Meet the Attorney

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Matthew Rist is a member of the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. With nearly a decade of experience in the D.C. and Maryland courts, he has represented thousands of clients in cases ranging from DUI and traffic offenses to drugs and weapons offenses, theft and robbery, domestic violence, and homicide.

He offers representation to clients no matter where they live—whether residents of the metropolitan D.C. area or beyond—involving charges in the D.C Superior Court, as well as the Maryland District and Circuit Courts.

Matt is proud of being a Washington, D.C., native who attended Murch Elementary School, Edmund Burke School, and Deal Junior High School in the District. He graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from the renowned University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, and while working with young people at the Germantown and Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, Matt realized he could better serve the many challenging needs of people of all ages by advancing his studies.

He earned an M.A. in Philosophy from the Universiteit von Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Then he enrolled in the James E. Rogers School of Law at the University of Arizona, attracted by its strong programs in Public Interest Law. His law school experience includes a term of study at the University of Puerto Rico and a clerkship with Judge Frank Dawley in the Pima County Superior Court, Tucson, Arizona.

After graduating law school, Matt returned to his home turf, sitting for and passing the bar in both the District of Columbia and Maryland on his first try each time. He pursued his strong interest in criminal defense by joining the Public Defender's Office in Baltimore, Maryland. As Assistant Public Defender, he defended a wide variety of criminal cases and managed a challenging caseload of more than 50 cases at a time. Following this strong experience, he opened his own law firm in 2010, defending cases in the District of Columbia and across the State of Maryland.

Matt is committed to providing strong, ethical, fearless defense for each and every client. The Law Office of Matthew Rist, P.L.L.C. specializes in the following Practice Areas:

DUI or Traffic Offense 
Drug Offense
Weapons Offense or Crime of Violence
Theft or Robbery
Domestic Violence

Whatever your situation, please call 202-347-0000, text 202-524-0424, or email the Law Office of Matthew Rist, P.L.L.C. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a free initial consultation.

Let Matt be your lawyer.