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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.
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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.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Owner||Law Office of Matthews R. Bark, PA||2012 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Jaeger and Blankner||2009 - 2012|
|Assistant State Attorney||State Attorney's Office, 18th Judicial Circuit (Brevard & Seminole County)||2006 - 2009|
|Intern||Maryland House of Delegates||2006 - 2006|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|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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|The Briefs (Orange County Bar Association)||Intoxilyzer 8000 Litigation in Orange County Florida||2015|
|The Briefs (Orange County Bar Association)||From Frye to Daubert and the Effect on Criminal Cases||2015|
|University of Baltimore School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Towson University||Finance with Honors||BS - Bachelor of Science||2003|
|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|