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  Matthew Abens, joined HAI in 2009 and focuses his practice in the areas of civil/business litigation, appellate advocacy and criminal law. During law school, Matthew worked as a law clerk for the Cleveland Municipal School District where he drafted court pleadings, composed consultant and service agreements, and wrote position statements in defense of discrimination claims brought against the school district. Matthew graduated from Case Western and passed the Ohio bar exam in 2002.

Following his bar passage, Matthew began working as a Judicial Staff Attorney in the General Division of the Court of Common Pleas for Judge Kathleen Ann Sutula. During his four years with Judge Sutula, Matthew gained valuable insight on the inner workings of the justice system by conducting case management conferences; acquiring extensive knowledge of both the local and civil rules of procedure; and assisting the judge on more than 75 trials.

Matthew parlayed his experience with the General Division into a two-year term as a Judicial Attorney for Justice Maureen O’Connor at the Supreme Court of Ohio. During his time with Ohio’s highest court, Matthew drafted numerous published opinions in consultation with Justice O’Connor on merit cases that were argued before the court. In addition to those opinions, Matthew prepared recommendation memos for Justice O’Connor on jurisdictional appeals, motions for reconsiderations, original actions, and miscellaneous motions.

  In March 2010, Matthew received an appointment as a part-time magistrate with the Bedford Municipal Court. As a magistrate, Matthew handles pre-trials in misdemeanor cases and presides over small claims hearings. Matthew is also a member of the Ohio Association of Magistrates.

Matthew was honored in January 2007 as one of Cleveland Inside Business Magazine’s “Top 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers” and was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2012. In addition to his legal endeavors, he ran a political consulting company; served as a guest speaker at continuing legal education courses; volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America (he is an Eagle Scout); and has been an assistant coach with the Berea Baseball Association.

A native Clevelander, Matthew is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and Xavier University, where he graduated cum laude while double majoring in Honors Bachelor of Arts and Political Science. Upon graduating from Xavier, Matthew returned home to attend law school at Case Western Reserve University.

Bar Admissions:
State of Ohio, 2002
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2009