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Matthew Robert Dearden

Business Attorney

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Matt Dearden, Dearden Law Offices LLC

  • Licensed for 8 years
    State OH
    Acquired 2014
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Practice areas
  1. Business
    1. Business formation (LLC, Corporation, Non-profit, etc) 2. Contract drafting and review 3. Employment/contractor agreements 4. Trademark/copyright

    9 years

  2. Real estate
    1. Purchase Agreements 2. Deeds 3. Leases 4. Preliminary records searches

  3. Wills and living wills
    1. Wills 2. Trusts 3. Power of Attorney & Health Care Power of Attorney

Matt is a business attorney who has lived in the Dayton, Ohio region for ten years.

Matt was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2014. After graduating from law school, Matt worked as an associate at Thompson, Dunlap & Heydinger in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and then later as a corporate associate at Sebaly, Shillito & Dyer in Dayton. He later founded his own business law firm in the Dayton area, with a focus on entrepreneurs and startup companies. To Matt, the practice of law is as simple as helping people solve their problems.

Matt grew up in the state of Washington but headed east to attend Cedarville University in Ohio. At Cedarville, he ran cross country and was elected President of the Student Body his senior year. He graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in History.

After a two year stint as an admissions counselor for his alma mater, he attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 2014. While in law school, he was a Notes & Comments Editor for the University of Cincinnati Law Review and served as a legal intern for the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. Between his second and third years of law school, Matt was selected to work as a legal fellow at The Brandery, a nationally-ranked startup accelerator for high-tech companies seeking venture capital funding. It was that experience that fueled Matt’s interest and passion for working with startups and entrepreneurs.

Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife & two daughters, playing sports, watching his beloved Portland Trail Blazers, reading history, and drinking root beer as a member of the regionally-known “Root Beer Guys.” He also volunteers with the Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic in Cincinnati, and has worked with several local high school mock trial teams.

Matt’s first published article appeared in Lewis & Clark’s, Environmental Law Journal, entitled A Foreordained Formality: The Utter Uselessness of Environmental Impact Statements for Federal Actions in Experimental Forests.

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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Catherine | January 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
Matt was exactly the lawyer my small business needed, even before I knew I needed a lawyer. I tried to navigate the process of becoming a LLC by myself, but many of the legal terms and requirements were more than I could grasp on my own. Matt simplified the steps for me, explained any complicated language, assisted me with compiling the documents needed to form a legally solid LLC, and walked with me every step of the way. Not only that, but he worked with me to evaluate and revise my existing business contracts to give me even more legal security and to provide an easier and clearer document for both my clients and myself. I couldn't recommend him more!
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Posted by Zac | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great work!!
As my real estate team was growing, I realized quickly establishing an LLC and having legitimate independent contracts was crucial. Matt went above and beyond me. He made the process easy!! I was overwhelmed when I initially started looking at the steps but Matt broke it down for me!! Really appreciate his work!
Posted by Jeff | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Contract Work
My company worked with Matt Dearden to create contractual agreements. He took old, outdated agreements and drafted a new comprehensive agreement, greatly reducing our potential liability. Not only did he provide quality work, he also maintained a quick turnaround. I highly recommend working with Matt.
Posted by Nick | January 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Real Estate Attorney
Matt is a true professional. Awesome communication, and availability. Very knowledgeable and provided us with thorough guidance through out our purchase. I highly recommend Matt Dearden.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 100-200 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Dearden Law Offices
  • 2017 - Present
  • Corporate Associate
  • Sebaly Shillito & Dyer
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Thompson Dunlap & Heydinger
  • 2014 - 2015


  • University of Cincinnati
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Notes & Comments Editor
  • University of Cincinnati Law Review
  • 2013
  • Cedarville Scholar Award
  • Cedarville University
  • 2005

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Business Lawyer Matthew Robert Dearden
Matthew Robert Dearden
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Licensed for 8 years
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