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Matthew was born in Elmira on November 3, 1970, and is a 1988 graduate of Elmira Free Academy. Following high school, Matthew received his undergraduate education at Rochester Institute of Technology, graduating in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
Matthew attended Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2002. While at Penn State, Matthew was a member of the Federalist Society, the Appellate Moot Court Board, the Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Competition Team, and the prestigious Woolsack Honor Society. Upon graduation, Matthew received the Walter Harrison Hitchler award as the class Valedictorian.
Following law school, Matt was employed as an attorney at Stevens & Lee, a prominent law firm with offices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. During his time at Stevens & Lee, Matt concentrated his practice in the areas of high net-worth guardianships and estates.
Matt joined the Ziff Law Firm in 2004. The partners in the Ziff Law Firm were so impressed with the hard work and intelligence of Matt that we promoted him to full partnership in record time (less than two years after he joined the firm) effective January 1, 2006. The Star-Gazette covered the Ziff Law Firm “youth movement” in an article published February 12, 2006. In 2010, Matt left the Ziff Law Firm to join his long time friend Fred Cerio at the Cerio Law firm.
In August of 2011, Matt was appointed as the Assistant Public Defender in Schuyler County. He also continues a small private practice concentrating in Bankruptcy, Criminal Law and certian Family Court matters.
When not practicing law, Matt enjoys spending time with his wife Valerie and son Ryne. Matt and Ryne are avid skiers. During the summer Matt can often be found competing in the obscure motorcycle sport of Observed Trials, where Matt has been ranked as high as ninth in New York State.
Matt is admitted to practice in all state courts in New York, as well as the federal courts in the Western District of New York and Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Matthew practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, criminal law, and certain family court matters..
Matt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org