Matt comes to the field of law from a career as a military policeman in the US Army. After starting as a private, Matt worked his way up the ranks to retire as a major after 23 years of service that included assignments in Texas, North Carolina, and Italy to name a few. Matt commanded one of the first units to respond to the attacks on September 11, 2001 while stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. On December 24, 2001, Matt deployed along with 182 airborne and air assault troopers as commander of the Army’s only airborne and air assault Military Police Company in the world. After returning from Afghanistan, Matt accepted a teaching assignment at The Ohio State University teaching Army ROTC and remained teaching for OSU’s International Studies Department after he retired from the military.
Matt is a January 2012 graduate of Capital University Law School where he earned his JD and was twice presented with an award for best student in his class. After completing law school in just 2 ½ years, Matt finished his LLM in Taxation in May 2012 while studying for the bar exam. Matt was sworn in May of 2012 and has been practicing law ever since.
As a retired soldier and paratrooper, Matt has a particular interest and passion for helping his fellow veterans. Recognizing a need for estate planning services in his community, along with the ability to help with the VA application processes, Matt decided to strike out on his own and open Donald Law Office.
Matt’s awards and recognition include, the Bronze Start, Meritorious Service Medal (3d awd), Army Commendation Medal (2d awd), Army Achievement Medal (6th awd), Master Parachutist, Air Assault Badge, German Military Efficiency Badge (Gold), Venezuelan Jump Wings, Distinguished Honor Graduate in both his Officer Basic and Officer Advance Courses (1st in class).
Matt’s education and other recognition include several honor societies for academics, a BA in Criminal Justice, an MA in Business Org and Security Management, JD in Law, LLM in Taxation. Donald Law Office also has the distinction of being recognized as Lawyer’s With Purpose member of the month for the month of February 2013.
Matt and his wife Sherri have been married for 18 years and have been happy to call Baltimore home for the past 10 years. Together they are the proud parents of three gifted and wonderful children.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Member of the Month||Lawyers With Purpose||2013|
|Distinguished Honor Graduate||US Army||N/A|
|Venezuelan Jump Wings||US Army||N/A|
|German Military Efficiency Badge (Gold)||US Army||N/A|
|Air Assault Badge||US Army||N/A|
|Master Parachutist||US Army||N/A|
|Army Achievement Medal||US Army||N/A|
|Army Commendation Medal||US Army||N/A|
|Meritorious Service Medal||US Army||N/A|
|Bronze Star||US Army||N/A|
|First in Class||US Army||N/A|
|Founding Attorney||Donald Law Office, LLC||2012 - Present|
|Professor||Ohio State University||2002 - 2012|
|Major||US Army||1985 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys||Attorney Member||2015 - Present|
|National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (Ohio chapter)||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Lawyers With Purpose||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Ohio State Bar Association||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Columbus Bar Association||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|Capital University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|Capital University Law School||Taxation||LL.M - Master of Laws||2012|
|Laclede School of Law||Business Org and Security Management||MA - Masters||2003|
|Mount Saint Mary's University||Criminal Justice||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Webinar - Veteran's Benefits||Veteran's Benefits||N/A|
|Columbus CLE - Veteran's Benefits||Veteran's Benefits||N/A|
|Cleveland CLE - Veteran's Benefits||Veteran's Benefits||N/A|
|CLE - Veteran's Benefits||Veteran's Benefits||N/A|
|CLE - VA Benefits||VA Benefits||N/A|
|CLE - Medicaid, Beyond the Basics, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid Post Elibility||Medicaid, Beyond the Basics, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid Post Eligibility||N/A|