned I am a very hard working man and a hard person to impress this attorney and the law firm that he works for impressed the hell out of me trust me when I say that I have never seen an attorney that was so thorough on a case I want to take the time to thank Matt in the law firm done a great job for me I was proven innocent once again thank you so much Matt and you did impress the hell out of me
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Posted by Daniels | October 18, 2018
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Best Criminal Athorney in Pittsburgh.
Attorney Matt Ness is tactical, highly skilled, persuasive and experienced as a criminal defense lawyer. He is by far the best criminal defense attorney in Pittsburgh. He does not sugar coat anything and gives you detailed information about every step in the process. I strongly recommend him if you are seeking legal representation. His court presentations and debate strategies in my jury trial were worth every penny. My family and I will forever be greatful to Worgul, Serna and Ness law firm for dismissal of a stalking charge and Not Guilty verdict to the other 3 charges. (Harassment, indecent assult and false imprisonment).
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Posted by Natasha | October 18, 2018
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Amazing attorney
My husband and I are from the DC area, happily married for 8 years. He has the cleanest record, never broke the law and not even ever had a speeding ticket. We had 0 experience with civil or criminal law in real life other than TV shows. That is why we were beyond shocked to find him falsely accused of 4 serious charges, including stalking, harassment, indecent assault and false imprisonment. We were very fortunate to get in touch with Attorney Matt Ness in Pittsburgh as the false accusations were made in Pennsylvania. Matt's entire legal team is very professional, knowledgeable and cares about the best outcome for the client. Our case went to jury trial and Matt was beyond amazing in court. We watch a lot of TV shows, such as Law and Order and Matt's closing statement for our case was the best we ever heard. We would give him 10 stars. Stalking charge was dropped even before jury deliberations and my husband was found Not guilty on remaining 3 charges. Jury decision was so quick that we did not even finish our lunch and had to run back to court. We are forever greatful to Matt Ness and his team for giving us this incredible victory and justice and we can finally return to our normal lives.
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2018
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Total professionalism
Matt was professional, informative and kind. He described, step by step how the process would go and answered all of our questions, making us feel at ease throughout the entire process.
Posted by Jacob | April 5, 2018
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Outstanding Lawyer
Matthew was born to do his job. He wholeheartedly dedicated himself to resolving my assault case. Leading up to my trial, I had met with Matt at Worgul Law Firm, where we had discussed all the details of my case, as well as, explained all possible outcomes to me. He had prepared for every angle during my trial, and did not let up the fight until we had won. I owe him my deepest gratitude for his work. I would recommend his representation to anyone in need of a great lawyer. 10/10 stars. Thank you again Matt.
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Posted by Ann | March 22, 2018
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Traffic Hearing
A school bus driver hit my mirror & scratched drivers side of my car. I was charged with careless driving in December of 2017. I contacted the Worgul Law Firm & spoke with Samir Sarna. He told me I did not have to appear for the hearing. I was extremely happy to hear that. I was told to plead not guilty. On the morning of trial I received a call from Matthew Ness, he asked me a question & said he would call me back. Very promptly, after the trial was over, he called & said the judge found me not guilty. I was so relieved, he did not leave me hanging! He also said he would send me an email with results of the trial & that was also very prompt. Thank you Attorney Ness! This case is closed!
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2018
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Thank you!
Matthew did an outstanding job at our son's hearing. He was professional, very succinct, and handled things quickly and privately. We were very impressed with his work and very pleased with the outcome of the case.
Posted by Debra | February 18, 2018
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Excellent
For Matthew Ness, We are so thankful we stumbled upon your Firm. Whoever would have thought checking on line for some questions would lead us, on a holiday weekend no less, to a wonderful and encouraging guy! From the first phone call Matthew made to us that weekend, he made us feel comfortable and positive about hiring him to handle our problem. Thank you Matthew, for the ease of communication as well as your positive, promp, professional and upbeat reassuring words, emails and phone calls. You made a trying and stressful experience a positive one. Very glad we hired you and that you were able to get us the outcome we needed. Thank you!
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Posted by Jerry | February 14, 2018
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Immigration Marriage Fraud
The best I can describe going through marriage fraud is comparing it to cancer. Unless you've ever gone through it, you will never know the kind of pain and destruction it causes you. I have experienced both and went through aggressive chemotherapy treatments. I would rather have cancer. When I had five felony charges and five misdemeanor charges filed against me I knew I needed a good attorney. My son came across Matthew Ness, a partner for Worgul Law Firm. He did a lot of research and was convinced that he was the best choice for what I was about to endure. I wasn't as convinced because anything could be said on the internet and, let's face it, I was just betrayed on the worst way. I was finding out hard to trust anyone. I called Mathew and we met at his office. The more I learned about what I was facing, the more worried I got. None of these charges were true and I began to realize that I may be going to jail for nothing and losing everything I worked hard for all of my life. This was going to ruin my life, my sons life and I would have to put my mother in an managed care facility because I would lose my home and have no one to care for her. I would lose my job and my life would be over. Matthew immediately comforted me. But, he also gave me the sobering possibilities of what could happen. Not once was he ever concerned about losing the case. I watched him in court as he spoke with the staff and judge and fellow attorneys. The more I watched and listened, the more comfort I had that my son sent me the right direction. I can't say that he got back to me as quickly as I'd like. But, I also know that when you ate the one that is facing this kind of situation, a short time seems like eternity. I also realize that he is juggling dozens of cases at once. They deserve their attention as well. He is a very meticulous, strategic attorney. From my perspective, he has the respect of his piers. He did enduring he could to preserve my job and to prevent my innocence from being destroyed by unfair questioning. In the end, I kept my job after being on administrative leave for six weeks. Because of the way it was handled, my employer kept their faith in me. Other than my original arraignment, I never went to jail. All of my charges were dismissed and filed in another venue. But, there is no doubt in my mind that Matthew is prepared to protect my freedom and my best interests. His hourly rate is not cheap. But, you get what you pay for. Freedom and integrity can not be jeopardized for a few dollars. Finally, you never know what life is going to send you. But, it's good to know that there are people out there that look at their jobs as more than an income. They look at it to protect the people that deserve to be protected. They work hard and have an extensive knowledge of the law. They feel your pain. They celebrate your win with you. Their satisfaction is on seeing the right thing done with the least amount of damage to you. They care. Matthew is one of those people. He is very rare. I highly recommend him to defend you.
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Posted by Eligio | February 8, 2018
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Excellent attorney
Matthew was able to reduce my traffic violation to no points, no suspension, and significantly lower fines despite a stubborn police officer intent on making sure I was punished. I cannot thank him enough and was lucky to have him represent me.
Posted by Justin | January 8, 2018
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Not only a great lawyer but a great guy
I have had to use Matt's services a couple of times. Recently I had a motor vehicle violation and Matt figured out how to get me out of the jam without a fine. He also filed the proper work and appeared in my place on the court date. Matt truly gets that if you are in a position to need his services you are properly worried if not just down right scared about your situation. He does a great job of explaining everything that is going to happen and does everything he can to remove any undue burden from his clients. If you find yourself in the unenviable position of requiring a lawyer you wont go wrong with Matt.
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Posted by A’Kili | December 1, 2017
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Give him a cape
I consulted with Matt over a year ago and he gave me a sense of comfort. That no matter what the charges were against me, that everything will work out in my favor. As time goes on, I begin to think of all the possible outcomes, good, bad and the ugly. Matt kept me on a straight and narrow path and reassured me that the case would be a breeze, that he had everything under control. After this past week, I no longer have the same worries or fears of the judiciary system and essentially, it’s all over with now. I feel like Matt has saved my life from my own stupidity and poor judgements and I can get back to what matters in life again. Thank you for all your help. I wouldn’t have done it without you.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2016
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Excellent!
I consulted with another lawyer in the firm but i dealt with Mr. Ness directly in all my court appearances. By far, well money spent! He was very understanding to what I wanted, listed my options very clearly, and was very confident which made me feel at ease throughout the case. He was able to get my charges completely dropped when I in fact, incriminated myself. He handled everything accordingly, there were no surprises, and I left very happy! Highly recommend!
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Posted by Matthew Ness | February 10, 2016
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This attorney is THE big dog!
i was in a jackpot on a gun charge------i faced the rest of my life in prison----matt ness was my atty. ---let me tell you this guy is THE big dogs in western Pennsylvania------never expected a not guilty verdict. Atty ness did everything right. i just sat back and trusted him and his counsel. Best part was how unhappy the judge was after the jury said not guilty. this guy is the best. trust him and his firm.
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Posted by Doug | December 3, 2015
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Very dedicated to client
I had him represent me in an offense I was surely goin go away for he was very easy to talk to and understand but he was even better at speaking with the judge and was able to save me from goin away & paying even less of a fine. He fought for me and was willing to keep trying if we did not get the results I wanted. But he was so well versed in the laws it only took the first try. I would highly recommend him to anyone and most definitely retain him again If need be He did an overwhelming job for a reasonable cost. I am more than happy with the results of my case the man is blessed with a silver tongue. And because of it I will get to spend Christmas with my family.
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Posted by Clint | November 12, 2015
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This attorney will amaze you.
From the day I walked into the Worgel law Office Mr. Worgul told me he wanted ME, to FEEL as though I was being defended, After this eighteen month nightmare the firm and especially Mr. Ness earned EVERY penny Once again Mr. Ness did a stellar job and I have no regrets having you defend me. Thank you Clint Kuhlman
Posted by Barry | September 5, 2015
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Happy client in butler
Mr Ness was very helpful in my case and was able to get my charges reduced to the minimum. Mr.Ness was also able get my case expedited and I was able to but it all behind me fast.
Posted by anonymous | July 25, 2015
Great experience!
Mr. Ness represented me in traffic court for a speeding ticket. He and his partners discussed the case and process in depth with me and kept me updated on the proceedings. They were always honest about the potential outcomes and emailed me to update me on the verdict on the same morning of the trial. I would definitely work with them again and would recommend them to anyone looking for a lawyer.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defenders Office
  • 2009 - 2015

Education

  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Supreme Court reversed Superior Court and Trial Court in Precedent Settting case

Associations

  • Allegheny County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Matthew is a very efficient and effective trial advocate. I have watched him grow from a talented intern into the trial mastermind he is today. That is why, as soon as he was available, we hired him without question."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have the honor and privilege of working with Attorney Ness. Matthew joined our Law Firm last year and has been an outstanding addition. He is well respected by judges, prosecutors, fellow attorneys, court staff, and clients. Matthew brings his "A" game each day, in each case, and has received not guilty verdicts on cases that should have been convictions. I wholeheartedly endorse Matthew without any reservation. He is an "A+" Lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Ness is a great trial lawyer. I've seen first-hand how much of a hard worker he is. He truly knows the law, and fights hard for his clients. From traffic matters to felony one cases, you are in good hands. His courtroom skills are excellent. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an experienced and dedicated trial attorney. He has a genuine passion for defense work, and he brings that passion to bear for his clients every single day. If you're facing serious charges and you know you're in for a fight, you want a guy like Matt in your corner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Ness is a brilliant criminal litigator. His passion for the legal profession and dedication to his craft is unmatched."
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