Matthew Bangerter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Willoughby, OH

Bangerter Law Office – Criminal and OVI Defense
4124 Erie St
Willoughby, OH 44094
Phone: 440-586-3303
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

Matthew C. Bangerter is an experienced trial attorney. The Bangerter criminal defense law firm services Lake County and most of Northeastern Ohio. Matthew has over 14 years of total legal experience and provides unmatched counsel and support to his clients. 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.

Attorney Bangerter 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.

Matthew C. Bangerter defends those who stand accused of any type of felony or misdemeanor offense, including any of the following:

  • DUI
  • Drug crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • Domestic Violence and other violent crimes

In addition, the law office also offers effective expungement services as well as appellate support to those who wish to challenge a previous ruling regarding their cases.

Among his impressive credentials, Mr. Bangerter holds his certification in Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, and he has extensive experience with DNA testing and other areas, allowing him to provide the highest level of advocacy and support possible for your legal challenge.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Bangerter has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has also received "Superb" client ratings on Avvo along with the site's Top Contributor and Clients' Choice Award.

To discuss your needs with Mr. Bangerter and find out how he can help you secure the positive results you seek, you can contact the Law Office of Matthew C. Bangerter to schedule a consultation.

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


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2017

About Matthew Bangerter

Admitted: 2007, Ohio

Professional Webpage:

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

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

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


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

Industry Groups

  • CMBA
  • LCBA
  • OSBA
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Office Location for Matthew Bangerter

4124 Erie St
Willoughby, OH 44094

Phone: 440-586-3303

Fax: 440-299-9053

Last Updated: 6/24/2021

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