Former Prosecutor • Former Judge • Former State’s Attorney

Attorney Matthew Paulson

Matt Paulson has years of experience and has distinguished himself in both Illinois and Iowa as a successful criminal defense attorney handling all matters including Drug Trafficking and DUI / OWI cases.

Attorney Larry Vandersnick

Former Prosecutor • Former Judge • Former State's Attorney

Trust Your Defense Case To A Former Prosecutor And Former Judge

It stands to reason that you can better understand your opponents after standing in their shoes. As a former Henry County state’s attorney, I know firsthand how the prosecution builds cases against my clients. I know how to identify and seize upon weaknesses in the prosecutor’s cases.

As a former judge, I also see criminal law cases from the perspective of the bench. I know which tactics are likely to sway judges and which they will frown upon. I have established excellent working relationships at all levels of the criminal justice system.

An Aggressive Approach That Gets Results

I believe in aggressively defending my clients and will work tirelessly to build a strong and persuasive case. A dismissal or not guilty verdict at trial is ideal and preferable to incarceration. As such, I will only negotiate a plea when that is the most realistic option and best for you, and then only at your direction. The decisions are yours to make. I will provide you with the sound legal guidance you need to make informed decisions about your critical legal matters.

Do not let criminal charges ruin your life. I will take every possible step to have your charges reduced or dismissed. I am committed to ensuring that the prosecutor meets the burden of proof and to building a resilient criminal defense strategy on your behalf.

Whether you are under investigation or have been arrested and charged with a federal or state crime, I have the experience and skills to successfully resolve your case. To learn more about my professional qualifications, please click on the link provided below.

Areas of Practice

  • Drug Trafficking

  • Drug Possession

  • DUI

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1977

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1977


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

    • Juris Doctor – 1977

  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois

    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts

    • Honors: With Honors

    • Major: Liberal Arts and Sciences

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Attorney & Counselor, State of Illinois, 1977 – Present

  • Illinois Bar Association, 2009 – Present

  • Illinois Judge’s Association, 1994 – Present

  • Illinois State’s Attorney Association, 1982 – 1994

  • National Association of Premier DUI Attorneys

  • NCDD (National College For DUI Defense, Inc.)

Past Employment Positions

  • Farber & Vandersnick Law Office, 1977 – 1981

  • Assistant Henry County State’s Attorney, 1977 – 1981

  • Henry County State’s Attorney, 1982 – 1994

  • Circuit Court Judge, Rock Island, Illinois, 1994 – 2002

  • Circuit Court Judge, Cambridge, Illinois, 2002 – 2008

  • Farber Law Office, 2008 – 2015

  • Paulson Vandersnick Law Office: 2016-Present

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