Matthew A. Crockett is a former Judge and former state prosecutor with extensive trial experience. Matthew is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and veteran of the Iraq war. As a criminal prosecutor, military legal assistance attorney, military defense attorney, and military judge, Matthew has experienced and excelled in diverse roles all in the pursuit of justice.
Upon graduating law school, Matthew was commissioned as a Marine Officer and spent three years as a prosecutor at Camp Lejeune, NC and Camp Pendleton, CA. During this time, he litigated numerous contested criminal cases to verdict before judges and juries. Additionally, as a legal assistance attorney, he assisted Marines and their dependents in preparation of wills, powers of attorney, and family law pleadings.
In 2004, after being honorably discharged from active duty, Matthew was appointed by the Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission to serve as an Assistant State’s Attorney to prosecute in the Windham State’s Attorney’s Office. After a few years prosecuting family violence cases, Matthew was promoted to prosecute major felony cases. For over a decade, Matthew handled hundreds of cases involving homicide, child sexual abuse and exploitation, child abuse, serious assault, robbery, and narcotics trafficking. He litigated dozens of contested major felony cases to verdict before judges and juries. In addition to prosecuting cases Matthew frequently lectured on law enforcement best practices in domestic violence investigations, investigation of strangulation offenses, and technology facilitated crimes against children. He was also a member of the National District Attorney’s DNA working group and helped propose and draft Connecticut’s current criminal strangulation statute.
In the Marine Corps reserves, Lieutenant Colonel Crockett has served as a platoon commander, executive officer, defense attorney, trial advocacy trainer (NITA), adjunct professor, and military judge. In 2006-2007, Matthew deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq to serve as a Civil Affairs Team Leader in support of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Regiment in Al Q’aim.
Since joining the McConnell Family Law Group in April 2017, Matthew has shifted his focus towards handling criminal defense cases and complex cases including divorce, custody, paternity, child support, alimony, modification, contempt and post judgment litigation.
Matthew is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association (family law section) and Maine Bar Association. He was raised in the Mystic, Connecticut area and is the proud father of two sons and one daughter.
EDUCATION:DePaul University School of Law, Juris Doctor (JD) DePaul University College of Business (MBA) University of Iowa, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance
BAR ADMISSIONS:Connecticut Maine