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Matthew Keith Purcell

Matthew Keith Purcell

Practice areas:

Family, Juvenile, Guardianship

About Me

     I am a Certified Family Law Specialist with over a decade of experience handling all areas of family law, although much of my practice has centered on complex custody litigation and the specialized areas of juvenile dependency and guardianship practice.  I am an experienced litigator at both the trial court and appellate level. 

     Although I have found that the best, longest lasting outcomes for clients tend to come from negotiated settlements, there are situations where compromise is not an option for my clients or the children involved.  When a case comes to that point, I will work hard to obtain the best outcome for my client and the children. 

     On the occasion when the trial court makes an error, I have successfully appealed cases to obtain favorable outcomes for my clients.  I was the attorney of record at the trial court and appellate levels for the precedent setting 2011 case Jacob A. v. C.H. dealing with relocation and child custody. 

     If you would like a consultation, please feel to contact me or my wonderful staff at 916-985-4240.



Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Family: 85%
    10 years
  2. Juvenile: 10%
    10 years
  3. Guardianship: 5%
    10 years

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Michelle Lorene Stowell

    Throughout the years I have worked with a number of fellow family law attorneys. Matt is definitely one of the best!


    Michelle Stowell Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jason Robert Sherlock

    Matthew Purcell is an extremely intelligent and efficient attorney. I have had the opportunity to see his legal skills at work in court during complex custody litigation. This attorney genuinely cares about his clients and does everything in his power to achieve the best results. I endorse this Lawyer


    Jason Sherlock Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Forester Purcell Inc.

620 Coolidge Drive
Suite 140
Folsom, CA, 95630




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Family Law SpecialistCalifornia Bar Association Board of Legal Specialization2011


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Placer County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Placer County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2015 - Present
El Dorado County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
El Dorado County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2015 - Present
State Bar of California, Executive Committee of the Family Law SectionSacramento Child Custody Sub-Committee Member2012 - Present
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsMember2011 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2005 - Present
Sacramento County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2005 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Jacob A v C.H.Successfully petitioned the Appellate Court to overturn an erroneous trial court ruling.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse Univ COLLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Univ of California at Los AngelesHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Family Law Intensive CourseIssues Involving Children2015
Family Law Intensive CourseChild Support/Non-Marital Relationships and Issues2015
Divorce Cases From Start to FinishIntial Interviews and Pleadings, Discovery Guidelines and Case Management Tips2014