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About me

Originally from New York, I moved to California in 1983.  After finishing High School in Woodland Hills, I attended California State University, Fullerton, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.  Thereafter, I obtained my J.D. from University of La Verne, College of Law, and have been in practice ever since.


I started my legal career working for others, until opening my own firm.  Now, the primary focus of my practice is all aspects of Family Law, from nuts to bolts.  In addition, I serve as the family law mediator for the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles, in the Van Nuys, San Fernando and Pasadena Branch courts.


It is my goal to acheive the best possible results for my clients and in the process, assuring that the children are not used as "pawns", or bargaining chips to accomplish a goal or agenda of either party.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    21 years
  2. Family: 50%
    21 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

The Reape Rickett Law Firm

5023 N. Parkway Calabasas
Calabasas, CA, 91302


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperlawyers2012
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2010
Certificate of AppreciationLos Angeles Superior Court2008
Certificate of AppreciationLos Angeles Superior Court2007
Certificate of AppreciationLos Angeles County Superior Court2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder/PartnerThe Reape-Rickett Law Firm2013 - Present
Family Law MediatorSuperior Court, County of Los Angeles2005 - Present
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Matthew A. Breddan2002 - Present
Instructor of Introduction to Paralegal Studies.L.A. Valley College1999 - 2001
AssociateSzabo, Spencer & Mulally1994 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Greater Conejo Chamber of CommerceMember2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Independence for FamiliesBoard Member and Supervising Attorney2008 - Present
The Private Defenders, Inc.Board of Directors2008 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
San Fernando Valley Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney at Law/Member1994 - Present
Delta Theta Phi International Law FraternityAlumus1992 - Present
Tau Kappa Epsilon International FraternityAlumnus1985 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
ConfidentialSpousal Support Denied
ConfidentialOutcome favorable to client's position
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Publication nameTitleDate
Domestic Violence Isn’t Necessarily What You ThoughtDomestic Violence Isn't Necessarily What You Thought2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of La Verne College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
California State University, FullertonCriminal Justice (minor in sociology)N/A1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Introduction to Paralegal StudiesParalegal studies2004