About Our Firm

The Matheson Law Office, 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 Law 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

Moseley M. Matheson, Esq. 
- Founder and Managing Partner
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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 Law Office 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 Wacenske, Esq. – Associate
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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

Mollie Schwam – Civil Litigation Paralegal
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Mollie graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a minor in psychology. During college Mollie interned at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Raleigh. Observing the dynamics in the courtroom between lawyers, judges, and witnesses was an exciting and truly eye-opening experience. After college Mollie worked at the Raleigh Police Department as a volunteer and partook in ride-along with other volunteers. Both of these experiences commenced her passion for the field of law. Mollie obtained her paralegal certificate from Meredith College.

To take a break from law Mollie enjoys reading books, preferably historical fiction by Philippa Gregory, and hiking along North Carolina trails with her small, yet feisty, dog.





Cameron Hardesty – Senior Defense Paralegal

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Mr. Hardesty joined the Matheson Law Office, PLLC after receiving his B.A. in Criminology from North Carolina State University.  While attending N.C.S.U., Mr. Hardesty also played football for the Wolfpack as an Offensive Tackle.  Additionally, Mr. Hardesty was given the opportunity to intern for the United States Secret Service for two years where he had the opportunity to meet the President of the United States. While working with the Matheson Law Office, Mr. Hardesty completed the Duke University Paralegal Certificate Program.  Mr. Hardesty is also currently attending North Carolina Central University School of Law to pursue his law license.

In 2015, Mr. Hardesty founded a non-profit organization called “The 4th Down Foundation.” The 4th Down Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on substance abuse prevention by inspiring success in high school students. The 4th Down implements a drunk driving and substance abuse focus on their goals rather than on negative influences. The 4th Down Foundation also offers sponsored activities and fundraisers, video and media exposure, community outreach, educational reform and donations, and academic scholarships- all designed to help young adults make better choices. Mr. Hardesty is a direct contact for the clients of the Attorney Matheson to assist them as they proceed through the Wake County Criminal Justice System. Additionally, Mr. Hardesty assists Attorney Matheson in his preparation for trial, including studying case law and statutory law as it applies to clients of Matheson Law Office. And finally, Mr. Hardesty actively engages in the marketing and advertising/media exposure through designing promotional materials, photography and video production, to help promote the firm.

In his spare time, Mr. Hardesty enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica and their two dogs at their home in Raleigh, NC. He is a very talented artist who enjoys drawing and painting is his spare time and he also an avid outdoorsman who spends his free time hunting, fishing, and playing hockey. Additionally, Mr. Hardesty volunteers with many organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Angels Among Us, Night To Shine and Activate good.

 

Sarah Brooks – Administrative Services
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Sarah is a Florida native who joined Matheson Law Office, PLLC in 2016. A graduate of the University of North Florida’s College of Education, Sarah found her love of teaching in elementary schools, where she believes she could make the most impact on her students. Sarah’s passion for teaching led her to teach fifth grade in Florida and in North Carolina. In addition to teaching young children, Sarah worked with the Department of Juvenile Justice in Florida. Sarah taught reading and writing skills to young adults who were serving sentences in the Juvenile Detention Center.

Sarah performs administrative services at Matheson Law Office and is the first contact for our clients. Additionally, Sarah assists Attorney Matheson with our traffic clients as they proceed through the Wake County Justice System.

In her spare time, Sarah proudly supports the Florida State Seminoles and enjoys tutoring some of her former students.

  • banner-bgThe Matheson Law Office 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, the Matheson Law Office 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 Free Legal Consultation and find out why so many trust Matheson Law Office to represent their needs.