I am an attorney and also a writer. When I am not advocating for clients, I write legal and political commentary, sports and cultural articles and fiction. I have been published online and in newspapers.
I am a trial attorney with much of my experience representing individuals who are accused of crimes, injured physically or financially or involved with DCF. I ran my own practice, DeMatteo Legal Solutions, from 2012 to 2022. In March 2022, I joined the New Haven law firm Pattis and Smith as an Associate Attorney.
State v. Gainey- A criminal jury trial in Meriden. The client was charged with Inciting Injury to Persons. Won Not Guilty on all counts for our client.
Won order of temporary custody (OTC) and neglect trials in juvenile court, which allowed the client to take her newborn son home for the first time after he was removed by DCF.
Won a habeas corpus trial by demonstrating that the client's previous counsel rendered ineffective assistance, earning him earlier release from prison.
Won several civil judgments in breach of contract cases for business clients.
Successfully challenged drivers' license suspensions in DUI and other alcohol-related cases; stopping suspensions and reinstating the clients' driving privileges.
Secured numerous notes and dismissals for clients charged with criminal offenses, including a client who was defending herself in a domestic violence situation.
We practice law in the areas that matter most to people: their families and their freedom. Most people don’t plan to be arrested. A minor facing a juvenile judge fears the consequences. Parents seeking child support or visitation want to know their rights. Even a person convicted of a crime has rights of appeal.
You possess rights which the law is required to protect. We strive to help our clients understand their rights, explore the options presented by the reality of individual cases, and then we work with you to achieve solutions. People come to us with problems and questions, and we do everything that we can to help them find answers.
Our attorneys meet personally and often with every client. You won’t hear us arguing or yelling, though, just listening. We are genuinely interested in the facts of your case. You can openly and honestly share your story with us, and rather than judge you, we will help you understand your options.
We grew up in Connecticut and have practiced law in the courts throughout the state for years. We personally handle all aspects of your case, from drafting documents to appearing in court. Our attorneys are very accessible and often talk with people on weekends and nights if needed. You can count on us to focus our attention on your case.