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Matthew Lee Felix

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   14 reviews

Licensed for 19 years

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Matthew L. Felix is an aggressive attorney, with strong and effective trial and advocacy skills, honed during jury and non-jury trials. Although he is always prepared to go to court, he is foremost committed to the needs of his client and is experienced in settling cases before the costs of litigation mount. 

 

Matthew Felix has been practicing Marital and Family Law exclusively since 2006. He was a partner at Older, Lundy & Alvarez, and worked almost exclusively in the area of Marital and Family Law. Earlier, Matthew also worked as an associate with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman and Goggin in the casualty defense department, and as an insurance defense lawyer with a boutique defense firm, Mandelbaum, Fitzsimmons and Hewitt, while also servicing the legal needs of small businesses.

 

He is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, a member of the Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, a member of the Family Law Inn of Court in Hillsborough County, and a Former Chair of the Florida Bar Association Grievance Committee, Division 13F, in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit.

 

Matthew Felix regularly presents continuing education courses regarding family law litigation, discovery, trial preparation and Florida Bar ethical issues.

 

Matthew earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Multinational Business from Florida State University in 1999; his Juris Doctorate Degree from Florida State University College of Law in 2002; and his Master of Business Administration degree from Florida State University College of Business in 2002. He is fluent in conversational Mandarin Chinese. 

 

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Licensed for 19 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Matthew Felix
3714 W. Horatio Street
Tampa, FL, 33606

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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
I have used Matt Felix as my family law attorney for years. I have a very unique situation. My ex is an extreme narcissistic and can be emotional abusive to our children. However, he always straddles the line without being too egregious with his behavior. I originally used Matt 6 years ago when he was at Older & Lundy. He worked with me to amend our original parenting plan from my divorce. His new plan was much more specific and created so much less stress when dealing with a narcissist who wants to find loopholes in an agreement to cause problems. I have used him for contempt hearings that have been successful in court. He filed a motion and brought it before our judge to force my ex into parent coordination. Our coordinator has also made mine and my children's lives much easier when dealing with my ex and Matt is the one who referred us to the parent coordinator we use. I still call him with questions even though I do not have an active open case with him at the moment. He is very knowledgeable regarding family law and understands how the system works in our state. His main focus is not to drive the cost of your case up too make more money like many family law attorneys do. He genuinely cares about helping each family that he works with. He has a great balance between wanting to win but also wanting to do the right thing for everyone involved. I have referred many people to him and would highly recommend using Matt Felix as your attorney.
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Posted by Dan | August 15, 2016
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Excellent/Responsive Attorney
Matt has been a fantastic advocate in my case. He worked to achieve a fair settlement to avoid a drawn out court battle in the divorce. He also worked tirelessly to ensure I have my children the majority of the daytime hours. His relationships with the opposing attorneys helps achieve desired results when you think one is unattainable because he is able to be a strong advocate while also constructively working through challenging situations with opposing sides that can be extremely difficult. He is also extremely responsive on very short notice. I would highly recommend Matt for any matters relating to divorce or child custody.
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Posted by Sarah | October 25, 2019
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Great firm
I went to Matthew Felix about a year ago after a close friend recommended me to him. I had many questions about the divorce process but he was able to answer them all and ease my anxiety. He guided me every step of the way and made sure to check up on me intermittently to make sure everything was going smoothly. Matt Felix’s staff are also a huge asset to this firm. I had the pleasure of working with his paralegals as well and they all demonstrated the same level of professionalism and expertise. Hopefully I will never need this kind of service in my life again, but if I do I know where to go.
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Posted by Denise | August 16, 2019
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Upstanding man, Outstanding attorney
Compassion and understanding, something not taught in law school. A disabled woman and divorce case with novel worthy twists, Mr. Felix handled it all with soft touch and a firm hand on the law. Took extra time, developed a strategy and as a team we were victorious. Respect is highly earned.
Posted by anonymous | December 17, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended
Matthew Felix was recommended to me by a coworker. Being new to the area and going through a divorce, it was hard to know who to start with. Once I spoke with Mr.Felix I knew it was a good fit as he listened to all of my concerns and answered all my questions in a way that allowed me to have some control on how I wanted to proceed through my divorce. I would recommend and have recommended him to several others. During a divorce you want someone on your side who can give you all the facts but ultimately let you decide what’s in the best interest of you and your family.
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Posted by LeeAnne | December 12, 2018
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True Heart Attorney
In April 2016 my older sister was killed in a car accident and Left Behind 3 minor children. Matthew Felix knew my sister and offered his services to me and my family for a custody battle for the 3 minor children, After a while Matthew would tell me the true hard facts, but I kept wanting to fight and he did everything he possibly could to help me win my case. Although, I didn't win my case, there is not attorney in the world that I would have trusted more then Matthew Felix. He is an attorney that actually has a heart, that truly cares for his clients and what they're either fighting for or against. If you're ever looking for a true human and not judge him by the field that he is in, then you want Matthew Felix! God Bless you Matthew.
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Posted by Leonel | February 21, 2018
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The very best
Matthew Felix is the very best attorney that I have ever had represent me. I was dealing with a tough out of town custody battle and Matthew was understanding of my unique situation and was instrumental in me getting my kids. What makes Mathew such a great attorney is his genuine concern for you and your family and is always available for you. He even put on hold his daughter’s birthday to help me and my family. If you need a competent and aggressive attorney to be your advocate, I strongly suggest that you call Mr. Felix
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2017
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Compassionate and Knowledgable Attorney
My case involved my son and myself for an uncontested divorce with my husband. My husband is narcissistic and has not been present in most of my childs life. He lives with another woman with two kids and wanted my son interacting with them. It was tough on my son and myself. Matt listened to my concerns and issues with my husband regarding my son and myself and he always kept that in mind while drafting our agreement. He was patient with me while I worked through our agreement to get it done the way it needed to be for us. He made as many changes as I felt were needed. He gave me honest and positive feedback and helped me get the right things included in our agreement. His experience and knowledge combined with his compassion and genuine concern for his clients is what makes him an amazing attorney. I know I can contact him in the future for questions or concerns. I have already recommended him to other friends and will do so in the future. Thank you Matt for all you did for us.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2017
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Peer Review
Mr. Felix is an extremely talented and capable attorney. He is well-versed in the law and advocates vigorously for his clients.
Posted by Doug M. | February 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I was referred to Matt by a friend to help me with my divorce. From the beginning he was extremely responsive and knowledgeable. He shared with me what to expect and outline our plan. He was extremely thorough and made sure that my best interest were considered for the future. I would recommend Matt to my friends.
Posted by LisaFatigato | February 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Expert , Top - Shelf (!) Compassionate Christian Catholic Esq.
I reviewed /commented on Matt, briefly in my Linked In acct.article" Pathways to Dom. Viol."...in short....he never let me down and was compassionate, talented,and dependable. Lisa
Posted by Rose | January 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!
Matt was referred to me through a friend who had worked with him in the past and had many great things to say about his work ethics and dedication to his clients. My divorce was my very first time in the court room and it involved my two little children and a very uncooperative ex husband. I was very nervous and clueless as I was preparing myself for a unpleasant, tedious and financially draining process but Matt guided me in the right direction and helped me understand the process and resolve painful questions regarding child custody decisions. Throughout my experience, Matt came across as a hardworking, thorough, empathetic and professional individual. He worked hard to protect my rights, my future and at the same time respected my wishes through out the divorce process. He always gave me a clear and realistic picture of what to expect and what may or may not happen. He was always accessible and responded promptly to my emails and phone calls. I am not his client anymore but whenever I have any situational issues or concerns arising from the divorce, he is always willing to help. I felt very confident having him represent me and I would definitely recommend him. Five stars!!!
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Posted by Breanna | June 4, 2015
Amazing! HIGHLY recommend!!!
It was very hard to choose an attorney when I had a difficult situation and ex that has a drug/alcohol addiction.. its scary to put your trust into someone to help you keep your child safe. However, choosing this law firm was the best decision I ever made. Matt helped keep my son during and after my divorce was final. He is outstanding and was always there to help in anyway at any time. He is extremely knowledgeable, confident, experienced and really cares about your case. My main attorney was someone else but we couldn't have done it without Matt's hard work and dedication to my case. He is very easy to talk to, always kept me informed with anything going on and never kept me in the dark. He is an outstanding attorney and all of his staff are simply the best. If you are searching for a family law attorney I STRONGLY recommend Matt! You absolutely wont regret it!
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Posted by CS | December 17, 2014
Matt’s skill protected my daughter from physical and emotional abuse.
I got a text at 11pm one Sunday night from my 15-year old daughter who was on a ledge outside her second story bedroom window, trying to escape from her mother, who had beaten her up. All of my therapist and social worker friends told me that domestic violence only gets worse, that it was unlikely that this was the first incident, and that I absolutely must act. A social worker friend referred me to Older & Lundy and I met with Matt Felix, a partner in the firm. Matt gathered the facts and drafted a motion for protection, filed in Domestic Violence civil court. At the hearing, the judge continued the case for 3 months, ordering no contact, beyond supervised visitation. The first supervised visitation was so damaging to my daughter, her therapist decided that she needed to break confidentiality and step forward. Matt advised me that it would help if the therapist wrote a letter and testified, and he conferred with the therapist. Soon after this, I found my daughter crying on the phone; I was certain she was talking to her mother. I obtained phone records and there were hundreds of text messages and calls between my daughter and her mother. Matt advised me that this amount of contact was egregious, and if allowed to continue, would likely continue, even if the court wrote a permanent order of protection. Matt also advised me that if I stepped forward with the evidence, the judge might order jail time, which was the last thing any of us would have wanted. At the same time, I knew the evidence in the domestic violence case was weak and this case was the only chance to protect my daughter, so I asked Matt to prepare a motion for contempt so the judge was more aware of the need for protection. At the hearing, the judge did order 10 days of jail time. The judge then looked at me; I told Matt we did not want jail time. Matt told the judge “we just want the contact to stop” and the judge suspended the jail time. Matt used just the right words to avert an even bigger nightmare for all of us. At the final hearing, the judge reviewed the file and I could tell he took the time to re-read the original motion that Matt had written. The judge protected my daughter for 2 years; normally 1 year is the maximum length of a protection order. It was only at the end of these court proceedings that I realized the importance of Matt’s skill in writing the original motion for protection. While it was still a struggle every day, my daughter started doing better in school, I was able to find ways to get her head high, she graduated as a Junior and was accepted to college. I learned during those 2 years how close she was to running away from her mother. Subsequent to the Domestic Violence proceedings, my former wife alleged that I had not paid any child support for a period of 7 years; Matt represented me in front of a Florida Department of Revenue judge. The divorce decree stipulated that I pay the mortgage, taxes and insurance in lieu of cash child support. In addition, I had voluntarily paid car insurance, utilities and 100% of my daughter’s expenses, including medical, phone, tuition, clothes. While I had overpaid child support by over $95K, Matt told me I had to prove it and I embarked on a 3 week project. I delivered 24 inches of paper to Matt. I think Matt must have put all this paper under his pillow and absorbed the numbers as he slept, because in less than a day, he completely understood all of the expenses, built a telling spreadsheet and even found a few errors I had made. At the hearing, Matt skillfully defended an un-notarized, non-attorney written agreement between me and my former wife that referenced my overpayment of child support. I would recommend Matt Felix without hesitation and would retain him again, should the need ever arise. I will be forever grateful to Matt for helping to rescue my daughter from a very destructive environment.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Felix, Felix & Baseman, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Older, Lundy & Alvarez
  • 2007 - 2016
  • Attorney
  • Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Mandelbaum, Fitzsimmons & Hewitt
  • 2002 - 2005
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Education

  • Florida State University
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • 2002
  • The Florida State University College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1999

Legal Cases

  • Alimony
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce & Seperation
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Associations

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar, Grievance Committee Division 13F
  • Chair
  • 2013 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Florida Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • 2018 Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star in Family Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
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Publications

  • Divorce Law Guide from A to Z
  • Divorce Law Guide from A to Z
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • The Florida Bar Leadership Academy
  • Guardians of the Legal Profession & Servant Leadership
  • 2014
  • CLE
  • Divorce Law Guide from A to Z
  • 2014
  • CLE
  • Attorney Substitution: Ethical Rules and Obligations
  • 2014
  • CLE
  • Legal Ethics: Terminating Legal Representation
  • 2012
  • CLE
  • Introduction to Divorce Law
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Family Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt brings almost 14 years of litigation experience and almost a decade of family law experience to his cases. Matt is a hard-working attorney that truly cares about his clients. He is a strong advocate in court and when negotiating at the mediation table. I strongly endorse Matt."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt's rapport with his clients is enviable - he has a way of keeping a client in the loop at all times, educating them on the law, and making a client feel comfortable in what is often a very difficult time in their lives. I would recommend Matt to anyone with a difficult and emotionally charged case!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Matt is diligent and professional. He has a great ability to get to the heart of the matter and help his clients find resolutions."
Family Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a true professional and he has one of the best temperaments of any family law attorney I have ever know. He ALWAYS has the client's best interests at heart, is honest and practices with real integrity."