The Firm

Matthew E. Ladd


ADMITTED: United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, All Circuit and County Courts throughout Florida.

LANGUAGES: Fluent in English & Spanish.

EDUCATION: Syracuse University College of Law, Juris Doctor 2003, Marshall University, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2000.

AREA OF PRACTICE: Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation.

Matthew E. Ladd is a former prosecutor with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. He’s handled thousands of cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, including high profile cases, violent crimes, child abuse, theft, homicide, and more. After fulfilling his commitment to State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, he served former House Speaker Marco Rubio in the Florida House of Representatives.

While in the legislature, Matthew Ladd assisted in the creation of legislation related to criminal justice, foreclosure rescue services, public safety, auto insurance, immigration reform, property taxes, homeowner and condominium association reform, as well as compensation for the wrongfully incarcerated. He also served as a special master presiding over claim bill hearings.

Ladd is a proud alumnus of Marshall University (2000) where he earned a BA in Business Administration and served as president of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. After graduating, he attended Syracuse University College of Law (2003) where he earned his law degree and was elected vice-president of his class. Matthew Ladd was also honored as a member of their Moot Court Honor Society and Top 10 nationally ranked intercollegiate competitive trial teams.

Since 2003, Matthew Ladd has been a member of the Florida Bar and has been admitted to practice before the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of Florida, which includes Miami. He is a member of the Dade County Bar Association, the Cuban American Bar Association, Kiwanis of Little Havana, and BNI-Coral Gables. Ladd also proudly sponsors the Dade County Police Benevolent Association.

Ladd’s practice focuses on criminal litigation in Federal and State Court. He also handles a variety of civil litigation such as evictions, writs of possession, quiet titles, partition, etc.  

Carlos M. Fleites (Of Counsel)

ADMITTED: United States District Court for District of Minnesota, Florida District Court of Appeal, State Bar of Florida, State Bar of Texas, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

LANGUAGES: Fluent in English & Spanish, Conversational in Portuguese

EDUCATION: University of Florida College of Law, Juris Doctor 2000 with honors, Florida International University, Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, 1996.

AREA OF PRACTICE: Criminal Defense.

Carlos Fleites’ attention to detail and extraordinary ability to communicate well with the Prosecution are key attributes towards achieving his client’s goals in their criminal cases. Carlos Fleites has successfully defended clients in a variety of complex cases ranging from Murder and Attempted Murder to International Drug Trafficking.

Carlos Fleites represents clients at all stages of Criminal Prosecution in both State and Federal Court, from first appearance to trial. Mr. Fleites is aggresive in his approach to defending his clients and is very trial active, having tried cases that include Murder, Armed Robbery, Burglary, Battery and many more. He has defended the rights of the accused for over ten years. His practice is strictly Criminal Defense.

Attorney Fleites graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and with a Juris Doctor Cum Laude from the University of Florida.

During Law School, he worked extensively with the student legal services program providing legal aid to the indigent and oppressed.

Carlos Fleites was inspired to become a criminal defense attorney by the struggles of his father, Dr. Armando Fleites, who first fought in the Cuban Revolution in the hopes of establishing democracy on the island and later fought to come to the United States to live in freedom.
Carlos Fleites grew up with a deep appreciation for democracy and was taught by his father to never take freedom for granted. This is the reason as your criminal defense attorney, your freedom is of utmost importance to him.

The Law Offices of Matt E. Ladd, Coral Gables, is a full-service law firm assisting those in need of criminal or civil representation in both State and Federal Courts throughout Florida.

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