Matthew W. Chapel, Trial Lawyer

Practicing in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio


  • Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College
  • Million Dollar Advocate Forum
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum


Matthew W. Chapel earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University’s Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law in 1995 and launched his legal career, mainly in insurance defense of municipalities and public officials in Ohio, including law enforcement officers. From January 1997 to June of 2000, Matt was House Counsel for the Celina Insurance Group headquartered in Celina, OH. As House Counsel, Matt expanded his legal practice in 1998 to practice in Indiana. He was responsible for providing civil defense for Celina’s insureds in both Ohio and Indiana before he started his own private criminal defense and personal injury practice in 2000.

His dedication to helping clients resolve all levels of criminal defense matters includes those accused of crimes ranging from simple violations and misdemeanors to major felonies. He is a Trial Lawyer, and a National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Master Advocate who incorporates further advanced trial and litigation skills obtained from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming.

Matt’s military service in the U.S. Marine Corps afforded him a tireless work ethic and fighting spirit. His finely tuned trial advocacy skills have led to an extensive list of acquittals after trial for his clients. Matt is proud to have helped clients avoid tedious and stressful trials by securing fair and reasonable dispositions for them, short of a jury verdict – including the dismissal of charges – before trial. Matt also brings his litigation skills to civil court to fight for the injured and their families in Ohio and in Indiana, recovering monies in the seven-figures. He has a special interest in traumatic brain injury (TBI). If you suffer from TBI, please contact Matt with questions about your criminal or personal injury case.

Matthew W. Chapel completed the DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Course conducted by the National College for DUI Defense and Anthony D. Palacios of Impaired Driving Specialists, LLC on April 27th to 29th, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. This 24 credit hour Continuing Legal Education course consists of the same training as law enforcement officers receive for conducting Field Sobriety Tests and is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States Department of Transportation.


1978 — Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps
1995 — J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
1995 — Licensed in Ohio
1995 — Associate Attorney for Ward & Associates to provide civil defense for police officers, public officials & municipalitie

1997 — House Counsel for the Celina Insurance Group
1998 — Licensed in Indiana
2000 — Started his Private Practice in Criminal Defense and Personal Injury
2004 — NITA Advocate
2005 — NITA Master Advocate
2007 — Graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College


If you are charged with a crime – or even if you just think you might be charged – the attorney you choose can be the most important decision you make.

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