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Matthew Dawson has been a partner at Lynch & Pine, Attorneys at Law since it was originally founded by former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch in 2011. He enjoys a wide and varied litigation practice, which includes every aspect of Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Business Law, Government Investigations, Criminal Appeals and all manner of Civil litigation

Prior to entering private practice Dawson was a top-level prosecutor for the State of Rhode Island having served as lead-counsel for the State in numerous high-profile cases. Since establishing his practice, Dawson has taken that considerable experience and dedicated himself to providing aggressive, highly-skilled representation for individuals falsely accused of crimes and those who are being treated unfairly by authorities.

Dawson practices Criminal Defense in every County and Court in the State of Rhode Island. He has handled matters as diverse as drunk driving and breathalyzer refusals, to serious felonies including homicides, serious assaults, drug cases, firearm possession and complex white collar cases. Dawson has argued criminal appeals before the Rhode Island Supreme Court and has an active criminal defense practice in Federal Court.

During a two-decade career as a prosecutor Dawson served as both Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit. For six years he was responsible for direct supervision of all specialized units within the Criminal Division including White Collar, Appellate, Narcotics and Organized Crime, District Court, Medicaid Fraud, Juvenile, Intake, Extraditions, Probation Violations and Elder Abuse. Dawson secured numerous indictments in complex criminal cases through the presentation of evidence to grand juries, including cases involving murder, government corruption and the wiretap interception of transmitted communications. Dawson also directed investigations in a variety of criminal settings, including homicides, sexual assaults, gun cases, white-collar and corruption cases, drunk-driving death cases, the use of force by law-enforcement personnel, gun cases, and violent street crimes.

Respected by his legal peers, Dawson is frequently sought out by other attorneys to handle complex criminal cases and serve as trial counsel. Over his twenty-five years of experience Dawson has earned a reputation as a consummate professional who is intelligent and aggressive in the courtroom while maintaining a reasonable, balanced approach. Dawson is admitted to the R.I. Bar and U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, where he is a member of the Executive Committee, and the Rhode Association for Justice. He is Chairman of the Rhode Island Bar Associations Criminal Law Bench Bar Committee and served as Deputy Probate Judge for the City of East Providence, RI from 2012-2014.

Dawson is a recognized speaker in police procedure and trial tactics who has lectured extensively on application of the 4th Amendment and reviewing police conduct where individuals are searched by the police. Dawson has advised law enforcement agencies as to issues of criminal law and has also conducted seminars with respect to investigating crimes against the elderly, juvenile justice, criminal law and procedure and effective courtroom presentations. Dawson has also conducted training seminars on behalf of the RI Bar Association on a number of topics including cross-examination and ethics.

Dawson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1990. He received his law degree from New England Law, Boston in 1995.

Areas of Practice
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Government Investigations
  • Business Law
  • Business Disputes
  • College/University Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Federal Court
  • Civil Litigation
  • Trial Practice
Bar Admissions
  • Rhode Island, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1996
  • New England Law, Boston, Massachusetts - 1995
  • University of Rhode Island - 1990
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
  • Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys