About Our Firm

Matheson & Associates PLLC provides a variety of legal services for individuals and businesses in Raleigh, North Carolina. Our goal is to serve our clients with the utmost respect and urgency their legal needs require.

Matheson & Associates was first established in 2010. Since then, we have provided top quality legal representation to the hundreds of clients who have trusted us with their cases. We feel that a top-notch legal representation does not start and end at the courthouse; our quality attorneys are available to our clients and potential clients at any time.

We know every legal problem is attached to a person who needs help. Once retained, we will perform a diligent and comprehensive case evaluation. Our team will review the evidence and research the applicable case law and statutes to determine what would be our clients best legal course of action. Through the process, we keep our clients informed of any case updates, making sure our clients are never left in the dark.


Our Attorneys

M. Moseley Matheson, Esq. 
- Founder and Managing Partner

M. Moseley Matheson graduated with honors from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. During his tenure in law school, he developed a passion for criminal defense. This passion led him to seek out opportunities to cultivate his knowledge of North Carolina Traffic and Criminal law.

Matheson began his legal career while still in law school as an intern at the A.C.L.U. working on their Capital Punishment Project. During this time, Mr. Matheson was assigned death penalty cases to research. While at the A.C.L.U., Matheson also interned with the Durham County Public Defender’s Office.

For his time at the A.C.L.U. as well as the Public Defender’s office, the North Carolina Bar Association awarded him a Certificate of Recognition for the Pro Bono work he did volunteering for these two organizations.

After graduating from law school and passing the North Carolina State Bar Exam, Matheson went on to serve as an Assistant District Attorney for Harnett County. Since leaving the District Attorney’s office, attorney Matheson has returned to criminal defense work, handling many different types of traffic, DWI and criminal cases. Matheson is licensed to practice law in all North Carolina State Courts, the Eastern District of North Carolina’s Federal and Bankruptcy Courts, and the United States Supreme Court.

Recently, Attorney Matheson was asked by the North Carolina Bar Association to serve as the Managing Editor of the N.C. Criminal Law Desk Book.  Additionally, he wrote both the ‘Driving While Impaired Defense’ and the ‘First Offenders’ chapters of the book.  This book is provided by the N.C.B.A. as a resource to attorneys looking to get into the Criminal Defense practice in North Carolina.  Matheson has also recently been honored as a ‘Top 100 Trial Lawyers’ by The National Trial Lawyers organization as well as a ‘Top 10 Best in Client Satisfaction’ by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

In his spare time, Matheson enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters as well as the family’s two rescue dogs at their home in Holly Springs. He is an avid outdoorsman who also enjoys automotive restoration and fabrication. Additionally, Matheson volunteers his time with the Capital Area Teen Court Program. He is an active member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers, the Tenth Judicial District Bar Association and the North Carolina St. Andrew’s society.

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John R. Szymankiewicz, Esq., P.E., – Managing Partner


John Szymankiewicz is a licensed professional engineer and attorney in North Carolina. Emjohnbarking on a second career, John went to law school at night while juggling a demanding full-time job, a family, and teaching at a local martial arts school.

Seeing the need for experienced attorneys who are focused on their client’s needs, John launched his own law firm in 2010. Since then, his practice has focused on developing ongoing relationships, becoming a business partner with clients instead of being merely a supplier of services. He has earned the trust and respect of entrepreneurs and growing businesses by serving as a collaborator in his client’s efforts to be successful. John joined the Matheson & Associates in 2014.

John is a distinguished member of the board of directors for the Wake County Bar Association, which recently presented him with the President’s Award for his services to the Wake County Legal Community. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and serves on the Council of the Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Section. In addition to the North Carolina and Wake County Bar Associations, he is also a member of the 10th Judicial District Bar and the American Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in all of North Carolina State Courts, the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina’s Federal and Bankruptcy Courts, and the United States Supreme Court.  John has been featured in Attorney at Law Magazine (Triangle Edition), the Raleigh News & Observer, and the Triangle Business Journal.

In addition to his legal training, John brings experience from nearly 15 years of operations, processing engineering, and project management in the food and pharmaceutical industries. John has worked in quality and compliance, engineering, manufacturing, and R&D. John received his JD from North Carolina Central University and also holds an MBA and a BS in Chemical Engineering.

Jammie Lynn Wacenske, Esq. – Senior Associate

Ever since she was a child, Jammie has always wanted to become an attorney. Over the years of watching her peers suffer through divorce, abuse, and neglect, she quickly became interested in pursuing a career in family law.

Driven by her determination to help families and those in need, she began her collegiate career at Nash Community College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. During her time at NCC, she was the Parliamentarian for the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and she was chosen by staff and faculty to represent the school at the Student Leadership Institute. In addition to participating in these activities, she made time in her studies to work three jobs while attending NCC.

After completing the College Transfer program at Nash Community College, she attended North Carolina Wesleyan College where she graduated Cum Laude and received her B.A. in History with a minor in Political Science. While at NCWC she developed a passion for political science and joined the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. In her final semester, her dreams became a reality when she was accepted into North Carolina Central University School of law.

At NCCU, she continued to be an active participant in campus activities. She was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society, but devoted most of her time to the Pro Bono program which allowed her to help people who were less fortunate and in need of legal assistance. She participated in the Elder Law Project where she was able to gain experience writing wills for clients and the Lawyer on the Line Project where she assisted Legal Aid by providing clients with legal guidance as to how to handle their landlord-tenant matters. Jammie closed out her final year at law school through an externship with the Honorable Lori G. Christian of the Wake County Family Court writing pro se orders.

Jammie is the oldest of six children. She has two sisters and three brothers and visits her family as often as possible. She has a passion for music and knows how to play the French Horn, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, and the Flute. In her spare time, she enjoys learning how to paint, sew, and knit with her friends.


Our Support Staff

Sarah Brooks – Office Manager

Sarah is a Florida native who joined Matheson & Associates PLLC in 2016. Ms. Brooks earned her Bachelors of Arts in Education from the University of North Florida and her Masters in Educational Leadership from The Florida State University. Prior to joining Matheson & Associates, Sarah taught 3rd and 5th grade in Florida and North Carolina.  In addition to teaching young children, Sarah worked with the Department of Juvenile Justice in Florida where she taught reading and writing skills to young adults who were serving sentences in the Juvenile Detention Center. Sarah is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators and is on the Community Outreach Committee. In her spare time, Sarah proudly supports the Florida State Seminoles, spending her weekends at the beach (when it’s warm) and spending time with her niece and nephew!

 

 

London Davenport – Law Clerk

London graduated from Meredith College in 2017 before going on to attend Campbell Law School where she will graduate in May 2020. At Campbell Law School, Ms. Davenport is Vice President of Women In Law and is a Student Bar Association representative for the 3L class. She joined the Beer Law Center as a Law Clerk in February 2019. 

 

 

 

 

 

Nina Emerick – Paralegal

Nina received her Bachelor’s Degree from The University of North Carolina – Greensboro in Criminology and her Paralegal Certification from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  She spent 2 years working as a criminal defense and family law paralegal before enlisting in the Army. During her time with the U.S. Army she worked with victims and Special Victims Prosecution.  She is currently the family law and civil litigation paralegal and works alongside Attorney Wacenske.

 

 

 

 

 

Xochitl Ferrer – Administrative Assistant

Xochitl is originally from Guanajuato, Mexico but spent most of her life in North Carolina. Prior to joining Matheson & Associates, she worked as a receptionist in a small law firm in the town of Carthage, NC where she gained valuable experience. This job led her to move into the “big city” of Raleigh to further expand her horizons where she found herself with the perfect law firm that is more than willing to coach and develop. In her spare time Xochitl enjoys spending time with her family and adorable dog Remy.

 

 

 

 

Ileigh Kuga – Paralegal

Ileigh is a graduate of The University of Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. During her time at UF, she was a member of the Mock Trial team, The litiGATORS, Tau Sigma honor society and Delta Zeta sorority. She received her paralegal certification from Duke University and is a North Carolina Bar Certified Paralegal, as well as a current North Carolina Notary Public. Ileigh is the Beer Law Center Paralegal and works closely alongside Attorney Szymankiewicz.



 

 

 

Renata Rabelo – Paralegal

Renata joined Matheson & Associates in January of 2019 as the criminal defense paralegal. Ms Rabelo is originally from Brazil where she obtained her J.D. and worked as an attorney. After moving to the United States, Renata earned her paralegal studies certificate from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Rabelo is looking forward to pursuing her paralegal certification and is looking to attend law school in the hopes to become a licensed attorney in the United States.  

  • Matheson & Associates employs a skilled set of attorneys and support staff to ensure our clients zealous and determined representation. Whether you are facing a DWI or other criminal charges, need help forming a business, or just need someone representing your interests in a personal injury claim, Matheson & Associates is prepared and eager to be your advocate. We have experience representing hundreds of clients and we are dedicated to total client satisfaction. Call us today for a Consultation and find out why so many trust Matheson & Associates to represent their needs.