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Matt Fogal Bio

Matt Fogal Bio

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Biographical Summary – Matthew D. Fogal
Born and raised in Chambersburg, PA, he graduated from Cumberland Valley Christian School, later graduated with honors from Shippensburg University, and then earned a law degree from the DickinsonSchool of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. While a law student at Dickinson, he was an intern inthe Franklin County D.A.’s Office, and he then went on to perform duties as a law clerk for Judge John R.Walker upon graduation in 2000.He began his prosecutorial career as a full-time Assistant District Attorney in the Adams County D.A.’sOffice, where he handled a wide variety felony and misdemeanor cases, and prosecuted the office’sdomestic violence cases while working closely with Victim Services as the STOP Violence AgainstWomen prosecutor. He joined the Franklin County D.A.’s Office as a full-time Assistant District Attorneyin 2002, and was eventually was appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney in 2006. During that time, hewas also cross-appointed as a federal Special Assistant United States Attorney (and maintains thatdesignation), with authority to prosecute certain county crimes in federal court in Harrisburg. He workedclosely with the Franklin County Drug Task Force and helped manage numerous undercover drugenforcement operations. As a senior member of the D.A.’s office, he previously handled all manner of cases within the office, ranging from misdemeanors to major felonies and homicide, and gained extensivetrial and courtroom experience. Through the years as an Assistant District Attorney, Matt successfully prosecuted a large number of criminal trials before Franklin County juries.On October 22, 2009, he was appointed Franklin County District Attorney following the death of hisformer boss, John F. “Jack” Nelson. Matt has continued to aggressively prosecute cases to trial as DistrictAttorney, and demands that his prosecutors likewise zealously seek justice against criminals and for victims. As District Attorney, he has been a vocal leader within the greater criminal justice system,advocating for greater focus on accountability for criminals, and more efficiency within criminal court. Asan office administrator or executive for what is essentially one of the largest law firms in the County, hehas structured the office and the staff responsibilities, and set policies to maintain fiscal responsibility,efficiency, and to make sure that justice is accounted for in each case. He has restructured the assignmentof cases amongst Assistant District Attorneys to allow for “vertical prosecution” of a case by one prosecutor from the beginning to the end of the case. This structure not only allows for more efficiency,and more stability for victim and witness coordination with one point of contact, but it also results in moreindividual “ownership” and accountability for the ultimate case result. As DA, he has put an on-callschedule into place, so that police officers have the ability to reach a prosecutor 24 hours a day, seven daysa week. In order to provide required discovery to defense attorneys in the most efficient manner, he hasimplemented an electronic discovery process which also reduces the costs of copying and producingduplicates of case evidence. Matt shares an attitude of “One Team, One Fight” with local law enforcement,and fosters a team environment where all work together as partners in order to collectively seek justice. Hefunds and organizes various training events for local law enforcement, and has developed county-wide,uniform protocols regarding the processing of certain types of criminal investigations (domestic violence,stalking, etc.).He enlisted as an infantryman in 1994, and later accepted a commission into the U.S. Army JudgeAdvocate General’s Corps in 2002. Since September 11, 2001, he has been mobilized numerous times anddeployed overseas on two occasions. His most recent tour in a combat zone was in Afghanistan, where hewas the theater combatant command’s sole Legal Mentor to the Attorney General of Afghanistan. While inAfghanistan, he assessed the provincial criminal justice system and helped develop the nationalAfghanistan Prosecutor’s Association, coordinating back home with the National District Attorney’sAssociation and Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association, as well as the International Association of 

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