T. Matthew Dugan, III, Esquire

Adjunct Professor of Law


Matthew Dugan currently serves as Chief Deputy Public Defender. He joined the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender in 2007. He was a member of the Preliminary Hearing Division before joining the Trial Division in 2009, where he represented hundreds of clients, served as lead counsel in approximately 20 jury trials, authored and argued countless motions, and negotiated case resolutions for clients.  In 2012, he was promoted to Trial Manager and was responsible for assigning cases in specific court rooms and supervising the activities of approximately 12 trial attorneys.   

Prior to joining the Office of the Public Defender, Matthew completed an externship with the Honorable Judge John Zottola in the Court of Common Pleas. He also served as a student intern in the Office of Conflict Counsel.

Matthew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Villanova University. He later earned a Juris Doctorate degree at Duquesne University School of Law, where he received the CALI Award for excellence in Trial Advocacy. 

Matthew resides in Moon Township with his wife, April, and their three sons, and serves as a School Board Member for the Moon Area School District.