Matt Fry

Matt Fry is one of Missouri’s premiere attorneys. He has successfully defended numerous clients on charges ranging from murder to assault, robbery, and fraud. Matt’s main focus is in the area of DWI, Drug, and Sex offenses. He also handles select civil cases and appeals.

Matt serves on the board for the St. Louis County Bar Association, on the board and DWI committee for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL), and as a member of the National College for DUI Defense.

Two of Matt's passions are teaching Trial Advocacy II at Saint Louis University School of Law and serving on the board of his non-profit, St. Louis Impact.

Areas of Practice

  • DWI/DUID Defense
  • State and Federal Criminal Law
  • Orders of Protection
  • Juvenile Law
  • Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. - 2005
    • Law Review: Saint Louis University Public Law Review, Member
  • Colorado College
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Major: Political Science and United States History


Honors and Awards

  • St. Louis Business Journal’s 30 Under 30 - 2007
  • Missouri Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyers - 2010
  • Super Lawyers’ Rising Star - 2012 - Present
  • MACDL Bernie Edelman Award - 2014
  • MACDL: “Case of the Year” - 2016
  • Super Lawyers, 2018 – Present 
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019 – Present 
  • St. Louis Magazine "Best Lawyers", Criminal Defense, 2019 – Present

Seminars Taught or CLE Presentations Given

  • DWI Law & Science Seminar, The NHTSA Manual - 2015
  • Missouri Bar, Getting Your Client’s Record Expunged - 2015
  • St. Louis Metropolitan Bar, Changes in the Criminal Code - 2015
  • MACDL, Changes in DWI Law - 2016
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar, Pre-Trial DWI Motions - 2016
  • Private Lecture, What to Do if Your Client Gets Arrested - 2016
  • St. Louis County Bar, Changes in the Criminal Code - 2016
  • DWI Seminar, Ethics When Defending DWI Cases - 2016
  • Missouri Bar, The New Lawyers Experience - 2016
  • Missouri DWI Defense Institute, The Criminal Code - 2016
  • Lawyers Association of STL, Criminal Law for Civil Attorneys - 2016
  • MACDL Webinar, The Ins and Outs of Municipal Court, - 2017
  • SLU Law, Traffic Ticket 101, - 2017
  • SLU Law, To Blow or Not to Blow, - 2017
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar, Law Update, - 2017
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar, Evidence and Objections in a DWI Case and DWI Law Update, - 2018
  • Missouri Bar, Criminal Law for Civil Attorneys, - 2018
  • BAMSL, When the Cops Come Knocking, - 2018
  • Private Lecture, Ethics in a DWI Case, - 2018
  • MACDL Webinar, SB 655 & Sex Offender Reform, - 2018
  • St. Louis County Bar, Sex Offenders, Three Tier Approach, -2018
  • Missouri Bar, Solo/Small Firm, DWI Case Law Update, - 2019 
  • UMKC, DWI Case Law Update, - 2019 
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar, DWI Case Law Update, - 2019
  • St. Louis County Bar, Criminal Law 101, - 2019 
  • BAMSL, “Police, Open Up!”, Crim. Law for Civ. Attorneys - 2019
  • Mo. DWI Institute, DWI Case and Law Update, - 2020
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar, DWI Case Law Update, - 2020
  • BAMSL, When the Cops Come Knocking, - 2020
  • BAMSL, “Police, Open Up!”, Crim. Law for Civ. Attorneys - 2021
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar, DWI Case Law Update, - 2021
  • Mo. DWI Institute, DWI Case and Law Update, - 2021
  • MACDL, SORNA: Keeping Clients Off the List, - 2022 
  • DWI Law & Science Seminar, DWI Case Law Update, - 2022

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • MACDL, Board Member, DWI Committee, Expungement Committee 
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member
  • St. Louis County Bar Association, Executive Committee
  • Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court, 2018 
  • St. Louis Impact, Board Member
  • Autism Speaks, Young Professionals Board Member, 2012 - 2016

Featured Reviews

Carol Kohler

★★★★★ (March 28, 2024)

Matt Fry was amazing.!!!
I recommended this lawyer to several of my friends, and he was superb in every case. He cleared all the wrongful accusations against them regarding their cases. Extremely professional!
I will recommend him to everyone. Don’t look for any other lawyer. Hire Matt Fry!!
He is the absolute best!!! Thank you Matt!!

Tejas Phatak

★★★★★ (March 15, 2024)

Facing a serious traffic violation, I sought out Matthew Fry's representation. Throughout the process, Matt was incredibly professional and supportive. His expertise and dedication resulted in the best possible outcome: a dismissal of the charges and the return of my driving privileges. I highly recommend Matt Fry to anyone facing a similar situation.

Steven Blau

★★★★★ (December 26, 2023)

Matt Fry is an "outstanding" criminal defense attorney. My cases involved a breathalyzer refusal (license case) and a DWI charge (criminal case). Between exculpatory circumstances surrounding the breathalyzer refusal coupled with Matt's negotiation skills, he secured an outcome "all" parties could live with, i.e. the DWI charge was amended to a lesser/non-alcohol (C&I) charge, which disappears after 6 months of unsupervised/bench probation, resulting in no criminal conviction/record.  And, the refusal/license case was dismissed, resulting in my license being returned, and, my driving record was cleared of any wrongdoing.  Also "noteworthy", during the pendency of my cases, Matt did his utmost to ensure my life remained as nondisruptive as possible, i.e. I "never" lost my driving privileges and I "never" had to appear in court.  Again, Matt Fry is the "best" of the "best"!

Robin Rodermund

★★★★★ (March 16, 2023)

Matt was my second attorney after my first attorney couldn’t get what I needed. I strongly suggest you hire Matt. He saved my license.

By Rodolfo | Hired Attorney

★★★★★ (May 16, 2023)

2nd Offense & Won

When it comes to Mathew Fry, I believe he is the best at what he does, never did I have a doubt in my mind if I picked the right lawyer after our consultation. Case went on for months not once was Mathew not active or non willing to answer questions always helpful him & his firm. Presented him self to all my court cases I was only obligated to present myself to one . He beat my case my second offense within a ten year mark result: no probation or jail time. We thank Mathew as a family, Great lawyer.

Jerry Benetatos

★★★★★ (February 08, 2023)

To all my fellow CDL drivers, if the unfortunate event happens, Matthew Fry is the lawyer you will need.

By JERRY | Hired Attorney

★★★★★ (October 26, 2022)

“Got my DWI dismissed and won my license case!”

To all my fellow CDL drivers, if the unfortunate event happens, Matthew Fry is the lawer you will need.

By W | Hired Attorney

★★★★★ (October 25, 2022)

Best Outcome I Could of Expected

Matt was always quick to respond. He ensured I kept my driving privileges and ensured my DUI went away. Actually, he was successful in ensuring I was never charged with a DUI. I could not of asked for a better outcome.

By anonymous | Hired Attorney

★★★★★ (February 15, 2022)

Professional and efficient

Matt was able to help clear my case and was always reachable. He explained any question I had thoroughly as well as informed me of all my options. Matt is highly regarded in the attorney community.

By anonymous | Hired Attorney

★★★★★ (January 19, 2022)

DWI case

Matt did a great job on my case. Professional throughout the whole process and got me the results I was hoping for, dismissal of all charges. Highly recommended!

Heather Layton

★★★★★ (2021)

"The absolute best. Did not have to worry about anything, Matt gets back almost right away and super helpful, constantly kept me updated on everything!"

Scott McKinney

★★★★★ (January 1, 2020)

"I have used this law firm in the past, and came back to them when I was in need of legal guidance because of their diligence and professionalism. Matt Fry put my mind at ease after our initial meeting and gave me the confidence I needed to let go of the anxiety that legal troubles can cause an individual. Highly recommend this law firm and Matt Fry especially."

Private Person

★★★★★ (2020)

"Matt Fry is an amazing attorney. I found myself in an unfortunate situation where I had made a mistake and faced a serious legal issue. Matt was able to analyze the case, and realize that there was pending litigation in the Missouri Supreme Court that could directly effect the outcome of my case. Where a lessor attorney may not have even been aware of the pending case and would have advised me to take a plea deal. Because of his knowledge, Matt has able to navigate the legal system effectively so the Supreme Court decision could be used in my case and ultimately got the charges reduced to something insignificant. His advice and counsel was valuable and reassuring. He always returned my phone calls and texts in a timely manner. If you ever find yourself in a situation similar to mine, you want Matt in your corner."

Aaron Fields

★★★★★ (November 6, 2018)

"Extremely effective and effective. Very straightforward and I was continually updated concerning the Status of my case. Provided a very clear and detailed opinion of my options and gave me a tremendous amount of information and support. I highly recommend Matt Fry and team to handle your legal issues."