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Matthew Doyaga

Law School:Hofstra

Court Admissions: Ohio, Southern District of Ohio U.S. District Court

Bar Memberships: CBA

Why did you decide to be a solo attorney participating in Columbus Bar inc?
I always knew I wanted to start my own practice, and the Inc program gave me a great location and affordable professional office space to be able to do so in an economically but still in a way that is desirable to my clients.

What area(s) of law does your solo practice focus on?
Primarily bankruptcy, criminal defense, foreclosure defense, and estate planning.

What made you choose your primary area of law?
I always had a strong connection and fascination to criminal law. I was always drawn to it. However, I worked in a bankruptcy law firm my entire life (my father’s own solo practice) and knew I was familiar enough to do that early in my career as well.

What will make your law firm unique?
What I always emphasize to my potential and current clients is; I always answer my own phone. Not an assistant, not a paralegal, not a secretary. Me. If you want to call and discuss your case and your possibilities with a real lawyer, not an employee, I am your guy. I always give everyone that level of attention.

Summary of previous employment:
I have worked in my fathers law firm “Doyaga and Schaefer” for many may years growing up, spent two summers working in my brother’s law firm “ Doyaga and Serrano” , as well as a summer interning for the Law Offices of Alan Schwartz. In addition I have run a real estate investment LLC, and helped manage a summer self storage service for college students in my undergrad.

Describe your personal interests and hobbies:
I love spending time with my family, including my nieces and nephews. I am a huge outdoors man and love to camp and hike. Additionally, I am a huge movie and TV show buff. And of course, I love football. Both professional and college. I also love to cook and try new restaurants. I often bring in lunch for all my fellow incubators.