Rapa Esq., Matthew J.

Biography

Matthew J. Rapa, Esquire is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of Pennsylvania, as well as in Federal Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. Matthew is a native of the Lehigh Valley and is a founding partner of Rapa Law Office, P.C.  He attended East Stroudsburg University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a captain of the East Stroudsburg University football team. Following college, Matthew continued his education at Widener University School of Law. While at Widener, Matthew participated in the Trial Advocacy Program and discovered his passion for criminal law.  Before graduating, he volunteered in the Widener Law Clinic to assist indigent citizens and interned at the Monroe County Public Defender's Office. 

Upon graduation, Matthew partnered with his brother at Rapa Law Office, P.C. and began dedicating himself to criminal defense. In addition to representing individuals privately in criminal cases, Matthew served as a part-time public defender in Carbon County for three years in order to assist indigent individuals while gaining invaluable experience in cases ranging from traffic offenses to homicide charges. Through his training and experience, Matthew has learned that no two cases are exactly alike and each case deserves an individualized strategy based on the facts of the case and each client's needs. With a keen attention to detail, and relentless work ethic, Matthew has achieved countless victories in the courtroom which include numerous trial acquittals and complete dismissals based upon violations of clients' constitutional rights. 

As a result of his accomplishments in the courtroom, Matthew has received various awards recognizing his skill as a defense attorney. From 2013 through 2018, Matthew was named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers Magazine. Only 2.5% of the attorneys in Pennsylvania are selected to Rising Stars. The American Society for Legal Advocates has recognized Attorney Rapa as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Lawyers in Pennsylvania. Most recently, in  2019 and 2020, Matthew was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the area of criminal defense by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • DUI Defense

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

Professional Associations

  • Widener University School's trial advocacy program, Member

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
    • Honors: cum laude
  • East Stroudsburg University

Honors

  • Top 40 Under 40 by National Trial Lawyers
  • Rising Star by Super Lawyers 2013-2018
  • Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers 2019-2020
  • Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Lawyers in Pennsylvania by American Society of Legal Advocates

Pro Bono Activities

  • Widener University School's law clinic program

Current Employment Positions

  • Partner