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Matthew F. Govan

Divorce and separation Attorney at Portland, ME

5.0   6 reviews

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Practices predominantly family law in the counties of Cumberland, York, Kennebec, and Southern Oxford.

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Licensed for 17 years
State ME
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/26/2022

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

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Govan Law Office, P.A.
97 India Street
Portland, ME, 04101

Reviews

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Posted by Daniel | March 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attorney
Attorney Govan is an expert in his field and skilled at finding collaborative solutions in difficult situations. He has assisted me in providing answers to challenging legal questions. His intelligence, empathy, and common sense are effective (and rare) tools in his field.
Posted by Charlie W. | March 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best family lawyer in Portland
I have been working with Matthew and his team for over a year now. Matthew has treated me and my family with a courtesy that is unmatched. He treats us like family and is very in tune with our situation. Matthew is an aggressive go getter that fights for his clients and his clients children. Matthew also has a humility about him that helps take the stress of court away, he truly cares about his clients and their children. Matthew is professional unlike any other and caring to your needs and very prompt to answer phone calls, emails or text messages either by himself or by his wonderful assistants ( Andrea and Wendy, both are amazing and very friendly). Over the past year I have spent many hours working with him on my case. He has gone out of his way countless times for me and my children to get them what they deserve. I cannot begin to be able to say how outstanding of a lawyer he is and how grateful I am to have him and his crew. The depths these folks go to to ensure your children's well being and protection is absolutely phenomenal. I will continue to work with Matthew and his team indefinitely.
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Posted by Monique | March 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic lawyer
Matthew Govan is an exceptional divorce lawyer. He walked me through the whole process like we were old friends. He's compassionate and caring. Matthew had my best interest at heart. Getting a divorce was one of the darkest time in my life but with Matthew's guidance I got through it without too many scars. I highly recommend Matthew Govan for all your legal needs. He's the best!!
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Posted by Troy | April 26, 2013
I recommend anyone to give him a call
Matthew Govan helped me get my children. I’m a single dad and he’s helped me keep my children. I thank him. He’s gone above and beyond. I recommend anyone to give him a call.
Posted by Dawn | January 26, 2012
Expertise
I have been in and out of court for close to 4 years with my ex-husband over custody of our 15 year old son. Even though my son wanted to live with his father, I felt it was in my son's best interest to remain with me in a stable, healthy environment. A young teenage boy is easily influenced and doesn't always know what's best for him. I was well aware of how difficult this case was going to be but with the help of Matthew Govan presenting my case in the most professional manner, highlighting what is best for a child not what a child wants my son will remain with me. I highly respect Matthew Govan for his intelligence, professionalism and ability to maintain a caring attitude. I felt this was NOT just another case for him.
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Posted by Jani | January 23, 2012
The very best impression
Took over my divorce and child support case. I was not allowed to be in the states so I needed a lawyer that I could fully trust. I did the best possible choice for me because my absence did not effect him to work really hard. Most of us have experienced some kind of cold atmosphere with lawyers and their offices but Mr. Govan made me feel like we knew each other for many years, and all this by phone and emails. Very friendly, simple talking, flexible and of course smart. I am very grateful for his representation and I recommend Mr. Govan to everyone who wants his work done.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Govan Law Office, P.A.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Abstractor/Attorney
  • Warranty Title Company
  • 2004 - 2007

Education

  • University of Southern Maine
  • MSW
  • 2012
  • University of Maine School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • BBA
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Yap v. Vinton
  • pending
  • Freeman v. Dawe
  • affirmed
  • Quillen v. Cross
  • Maine Supreme Court- Appeal was successfully dismissed.

Associations

  • Maine Collaborative Law Association
  • Board Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • York County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maine Collaborative Law Alliance
  • Former Chair
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Katahdin Counsel
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Katahdin Counsel Award
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Attorneys Award
  • National Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Katahdin Counsel Award
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Katahdin Counsel Award
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyers In Maine
  • The Legal Network
  • 2013
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Publications

  • University of Maine School of Law
  • The Rights of Parents to Make Medical Decisions for Their Children Based on Religious Preferences
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Maine Family Law Institute
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • 2015
  • Information for Professionals
  • Separation, Divorce & The Very Young Child
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (46)
Family Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great Attorney who is good to work with and trustworthy! I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Matthew is an excellent family law attorney because he is very knowledgeable and thorough in his representation. He is also very responsive and well organized. For those reasons, I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He works hard, and has a vision of a better future for family law"
Family Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mathew is a knowledgeable attorney and string advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Attorney Govan. Matt is a compassionate advocate who has the skill, knowledge and work ethic it takes to resolve matters with positive results."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew. A highly respected attorney in the legal community with a reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Adoption Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Govan is a well respected attorney and is very knowledgeable in his field."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Govan consistently offers sound, practical and insightful legal advice in the Avvo forum."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Govan is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. I highly recommend his legal services."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Other
"I met Attorney Matthew Govan at a recent legal conference addressing an alternative dispute resolution process, known as collaborative law. I was very impressed with his legal analysis and creativity in this unique area of the law and also got the sense that he is a compassionate, realistic family lawyer highly capable of working on complex and emotional charged cases. I wish him the best in a long career in all aspect of family law dispute resolution."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt does a great job and is always prepared."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt was very professional and prepared in my dealings with him. Although I was opposing counsel in the matter, he was easy to work with while also being vigilant in protection of his client's rights. I look forward to working with him again."
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