Partner and Chair of the Criminal Practice Group at Einhorn Barbarito, Matthew James Troiano is a highly experienced trial lawyer in the field of criminal law and procedure and brings a knowledge of the innerworkings of the criminal justice system from his experiences in both public and private practice. Matt joined Einhorn Barbarito in 2018 after a lengthy career as an assistant prosecutor in Hudson and Morris Counties, including multiple supervisory positions of significant importance, culminating with his assignment as a Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Tactical Division for the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
During his years with Einhorn Barbarito, Matt has developed a well-rounded practice of defending criminal clients, both adult and juvenile, in our State’s Superior Courts and Municipal Courts, representing parties in Domestic Violence Restraining Order matters in Family Court, assisting law enforcement officers throughout the state in Internal Affairs matters, both administrative and criminal, and representing parents and caregivers in matters investigated and brought by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). Matt has also been called upon to provide litigation support for clients in other practice areas of the firm, providing his vast trial and litigation experience to assist in civil litigation matters. Matt has also represented clients before the Appellate Division and our State’s Supreme Court.
As defense counsel to his clients facing criminal, municipal, and juvenile charges, Matt has amassed a caseload of matters reaching most of the counties in the State. He has defended multiple homicide-related matters, including clients charged with Murder, Aggravated Manslaughter, Manslaughter, Death by Auto/Vehicular Homicide, Death by Vessel, and other similar death-related cases. He has also represented clients facing a range of sex crimes, including Aggravated Sexual Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Criminal Sexual Contact and Child Abuse. In addition to these very serious matters, Matt has represented clients charged with a variety of criminal conduct, such as assault, theft-related crimes, drug possession and distribution. Matt has also developed a voluminous municipal court practice, handling disorderly persons offenses and motor vehicle charges, including charges of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). His client base has been large and diverse, including adults, juveniles, teachers, parents, family members, caretakers, and law enforcement officers.
Due to his experiences as a prosecutor, Matt is able to provide his clients with legal guidance on very complex situations and bring great insight and a thorough understanding of every stage of the criminal justice process: from the initial investigation through the grand jury process, and ultimately, to trial. He has seen firsthand what it takes to build a successful case, can offer advice as to how to navigate the criminal process, and is uniquely situated to help clients who are the subject of an investigation, under arrest, or going through a serious ordeal that requires knowledge of the criminal justice system.
Matt has also affiliated himself with the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (NJSPBA) and their Legal Protection Plan (LPP) and has provided representation to law enforcement officers facing both internal affairs/administrative investigations within their respective agencies, as well as criminal investigations, and the defense of criminal charges. Matt has accompanied his law enforcement clients on interviews throughout the State, with county and State officials, and defended clients at administrative hearings. He has also represented officers charged criminally with Official Misconduct and related crimes.
With Einhorn Barbarito’s long history of handling family law matters, Matt has sought to expand the firm’s involvement in Domestic Violence Restraining Order matters as well as matters involving the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). Matt maintains an active practice of representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants in Restraining Order matters, often handling the Final Restraining Order bench trial. Matt has also provided representation in DCPP matters that are being actively investigated, and those that are in court due to a formal action brought by DCPP. These matters often require extensive litigation and typically involve a wide range of experts and specialties.
Matt’s trial experiences have led to his recognition by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney since 2013. Certified attorneys account for a small percentage of the attorneys in the State. In order to obtain the certification, a high level of experience, education, knowledge and skill in criminal law and procedure must be demonstrated, as well as recognition by their peers as having sufficient skills and reputation in the field of criminal law, Matt began trying cases in 2006 as an Assistant Prosecutor in Hudson County, and continued in Morris County as an Assistant Prosecutor, Supervising Assistant Prosecutor and Chief Assistant Prosecutor. As a Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Matt was responsible for the legal supervision of the Tactical Units within the Office, including the Major Crimes, Fire-Environmental, Sex Crimes-Child Endangerment, and Domestic Violence Units. During his career as a prosecutor, he successfully tried many jury trials, including murder, aggravated manslaughter, aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated assault, arson, aggravated arson, robbery, burglary, weapons, drugs and domestic violence-related crimes. These experiences included successful prosecutions of many high-profile murder cases that were highly publicized.
In addition to his experiences as a successful trial attorney, Matthew has been responsible for the supervision and management of many prominent cases, including numerous death investigations, and he has worked collaboratively with attorneys and law enforcement professionals from multiple agencies. These experiences have required him to navigate high-profile situations, which often involve public scrutiny and extensive interaction with the media.
Matt has also been an Adjunct Professor of Appellate Advocacy at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, serving in that capacity for over ten years. He also spent 5 years as an Adjunct Professor at Essex County Community College, teaching various classes in the area of Criminal Justice. During his time as a prosecutor, he was a frequent instructor throughout the state in the area of criminal law and procedure, including teaching in the areas of Interview and Interrogation, Search and Seizure, Police Use of Force and Officer-Involved Shootings, Strategic Motion Practice, and Effective Death Investigations.
In both the public and private practice, Matt has served as a panelist or speaker at Seton Hall Law School, Rutgers University, the Criminal Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Criminal Law Institute, and the New Jersey Association for Justice. He has also appeared frequently on the CBS News true crime series “48 Hours,” both as a consultant and related to the cases he prosecuted, as well as other television programs such as Investigation Discovery: True Conviction, and Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall. Matt has also been sought by the media for his commentary and insight on legal issues occurring throughout the country.
Upon graduating from law school, Matt served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael R. Casale, J.S.C. (Ret.), Essex Vicinage.
Matt has had the honor of being recognized as part of the Best Lawyers in America (2022-2024), New Jersey Super Lawyers (2022), and New Leaders of the Bar – New Jersey Law Journal (2019). (See recognition methodology here.)
- Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, Criminal Trial Attorney, 2013
Public Appearances & Presentations
- Presenter – 21-County, 21st Century Community Policing Project – Police Use of Force & Officer-Involved Shootings – April 2018
- Speaking Engagements – “Violence and Abuse in Adulthood” – Rutgers, School of Social Work – April 2018 & April 2016
- Appearance – 48 Hours (CBS): “Moment of Truth” – Featured for role in prosecution of State v. Virginia Vertetis – October 2017
- Panelist – How Changes in Technology and Privacy Laws Affect Criminal Investigation – Criminal Law Institute – November 2016 Panelist – Clergy Community Outreach Program – Domestic Violence – May 2016
- Panelist – Clergy Community Outreach Program – Police Use of Deadly Force – January 2016
- Appearance – Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall (Investigation Discovery): “Witness to Murder” – Featured for role in prosecution of State v. Kashif Parvaiz – August 2015
- Panelist – Strategic Motion Practice – New Jersey Association for Justice – Boardwalk Seminar – May 2014
- Panelist – Updates to Criminal Law – New Jersey State Bar Association Criminal Law Section Meeting – New Jersey Law Center – October 2013
- Panelist – Public Corruption Legislation and the Importance of Mens Rea – Seton Hall Circuit Review Symposium – March 2013
- Panelist – Anti-Bullying Symposium (Students Against Violence Everywhere Are Us) – Seton Hall University School of Law – September 2012
Honors & Accolades
Matthew has been recognized by the following:
- The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Criminal Defense: General Practice; Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2022-2024
- Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers®
- New Jersey Super Lawyers: 2023
- “New Leaders of the Bar,” New Jersey Law Journal, 2019
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- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
- Member, Morris County Bar Association
- Member, The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey
- Member, New Jersey Association for Justice
- Appearance, 48 Hours (CBS): The Trial of Lizzie Borden, March 2020
- Panelist, Effective Openings & Closings, New Jersey Association for Justice – Boardwalk Seminar, May 2019.
“Matt came highly recommended as a ‘lawyers’ lawyer,’ and I would absolutely and wholeheartedly pass that recommendation along. As an out of state resident being investigated by the NJ DA office on allegations that were sexual in nature, to say that I was lost, confused, and scared would be an understatement. Matt guided me A to Z through this process with absolute command of the circumstance, relevant investigation, relevant law, and other complex considerations at play. Matt simply provides a higher class of counsel and I fully recommend his integrated representation with his advice, network, and highly relevant and useful resources.” -J.L.
“I came to Matt Troiano at Einhorn Barbarito with a highly complicated criminal matter and facing a lengthy prison sentence. Matt’s diligence, research, and years of experience brought down the prosecutor’s house of cards. There is no other person other than Matt Troiano that I would hire to represent me; my freedom was worth every penny spent.” -B.H.
“Matt and his team were always there when I needed them. I found him to be ethical, extremely conscientious, caring, and very understanding of my situation. He is a true professional who fought for my rights in court. I highly recommend him and Einhorn Barbarito.” -J.M.
“The legal professionals at Einhorn Barbarito are impressive. After speaking with five other law firms, I contacted Einhorn Barbarito and was connected with Matthew J. Troiano, who represented me in a motor vehicle case in which I was charged with multiple violations. I was impressed with his legal knowledge and straightforward manner when discussing my case as well as his diligence and attention to detail. Thanks to Mr. Troiano’s understanding of New Jersey’s courts and motor vehicle litigation, all violations were dropped. As a result of my experience, I’ve retained Mr. Troiano to represent me in a separate personal legal matter.” -J.C.
“I had the pleasure of working with Matt Troiano during my case. He treated me with dignity and respect throughout the entire process and communicated in a timely manner. Matt’s substantial knowledge in criminal matters was integral to the outcome of my case. I highly recommend Matt and Einhorn Barbarito.”-T.A.
“Matt Troiano was a beacon of hope when my legal options seemed limited, and a resolution appeared out of reach. His confidence, positivity, honesty, and huge heart were unlike anything I’d experienced and his guidance, insight, and understanding of my case put me and my family at ease. I am eternally grateful for Matt’s service and will recommend him to others without reservation.” -J.C.
“For the last 2 years, I have been working with Matthew Troiano on my very difficult and sensitive case. From our first meeting, Matt explained everything to me in terms I understood and was always very responsive when I had questions and/or concerns outside of our meetings. Matt is a very knowledgeable and professional attorney, has great communication skills, is extremely easy to talk to, always kept me up to date on my case, and put me at ease during this difficult time. It was truly a great experience working with him.” -K.F.
“The legal professionals at Einhorn, Barbarito, Frost & Botwinick, PC are knowledgeable and extremely helpful. One advantage of working with Einhorn Barbarito is their extensive network of internal and external relationships which provides clients access to a broad variety of services and resources. In addition, their depth of experience results in honest, accurate, and timely advice. Throughout my relationship with Matt Troiano and others at Einhorn Barbarito, they have consistently demonstrated the client as their number one priority. Their culture, unmatched standard of excellence, and proven results make them my number one trusted legal service provider in New Jersey.” -R.G.
“I’ve used Einhorn Barbarito to manage several legal issues over the last few years. During my due diligence, I read positive things about the firm but remained skeptical. However, the service and professionalism I received confirmed the reviews I’d read and much more. My attorney, Matt Troiano, was always reachable when I needed to talk and listened to me like I was family, caring for me as a person and not just a billable client. Matt was extremely thorough, diligent, and well-versed in all areas of the law and made sure I understood all my options before making any decision. If you run into any legal issues, you are in good hands with Matt and the law firm of Einhorn Barbarito.” -Alan Leibel
“Matt and his team at Einhorn Barbarito were extremely communicative and efficient in handling my case. They set realistic expectations for me and showed the perseverance and dedication that allowed me to get my life back on track. Thank you to Matt Troiano and the entire staff at Einhorn Barbarito!” -V.V.
“From the moment of my initial contact with Matthew and his assistant, everyone at Einhorn Barbarito was polite, responsive, respectful, and thoroughly professional. Matthew responded quickly to our emails, phone calls, or any questions that we had, and he spent a good amount of time researching and identifying the facts supporting my defense. He was always thorough in putting every possible option and outcome in front of me, letting me have the final say in the proceedings. I strongly recommend Matthew James Troiano if you need a highly experienced, ethical, trustworthy, and professional criminal defense attorney.” – P.D.
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- Bonnie C. Frost, Thomas J. Snyder and Matthew J. Troiano To Speak at NJICLE Webcast: 2021 Family Law Symposium
- Matthew James Troiano Presents at the Justice Virginia Long Family Law American Inn of Court Fall Semester Meeting on Domestic Violence
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- Einhorn Barbarito Criminal Defense Lawyer Matthew Troiano Appears on “48 Hours“ in an Investigation of the Case of Lizzie Borden
- Einhorn Barbarito Selected To Provide Legal Services To New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association Under NJSPBA’s Legal Protection Plan
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- Matt Troiano featured in Randolph Reporter article, “Randolph’s Troiano: It’s all about the rights”
- Matt Troiano featured in Randolph Reporter article, “Randolph’s Troiano: It’s all about the rights”
- Matthew James Troiano to Chair Criminal Practice Group
- Matthew James Troiano Featured in Law360 Article, “Ex-Prosecutor To Lead Criminal Law Team At Einhorn Barbarito”