Matthew Coyte has been working tirelessly for decades to seek justice for incarcerated people all across New Mexico.
Former President of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and founder of Coyte Law, P.C., Matthew Coyte has been dedicated to criminal defense and civil rights law for over twenty years. Matt has reached multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts with counties accused of corrupt and inhumane practices in their jails and lobbied at the state level to put an end to some of the harshest conditions facing New Mexico's incarcerated population. He recently helped pass House Bill 364 to restrict the cruel use of solitary confinement in New Mexico prisons and jails and provide transparency to the public as to the use of restricted housing. In 2013, Matt was recognized nationally as Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year and in 2014, was invited by the United Nations to provide testimony in Vienna, Austria on corruption in prisons and jails. As a result of his efforts to reduce the use of solitary confinement Matt was recognized in 2016 as the ACLU's Guardian of Liberty. Matt continues to push for the humane treatment of prisoners both through litigation and legislative advocacy.