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Matthew Wayne Chapel

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Wayne, IN

5.0   11 reviews

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    Matt helps resolve all levels of criminal defense matters ranging from simple violations and misdemeanors to major felonies. His finely tuned trial advocacy skills have led to an extensive list of acquittals after trial for his clients.

    24 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    15%
    Matt is experienced in DUI/DWI cases. He has helped clients with sentence reductions, deferment to treatment instead of jail time, and in some instances, has helped clients avoid license suspension.

    24 years

  3. Brain injury
    10%
    Matt has recovered settlements in the seven-figures for multiple clients. He focuses on personal injury law that helps clients who have suffered Traumatic Brain Injuries.

    27 years

  4. Domestic violence
    10%
    Matt helps resolve all levels of criminal defense matters ranging from simple violations and misdemeanors to major felonies. His finely tuned trial advocacy skills have led to an extensive list of acquittals after trial for his clients.

    24 years

  5. Expungement
    10%
    A criminal record can hurt you in many ways: missed employment opportunities, negative perception of you from family & friends, lowered self-esteem, & mistreatment from government agencies. Matt can assist you in getting a fresh start.

    14 years

  6. Juvenile law
    10%
    Matt has experience with theft, possession, and sex crime allegations for persons under eighteen. He has succeeded in having cases dismissed and in achieving rehabilitation sentencing so that dangerous detention centers can be avoided.

    14 years

  7. Sex crime
    10%
    Allegations of sex crimes can be incredibly difficult to fight. A mandatory listing in sex registry databases will change your life forever. Matt is a seasoned trial lawyer who will build an aggressive, commonsense defense on your behalf.

    14 years

  8. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    Matt can help reduce the penalties you face with speeding and traffic tickets.

    14 years

Matt Chapel is not your typical Attorney. He is a veteran and, as a trial lawyer, he has a winning track record of bringing results to his clients. Most importantly, he takes your case personally and you can be confident that he will use his trial experience, as well as his experience as a Marine to give your case the attention it deserves for the best possible results.

Licensed for 27 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 1998
Updated 10/12/2022
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Matthew

Matthew W. Chapel, Trial Lawyer
110 W Berry St Ste 1901
Fort Wayne, IN, 46802-2311
Matt Chapel, Trial Lawyer
See Ft. Wayne office
Van Wert, OH, 45891
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Posted by CVS | December 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stellar Lawyer!!
Walks you through the entire process, Takes care of everything for you once he is hired. Very knowledgeable, and very caring Attorney!
Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Supportive, and Reliable
On the weekend of Easter 2021, I made some boneheaded mistakes that could have had a negative impact on my future. I was arrested for three charges: a DUI, driving in the marked part of the lane, and driving under suspension. I was stressed, worried, and anxious. Fortunately, Matt was the one attorney who returned my call on Easter, calmed my nerves, and showed up to court the next day. From that point forward, Matt was a legal warrior for my case who gave clear instructions: Produce a copy of my clean driving record. Write a few reflections. And, of course, to simply RELAX. Matt managed to get my DUI and marked lane violations dismissed. My initial license suspension was an error and I quickly resolved the issue. Thanks to Matt, my license is currently valid, not suspended, and there’s no DUI on my record. If I had to experience this all again, I would choose Matt to be my attorney a thousand times over. The team at Matt Chapel Law is professional, supportive, and reliable. Matt’s teammates, Amber and Isabella, were always kind, always willing to listen, and consistently understanding of my situation and needs. If you need legal representation of any kind, Matt is the best bar none. Thank you again, Matt.
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Posted by Gabrielle | May 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense
Matt Chapel was by far the best lawyer to have. He took his time to understand my situation and because I didn't fully understand what was going on he took the time to explain and break everything down so I wasn't in the dark about anything. If you're looking for a lawyer who is going to devote his time and effort into your case Matt Chapel is that lawyer. He knows what he is doing and he's going to do everything he can to help you.
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best defense Lawyer
Matt is an amazing attorney and really cares about his clients. He doesn’t mind to take late night calls and will work on your case even over the weekends. He is very tough in the courtroom and really defends his clients.
Posted by Jessica | January 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of a kind
Matt Chapel defense lawyer. He certainly is one of a kind. He is very thorough and an honest attorney, who generally cares personally and professionally about his clients and there family. He never stops working for you, even on weekends he was still plugging away. Always going that extra mile. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney.
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Posted by Chris | February 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, Diligent, Relentless
We have hired Matt on several occasions for very serious issues. Matt was very thorough in his research to find the truth. His diligent work, caring attitude towards us, and knowledge of the law was unsurpassable! He was able to get felony charges dropped through his tireless efforts. We are forever grateful for the countless hours Matt put in to helping clear us of wrong doing. I would hire him in a second if I ever need a lawyer again!!
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Posted by anonymous | February 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Kept me out of jail
I have suffered from mental illness for years and because of that, I haven't made the best decisions. Drinking and driving to me in trouble and Matt was able to keep me out of jail by working closly with the prosecutors office. If im ever in trouble agin, I would call Matt.
Posted by Elias | February 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
" Prepared, relentless, results"!
My son, who is on the autism spectrum, was charged for assault. Everyone involved knew that my son was not culpable or competent to stand trial, but it did not matter. My son was taken away from me and put in an institution. Matt Chapel fought hard for me to get custody of my son back. I know that he put countless hours with advocates and other groups to help fight for my son and myself. With his dedication to the case, his caring character, and his professionalism, I was able to get my son back. I was impressed by the fact that Matt not only prepared himself for me but more importantly, for my son with special needs. I would highly recommend Matt for anyone who is in need of an attorney and anyone who needs an attorney for a loved one with special needs.
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Posted by Jason & Tea Davis | February 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal Defense
Was Reffered to Mr. Chapel. And what a great reffereal wow he really did GREAT work. Encountered an Issue that he was gladly to take our case and made you feel at ease and could really trust him and count on him to come through for you. He is a straight to the point lawyer and gets down to business. Very Good at what he does and id not afraid to take risk and chances that will better you. Mr. Chapel as your lawyer you will not be disappointed in his work I definitely recommend Mr. Chapel
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Posted by Christine | February 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stop looking for a lawyer
I consulted with Mr. Chapel on behalf of my son who made one of the biggest mistakes in his life. He was facing 3 felony counts and a DUI. Through his diligence and knowledge of Indiana law, my son's felony charges were dropped. However, nothing could be done with the DUI charges. My son was very happy with the end result even though he has a DUI on his record. But, he knows that was his fault and will never drink and drive again. Mr. Chapel was kind and understanding throughout this extremely embarrassing time for our family.
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Posted by Teresa | February 13, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fair and knowledgeable
Matt Chapel was able to sit with me and honestly tell me what the options were in my case. We talked about many different aspects and in the end I didn't pursue further action but he helped me make informed decisions.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Trial Lawyer
  • Matthew W. Chapel, Trial Lawyer
  • 2010 - Present
  • Owner
  • Matthew W. Chapel, Attorney At Law
  • 2000 - 2010
  • Defense Counsel for Insureds
  • Celina Insurance Group
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Defense Counsel
  • Ward & Associates
  • 1995 - 1997
  • Platoon Sergeant
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1978 - 1982
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Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2007
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1995
  • Bob Jones University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • Graduate
  • 2005 - Present
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • NITA Advocate
  • 2004 - Present
  • Marine Corps
  • Sergeant
  • 1978 - 1982

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • NITA Master Advocate
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 2005
  • NITA Advocate Designation
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • 2005
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Lutheran Hospital Traumatic Brain Injury Support Group
  • TBI and the Law
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (19)
Brain injury Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an experienced trial lawyer with a firm grip on justice. He advocates aggressively for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt Chapel is outstanding: a caring, super competent attorney who invests in the best continuing legal education available. His client reviews rave about the results. That's as good as it gets, folks. I endorse Matt without reservation. WM"
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Brain injury Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a heavy-hitting, results-oriented litigator!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I met Matthew at a Regional training seminar for Trial Lawyers through Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College . Not only was I able to interact with him through our training, but I was able to see his commitment to his clients and desire to work hard for them. When I refer clients to Matthew, I know they are in good hands."
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Fort Wayne Criminal defense Lawyer Matthew Wayne Chapel
Matthew Wayne Chapel
Criminal defense Attorney
Fort Wayne, IN
Licensed for 27 years
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