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Matthew D. Simpson

Wadsworth: 330-334-1536
Fax: 330-334-7005

Before joining Palecek, McIlvaine, Hoffmann & Morse Co., LPA, Attorney Simpson practiced in Wayne County where he gained experience in a wide variety of areas of law spanning both litigation and transactional work. His primary areas of focus are family law, juvenile, civil, landlord/tenant and municipal. He has also welcomes cases in the areas of corporate law and criminal defense.

Matt’s broad experience allows him to effectively guide clients through their matters, advising how a decision in one situation may affect the client in other legal and non-legal ways. He helps married individuals navigate the divorce or dissolution process, provides critical advice regarding the rights of criminal defendants, and counsels businesses on options for getting payment on accounts.

Matt recently served as the Solicitor for the Village of Smithville and currently serves as the Law Director for the City of Rittman where he represents and advises the City in legal matters including civil issues, real estate transactions, and administrative proceedings.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Corporate
  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Municipal
  • Probate and Estate Planning

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2018


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2015
    Juris Doctor
    Steven LaTourette Public Interest Fellowship, 2015
    OSBA Litigation Section Fellowship Recipient, 2014
    Law Justice Scholarship Recipient, 2012
  • The University of Akron, 2011
    Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio Bar Association, 2015-Present
  • Medina County Bar Association, 2019-Present
  • Wayne County Bar Association, 2015-Present
  • Board Member, Rittman Chamber of Commerce, 2018-Present
  • Orville Exchange Club, 2015-2019

Past Employment Positions

  • Kropf Wagner Law Firm
    Associate Attorney, 2015-2019
  • Village of Smithville
    Solicitor, 2018-2019
  • Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office
    Law Clerk, 2013-2015