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  Matthew Palmer is the managing attorney and principal of the firm. Matthew is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Matthew has served as a pro tem judge at the Superior Court in Vista since 2003 and is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the North County Bar Association and the North County Certified Family Law Specialist group. Matthew has extensive experience in Family Law and Litigation. Matthew's practice also includes probate, conservatorships, guardianships, including estate planning and drafting of wills and trusts. He has developed a successful civil litigation practice representing private individuals in various personal injury and other civil matters since in 1998. Matthew earned his Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1996 where he was awarded the prestigious American Jurisprudence award in Civil Procedure. Prior to law school, Matthew worked for several years in sales and management for a Fortune 500 company in the area of industrial plastic. Matthew graduated from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Arts in History, with a emphasis on European History. As a student, Matthew was the aide to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives of Connecticut in 1990. Matthew has a black belt in Soo Bahk Doo Mu Duk Kwan, traditional Korean Karate, and has trained in the martial arts for 15 years.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 85%
    16 years
  2. Trusts: 10%
    16 years
  3. Probate: 5%
    16 years



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    Working closely with Matthew on a daily basis, I can unreservedly offer my endorsement as he provides a level of experience, dedication, and compassion that is difficult to find.


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Contact info

Palmer Rodak & Associates

301 Mission Ave
Suite 205
Oceanside, CA, 92054


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary JudgeSan Diego Superior Court2014
Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary JudgeSan Diego Superior Court2013
Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary JudgeSan Diego Superior Court2012
Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary JudgeSan Diego Superior Court2011
Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary JudgeSan Diego Superior Court2010
Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary JudgeSuperior Court of San Diego2008
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2004
Certicate of AppreciationThe Bar Association of Northern San Diego Couty1999
Attorney AdmissionUnited States District Court1999
American Jurisprudence awardAmerican Jurisprudence Society1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge Pro TemSan Diego Superior Court2003 - Present
Lead Attorney at LawPalmer Rodak & Associates1998 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Certified Family Law Specialist AssociationMember2004 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
North County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of ConnecticutHistoryBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A