Matthew Abens joined HAI in 2009 and focuses his practice in the areas of civil/business litigation, appellate advocacy and criminal law. 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. Matthew parlayed his experience with Judge Sutula into a two-year term as a Judicial Attorney for Justice Maureen O’Connor at the Supreme Court of Ohio. In March 2010, Matthew received an appointment as a part-time magistrate with the Bedford Municipal Court, where he served until the end of 2014. As a magistrate, Matthew presided over pre-trials in misdemeanor cases as well as small claims hearings..
Matthew was honored in January 2007 as one of Cleveland Inside Business Magazine’s “Top 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers;” was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2012; and is a life member of the Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District. In addition to his legal endeavors, he previously 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.
State of Ohio, 2002
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2009
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2015
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2017