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Firm History

Our law firm was originally created by Max Rayle and Jodi Stearns in 1989 with Fred Matthews joining as an associate. All three lawyers engaged in the general practice of law and litigated Criminal, Civil and Domestic Relations cases. In 1993 the law firm became Rayle and Matthews. One year later it became the law firm of Rayle, Matthews and Coon, Scott Coon joining as a partner.

Max, Scott and Fred practiced together from 1993 until 2013. As had been the case before, the firm was a general practice firm with a focus on all types of litigation. In 2013 Max Rayle passed away, leaving a legacy of zealous advocacy for our clients, thorough preparation for all aspects of the practice, a pursuit and an expectation of excellence in all that we do. These qualities were handed down by Max to the current members of the firm and continue to be what we strive for today.

In 2013 Elizabeth B. Bostdorff joined the firm, bringing with her an extensive background in the government, a keen interest in probate, real estate, agricultural legal issues and the general practice of law.

We continue to meet clients needs in most aspects of the law. Our goal, no matter what the task, is to provide excellent and zealous representation of our clients and to provide the best possible outcomes in all proceedings and all phases of our legal system.

Max Rayle

  • Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Wood County Bar Association Law Library
  • Former Chairman of the Wood County Public Defender Commission
  • Former Chairman of the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors
  • Former Chairman of the Bar Association Board's Budget and Headquarters Committee

Max Rayle was a well known attorney throughout Northwest Ohio and statewide who passed away in 2013. Max practiced civil, criminal, administrative, general and appellate law from a base in Bowling Green for 37 years.

Max began his career as a staff attorney and referee (now magistrate) with the Wood County Common Pleas Court in 1976 and then joined the firm of Middleton and Roebke in 1978, where he became a partner. In 1989, he and Jodie Stearns formed a new practice at the corner of South Main and West Wooster Street which eventually became Rayle, Matthews and Coon. Max, Fred and Scott practiced law together from the late 1980's until his passing.

Max was a great litigator, no matter the type of case. He took great pride in representing clients in all different kinds of cases, civil, criminal, administrative and at all levels of the court from municipal court level up to the Ohio Supreme Court where he appeared multiple times. Max would take on cases involving complex legal issues he may not have known very much about. He would educate himself on the area of the law, eventually becoming an expert.

Before entering the courtroom Max was always extremely well prepared. There was no one that would prepare more than Max when he was going to trial. Many lawyers who tried cases against Max said they were better lawyers for having tried cases against him.

Max was a legend for his skill, engaging personality and dedication to his clients. He was the voice of reason and common sense. Many were lucky enough to know Max as an opponent, a co-counsel, as a partner and as a mentor. Many have said that Max was the best trial attorney that they had observed, that he owned the courtroom. He both educated and entertained juries.