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In his very first year as an attorney, Matt made over two hundred in-court appearances throughout the State of Michigan where he began to form what would become an extensive network and friendship with the Attorneys, Prosecutors and Judges which inhabit the counties of Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, and Lapeer, those counties in which Garmo &Kiste regularly work.


Dedicated to his work, Matt prides himself in the level of service which he provides his clients regardless of the level of difficulty of their case. Always in contact with his client, Matt represents every client with the mindset that he would do the same job for them that he would do for his own family.


A graduate of Wayne State University, one of the greatest advantages of hiring Matt is the connections he brings to the process. Admitted to practice in the State and Federal jurisdictions of Michigan, typically Matt will have had a similar case to yours;and will know the prosecutor or City attorney assigned to your case. Likewise, if you case concerns a credit card or an unpaid debt, there is a good chance Matt may have worked for the debt collector, or may know the attorney your creditor has hired.



A certified public mediator and a member of the Macomb, Oakland and American Bar associations Matt has been before every Judge in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, and Lapeer Counties.


These relationships and past experiences all help Matt to understand and anticipate a Judge’s reactions to your case, to know how your prosecutor will want to proceed, and to negotiate with your adversaries’ attorney, and to obtain the best deal for his clients in efforts of removing as much uncertainty from the legal process as possible.



Unlike many attorneys, Matt offers the personalized attention to each of his clients that they demand, and promises to represent each of his clients as if they were his family.


Every day Matt looks forward to doing everything he can to earn your business and make you a client for life. Matt’s primary source of clients is from his own current and past clients and he looks forward to assisting your friends and family as well.



Matt’s Direct Phone Number is 248-398-7100, ext. 1.


He can also be reached via email at


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    9 years, 350 cases
  2. Family: 35%
    9 years, 110 cases
  3. Debt Collection: 30%
    9 years, 410 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Matthew is an outstanding attorney with an impeccable reputation in the legal community. Through the years of knowing Matthew as a professional, and as a friend, I have always found him to be extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy. I have recommended many clients to Matthew and will continue to do so knowing that they are in excellent hands. Matthew has proven himself as an exemplary attorney.


    Ryan O'Neil Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I work with Matt every day and know him to be a very hard working and dedicated advocate. Matt has a great personality and as a result I know that much of his business comes from client referrals.


    Stephanie Karisny
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

50 W. Big Beaver Road
Suite 240
Troy, MI, 48084


MIActive And In Good Standing200705/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nation's Top One PrecentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Michigan's 10 BestAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Full Service Law Firm of the YearCorporate INTL2013
Certification of MediationWayne State University Law School2007
Romeo FirefigthersRomeo Firefigther's ScholarshipN/A
starkweather awardstarkweather galleryN/A
Thomas M. SykoraGrand Valley State UniversityN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerGarmo & Kiste PLC2008 - Present
Associate Attorney / ClerkThe Law Offices of John DeMarco2004 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesN/A2014 - Present
Macomb County Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Michigan Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Loitering while the Presence of DrugsDimissal
Oakland County Ex Parte PPO.PPO dismissed at hearing.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Web BlogTerminate a Personal Protection Order PPO Michigan Attorney2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Grand Valley State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Romeo Career DaysThe Legal ProfessionN/A