About Matt Cree
Attorney and Counselor at Law
While passing the bar in both Indiana and Texas in the same year, I decided early on to stay true to my roots as a Hoosier and remain close to family in Johnson County, Indiana.
For more than eight years, I practiced with one of the largest law firms in the county where I focused on bankruptcy, consumer rights, foreclosure defense and general litigation. In 2015, I decided to make the leap and open the Law Office of Matthew M. Cree, where I continue to provide personal, caring service to those facing the most stressful times of their lives.
In my personal life, I enjoy the company of my family, which includes four dogs and four cats. The menagerie of animals most likely has something to do with my serving as the president of the board of directors for the Humane Society of Johnson County and my inability to say “no” to taking in homeless animals.
I have a deep love for my community and am proud to be a 2010 graduate of Leadership Johnson County. Recently, I had the pleasure of assisting with the development of a non-profit destination marketing organization to promote and grow Johnson County tourism and business.
More About Matt
- Humane Society of Johnson County – Board President
- Leadership Johnson County – 2010 Graduate
- Leadership Johnson County – Nominating and Foundation Committees
- Aspire Johnson County – Chair of Tourism Development Committee
- Greenwood Chamber of Commerce – Chair of Sign Code Revision Task Force
- J.D. (Business and Bankruptcy) 2006 – Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of LaW
- B.A. (Business and Finance) 2002 – Franklin College
- Working on our family farm known as "Broken Anvil Farms"
- Collecting and building Lego sets with my wife and sons
- Working towards my black belt in Taekwondo
- I have a deep love for classic rock and 80’s hair bands. At any point in the day, you may hear anything from Boston to Def Leppard coming from my office.
- I’m a huge Star Wars fan (if you can’t tell from the above). My goal is to complete my own set of stormtrooper armor and join the 501st. I see it as a great way to share my love of the franchise and help bring joy to others.
I know bankruptcy.
I’ve been there myself.
A bankruptcy attorney who filed bankruptcy himself? Yes. It’s true.
From the outside it appeared I had it all. I wore nice clothes, drove a new car, and lived in a nice home with a beautiful family.
But inside I felt like a lie. Like I was hiding some dirty, embarrassing secret.
I was deep in debt. And too ashamed to ask for help.
I tried digging myself out. I curbed my spending habits. I tried the “snowball” approach. My notepads were filled with creditors, balances, and interest rates. But I was merely treading water.
All the red flags were there. The sleepless nights wondering who to pay next. The 0% balance transfers from card to card. The dread of coming home to a summons taped to the front door.
I wrestled with the decision to file for over two years. Two years of constant stress, worry, anger and frustration. Two years of stress leaching into my marriage.
I finally set my fear and embarrassment aside. I filed for bankruptcy. IT WAS THE BEST FINANCIAL DECISION I’VE EVER MADE.