Matt Lahey – Attorney

Experience &


att’s 40 years of practice and extensive trial experience set him apart. He has been practicing law since 1983. He has tried over 100 jury trials to verdict in State and Federal courts, as well as hundreds of non-jury cases in the State Superior and District courts. Matt has received the highest peer-review rating, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell.

Matt concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury and workers compensation. Matt regularly appears in New Hampshire superior and district courts and the Federal district court of New Hampshire. He also handles cases, with the aid of local counsel, where clients are injured outside of New Hampshire, such as Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, Florida, Maryland, Arkansas and even Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Matt is known as an attorney who is ready, willing and able to take a case to trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached. The result is that most often, Matt is able to resolve the case favorably, without the need of trial. However, when trial becomes necessary, Matt will prepare the case well and effectively present it to a judge or jury.

Matt is an attorney that will take on the difficult case. It is not uncommon for Matt to take on a client whose case has been rejected by other attorneys and achieve an excellent result. Often times, other attorneys refer these cases directly to him, respecting his willingness and ability to take them on.

Matt also has extensive appellate experience, having briefed and argued some 35 cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the Federal First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Matt is a trusted community leader. He served 5 terms as mayor of the City of Laconia and 4 terms as a City Councilor. Matt has served as Chairman of the Laconia Airport Authority and the Laconia/Gilford Economic Development Authority. He has also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

In 2007, the New Hampshire Bar Association awarded Matt the Vicki M. Bunnel Award for outstanding community service.

Matt and his dedicated staff provide excellent service to his clients. Clients are treated fairly and with respect and are always kept up to date about the status of their case. The bulk of Matt’s new cases are referrals from satisfied clients.

Fields of expertise

vision makes us who we are

After a one-week trial, a Belknap County Superior Court jury returned a verdict of $1.2 million
Confidential settlement after suit was filed on behalf of the estate of an elderly woman killed in a nursing home by a male resident.
Confidential settlement after suit was filed in Vermont Federal District Court for a woman who fell down defective basement stairs in a house that she was not familiar with and was killed.
Settlement of $600,000 for a man seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident while working when his vehicle was struck by another vehicle.
Settlement of $525,000 for a man who suffered head and neck injuries when a sign pole fell and hit him.
Confidential settlement after suit was filed against a physician and hospital for a negligently performed injection to treat macular degeneration. As a result, the patient lost the use of his eye.
Settlement of $300,000 for a woman who had her legs knocked out from under her by an unleashed dog and suffered serious ankle and knee injuries requiring multiple surgeries.
Jury verdict for $1.2 million for a woman passenger who was thrown from her husband’s motorcycle and suffered a hip fracture. Suit was filed against the Winnebago operator who made the left-hand turn in front of them and The New Hampshire International Speedway whose employees were directing the Winnebago to turn.
Confidential settlement after suit was filed in federal district court on behalf of the estate of a young woman killed in a head-on collision by a drunk driver. Suit was filed against the establishment where the drunk driver had been overserved alcohol just prior to the collision.

Experience Means Results


What our clients & partners are saying

"Matthew Lahey is an excellent lawyer with exactly the trial skills and judgment required...I know him best from his work in workers' comp. matters which he excels at as well. He's "a-rated" in my book."

"An experienced and personable opponent. A gentleman in every sense of the word, but one who is always cognizant of his client's position."

"I have known Attorney Lahey for over 25 years. He is an exceptional attorney in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury and workers' compensation. He is a highly ethical attorney. I would obtain his services above any other attorney in NH in the areas I have indicated he practices in."

"Lahey is an unusually skilled and determined advocate. He is very strong on the law. I have known and worked with him since 1984-85. I call him for advice. He is very active in the Laconia NH community."

"Outstanding lawyer with highest integrity and respect of the community"

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