Matthew C. Reale, a prominent area lawyer, activist in charitable causes and Democratic Party leader, announced Tuesday that he is seeking the nomination to run for Judge of Probate for the three-town Probate District of Trumbull, Monroe and Easton.

The probate judge elected to a four-year term, oversees a variety of matters including administration of estates, construing the meanings of wills and trusts, granting adoptions, and determining title to real and personal property. Republican T.R. Rowe, of Trumbull, was elected as Probate Judge in 2012.

“The Probate Court is a unique part of our court system based upon the sensitive and sometimes emotional nature of the issues that come before it," Reale said. "As a practitioner in the Probate Court for over twenty years, I have an understanding of the unique issues presented to it, as well as an understanding of the compassion and care necessary to assist individuals and families during difficult times. It is an honor to be considered for this position by the people of Trumbull, Easton and Monroe.”

Reale is a founder and managing partner in the law offices of Anthony & Reale, based in Shelton, where he has practiced since 1992.

In addition, Attorney Reale is also involved in the following:

o President of the Board of Directors of the McGivney Community Center, which is based in Bridgeport and provides about 500 local children with educational, recreational and social programs, both in the summer and during the school year.

o Vice President of Development for the Dan Orlovsky Foundation, which provides assistance to children who don't have the same opportunities to succeed as others in the community.

o Board Member of the Parent Child Resource Center, which aims is to promote and enhance the positive behavioral health of children and families.

o Member of the Board of Directors of the Bridgeport Bar Association, serving on the Estate Planning Committee and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Committee.

Reale served as Majority Leader of the Trumbull Town Council from 2006 to 2009, and remains active in local politics.

He is co-owner of the Windmill Restaurant in Stratford.

He also served as an Associate Adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University from 1993 to 2005, and is a lifelong resident of Trumbull.

“It takes a unique individual to serve as Judge," Reale said. "I possess a combination of skill sets: First, I am an experienced practitioner of the law and second, I am also a business manager. This distinguishes me from others. You need someone with experience as a practitioner to understand the legal issues that come before the court, and a practical business sense to oversee probate proceedings and the administration of the court. As importantly, I have learned the skill of building bridges between adversaries, which is invaluable in dealing with the issues before the Probate Court."

Reale received a law degree from Villanova University in 1992. He graduated from Sacred Heart University in 1986 and Notre Dame High School in 1982.

To learn more or get involved visit his website www.mattreale.com.