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Matthew J Simone

Matthew J Simone

Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang
  • DUI & DWI, Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets ...
  • New York
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Reviewed by Chad Justin Caplan May 6, 2020
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Matt as a lawyer and friend for over ten years, and can unequivocally recommend him as an excellent choice for anyone charged with a DWI or other crime. Matt’s command of the criminal and procedural law is second to none, and he frequently lectures on these topics across the state. If Matt takes your case, he’s also a “dog on a bone,” deploying his experience, creativity and tenacity to ensure the best result possible. I recommend him without hesitation.
Reviewed by D. P. March 26, 2021
Outstanding Attorney and Human Being
I reside in another state and was arrested on a warrant (felony) in my home and incarcerated to await extradition to NY. Not knowing any attorneys in NY my spouse contacted Mr Simone and he immediately began nonstop efforts to get me released so I can appear on my own in court. The jail personnel stated they have never had anyone receive as many calls from their attorney as I had in my 30 hour stay. Constant communication from Mr. Simone continued (even nights and weekends) until my legal issue's conclusion. My family and I never felt we were battling our legal issues alone. We also appreciated his patience and understanding throughout all our emotions. I have PTSD and a service dog and my thoughts can run wild at times. We also appreciated his professionalism; keeping my dignity intact during this challenging time. He accepted me for who I was without hesitation and judgement. Mr. Simone is extremely knowledgeable in the Practice of Law. He was tireless in his efforts and strategized with me instead of leaving us in the dark. He is a good listener and was honest, whether it was what we wanted to hear or not because his main focus was to do what was in our best interest for the best possible outcome. We discovered several police procedure issues, discrepancies and missing critical information. After deciding a worthwhile path for my defense, Mr Simone had gotten the best result we could have asked for: violation with records sealed. Mr Simone truly is the best, sharpest attorney one could ask for.
Reviewed by J. T. February 13, 2020
Aggravated DUI, Common Law DUI, and Traffic Violation
Attorney Matthew Simone was excellent to work with during my court proceedings. He possessed every aspect, in my opinion, a great attorney should have. He was professional, knowledgeable, personable, and most importantly caring. Every step of my case I felt Matt was doing everything in my best interest. He was very passionate about getting the best possible outcome. Matt also was able to provide hope that this wasn’t the end of the world. It’s a long process and he creates a well thought out game plan in order to help you with the situation that you are in. Originally I was arrested for aggravated dui, common law dui, and a traffic violation. Our goal was to have no criminal offenses and we accomplished just that. Throughout my case attorney Matt Simone found multiple issues with the police proceedings and was able to get my chemical test suppressed at trial. Multiple times the DA threatened to take plea deals off the table. However, attorney Matt Simone advised me not to panic and to trust him in reaching our goals. Because of this, I was only offered better plea deals each time we met in the court room. The out come of my case was getting all arrest records sealed and destroyed while pleading guilty to a DWAI which is only a traffic violation. With the help of attorney Matt Simone I was able to get back on my feet and put this incident behind me. If Matt had not worked on my case so diligently I could of been facing much harsher sentencing. I would recommend Matt to anyone in need of legal counsel. He is truly the best out there.
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Matthew J. Simone is an associate at the law firm of Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Binghamton University in 2010 and graduated from Albany Law School in 2013.

During Matthew’s tenure at Binghamton University, he majored in financial management, was a Division 1 Scholarship Athlete and captain of the baseball team in his senior year. In law school, Matthew interned at the Schenectady County Public Defender’s Office and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.

Prior to joining the firm, Matthew was an associate attorney at a local firm where he practiced in the areas of DWI defense, criminal and civil litigation, personal injury and vehicle & traffic matters. He was admitted to practice law in New York in January of 2014, and was admitted to practice in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in June of 2015.

Practice Areas
    DUI & DWI
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Additional Practice Area
  • Civil Litigation
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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Professional Experience
Associate Attorney
Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang
- Current
DWI, Criminal and Vehicle & Traffic Defense.
Law Intern with Practice Order
Albany County District Attorney's Office
Criminal prosecution in the Major Crimes Unit
Law Intern
Schenectady County Public Defender's Office
Criminal Defense
Albany Law School
J.D. (2013)
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State University of New York - Binghamton
B.S. (2010) | Management Finance
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2020 Upstate New York Rising Star Award
10 Best Attorneys
American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
Top 40 Under 40
National Trial Lawyers Association
Octo-Finalist in the 2011 Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition
Albany Law School
Dean's List
Albany Law School
Professional Associations
State Bar of New York
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Schenectady County Bar Association
- Current
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National College For DUI Defense
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Activities: Completed summer session curriculum in DUI Defense Law conducted at the Harvard Law School in 2018.
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New York State Bar Association
- Current
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Articles & Publications
DWI Practice
Schenectady County Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Breaking Down SFSTs & Proving Sobriety, Virtual
Schenectady County Bar Association
To Blow Or Not To Blow & Handling Test Refusals, NYSBA Webinar
New York State Bar Association - Criminal Justice Section
To Blow Or Not To Blow & Handling Test Refusals is a program designed to help lawyers systematically handle the late night phone call from an individual under arrest for DWI. The lecture will not only cover how to answer the question, but to do it in a way that does not incriminate the individual making the call. In addition, the program will cover representing an individual accused of refusing to submit to a chemical test at the DMV, and in the Courtroom.
To Blow Or Not To Blow & Handling Test Refusals, Schenectady County Courthouse
Schenectady County Bar Association
Handling a DWI Case In New York State, Albany, Syracuse, Poughkeepsie, and Long Island
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Ethics & Playing By The Rules.
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Gerstenzang, Sills, Cohn & Gerstenzang
210 Great Oaks Blvd.
Albany, NY 12309
Telephone: (518) 859-9235
Cell: (518) 859-9235
Fax: (518) 456-6056
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