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Matthew Oberlin Williams

Criminal defense Attorney at Cleveland, OH

4.9   25 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Matthew

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As an Ohio attorney, I know the legal system is large, complex, and intimidating. I understand that interaction with government agencies is disorienting and the rules are unclear. If you, a family member, or a friend have been arrested, charged with a crime, are the subject of an investigation, or involved in a dispute with the government, it is in the accused person's best interest to obtain legal representation. As an attorney, my job is to defend your interests, freedom, dignity and reputation and to make sure you understand your rights, the process, and the consequences of your decisions. Do not let the system intimidate you. I am here to help. Don't face it alone. I practice law with a two part philosophy, which I am ready to put to work for you. First, the client is a person. As my client, I will treat you as a person, not as a number, a case, or a wallet. I will give you courtesy and respect and treat your problems with diligent attention. I will work with you to find the most cost effective solution to your problems. Second, the lawyer is an advocate, a guide, and an adviser. I will be your advocate. I will make sure you are not pushed into decisions you do not understand. I will investigate the evidence and claims against you. I will present the evidence and claims in your favor. I will ensure that your rights respected. I will guide you. I will explain the workings of the legal system so you will know what to expect and when to expect it. I will keep you informed of the status and progress of your case. I will advise you. Each step of the way you will face choices about your represention. I will explain each choice, the possible outcomes and potential consequences. It is unethical for an attorney to promise results, but I will tell you which choice I believe is best for your particular circumstances and explain why I believe it is best. Ultimately, you will make the key decisions regarding the direction of your case and I will work hard to achieve your goals. So if you or a loved one is facing legal difficulties, call or email today. Your consultation is free.

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Location

Valore & Gordillo LLP
21055 Lorain Road
Cleveland, OH, 44126

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lifesaver
We hired Matthew to handle a motion that involved complicated state and federal law combined. The matter involved a sealed criminal record and an immigration matter. He made the process easy to understand, and explained everything in very frank and honest terms. He is very reasonable with regard to price, and went above and beyond for us. He returns calls, texts and genuinely cares about your outcome.
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Posted by Caliel | June 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PRC termination
I have never and my 50 Years of Living met such a caring, determine, outgoing, Focus, and detail oriented lawyer such as mr. Williams. He handled my case like it was his own, and at first I could not believe what was transpiring right before my eyes this man had to be sent by God. I have had so many bad outcomes dealing with defense attorneys to where I had no faith in them I took one look at this man and I told him I see no deceit and you and from that moment on I set back and allowed him to do his job. I would recommend him to anyone who seek Justice for themselves and others. Regards, Caliel R Carey
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Posted by Neethi | March 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, effective, and friendly
Mr. Williams not only knows the law, but also knows the system and the people that he's working with, or against. He is able to look at your situation and figure out the best way to effectively fight your case, and your chances of winning. And he explains all of this in plain and simple terms to his clients. He communicates in a timely manner and keeps you informed about what he has done and what you should do to improve your chances of success. He puts in a lot of effort for a reasonable price. He seems to really care about getting you the best outcome. My husband got out of prison early thanks to Mr. Williams's efforts, and I cannot thank him enough. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
good attorney
He really knows the law and is good at explaining it. He is very helpful and I would recommend him to my friends and family.
Posted by Tim K. | September 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Answered a question and didn't have to
Mr. Williams took time to answer a question I posted on this site and I did not expect an answer. He was a nice person to reply and I feel thankful that he tried to help me with my problem.
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So helpful
I'm so glad Mr Williams answered my question. Not only that took me as a client at a rate I could afford! I was terrified. I still am. I'm unsure of the laws 100%. I know the basics. Within the first few conversations through this site I'm much more at ease!
Posted by maluz M | February 17, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very detail oriented and very smart
Attorney Williams is awesome. He took the time to get back to my message and got down the nitty gritty details of my case. I have consulted other attorneys but no one had offered a very thorough explanation as he did. I would highly recommend him for your future cases. He is the best I have seen!
Posted by Bill | September 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First time offender program Ohio
Attorney Williams represented our college senior on what some would consider minor offenses. But when your son/daughter is that close to entering an extremely competive job market one blemish on their record can make the difference. Attorney Williams recognized how stressful this case was for our entire family and keep us all calm and relaxed during proceedings and with that helped resolve our sons issues with a better than expected outcome.
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Posted by Brian | September 12, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Smart
He may not have a lot of experience, but he is very smart. And more importantly, he is honest. I would've hired him but my situation got resolved.
Posted by Tj | February 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Free Consulation-BLOWN AWAY!!!
Spent a good part of an hour on the phone just asking questions and being educated to the highest level. Have called a few other attorneys and the way he treated me with open arms was the best feeling in the world. He is trustworthy, very fair fees and was willing to spend that much time without a dime from my pocket. Glad that my family and I have made him our choice to represent our family name. Highly recommend him being everyone in the areas first choice.
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Posted by John | December 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer in Cleveland
Matthew Williams knows his stuff. He got justice for my son. In an environment when courts are overreaching and under financial strain to generate revenue Matt will fight for you!!
Posted by Pat | September 21, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expertise Plus Initiative is a Winner!!
Atty. Williams went out of his way in responding to my AVVO question, and I appreciated his initiative in addressing more than my question and subsequently following up. That kind of initiative is what I want in an attorney because it's not enough to have the knowledge and expertise -- you need an attorney that will stay ahead on your behalf. Atty. Williams is the kind of attorney that will deliver without prompting.
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Posted by Evette | September 9, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Most Thorough
Trust me...you WANT THIS ATTORNEY. He is FAST, THOROUGH and knowledgeable. I would reccomend him to anyone. I would call him before talking to anyone about anything. I have used him twice and have been very, very happy. and If he doesn't have the expertise, he will find the Attorney with the expertise. I highly, highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick and to the point
Never thought I'd get an answer so quickly and to the point. I'm glad this answer wasn't an advertisement on obtaining a lawyer. Very pleased.
Posted by robcoon117 | June 16, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Takes time, to talk and help
He answered questions and took the time to promptly get back to me within hours and not days! Cost seems fair from what we discussed . If I had that much to put down right now or get it and still need him I'm defenitly hiring him. If I were you I'd consider matt he is very smart in law, also. Thank you!
Posted by Adam | April 8, 2015
Knowledgeable and Proffesional
I recently used Matt's services and was satisfied with with all aspects of his work. Very timely and was there for me in very short notice. No false promises, he kept me in the loop on everything and preformed at a high level. I would reccomend him to all.
Posted by Emily | March 26, 2015
Matt Williams was fantastic.
Matt Williams was a great help. I would recommend him to anyone. He's very knowledgeable and infoms you on everything you need to know. He was great.
Posted by henmon55 | January 26, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
He is a very clever person. For has already shown me proof of it that he is so abreast of the laws, you can bet that i would hire him very quickly to help me with all my legal needs. And you should do the same for he is a very clever and witty person.
Posted by Anthony | January 24, 2015
My Lawyer for Life
If you are in search of a great attorney, Matthew Oberlin Williams is the man to get the job done. Matt counseled me, and embraced my situation in a timely manor, and resolved my case to my satisfaction. Matthew is very knowledgeable and very easy to talk to. He listen to my concerns and assured me that he could help me with my case. After meeting with Matt I was able to get a good nights sleep and place my worries aside. Matt is thorough and pays close attention to detail. He notified me of all updates in my case. If you need a fantastic attorney Matt Oberlin Williams is the one.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2014
Very Responsive, Very Knowledgeable!!
He answered all my questions very quickly and was extremely knowledgeable. I entered the situation feeling very unsure about what I needed to do and left feeling much better. I would certainly recommend working with him.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Wegman Hessler & Valore
  • 2023 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Valore & Gordillo LLP
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney-at-Law
  • Matt Williams, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Court of Appeals of Ohio Eleventh District
  • 2013 - 2014
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Education

  • Cleveland State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Ohio State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Johnson
  • "Not Guilty"
  • State v. Kanlic
  • Vacated
  • State v. Smith
  • No Bill
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Associations

  • West Shore Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Global Business Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate in Recognition of Pro Bono Work
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • 2012
  • Public Interest Fellowship
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • 2012
  • ILSA Study Abroad Scholarship
  • International Law Students Association
  • 2011

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Practitioner in Residence Series
  • Solo Practice
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (70)
Given (8)
Endorse Matthew
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Matthew Oberlin Williams is a no nonsense attorney with extensive knowledge in criminal defense and related areas. He offers direct, accurate, and relevant advice to patrons of this service. His insights in local area defense, makes him a strong skilled advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Williams provides a much needed service on Avvo. He donates his time to individuals who are in need of immediately legal answers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. His professionalism, remarkable knowledge and vast experience place Mr. Williams among the top notch lawyers in his areas of practice. With utmost dedication and quick critical thinking, he has successfully resolved an impressive number of cases over the course of his career. I highly recommend this lawyer to anyone who needs quality legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From Mr. Williams' contributions to Avvo users’ questions, he’s clearly a skilled and highly knowledgeable lawyer. Given his excellent advice, I recommend Mr. Williams to provide best-in-class legal guidance and representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Other
"Matthew provides insightful legal advice, always in a manner that is respectful of his clients and their needs. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Williams is a competent and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Williams is generous with his time to his clients. He gives every case the attention it needs and deserves, and his clients are very appreciative. I'm happy to endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is well versed in the law, articulate in his arguments, and truly cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Other
"If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney in the Cleveland area I would recommend Mr. Williams."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Other
"Matthew answers all the questions posted on AVVO with an understanding and expertise that I find somewhat rare on this site. I, too, practice criminal defense...but, in Toledo. I will be sure to send any clients his way when they find themselves in trouble in Cleveland."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Williams. He is a truly asset to our legal community. Very helpful on AVVO and a great expert in the field."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Williams provides consistently accurate and helpful answers to Avvo Askers. These are qualities a client should look for when looking for a lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Williams is a talented attorney truly dedicated to serving the best interests of his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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