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Matthew B. Wachter

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Main: (814) 870-7717

100 State St #700
Erie, Pennsylvania 16507

Matthew B. Wachter is an associate at MacDonald Illig, where he is a member of the Firm's Business Transactions and Trusts & Estates practice groups. Mr. Wachter concentrates his practice in the areas of business and tax, business succession planning, and estate planning and administration. Mr. Wachter is an Erie native and returned to his hometown in 2012 to practice law.

Mr. Wachter was a senior associate at the accounting firm KPMG, LLP in the mergers & acquisitions tax practice group in Philadelphia and New York City prior to his return to Erie. At KPMG, Mr. Wachter undertook tax due diligence assistance services and tax structuring of domestic and cross-border acquisitions for private equity clients. In his career, Mr. Wachter has worked on a variety of transactions for large multinational corporations, middle-market closely held companies, startup entities and non-profit charitable organizations.

He earned a Masters of Laws in Taxation (LL.M.) degree from the Graduate Tax Program at the Villanova University School of Law and later served as a teaching assistant in the program. His law degree is from the Duquesne University School of Law where he participated in a summer study of law program in Vatican City, and received an undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University - University Park.


LL.M. (Taxation), Villanova University School of Law, 2011

J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 2010
Outstanding Oral Argument Award, Cali Excellence Award for the highest grade in Canon Law, served on the editorial staff of Duquesne's Juris legal magazine

B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2006
Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice


U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Erie County Bar Association

Memberships & Associations
Erie County Bar Association, Board of Directors & Treasurer
Erie County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Vice-Chair
Erie Yacht Club Foundation, Board of Directors & Secretary
Erie Club, Finance Committee
UPMC Hamot Incorporator
40 Under 40 Class selected by the Erie Reader, Member of the Class of 2017
Gannon University, Adjunct Professor, Business Law (2014)
Attorneys and Kids Together (AKT), Mentor
Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership, Erie Ambassador Graduate
Young Erie Professionals (YEP), Former Steering Committee Member