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Matthew C Parson

Family Attorney at Franklin, PA

3.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 19 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 19 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2004
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2005
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

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

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    In divorce and custody law, Matthew C. Parson is committed to improving the lives of children and their families through skillful and assertive legal representation. We push hard for efficient, positive outcomes to reach a resolution smoothly.

    18 years, 650 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    Matthew C. Parson has extensive trial experience, and he will respect your decision on whether to go to trial. Our goal is to discuss charges, file discovery, and develop a plan that deals with your legal problems and defense in an efficient way.

    18 years, 618 cases

  3. Estate planning
    Estate planning allows you to provide for your family by creating a will, establishing a power of attorney or living will, making funeral arrangements in advance, and more. If you are ready to begin the estate planning process, please call us today.

    18 years, 65 cases

  4. Lawsuits and disputes
    Whether you’re dealing with a disagreement related to property, a lawsuit, or a business contract, you don’t need to navigate the complex waters surrounding a civil dispute on your own.

    18 years, 65 cases

  5. Personal injury
    If you've been injured, we can help. Please call us today.

    18 years, 55 cases

Matthew C. Parson is a high-quality, veteran defense attorney based in Franklin, Pennsylvania. He practices criminal law, family law, civil law, and estate law. Matthew and his team can help you with divorce and custody problems, even if they are complex and emotionally charged.

Our satisfaction comes from helping those in need of advocacy, information, or advice. We also serve clients in need of criminal defense, civil litigation, and/or probate law and estate settlement. Call us today – your first consultation is free!

A little history…
Matthew graduated from Catholic University of America, Columbia School of Law in 2004. He then went to work in Washington, D.C. working for private law firms.

At that point, Matthew decided to move back to his hometown of and work on his PA law skills, with the goal of eventually opening his own practice. Matthew applied to work as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge H. William White and was accepted in 2005. He clerked for Judge White from 2005-2007 and describes the Honorable Judge as his

“first and best teacher.”
Matthew got the opportunity that he was looking for when a seasoned and well known lawyer in town, Attorney Michael Antkowiak, heard about him and invited him to share his office space.

Matthew opened his own practice, Matthew C. Parson, Attorney at Law, on September 3, 2007. For the next four years, Matthew worked on building his own client list and skill set, bending Michael’s ear for tips and advice along the way. Mr. Antkowiak shared generously in his knowledge of the court system, the law, local judges, and small business ownership, and Matthew learned an enormous amount in the time they spent together.

In 2011, Matthew made another move, this time into the office of a successful criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Wayne Hundtermark. There, he fine tuned his knowledge of the inner workings of the judicial systems in Venango and surrounding counties. His client list had grown to a respectable size, and his reputation was beginning to earn him repeat clients. Of Mr. Hundtermark, Matt says,

“I learned more from Judge White, Mike Antkowiak, and Wayne Hundtermark than I did in 8 years of undergraduate and graduate study!”
Matthew remains very grateful to the people that have helped him in his successes – and failures – along the way.

In 2014, Matthew had reached enough success that he was able to add his first employee, a smart, energetic young paralegal by the name of Shaughnesy Ruditis. Shaughnesy was able to answer phones, organize files, schedule appointments, and assist in hearings, jury selections, and trials. She had a working knowledge of the legal system with her education and was a quick study, allowing Matthew to delegate some of his workload. Shaughnesy was a perfect fit as a first addition to Matthew’s team, and, though she has since moved on, she remains a friend.

In 2016, Matthew made his most recent move, to his own office space. He chose the Liberty Building for it’s beautiful, historic architecture, and it’s prime location on Liberty Street in lovely downtown Franklin, and his soon-to-be wife, Jaimi Hajzus, brought her experience and joined the team as head of Marketing.

Matthew then hired a new assistant, and they work together on the third floor of the Liberty Building and have expanded their practice to include not just Venango County, but surrounding counties as well – Mercer, Crawford, Clarion, and Butler.

Matthew continues to build his business and values the reputation he has come to be known for;

as professional, honest, and tough to beat.
He hopes to continue learning, growing, and taking the advice of experienced mentors as his business expands.

If you’d like to know more about Matthew and what brought him to where he is today, here is another special piece of Matthew’s story, in his own words.

I have been asked,

“What made you want to be a lawyer?”
The short answer is that I wanted to

help people get their foot in the door.
The long answer is that I was born disabled. I am legally blind. I don’t have a Seeing Eye dog or a cane, but I cannot drive. I have to read things closely and bright light makes it hard for me to see, kind of like a camera flash causes you to have a hard time seeing.

When I was young, there were people who did not think I could do what other kids could do. I was treated like I was stupid and I was often isolated from other kids.

Luckily for me, I had very determined parents who believed that with some elbow grease, I could do anything. They were frustrated with how I was not permitted to do what the other kids were allowed to do, and that the school district didn’t provide the proper accommodations for me, so they called the state. The state came in with lawyers who told folks that this kid was going to be treated better or lawsuits would be filed.

After that people changed their attitudes and my experiences were enriched because I was participating with the other kids.

I went to law school to become a civil rights lawyer. I found though that I enjoyed the day to day litigation of a family and criminal defense lawyer. I give our clients the

chance to fight, to get their foot in the door, be it for a fair criminal trial, time with their kids, resolving a loved one’s estate, or making sure marital property separated fairly.
Always fight the good fight!!! And if you need help getting your foot in the door, give us a call.

– Matthew

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Matthew C. Parson, Attorney at Law
411 13th Street
Franklin, PA, 16323


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Posted by Bob | October 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic related issue
Matthew was great in helping to resolve a traffic related issue that we had. I was very happy with his service. I highly recommend him.
Response from Matthew Parson October 14, 2021
Thank you, Bob! Clients like you make our job worthwhile, and we so much appreciate the kind words!!!
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2015
During my divorce, I retained Mr. Parson and found him to be knowledgeable, trustworthy, and responsive. He made my life so much easier during a really difficult time!
Response from Matthew Parson October 14, 2021
Thank you for the kind words! We strive to take the worry out of client legal problems!!!
Posted by Sarah | April 23, 2015
Everything I needed in a Attorney.
This time I was facing a long sentence. Up to 10 years. Mr.Parson had represented me twice before on this same charge. Getting me probation on the Criminal Trespass felony. After I violated my probation got me out with no street time pulled. Now my 2nd violation was not going to be overlooked by the Judge. And again, I hired Matthew Parson. Knowing that Lawyers do not have a magic wand to wave. He visited me weekly in the jail to discuss my options with me. And also took all my calls personally when calling collect from VCP. I was so scared and worried about my fate. But to know I had an attorney in my corner was somewhat of a relief. The day of sentencing arrived. Mr.Parson talked to the DA and came up with something that was close to a miracle for what I was facing. I ended up getting a 2 year Drug and Alcohol Program with 2 years probation after. That program saved my life! And after I was done with the program I got a job doing Social Work. I did half of my probation and Attorney Parson petitioned the court to have the rest of my probation dropped. AND IT WAS!!! Having someone working on your side who knows all the ins and outs of the law is so reassuring when you are at your lowest. I would recommend Attorney Matthew Parson to anyone who needs legal help.
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Response from Matthew Parson October 14, 2021
Thank you so much, Sarah, for the kind words! Clients like you make our job so rewarding!!!
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Bad lawyer
Showed up 3 minutes before trial. Didn’t do anything for my case. Thousands of dollars and he didn’t say word. Needless to say we lost.
Posted by April | October 26, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Incompetent doesn’t describe this lawyer
No show✅ Doesn’t listen✅ Argues with client on every level✅ Fails to represent during hearing✅ Had to be fired due to complete and utter disregard of any legal process, format or involvement of knowledge into my case ✅ Upon firing, returned my file to me, missing half my file, but to include 2 other clients personal and confidential records within my folder. Even after bringing it to his attention, was ignored. So I’m sure his other clients will be happy to know I have their bank records and social security information in my hands, which is being turned over to the board as well. Which leads me to to advise that I opened up a complaint with the disciplinary board against him with solid evidence of misconduct. So I stress, completely incompetent and should not be practicing law on any level. With him, it’s an enter at your own risk kind of situation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I hired Matt for two closely related things for a flat rate. I did most the “leg work”, and begged him to file one appeal. During the appeal he didn’t even have facts straight and I did most the talking from my notes. When the second issue came to light he stated I would need to pay him more. I disagreed and he stated he would need to check my file and get back to me. Contact ceased with him, even though I called multiple times, until I emailed him demanding a refund for lack of services. He then stated he never asked for more money, but subsequently in a later email stated he quoted me another flat fee for services. This never happened. He basically called me a liar at every point in our communication. He has failed to provide services that I have paid for. He did not stand up for me the way that he said he would in our consultation. He allowed me to be walked all over. I am in the process of reporting him to the bar association for ethics violations. His wife also like to get involved with client relations and be ignorant and snarky.
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Response from Matthew Parson June 6, 2022
I understand the above concerns and regret that the client relationship has broken down in this way. We were hired to aid this client in one particular type of case, and we charged a flat fee for that one case. We had a full administrative hearing and were successful - We won! We were available to the client for phone calls, emails, and other hearings. The client only asked for a refund and began complaining about the service she received after the client learned that they would have to pay more money for new and different services. Again, we regret that things ended this way, especially on a successful case. This was a misunderstanding about the flat fee that we charge. It is a flat fee for each case, not a flat fee for several different cases.
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  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law - Washington, D. C.
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 16
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"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is a great Lawyer who always gives his clients 110%. If you need legal assistance, you will not be disappointed if you choose Matthew."
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Franklin Family Lawyer Matthew C Parson
Matthew C Parson
Family Attorney
Franklin, PA
Licensed for 19 years
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