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Matthew F Dolan

Divorce and separation Attorney at New Haven, CT

4.8   35 reviews

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Matthew F. Dolan is a lifelong resident of Connecticut. Attorney Dolan handles the firm’s Family Law matters, with a particular focus on high asset and high income divorce cases. Attorney Dolan has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 for the State of Connecticut, he has been selected as a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Family Law for 2015 through 2019 (each year, no more than 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list), and he received the 2017 Connecticut Law Tribune New Leader in the Law Award.

Attorney Dolan obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Connecticut. While in law school, Attorney Dolan served as an intern for the Center for Children’s Advocacy, where he represented abused children in family law matters. Attorney Dolan held clerkships with the New Haven law firm Lynch, Traub, Keefe, & Errante, as well as the State of Connecticut Superior Court Family division. Throughout his various clerkships, Attorney Dolan played an active role in dozens of Family Law trials.

After graduating from law school, and prior to the founding of Dolan Divorce Lawyers, PLLC, Attorney Dolan worked as an associate attorney at the Bristol law firm of Furey, Donovan, Tracy & Daly, with a focus in Family Law.

Attorney Dolan is on the Board of Directors of the Jeremy Saxe Foundation for Education and Development, a nonprofit organization aimed at educating underprivileged youth in Nepal. Attorney Dolan resides in Milford.

 

 

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Licensed for 10 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/27/2022

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

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Dolan Divorce Lawyers, PLLC
129 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT, 06510
Dolan Divorce Lawyers, PLLC
20 Water Street
Guilford, CT, 06437
Dolan Divorce Lawyers, PLLC
10 Fort Hill Road
Groton, CT, 06340
Dolan Divorce Lawyers, PLLC
100 Pearl Street
Suite 1454
Hartford, CT, 06103
Matthew F Dolan
1700 Bedford Street
Suite 202
Stamford, CT, 06905
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  35 customer reviews
Posted by Jeffrey | September 17, 2019
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Common Sense
Attorney Dolan did an excellent job of navigating a difficult divorce process for me. Despite the attempts of the other party, he was able to negotiate a fair deal and provided me with clear advice throughout the process. He was accessible via email, text, and phone and very responsive to my inquiries.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2019
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Highly recommended
Matthew was great! I had the best possible outcome to my situation. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2019
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Great Lawyer
I had a lot of emotions and needed a lawyer. I told him my entire situation and although I wanted him to solve all of my problems; he did as much as he could due to the limitations of the law not because he did not want to. He was able to meet me in my situation and explained things very well. I would suggest however, to not give way to the other party or the status quo, not even your own lawyer. Highly recommend Mr. Dolan.
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Posted by John | January 26, 2019
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Matthew Dolan Review
Matthew was clear in how to deal with my issue and was honest in with what we could and could not succeed. Thanks, Matthew.
Posted by Paul | November 8, 2018
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Great Attorney
Matthew Dolan represented me in my divorce. I selected Matt because of the number of positive reviews he has on this site and I was not disappointed! He is easy to talk to, very responsive and efficient. My case was very challenging with lots of moving pieces. Every step of the way Matt was there to guide me through the process. Never once did I second guess my choice of attorney! Matthew went up against a tough opposing council and delivered a favorable result. I highly recommend Matthew Dolan and would not hesitate to use him again.
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Posted by Jenn | November 7, 2018
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Great hire
Very attentive and knowledgeable. Made the process smoother. Answered all questions within 24 hours and was able to help guide me through the next steps quickly.
Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2018
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family law matter
Mr. Matthew Dolan was amazing. We had quite the custody battle and he won exactly what my husband wanted! He was always cordial and stayed in touch prior to every court date. We will be using him again! And Will refer our friends and family members!
Posted by Thiana | June 7, 2018
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Awsome service
He has been a great traffic lawyer for my family on a case we had going from over a year ago, closed it in under a month as we are in another State and could not be preaent in court. Always very helpfull and understanding, I would definitely recommend him .
Posted by Ferdinand | February 19, 2018
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Superb Attorney, My SuperHero!
Matt was excellent all around. He was punctual, always made me feel easier after talking with him. Took time to find out exact situation and was not afraid to say to my Mother that her husband did not do what he told her. Matt went and brought her the piece of paper with my stepdad!s answers on it. So he told my Mom one thing and told the fort the opposite. Matt was diligent about following up with me as well as my physician and counselor. Sometimes the office was not turning notes around as fast. That’s all been handled and I’m proud to say my counselor Jana stepped up and did it herself instead of it going into the office to do abyss. I am extremely grateful that Matt agreed to take my case and understood that I would not be staying in CT. He got that cleared with the court and also got my counseling cleared to be handled out of State. I would call Matt anytime to do what I needed to be handled in CT. The first on my list is to hopefully getting my Mom in touch with him so she can setup a family plan with her wishes put in writing. What should happen to her part should something, God FORBID, happen to her. This way it is all written down and can just be executed by her wishes. Matt was always was to reach and always made time to ensure I understood everything. I HIGHLY recommend Matt Dolan for your attorney needs.
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Posted by anonymous | September 30, 2017
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Establishing Parenting Time - non divorce
I appreciated having Matthew Dolan represent me in my case. Matthew was willing to work around my schedule and speak with me after normal business hours; and I feel that Matthew's responses actually answered my questions - I've felt that other attorneys I consulted with or hired never really answered my questions when they would respond. Me, being emotionally vested in my case, would have liked for a more aggressive approach, but I was not misguided in trusting Matthew's wisdom and approach. Matthew understood what my case meant to me, and was able to present the facts and reveal the truth while maintaining a cool and reasonable demeanor. Matthew knows the court very well, and knew that in an emotionally charged case like mine, cooler heads would prevail. With this approach, I am thankful for the time and thoroughness Matthew took to prepare me for court, and for the selection of evidence that was submitted.
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Posted by Shannon | September 29, 2017
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Great job and wonderful to work with
Not only Mattew help me to get through my case (not the most pleasent restraining order ) but he also assisted me and gave me the tools (literally) he brought me to the office and got each form I needed to begin my custody petition. He has continued to be there with any questions or concerns I have respondig ro every email and call immediately. Matthew gave me the confidence to get through my court date and the confidence to move forward in the direction I felt comfortable with. He not only performed his job but he did it in a respectful and kind manner.
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Posted by Stephanie | September 28, 2017
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Professionalism
Dolan was professional the entire way through my child custody. He handled everything and was consistent on information coming to me timely. Handled my case and won. Very satisfied and recommend to anyone in need in his areas of expertise.
Posted by Belus | July 7, 2017
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Thank You
I wanted to thank you for your most professional and courteous representation throughout the entirety of my divorce proceedings. I found both you and your support team to be attentive, thorough and most importantly; very efficient and effective. Your consideration of my personal concerns was as valued and appreciated as your diligence and thoroughness was. Without your assistance I would not have reached what I feel to be a fair and equitable resolution to an otherwise ugly situation. I thank you for all your assistance. You helped me to retain not only assets that I had worked very hard for throughout my life, but also my dignity. I cannot tell you how very thankful I am that I retained your services.
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Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2017
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I needed to be represented in court
The firm handled everything very professional and I was happy with the outcome. I would like to thank everyone that was involved (good job!!)
Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2017
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Not sure what this means.
Matthew Dolan was professional, knowledgeable and very responsive during a difficult time in our lives. We appreciated everything he did for us. We would recommend him.
Posted by christopher flaherty | August 10, 2016
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DUI
I used attorney Dolan to help with my DUI case. I found him to be accessible, professional, courteous, and extremely competent. He was able to get a good outcome that I'm extremely pleased with!
Posted by Calixmarie | July 31, 2016
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Understanding and informative
He helped me through the process of getting the answers I needed answers to, cleared alot of questions I was unclear with, he gave me advise on how to negotiate with the other parent of my child, it was stressful at first and he was able to ease me out once I got in contact with him and through the process. Thank you so much Matt!
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Posted by Javier | July 22, 2016
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Post Judgement Modification
I worked with Matthew Dolan for the past few months on a post judgement modification related to a divorce case. When I first contacted Matt during a free phone consultation and explained my situation, he was very honest and understanding. This was the primary reason that I hired him. During the course of our case, he was always responsive to email communication and very accommodating such as the first time we met on a Saturday morning due to my busy work schedule. He did a great job at understanding what it was that I wanted and fought to get as much as we could. One more comment, people always say that its the small things that count and I agree with this wholeheartedly. I appreciate his interest in wanting to know how my time with my daughter went. These small comments really made me feel like he cared. I am very pleased to have worked with Matt and in the future should I require legal services, I will definitely reach out to him again.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2016
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Dolan and Dolan
Both Mike and his brother Matt were extremely helpful with our unfortunate legal situation. They were easy to consult with and made the process of going through the courts very easy for us. They were very knowledgeable and provided advice that ultimately resulted in the best outcome we could have hoped for.
Posted by Aaron | April 29, 2016
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Family law
Matthew was incredibly helpful and professional. He is very personable and courteous. He made sure that everything was to my satisfaction and right for me and my child. I will continue to ask Matthew for advice and aid in the future.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Dolan Divorce Lawyers, PLLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • Furey, Donovan, Tracy & Daly, PC
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Law Clerk
  • Lynch Traub Keefe & Errante, PC
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Student Intern
  • Center for Children's Advocacy
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Connecticut Superior Court
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Office Assistant
  • David Rosen & Associates
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD
  • 2012
  • University of Connecticut
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Operating Under Suspension
  • Dismissal
  • Felony Drug Charges
  • Accelerated Rehabilitation

Associations

  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • New Haven Reads
  • Tutor
  • 2014 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Business Networking International
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Jeremy Saxe Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • New Leaders of the Law
  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Certified Guardian Ad Litem
  • Connecticut Judicial Branch
  • 2013
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Greater Milford BNI
  • Personal Injury Cases from Start to Finish
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (33)
Given (32)
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is a great attorney!"
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Matt is an exceptional family law attorney. He brings dedication and common sense into each matter. Matt is also an outstanding business owner. Would highly recommend."
Family Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Outstanding reputation."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Matthew without reservation. He has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the law and is a superb litigator."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is highly respected in the community. I endorse this lawyer"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Good criminal defense lawyer, knows his stuff. I recommend Matthew to anyone seeking a criminal defense lawyer in his area."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Other
"Great representation. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Dolan is an excellent lawyer with high standards and great passion."
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Dolan is ambitious, diligent and dedicated to client satisfaction. I have had the pleasure of interacting with Attorney Dolan at seminars and community events, and he had demonstrated an impressive work ethic as well as a desire to continually improve his practice to serve clients better. I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A brilliant attorney, and highly respected in the legal community. Can definitely endorse and recommend without reservation."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Advice is always practical and on point. I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Matthew Dolan. He is hard working, skilled and dedicated to his profession and the success of his clients. A respected member within the legal industry."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Matthew Dolan is hard working and will take on the most complex cases. He id dedicated to the success of his clients and respected among his peers. Fully endorse."
Family Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Dolan has demonstrated remarkable depth of knowledge and a robust dedication and concern for his clients' interests."
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New Haven Divorce and separation Lawyer Matthew F Dolan
Matthew F Dolan
Divorce and separation Attorney
New Haven, CT
Licensed for 10 years