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Matthews Ryan Bark

Criminal defense Attorney at Altamonte Springs, FL

5.0   54 reviews

also known as Law Offices Of Matthews R. Bark P.A.

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  • Licensed for 17 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Member in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2010

About Matthews

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Prior to ever attending law school, Mr. Bark clerked for the Orphans Court in Baltimore. He created the first ever mediation program.   He then attended law school, graduated with honors, was the head teacher's assistant, a law scholar, interned for the Circuit Court in an for Baltimore City, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Maryland House of Delegates, and the Baltimore City State Attorney's Office.

After graduation he was a prosecutor in Brevard and Seminole Counties.  He took on highly publicized cases, including those where a man video recorded a twelve year old girl changing, a jewish boy was arrested on Rosh Hoshana, a deputy was battered by her husband, and teacher was accused of bringing a gun onto an elementary school campus.

He left the State Attorney's Office after being recruited by Jaeger & Blankner.  At Jaeger & Blankner, Mr. Bark tried DUIs, possession of cocaine, assisted in Murder trials, defended drug trafficking cases, and sex offense cases.

Mr. Bark left the firm to have a more hands on approach with his clients, and opened his own boutique firm.

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
Client's Choice 2022,2021,2020,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2022 2021 2020 + 2 ...

Location

Law Offices of Matthews R. Bark, PA
999 Douglas Avenue #3317
Altamonte Springs, FL, 32714

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2015
Experienced Attorney with the Critical Expertise to Achieve Outstanding Results
I hired Mr. Bark on a DUI charge. He immediately identified nuanced issues in my case which made a difference. Mr. Bark wrote and presented a detailed motion to suppress evidence in such a way in which the State of Florida was unable to counter. The motion was presented before an experienced presiding judge in such a manner where the law on a complex and nuanced matter was made clear in such a way that the judge granted his motion. Mr. Bark's success led the State to abandon its case against me. I met with several attorneys in the Orlando area who recommended Bark as one of the top DUI attorneys in the Orlando. I would advise any person charged with a DUI or any criminal matter and seeking expert and skilled representation to hire Bark.
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Posted by dragonflybikergirl | December 8, 2014
Matthews went above and beyond to assist me!
Really great attorney, explained everything in detail to me and also went out of his way to accommodate my schedule! Made himself available to answer my questions after hours and returned my calls even on the weekends. Was really nice to be treated like a person and not judged. Mr.Bark knows his stuff and was completely straight forward with me, I was so fortunate to have such great representation!
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Posted by Sonia | November 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bark Law is AMAZING
After doing some research, we hired attorney Mathews Bark to handle an unfortunate charge and some unknown / scary possibilities that could ruin lives ( i.e . Loss of earnings, ability to provide for the family)Bark was a God send for us trying to resolve a very tough situation that got out of hand. He is a rare attorney that knows how to calm you down, honestly clarify and simplify the legal jergons and make you feel like family. After some hard work he was able to convince the DA to do a great disposition/ reduced sentence.Thank you Bark Law for resolving this for us. We are grateful we found you!”
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer must have
Mr. Bark was my first choice based on the reviews I read about them and I am glad he took my case. After short phone consultation he explained me that this should resolve in a week and I should be able to go back home. Exactly after 6 days the case was closed. I have never been arested before and that said each case is definitelly unique. My clean background most likely contributed to the good outcome but I could have not done it without his help. This is a lawyer you must have.
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Posted by Stephnie | September 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Matthew is the best!
It’s sad to say that I’ve been in situations where I’ve needed the support and assistance of Matthew Bark multiple times, but I’m glad I was able to have him on my side. Matthew is the only person I that comes to mind in sticky situations. He is knowledgable and experienced in what he does and he does it best! Matthew and his team go above and beyond to give you information in an understandable way no matter the time sensitivity. I never feel alone when they are handling a case. Words can’t do justice the gratitude I have for him and his Team! Thank you!!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 22, 2022
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Best Lawyer Ever!
I have two cases on my record and I’ve used Mathew for both of them! The outcome of both cases went well and I’m not blamed for the crimes. He allowed me to do a payment plan and delivered exactly what I expected from the first case. With Mathew I did not have to worry about my future or the outcome of my case, I was anxious enough that I even had a case to begin with, but Mathew and his team assured me that they handled this situation before and put me at ease. My outcome was perfect and exactly what they said it would be! Now I can continue going to college and getting a career, all from his help!
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client of Matthew Bark
This Review is an honest opinion I understand those reading this review is going through a legal crisis. I can elaborate and write a 200 page essay about Matthew and his partner ,because everyone played there role in me having my freedom from being incarcerated. Matthew, Defended me as if I were his Son or Mother. I interviewed numerous lawyers before planning of hiring him, I am thankful to God, and Matthew I also must mention his partner as well. Mainly Matthew, I owe him a lifelong debt that I can never repay. Matthew’s legal title in the court room is a Lawyer, but to me, and family he is no less than an ANGEL. With being very vague about my case because I learned to humble myself with this lifeline in life let’s just say, the Judge that has been in the court room since 2003 has never heard such as long list of charges for Felonies including a 1st degree Felony. Matthew got me an outcome with a Withhold of Adjudication, meaning I will not be a Felon. My case was very complicated much indeed, but I hope this review enlightens you and your family in choosing the right representation for your freedom.
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Posted by Michele | May 2, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Responsive and supportive
I called Mr. Matthew Bark in an hour of need. I was frightened and feeling desperate and alone. He is a thoughtful and warm hearted person. He helped me immensely to ultimately succeed in getting the charges dropped. I honestly can't say enough about how grateful I remain for his kindness and expert advice.
Posted by Brian | May 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Central Florida Attorney
Matthews Bark far exceeded my hopes and expectations in his professional handing of my legal situation. I was facing charges from the state and a separate civil injunction, and within just a couple of months the injunction was dropped and a highly favorable plea was extended. This was an incredible outcome, and I am very pleased with the resolution of my cases. I absolutely recommend Matthews Bark and his team to anyone who finds them self in a legal predicament and needs experienced legal counsel. Excellent communication, honest, and a straight shooter who tells it like it is and can get you the results you want. Truly 5 stars!!!
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Posted by Eliseo | May 2, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney, experienced, reliable and effective!
I recently consulted attorney Matthews Bark regarding a contract dispute. Mr. Bark was very responsive. He took time to listen and understand the circumstances. After doing his due diligence, he gave me sounded effective advice on how to proceed with my situation. If I’m ever in need of professional legal advice my first option is the law firm of Matthews Bark, PA.
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Posted by Michael | May 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Freedom
Very happy with the representation. Got in contact with the people he needed to for me immediately. My matter was resolved very quickly. Matt is clearly respected in the community. Definitely worth the cost. I truly appreciate his help.
Posted by Andino | April 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney
After hearing the situation I was in, Attorney Bark took my case and was able to successfully represent me on my injunction case with an estranged spouse. He was extremely communicative, and prepared for each hearing. He was able to help the court see things for what they were through his preparation and expertise. I'd recommend him to family.
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Posted by Leah | April 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire him now don’t wait!
I’ve hired Mr. Bark twice now in the last 7 years for DUI. Both times he has helped me reduce the charges to reckless driving. I was dealing with a lot of financial burdens with dui school, counseling, probation etc he was understanding allowed me to make payments to him. Mr. Bark is busy not only his job being demanding but he’s got a family like most people so I personally found it easier to text him straight forward questions instead of calling, or just calling his office where Sue and the rest of his team always answered. He’s non judge-mental, listens, and someone that’s knowledgeable in the field that you want on your side.
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Posted by Hilario | April 20, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Bark is a Genius
Mr. Bark and his firm showed great care and great patience while helping me during one of the darkest times in my life. If it weren’t for their dedication and professionalism, I would be in a much worse state. Because of their help, I have a new lease on a new life.
Posted by Jamie | September 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Superhero
Matthew's bark Law Firm goes above and beyond all of your legal needs, they make sure you are taken care of from the very first phone call you make to them. It will be the best representation you could ever have.
Posted by David | July 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful client
When you come to a moment in your life that you need an attorney you better make sure you pick the right one! Mr. Bark was not only professional but was also very understanding about the difficulty that our family was going through. He worked aggressively to make sure that we got the representation that we needed and saw us through the entire process. His knowledge of the process and experience in these storms was truly a blessing for our family. If you are questioning where to go or who to call. Take my word. This if your firm And Mr. Bark is your guy. Big shout out to Kathleen and the rest of Mr. Bark’s team! You guys were amazing! Thank you again Mr. Bark. We are grateful for your guidance!
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Posted by Terri | May 17, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney in Florida!
I hired Mr.Bark to represent a family member who had been charged with Battery and Bodily Harm. I called his office and his secretary arranged a Zoom meeting that very day with Mr.Bark. My family member and I attended the meeting and explained the situation. Mr.Bark listened intently and then asked questions. He explained the process that would take place and what we needed to do going forward. We never had to appear in court and all charges were dropped within 2 weeks. If you or someone you care about needs an attorney, Mr. Bark is the person you need to call.
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Posted by Sam | April 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible, skilled attorney
From the first phone call Mr. Bark took time with me, reassured me, and provided me with exactly what I needed to do and when. Both he and his staff stayed in touch with me throughout the whole process and were always available to answer my questions even outside of my scheduled appointments with him. The best case scenario regarding my license and my DUI case happened and it was all due to the efforts of Mr. Bark. The money I spent was worth it given the experience with the staff/Mr. Bark and for the outcome they were able to get for me.
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Posted by Sarah | March 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most affordable loyal attorney
I have never been in trouble and I recently got in trouble for a felony and a misdemeanor and Mr barks has been the most honest caring and loyal attorney that I've ever met and I'm so thankful that I hired him because how fast he got my charges dropped completely and how much he communicated with me and was honest and was completely fair about his prices I could have never asked for a better blessing than him I was so thankful to get my felony and my misdemeanor and charges dropped! Mr. Barks on top of it is getting it expunged off my record it's really hard to pick and choose a lawyer especially when it comes to something so serious that could ruin your whole life and Mr. Barks is such a great man inside and out and what he does with his practices and law and then how he handles you as his attorney is phenomenal and did I mention how quickly he got it all done he got it done within less than a couple of months it was so fast I had the most scariest worst thing in my entire life happen to me and I could have almost went to prison for over 3 years and he completely got it dropped and expunged for me and fought for me and my innocence!
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Posted by Melissa | December 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney!
Mr. Bark and his staff were amazing from beginning to end. He was extremely responsive and prompt to all calls, emails as well as the handling of my case. I could not have asked for a better attorney to help me in this time of need. He was able to resolve my case with an extremely positive outcome in impeccable time. I highly recommend Mr. Bark. He is truly an attorney that cares about you as a person and is willing to go above and beyond for his clients.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2010.

Public Reprimand - with Conditions issued in FL, 2010
updated on 02/18/2014

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior and places conditions on the lawyer's license.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Matthews R. Bark, PA
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Jaeger and Blankner
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Intern
  • Maryland House of Delegates
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office, 18th Judicial Circuit (Brevard & Seminole County)
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Maryland Court Of Appeals
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Intern
  • Circuit Court in and for Baltimore City, Maryland
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Legal Intern
  • Orphans Court In and For Baltimore City
  • 2003 - 2003
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Towson University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Duguay
  • Case dismissed.
  • State v. Lee
  • DUI amended from a crime to a traffic citation, careless driving, Leaving the scene, withhold of adjudication and a fine.
  • State v. Fries
  • State dropped the charges.
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Chairman
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Volie A. Williams American Inn of Court
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Award of Excellence
  • Orange County Bar Association Criminal Law Section
  • 2017
  • For Service as Chair
  • OCBA Criminal Law Section
  • 2015
  • Prosecutor of the Year
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • 2008
  • Deans Citation for Service
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • 2006
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Publications

  • The Briefs (Orange County Bar Association)
  • From Frye to Daubert and the Effect on Criminal Cases
  • 2015
  • The Briefs (Orange County Bar Association)
  • Intoxilyzer 8000 Litigation in Orange County Florida
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminole County Bar Association Nutshell Series CLE
  • Marijuana Law
  • 2019
  • Case Closed: Issues After Disposition
  • Ethical Obligations After Disposition or Sentencing
  • 2018
  • Practicing like a professional
  • Professionalism and Ethics for State Attorneys and Public Defenders
  • 2017
  • Anatomy of a Criminal Case
  • Preserving Your Client's Driver's License DMV Hearings and License Implications
  • 2016
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Professionalism in Criminal Law
  • 2015
  • Trial Advocacy Class
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2014
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Bar Luncheon/Led prayer
  • 2014
  • Barry Law School Alumini CLE
  • Social Media for Lawyers
  • 2014
  • University of Baltimore School of Law Course
  • Race and the Law
  • 2013
  • North Orange County Bar Association CLE on Diversion Programs
  • Mental Health Court
  • 2013
  • Brevard County Law Enforcement Training
  • How To Testify
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (32)
Endorse Matthews
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a lawyer but I do not practice criminal law. I am confident referring clients and their friends and families to Matt without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Bark is one of the most prepared attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with. He goes above and beyond in researching and preparing his cases. Mr. Bark truly believes in zealous representation for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the honor of working against Matthews when he was a prosecutor and have known him as a criminal defense attorney in the community. He is a top notch lawyer who cares greatly for his clients and the outcomes of their cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Bark and I have tried cases against each other when he was a prosecutor, and co-counseled cases together as defense lawyers. There is not a better, more respected lawyer, than Mr. Bark."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to work with Matthews on several cases, and the thing that has impressed me the most about him is the thoroughness, knowledge, and preparation he brings to every case he is involved in. Matthews is a fantastic lawyer, for whom I have a great deal of respect for."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bark is an exceptional attorney. He always thoroughly researches the issues and defenses in each of his cases, and he is able to eloquently and aggressively argue for his clients best interests. It is no surprise that he has a proven track record of successes at trial and motion hearings. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"In each of the multiple cases I have had with him he was always prepared, knowledgable and skilled at writing, arguing and winning his motions and trials."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"have known Matthews Bark for 3 years. I have worked with him on a few cases during that time. He has very knowledgeable in the area of criminal law and always works to achieve the best result for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Matt for several years both personally and professionally. Matt is a truly excellent attorney who is well respected in the legal community. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and will aggressively represent his clients. Matt truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possibleI."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have consistently referred my immigration clients to Mr. Bark for criminal defense and DUI issues. He has achieved exceptional results and all of my clients were extremely happy with the outcome."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Bark. He is a very experienced attorney in the area of DUI defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Passionate and hard working, Matthew represents his clients with their ultimate goals in mind. By taking a thoughtful and practical approach to solving his clients' legal problems, Matt insures that his clients understand what all of their options are when facing a legal issue. I highly recommend Matthew."
Family Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Bark is a hard-working, aggressive lawyer. He fights for justice for his clients. He is not scared to take on tough cases & is able to obtain great results for his clients. He is well liked among his peers & highly respected!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Bark is a zealous advocate for his clients. He is very knowledgeable of the law and is well respected amongst his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthews Bark is a compassionate and very intelligent attorney who always works very hard for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthews's reputation as a dedicated, professional, knowledgeable attorney is widely-held throughout the community. He is well-liked by the community, and is respected by all."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Barks is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Central Florida."
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Altamonte Springs Criminal defense Lawyer Matthews Ryan Bark
Matthews Ryan Bark
Criminal defense Attorney
Altamonte Springs, FL
Licensed for 17 years
Free Consultation
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2010. See details