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When it comes to justice, it’s about fairness.

Speaking for those who can’t.

And doing the right thing.


Working by day in banking and attending law school at night, Matt was an eyewitness on September 11 to the horrors of that fateful morning as planes struck the World Trade Center towers next to his office. And in an instant, Matt knew his life’s work would focus on serving others.The father of four children, Matt cares deeply about our schools and a child’s success. As a Chesapeake councilman, he’s worked to help create jobs, keep a tight rein on our city’s finances, and ensure that ours is a city where everyone will feel safe and secure.  Guided by faith and a commitment to serve without fear or favor, Matt is the right choice for Chesapeake’s next Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Matt Hamel.  A Brief History.


  • Member, Chesapeake City Council 

  • Board member, Hampton Roads Transit 

  • Founder and managing attorney of law firm focused on serving military families 

  • Commander, Navy Reserves as JAG attorney 

  • Iraq veteran and former Navy prosecutor and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney 

  • Military decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Expert Pistol Shot Medal and numerous unit and service awards.

  • JD, Rutgers University School of Law 

  • BA, College of the Holy Cross 

  • Commissioner and former chairman, Chesapeake Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs 

  • Board member, YMCA of South Hampton Roads 

  • Life Member, VFW Post 2894 

  • Member, South Norfolk Ruritan Club 

  • Member, Kemp Woods Civic League 

  • Married to Karen Pries Hamel, a nurse at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, and the proud father of four

  • Parent of two Grassfield High School students

  • Parishioner, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church

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