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Former Prosecutor • Former Judge • Former State’s Attorney

Illinois State Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Rock Island County Bar Association
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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.

Criminal Defense Attorney

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


Attorney Robert Bradfield (Of Counsel)

Let the lawyer who trained the prosecutors defend you!

A former prosecutor now defense attorney, with 27 years of experience in criminal law, I know what it takes to successfully defend criminal clients. I’ve trained attorneys and police on the legal issues that make-or-break criminal cases, such as probable cause to stop, search or seizure. I have personally handled thousands of criminal cases, resulting in an in-depth knowledge of the strategies, strengths and weaknesses of prosecutor’s cases and how to defend against them.  Finding yourself facing a criminal charge is stressful and frightening.  I will use my understanding of what goes on inside the courthouse and courtroom to guide you through your case.

Practice Focus: Operating while intoxicated (OWI/DUI), possession of drugs, driving while under suspension or barred, assaults (including domestics), thefts, criminal damage and traffic violations. 

BAR ADMISSIONS                      



  • Scott County Bar Association

  • Iowa Bar Association


  • Culver Military Academy and Indiana University BS Business with Honors

  • University of Iowa Juris Doctor (JD)


  • 12 years Annual Prosecutors Training Conference

  • 15 years Annual Law Enforcement Traffic Offense Conference

  • 4 years Annual National Domestic Violence Conference


  • US Army Reserves 7 year (Captain)


  • Police Officer Inservice Criminal Law Training (Davenport P.D., Bettendorf P.D., Scott County Sheriff)

  • Annual Iowa Prosecutor Conference Presenter - Trial Aspects of Prose Defendant

  • Scott County Bar Association Annual Conference Presenter – Domestic Violence

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