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Matthew Oberlin Williams

About me

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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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 49%
  2. DUI & DWI: 14%
  3. Violent Crime: 14%
  4. Juvenile: 9%
  5. Other: 14%
  6. More 



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeffrey Thomas Perry

    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.


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  • Rachel Dawn Ackley

    Matthew provides insightful legal advice, always in a manner that is respectful of his clients and their needs. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

Valore & Gordillo LLP

21055 Lorain Road
Cleveland, OH, 44126


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate in Recognition of Pro Bono WorkCleveland-Marshall College of Law2012
Public Interest FellowshipCleveland-Marshall College of Law2012
ILSA Study Abroad ScholarshipInternational Law Students Association2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselValore & Gordillo LLP2016 - Present
Attorney-at-LawMatt Williams, LLC2014 - Present
Staff AttorneyCourt of Appeals of Ohio Eleventh District2013 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
West Shore Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Ohio State Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Global Business Law ReviewEditor2012 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Johnson"Not Guilty"
State v. SmithNo Bill
State v. KanlicVacated
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Global Business Law ReviewTrue Coast Guard: A U.N. Solution to Somali Piracy2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cleveland State UniversityN/AJD - Juris Doctor2013
Ohio State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Practitioner in Residence SeriesSolo Practice2015