Craig T. Matthews

Since he began practicing law with a Dayton firm in 1978, Craig Matthews has helped individuals and businesses avoid problems with careful planning and resolved disputes with effective negotiation based upon thorough preparation. Clients can expect confident, professional and rigorous advocacy.

An advocate and problem-solver, Mr. Matthews has been active in community affairs: he founded a community improvement corporation, he organized adults and youth to create a community skate park; he served as a founding trustee of a land trust that successfully preserves green space in and around Greene County (Tecumseh Land Trust); he served as president of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Yellow Springs Senior Citizens Center.

Mr. Matthews obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Miami University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1978.

He is licensed to practice law by the Ohio Supreme Court and admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.


Professional Recognition

Mr. Matthews has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent* peer review rating for ethical standards and legal ability. He has many years of litigation experience in the area of financial forensics and has been featured in newspaper articles and television news reports about financial elder abuse. His national recognition includes consulting with the FBI on a case involving financial fraud by a bank manager.

Speaking Engagements

Sexual Harassment | The Power of Money With Michelle Graves 2018

Elder Fraud | Michelle Graves and the Power of Money 2018

Elder Fraud | Michelle Graves, Power of Money 2016

Elder Fraud | Michelle Graves and the Power of Money 2014

Elder Fraud | Litigation | Elder Law Update Dayton Bar Association 2014

Elder Fraud: A National Epidemic | Annual Conference of the Ohio Association for Justice 2014

Recognizing and Stopping Elder Fraud at the Bank | Managers Meeting First Financial Bank 2012

Collection Law | Dayton Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division 2012

Elder Fraud and Senior Citizen Financial Abuse | “You and the Law” | DATV Broadcast 2012

Elder Fraud and Senior Citizen Financial Abuse | “The Power of Money” | DATV Broadcast 2012

Balancing Your Professional and Personal Life Panel | Presentation to Externship Class of University of Dayton School of Law 2010

Retirement Distribution SolutionsRetirement Planning Ameriprise 2001

Wealth Planning | Family Wealth Preservation Ameriprise 1999

Probate | What You Should Know Dayton Bar Association 1988

Collections Law Dayton | Bar Association 2012

Balancing Your Professional and Personal LifeUniversity of Dayton School of Law 2010

Family Wealth PreservationAmeriprise 1999

Awards and Honors

Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® | The Top Trial Lawyers in America®

Top 100 Ohio Litigator | American Society of Legal Advocates

Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program | Approved as Mentor by Ohio Supreme Court 2010

Foundation Fellow | Dayton Bar Association 2015

Ohio State Bar College | 1991 to 1994

AV Preeminent Rating* | Martindale-Hubble

Superb Rating 10 out of 10 | Avvo

Pro Bono Activities

Founder and Past Board Member | Community Resources

Founding Trustee and Past Vice-Chair | Tecumseh Land Trust

Founder and Past Vice-Chair | Yellow Springs Skate Park

Past Chair | Yellow Springs Senior Citizens Center

Past President | Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.