Matthew Bangerter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Willoughby, OH

The Bangerter Law Office
 | 4124 Erie St, Willoughby, OH 44094
Phone: 440-999-6252
Fax: 440-299-9053
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Matthew C. Bangerter is the founder and owner of the Law Office of Matthew C. Bangerter in Willoughby, Ohio. A top-rated and award-winning trial lawyer with more than 13 years of legal experience, Mr. Bangerter focuses his practice primarily on criminal defense, and he provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout Lake and Cuyahoga counties and across the greater Cleveland metro who are facing charges for DUI/OVI, drug crimes, sexual offenses, traffic violations, federal crimes and all other types of felonies and misdemeanors.

    Early in his legal career, Mr. Bangerter served as an assistant prosecutor in Lake County, where he gained invaluable insight into the criminal justice system that helps him devise the most effective defense strategies possible for the accused. He also has a strong scientific background that helps him better evaluate forensic evidence involved in any particular case. With a degree in biology and graduate work completed in molecular genetics and computer science, he actually cloned his own DNA.

    Among his legal credentials, Mr. Bangerter holds his certification in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. As such, he has become a leading lawyer in his region for DUI/OVI defense. He also holds his certification from the Ohio Supreme Court to act as counsel to indigent clients facing the death penalty.

    Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Bangerter has earned perennial designation as among the top 2.5% of lawyers in his area, and he received the President's Award from the Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association in 2014. He has also received Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo along with numerous testimonials and referrals from those he has served. 

    A 1994 graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Mr. Bangerter obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law in 2007. The Ohio State Bar admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Drawing upon his extensive legal knowledge, Mr. Bangerter has published several articles, and he has conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He is a board member of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and former co-chair of its Amicus Committee. He has also served on the board of the Northeast Ohio Board of Advocates for the Ohio Innocence Project as well as the Lake Health Foundation.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Criminal Defense
    • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

    Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Misdemeanor, Sex Offenses, Traffic Violations, Appeals


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    Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017

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    About Matthew Bangerter

    Admitted: 2007, Ohio

    Professional Webpage:


    • President’s Award, Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Bar College, Ohio State Bar Association, 2014
    • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2017

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified by the Ohio Supreme Court’s Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases for appointment as Co-Counsel for indigent defendants facing the Death Penalty
    • Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) — Certified by NHTSA and IACP
    • Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) — Certified Administrator by NHTSA and IACP

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • The Ohio Association for Justice
    • Geauga County Bar Association
    • Member, Lake County Bar Association
    • Member, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
    • Member, Cuyahoga Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • National College for DUI Defense
    • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
    • Former Co-Chair, Amicus Committee, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • Board Member, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    • United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Supreme Court of Ohio

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board Member, Lake Health Foundation, Lake County, Ohio
    • Board Member, Northeast Ohio Board of Advocates for the Ohio Innocence Project
    • Secretary, Northeast Ohio Board of Advocates for the Ohio Innocence Project, 2017 - 2018

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Criminal Defense for Non-Criminal Defense Lawyers, LCBA Continuing Education Seminar, 09/20/2020
    • Baker & Bangerter, What are my Miranda Rights?, Ohio State Bar Association (July 7, 2014)
    • Bangerter, DNA Basics for Lawyers, OACDL Vindicator Magazine (Fall/Winter 2020)
    • Guest Lecturer, Composition II, ITT Technical Institute, 2010
    • Guest Lecturer, Government, ITT Technical Institute, 2013
    • Defending the Guilty, Rotary Club of Mentor, 05/29/2014
    • From Trial to Appeal to Retrial, LCCDLA Annual Criminal Defense Seminar, 10/26/2014

    Industry Groups

    • CCDLA
    • CMBA
    • LCBA
    • LCCDLA
    • NACDL
    • OACDL
    • OSBA
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    Office Location for Matthew Bangerter

    4124 Erie St
    Willoughby, OH 44094

    Phone: 440-999-6252

    Fax: 440-299-9053

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    Last Updated: 2/21/2021

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