Matthew J. Lafargue
Matt Lafargue is a trial lawyer at Kemeny, Ramp & Renaud, LLC. He is a highly seasoned litigator with a passion for the pursuit of justice. Mr. Lafargue represents clients in a wide range of civil litigation matters, including probate litigation, commercial disputes, and personal injury cases. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lafargue was a criminal prosecutor for thirteen years, litigating thousands of cases and arguing hundreds of motions and trials in court.
Over the course of a decade as a Deputy Attorney General for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice, Mr. Lafargue specialized in several different areas of criminal litigation, including public corruption, gangs and organized crime, large-scale narcotics distribution, serial burglary, environmental crimes, bias crimes, large-scale motor vehicle theft/distribution, and homicide. Mr. Lafargue ran complex investigations, including homicide and wiretap investigations. Mr. Lafargue was also a trainer and curriculum designer for the Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project and served as a Legal Specialist for New Jersey’s State Ethics Commission.
At the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York, Mr. Lafargue handled a caseload of several hundred cases at a time, and prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases, including domestic violence, animal cruelty, fraud, and vehicular crimes. Mr. Lafargue was also a regular speaker at local high schools about the dangers of drunk driving.
Mr. Lafargue earned his Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Award Merit Scholar. While studying at NYU Law, Mr. Lafargue was repeatedly recognized for his outstanding advocacy skills. Mr. Lafargue was the winner of the school-wide Marden Moot Court Competition, with the final argument presided over by a panel including Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. Mr. Lafargue also earned the distinction of 13th ranked oralist in the Northeast United States in the Jessup International Law Competition, and in his first year as a law student, earned second place in NYU Law’s 1L Mock Trial Oral Advocacy Competition.
Prior to receiving his Juris Doctor from NYU Law, Mr. Lafargue earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Philosophy, at Rutgers University, where he made the Dean’s List in each of his final four semesters.
Mr. Lafargue is licensed to practice law in the State of New Jersey and the State of New York.