Twenty Under 40! Matthew R. Hochstetler

“When Matthew believes in something, he gives everything he’s got.”—Nicholas Perini

Matthew R. Hochstetler, Attorney (Member), Day Letterer Ltd.

What advice would you give the younger generation when it comes to advancing in their careers or strengthening Stark County?

I think there’s something special about returning to the place you were raised with the unique lessons, experiences and perspectives you’ve gathered.  There are many opportunities to pursue a career, but it’s gratifying to look at a community you know well and see where and how you can make the biggest difference.

What’s the most challenging part(s) of your job? How do you tackle these obstacles?

Each client and situation has its own unique needs.  I like to think of each situation as a puzzle and try to put the right piece in the right place.

List three to five things people might not know about you.

Last summer, I rode my bike across Indiana in one day averaging over 18 miles per hour.

My ancestors were among the first Amish people in history and among the first in America.

As a young child, I didn’t want to be a lawyer; I wanted to be an astronaut-farmer (an astronaut that also has a farm).

I worked on an archaeological dig where we excavated an ancient Anasazi dwelling in Colorado.

“When Matthew believes in something, he gives everything he’s got.”—Nicholas Perini


• University of Toledo College of Law, 2009; magna cum laude; Order of the Coif honor society; Dean’s Merit Scholar (full-tuition scholarship based on class rank); University of Toledo Law Review, Executive Board Member, Board 40; Highest grade in two classes—Property I and Estate Planning

• Bachelor’s degree in history, Goshen College, Indiana, 2006; Menno Simons Scholar; President, Student Senate; Captain, Goshen College Track and Field Team—(former) school record holder in discus throw; NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete

• Smithville (Ohio) High School, 2002

In the community

• Chair of Day Ketterer’s recruiting committee

• Chair of Day Ketterer’s 2015 campaign for United Way of Greater Stark County

• People to People Ministries (Wooster, OH) president and board member; led organizational restructuring beginning late 2016 to improve service to community

• Stewardship Ministry for the Ohio Conference of Mennonite Church USA (regional conference of national denomination) member

• Treasurer of Citizens for Amstutz, which supports election efforts of Wayne County Commissioner Ron Amstutz (until term-limited, Ron was the second-ranked legislator in the Ohio House of Representatives)

• Board member for Orrville Area Development Foundation, which endeavors to make the community attractive to visitors and businesses


• Authored or coauthored six articles published in the Probate Law Journal of Ohio (Ohio’s authoritative trust-and-estates-law publication)

• Instrumental in guidance and proposed legislation regarding digital assets, the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, and electronic wills through service on committees for the Ohio State Bar Association

• Brought attention to the importance of planning for digital assets when he appeared on “Digital Estate Planning”, 90.3 WCPN ideastream®’s The Sound of Ideas, April 2015

• Wayne County Bar Association Probate Committee

• Regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys involving trusts, powers of attorney and other estate planning documents

• Active in Day Ketterer’s estate planning and nonprofit practice groups


• Megan, wife; Greta, daughter; Hans, son

Nominated by

• Rob Roland, Managing Partner, Day Ketterer Ltd.

• Nicholas Perini, Vice President/Portfolio Manager, Beese Fulmer Private Wealth Management

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass