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Matthew Charles Bangerter

Criminal defense Attorney at Willoughby, OH

5.0   41 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    34%
    When you are facing criminal allegations, your life, livelihood, freedom and reputation are all on the line. You need experienced and dedicated legal counsel. Contact the Bangerter Law Office at (440) 409-7898 to schedule your free consultation.

  2. Appeals
    33%
    Some say 1 in 10 cases are reversed on appeal. In muni courts, it’s been reported as high as 40% - 4 of 10 cases the court got it wrong! You may not have to settle for a bad verdict – talk to an experienced appellate attorney.

  3. DUI and DWI
    33%
    Is your attorney certified by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in both the ARIDE program and to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs)?

 

Having a competent defense attorney involved in your case as early as possible can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. As a former Assistant Prosecutor in Lake County Ohio, I have experience with the strategies used by prosecutors to pursue their cases. As a member of the Ohio Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, I take my profession seriously and constantly stay up to date with the latest case law and trial strategies. I can put my skills and experience to work for you.

 

I would be happy to meet with you to discuss the details of your case. There is no commitment on your part, and my initial consultation is always free. 

 

 

Location

Fortress Law Group, LLC
4124 Erie St.
Willoughby, OH, 44094

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very professional
Very professional and on top of things. Very helpful. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Susan | September 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I’m writing this review for my friend Connie Vitantonio as she has no knowledge of technology and doesn’t know how to use the internet. Attorney Matt Bangerter represented Connie in a shoplifting case which went to court on 8/24/21. Connie wanted me to convert how deeply grateful she is for the excellent way in which Matt represented her. As a result of his superb skills, Mr. Bangerter was able to get her a result that she was very happy with. She also appreciated how respectful he was with her as well as appreciating how nice and courteous the office staff was whenever she spoke with them on the phone. She highly recommends Matthew Bangerter to anyone seeking legal council.
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Posted by Dmitriy & Russiko | August 13, 2021
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Excellent lawyer !!!!!!
Mr. Mathew Bangerter is absolutely professional. I highly recommend him. He responds in an extreme timely matter, he is a very knowledge and trustworthy person!!! His friendly attitude makes you feel easy and brings down the stress level of the already stressful situation. We used him on a accident case and we as an objective clients are very satisfied with the outcome. Very, very respectfully Dimitry and Russiko.
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Posted by Thomas | July 3, 2021
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GOOD PERSON
I WAS INVOLVED IN A CASE WHERE IT WAS A SCAM TRYING TO MAKE MONEY OFF THE INSURANCE COMPANY.... I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO FIGHT IT AS I WAS INNOCENT ... GEICO WAS THE INSURANCE COMPANY AND THEY WERE GREAT... THEY DID NOT LAY DOWN AND JUST PAY OUT... THEY DID A TOTAL INVESTIGATION AND FOUND ME INNOCENT OF ALL... GEICO SAID THESE SCAMS ARE GOING ON ALLOVER THE COUNTRY AND THEY WERE TIRED OF IT.... MATT WAS MY ATTORNEY AND NOW HE HAD TO FIGHT FOR ME TO GET THE COURT TO SAY THE SAME THING... THE CASE TOOK FOUR MONTHS OF MY LIFE UP AND PUT HUGE STRESS ON ME AND MY HEALTH... MATT WAS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ME.... I AND MY FAMILY LIKED HIM FROM THE START... HE SEEMED LIKE A GOOD PERSON AND A GOOD FAMILY MAN.... IT TOOK A LONG TIME BUT HE WON FOR ME AND I HUGGED HIM AT THE END... THE JUDGE IN WILLOUGHBY WAS ALSO VERY GOOD AND FAIR .... PEOPLE SHOULD NOT GET AWAY WITH LYING AND CHEATING AND SCAMMING INSURANCE COMPANIES... IT PUT ME THROUGH HELL FOR MONTHS AND FOR SOMETHING I NEVER DID...
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Posted by Guy | June 9, 2021
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Winner
If your looking for excellent criminal attorney Matt is the one . He got my case dismissed. He is a winner. He is polite, professional and to the point. Job well done . Thank u Matt .
Posted by Brian | May 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
I can't say enough about how great he was.
Matt was a pleasure to work with, he really helped me through an extremely troubling time. When the justice system doesn't work or isn't fair, it's great to know that there are people out there like Matt. He will fight for you, fight for what's right and won't stop. I really can't say enough about how great he was. Although I hope I don't need to talk to him again, it's great to know that he's there if needed.
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Posted by Steve Nagy | April 27, 2021
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Highly recommended
Went the extra mile to get the outcome I deserved in my case. I highly recommend.
Posted by Kristina | April 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Cleaning up cases (and tears)
At my most vulnerable, Matt was there to keep me grounded. Aside from his obvious intelligence, Matt is kind and truly does want the best for his clients. He never hesitated to make time for me (or my tears). I've used him as counsel on three different occasions and each time he has gotten me the desired results. I trust him with those things I hold most valuable - my life, my liberty, and my sanity :) I'm grateful to have found him when I did.
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Posted by Randy | June 3, 2020
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Matt
Matt was extremely knowledgeable and efficient. His communication and negotiating skills were excellent
Posted by Chrissy | March 10, 2020
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Impressive and Gets the Job Done!
We hired Matt to help my fiance out of a sticky situation that he was involved in and had no idea what to do, what to expect or what the outcome could look like. Right from the start, Matt showed us his knowledge of the law, experience in working with the legal system and we knew we were in good hands! Not only did we get the most positive outcome we could hope for, we felt supported and a part of the process the entire time. We were never left wondering what happens here, what do we do, what do we say? Matt guided us through the entire process and we would highly recommend him to others. Thank you Matt! We are forever grateful for your help during this difficult time for us.
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Posted by Dee | January 22, 2020
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Great attorney!
I had a problem and this attorney was on it. He was so professional and responded to all of my calls and emails. He let me know when the issue was resolved. I am so grateful!!
Posted by Trish | January 17, 2020
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Very Helpful
Matt made the whole process easy to handle. He was very professional and handled every detail. I would highly recommend him for any legal problem you may have.
Posted by Michele | April 28, 2019
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Professionalism at its finest
We needed a top notch lawyer to resolve some legal issues. We were so glad we hired Mr. Bangerter. He is extremely intelligent, and professional. He always returned our emails and calls when we had questions or concerns, no matter the time of day. He prepared us for court and walked us through step by step. He always had our best interest at heart. He is well respected in lake county courts and in the juvenile courts as well. You’d want him by your side if you are ever in a scary situation!
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Posted by Melissa | April 1, 2019
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Amazing Attorney!
The night I was charged with theft and drug possession was the worst and scariest of my life! Matthew Bangerter helped me through this horrible time. From the first phone call he answered all my questions professionally and with compassion. When we met he explained all outcomes and what to expect. At the pre-trial we had the best possible outcome, he was able to have the felony charge dismissed and for the theft charge I was put on the diversion program. I would recommend him to anyone needing guidance.
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Posted by Brian | July 13, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Matt handled my mother's divorce proceedings and helped her to get the best possible outcome. He was very patient and was sure to provide explanation of the anticipated process. He provided sound guidance to help navigate a highly contentious situation. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Christine | April 23, 2018
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Dissolution
Matt was great during my dissolution which was fairly cut and dry however; I was emotional several times during the course of our negotiations. Matt made me feel better and more at ease. He reassured me and calmed me down during with stressful time with his knowledge and manner. I would recommend Matt to anyone needing a divorce/dissolution
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2018
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Good attorney
Mr. Bagerter was professional and he took care of my case on time. He was proficient and acted on timely fashion. I definitely recommend his service for any new clients out there.
Posted by Elena | January 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Job
I was very satisfied with the outcome. Your law firm is number one in Willoughby . Mr Bangerter has a very kind professional attitude, that's full of compassion, he was always prompt with answering all my questions and concerns. Mr. Bangerter receives an A+ in my book.
Posted by Robert | August 24, 2016
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Prompt and Professional representation
Matt did a great job of representing me in a Domestic violence case. He was able to get the charges and fines reduced, plus I was able to re-coop half of my bail money.
Posted by Ted | October 9, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
An excellent choice!
I've never had an occasion to use a lawyer so when I needed one and Matt was recommended to me I didn't know what to expect. Matt was knowledgeable, direct, honest and patient, made me feel quite comfortable through the entire process. Answered the plethora of questions I had and made sure I was informed at every step. He always made sure I was prepared for each stage and that I knew what to expect. It was obvious he put in the time for me and the quality of his work was top notch. Wouldn't hesitate a second to hire him again in the future. Thanks Matt for making what could have been a painful and scary event much easier to take, you did a great job!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Acting Judge
  • Mentor Municipal Court
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner
  • Bangerter Law, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Lake County Public Defender's Office
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Lake County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Legal Aid Society Of Cleveland
  • 2006 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Akron
  • J.D.
  • 2007
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • B.A.
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Painesville Municipal Court
  • Case dismissed at State's expense
  • Euclid Municipal Court
  • Driving Under Suspension dismissed, Drug Possession reduced to Disorderly Conduct.
  • 11th District Court of Appeals
  • Sentence vacated, case remanded for resentencing
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Associations

  • Lake County Public Defender Commission
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Chairman, Criminal Justice Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
  • Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Geauga County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Co-Chair, Amicus Committee
  • 2012 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • President's Award
  • Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2014
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Rotary Club of Mentor
  • Defending the Guilty
  • 2014
  • LCCDLA Annual Criminal Defense Seminar
  • From Trial to Appeal to Retrial
  • 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, Government, ITT Tech
  • The Bill of Rights
  • 2013
  • Guest Lecturer, Composition II, ITT Tech
  • Professional Research, Writing and Composition
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (26)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Bangerter is a great attorney with a lot of knowledge and experience. I would recommend him as an attorney for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I appreciate how zealously Matt represents his clients. Matt does a great job of helping clients through difficult times when they don't know where else to turn for assistance."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Matt when he was at the Prosecutor's office as well as when he started his own practice. Matt was attentive to details and had the knowledge base to handle his clients issues. However, if he did not know an answer, he was not afraid to seek it out in order to better serve the client. He is helpful not only to clients but other attorneys which speaks of his solid character."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Bangerter. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Appeals Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Matt through work experience and socializing. Mott really cares about justice and fighting for the little guy!! I fully endorse his integrity and work ethic."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is a well-known Cleveland attorney and member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has experience representing clients in the multitude of municipal and common pleas courts in N.E. Ohio and I would not hesitate to retain him for any criminal matter."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Bangerter. He is a great choice for representation and is highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is a lawyer that you can tell by his AVVO answers has a strong grasp on the law."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Bangerter. From his involvement with Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an intelligent, professional and hard-working attorney. He is a dedicated to advancing his clients' interest and working towards successful outcomes for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Matt is an excellent attorney with a wealth of experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A hard-working, energetic, and innovative attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matthew is an excellent attorney and works diligently for all his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Bangerter, he is obviously aware of criminal procedure and probation. He is providing a public service participating in this forum and should be commended. It is without hesitation that I endorse Attorney Bangerter."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an attorney who cares about his clients and is not afraid to fight for them. Whether in the trial court or appellate court, clients are well served by Matt Bangerter."
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