About Matt

Matt is a life-long resident of the South Shore.  He and his wife Suzanne are proud parents of three beautiful children; five year old daughter Cara, three year old son Coleman and baby daughter Caitie.  Matt’s passion for public service was instilled at an early age by his father Joe who served on the Scituate Fire Department for 27 years, went to law school at night while working full time and later served the residents of Plymouth County as County Commissioner and Sheriff. matt_headshot

While growing up in the town of Kingston, Matt worked on dozens of volunteer projects as a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Youth Organization, a Boy Scout in Troop 4480 and a member of his High School Honor Society.  He finished his career as a youth member of the Boy Scouts by earning the Eagle Scout badge, Scouting’s highest honor.

Matt attended The College of the Holy Cross where he was elected Class President and worked on many service projects in the City of Worcester.  During his junior year, Matt and some classmates created Holy Cross Cares Day; a day during the school year where students, faculty, alumni and staff come together to work on dozens of service projects spread throughout the city of Worcester.  Now in its 16th year, Holy Cross Cares Day has become a nation-wide program sponsored by Holy Cross Alumni clubs across the United States.  Upon graduating from Holy Cross with honors in History and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Matt began his studies at Boston College Law School.

Matt met his wife Suzanne during their first year at Boston College Law School.  They both became prosecutors following their graduation from Boston College Law School.  Matt rose through the ranks of the Norfolk County District Attorney’s office, prosecuting thousands of criminal cases during his ten year career.  Matt served as a member of the Motor Vehicle Homicide Unit, Chief of the Dedham and Brookline District Courts, Deputy Chief of all District Courts in Norfolk County, lead prosecutor of serious felonies committed by the most dangerous inmates in Walpole State Prison and a Superior Court Assistant District Attorney handing major felonies.  Following his service in the District Attorney’s office, Matt started a law practice with his father in Norwell, MA where they focus on quality representation for every client.
Matt’s wife Suzanne is a Plymouth County Assistant District Attorney and owns an Irish Dance School on the South Shore where she teaches hundreds of children traditional Irish Step Dancing.  Before her career as an Irish dance teacher, Suzanne was ranked as one of the top 10 Irish Step Dancers in the world.

As a member of the Marshfield School Committee, Matt served on the Full Day Kindergarten Sub-Committee where he advocated for Marshfield to create a full day kindergarten program for the first time in the history of the school district. As a member of the Marshfield High School Building Committee, Matt worked on the site selection, design and construction of the new High School which is scheduled to open its door in August of 2014.

Matt volunteers as Attorney Coach for the Marshfield High School Mock Trial team.  Since Matt joined the Mock Trial class, Marshfield has become one of the best mock trial programs in the Commonwealth, finishing 2nd place in the state of Massachusetts during the 2012 finals at Faneuil Hall.

When the town’s largest playground was retired, Matt volunteered to serve on the Town Playground Committee to create a new play structure for the children of Marshfield.  Matt was a founding member of Marshfield Kids at Play, Inc., a not for profit created to assist in the planning and fundraising for the new playground.  In September of 2010, Matt joined his fellow volunteers in Library Plaza for the grand opening of the town’s new playground, a 10,000 square foot state of the art structure with the highest levels of handicapped accessibility, comprised of recycled materials and poured in place rubber surfacing.

During his first term on the Marshfield Board of Selectmen, Matt and his colleagues hired the town’s first Facilities Manager, selected a new Town Counsel and a new Police Chief.  They created a Town Fields Committee that successfully advocated for over $900,000 of Community Preservation Act funds to build five new athletic fields on town owned property behind the new Boys and Girls Club.

Combating the devastating effects of drug addiction has been a passion for Matt throughout his career.  Working with Marshfield Police Chief Phil Tavares, Matt installed Plymouth County’s first Med Return box in the Marshfield Police Station.  Tens of thousands of highly addictive opiates have been taken out of the medicine cabinets of local families and out of the hands of young people who might experiment with them through the Med Return program.  Matt introduced the Med Return program to the neighboring town of Pembroke and its continued success prompted the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office to use drug dealer’s forfeited funds to purchase Med Return boxes for every town in Plymouth County.

When the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) implemented crippling increases in flood insurance rates coupled with excessive new flood maps, Matt joined his fellow Selectmen to file an appeal of the new flood maps.  Left unmitigated, these maps and new insurance rates would have decimated the economy of coastal communities in Plymouth County.  Matt worked successfully with local, state and federal elected officials to lobby Congress to change the impending new flood rates so affordability would be a primary concern and not just an afterthought.  Marshfield’s appeal of FEMA’s new maps was used by our congressional delegation in Washington D.C. to highlight how FEMA used an incorrect scientific model to conduct their mapping process.  FEMA has since postponed the implementation of the new maps for every Plymouth County town while they study Marshfield’s appeal.

Matt is passionate about protecting the interests of Plymouth County families.  As your next Register of Probate, Matt will use his legal expertise and management experience to make sure our Probate and Family Court offices are run efficiently and with respect for you at all times.