Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC

Matthew V Portella Esq

New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney

Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC

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My approach to handling cases is both creative and disciplined, and it stems, in part, from my background in theater and musical performance. I consider myself much more than just a lawyer when constructing a defense for my clients. I’m also the director, scriptwriter, and producer of a real-life film –your situation — in which lots of moving parts and people have to be coordinated to get the job done properly. In those roles, I put together the facts of the case that are contained in the police reports, find more facts that are helpful to you through thorough investigation, and then organize them so that they make sense. Then, in the courtroom, I’m on stage, presenting the facts and arguments to the judge and jurors.

My single goal, my single focus, is effective behind-the-scenes preparation, aggressive negotiations and equally effective courtroom performance. That’s what drives me, and that’s what gets my clients the justice they come to me for.

Biographical Information:

I knew from the time I was 6 years old growing up in Southern New Jersey that I wanted to be a lawyer just like my father. I remember weekday mornings starting out at the kitchen table with my dad in his suit, ready to go to his office or the courthouse. My father was passionate about the law. As I got older, I dreamed one day of partnering with him in a law firm and sharing that passion. That dream, unfortunately, ended the week before I graduated college when my dad passed away from cancer.

His passing made me question whether I wanted to continue in his footsteps and if I did, where I would find my passion for the law. But I pushed on and entered law school. And then it happened. During my third year at Rutgers Law School in Camden, N.J., I interned at the Camden County Public Defender’s Office. The N.J. Rules of Court allow third-year law students to practice law with a supervising attorney. I got to go to court where my father was well known, to appear in front of the same judges before whom my father had appeared, and to try cases in the same courtrooms in which he tried his cases. It was the spark I was looking for. And that spark grew to become a lasting passion the very first time I helped a client wrongly accused of a crime get the justice – and freedom – he deserved. Whatever you may feel about our criminal justice system, it provides more rights and protections than any other country – but you have to know how to use those rights and protections wisely to get the full benefit of our innocent-until-proven-guilty system.

Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC
607 White Horse Pike
Haddon Heights, NJ 08035

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Criminal Law Assault and Battery, Bribery, Burglary, Capital Offenses, Civil Forfeiture, Crime Victims Compensation, Criminal Antitrust, Criminal Appeals, Criminal Conspiracy, Criminal Defense, Criminal Forfeiture, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, Death Penalty, Drivers License Suspension, Driving While Intoxicated, DUI/DWI, Electronic Surveillance, Expungements, Extortion, Extradition, Federal Criminal Law, Felonies, Forensic Accounting, Forensic DNA, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Science, Forgery, Grand Jury Practice, Habeas Corpus, Hit and Run, Homicide, International Criminal Law, International Extradition, Mail Fraud, Malicious Prosecution, Manslaughter, Misdemeanors, Money Laundering, Murder, Parole and Probation, Post-Conviction Remedies, Search and Seizure, Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault, Shoplifting, Stalking, Theft, Traffic Violations, Vehicular Homicide, Victims Rights, Weapons Charges, White Collar Law, Wire Fraud, Wiretapping, Drug Offenses, Domestic Violence


  • New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Employment History

  • Attorney | Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC

    2003 -

    At the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC, we offer over 20 years of experience to people throughout the state of New Jersey who face criminal prosecution. We know that the criminal justice system can seem overwhelming at times. We will always explain your rights and options in plain English, and we will use our considerable knowledge, skill, experience and resources to protect your constitutional rights. Call our office to schedule a free initial consultation.

    At the Law Office of Matthew V. Portella, LLC, we have fought for the rights of criminal defendants throughout all of New Jersey since 1995. We take a highly personalized approach to the practice of law, focusing on minimizing the consequences of an arrest or prosecution, but also striving to calm your fears and anxiety about the judicial process. We know that the criminal justice system can be intimidating and confusing. We’ll always speak to you in plain English, carefully explaining the law and legal process, as well as your rights and options. We’ll never leave you in the dark, we will promptly return all calls and e-mails, and will keep you fully informed of all developments in your case.

    We offer a free initial consultation to every client with a new case. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact us online or call our offices in Haddon Heights or Mays Landing today.


  • JD | Rutgers School of Law

    1991 - 1994

  • BA | Rutgers University (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa)

    1988 - 1991

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  • Haddon Heights, New Jersey, Camden County

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