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Matthew Todd Sandahl

Divorce and separation Attorney at Franklin, TN

4.2   5 reviews

also known as M. Todd Sandahl

  • State Years
    Mississippi - MS 26 years
    Tennessee - TN 26 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MS
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

I did not grow up in a military family, but I am often asked that question.  Instead, my father was a college and professional football coach.  I lived in ten (10) states from Mississippi to Washington state to California and New York with many states in between before I was eighteen (18) years old.  Consequently, I appreciate all parts of our great country and the different backgrounds and experiences that people share with me every day.  During my upbringing, I learned to adapt to many different situations.  After all, the Southern culture is much different than California and New York. 

I attended many different schools and had great difficulty deciding what I wanted to do when I grew up.  I also really enjoyed athletics and had great dreams to be a professional athlete.  I happened to be living in Buffalo, New York when I graduated from high school and started my college education at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York playing football.  I finished my first degree at the University of Mississippi in English.   I played football at Ole Miss for one (1) year as an ineligible transfer, but during that year I discovered the Greek life and focused on my social life.

After graduating from Ole Miss, the opportunities afforded an English graduate were not appealing to me.  As a result, on the advice of my grandfather and uncle, I enrolled in the accounting program at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee.  Christian Brothers was the only school willing to allow me to complete the requirements for the Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exam in a calendar year.  It was a difficult program, but I completed the necessary accounting hours and accepted an associate accountant position with Coopers & Lybrand (n/k/a PricewaterhouseCoopers) in Memphis.

My experience at Coopers & Lybrand was an incredible opportunity to learn about many different businesses and people.  I traveled the United States providing auditing and consulting services to clients.  However, as I worked on initial public offerings for our clients, I realized that the legal side of professional service was more suitable to my interests and professional development. 

In 1997, I completed my law school education at the University of Mississippi.  It was a great experience returning to school.  In fact, I enjoyed school so much that I continued in a graduate English program upon my graduation from law school.  I worked in the Dean of Students Office at the University of Mississippi and coordinated sorority rush while pursuing my Masters in English.  It was a great Fall semester until my girlfriend (now wife) told me that I needed to get a real job.

My pursuit of a real job brought us to Nashville.  I have called Nashville and Middle Tennessee home for almost eighteen (18) years.  Our three (3) children keep us running all over town with their many interests.

My law practice has evolved over the years.  I started my legal career defending physicians in medical malpractice cases.  I worked in small litigation firm before making the decision to practice as a sole practitioner in 2003.  I have been asked to represent people in all types of conflict situations including domestic relations, criminal defense, civil and commercial litigation and probate matters.  I also assist people with estate planning and advisory services.  My diverse professional background affords me the ability to share my knowledge with clients by delivering straightforward practical advice and solutions.  I continue to maintain my Tennessee CPA license in addition to my Mississippi law license.  I am still hoping for a case in Oxford during football season.  Due to the nature of my practice, I rarely have a conflict that prevents me from discussing your case and I do not have any insurance or corporate clients to prevent me from providing an honest answer to your question. 


M. Todd Sandahl
234 1st Ave S.
Franklin, TN, 37064-2214

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Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service!
Todd Sandahl handled my divorce with the utmost of respect and professionalism, and has a knack for communicating his legal guidance in a way that was easy for me to understand, given the high emotions of a marriage dissolving. His CPA background proved invaluable in terms of protecting my assets, as I was the breadwinner in the marriage. His communication was always quick and thorough, and his follow up was impeccable. I highly recommend Todd Sandahl for a divorce attorney....I am confident that my divorce ended with me getting an outstanding settlement given our financial situation.
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Posted by Julia | December 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Mr. Sandahl is very thoughtful, polite, efficient, and knowledgeable. More important, I trust him. Mr. Sandahl helped me with both business contracts, and medical legal matters. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Sonya | May 10, 2015
Highly recommend!
I moved out of state and needed an attorney in TN to help extend an order of protection before it expires. Mr. Sandahl came recommended. I worked with his team some but most of my conversations were with Mr. Sandahl directly which surprised me because usually attorneys let their paralegal handle the concern if questions after initial consultation. I told him what I needed and he said we could try for a 5 year order of protection instead of a 1 year extension and he delivered a 5 year. I was comfortable sharing facts with him. He came across as very honest and trustworthy and I appreciated that. I've never needed an attorney before and I know I asked the same questions ten times out of worry and he answered me everytime and reassured me he would do what he could to help me and my kids. Because I live out of state now I wasn't able to meet him face to face, but through emails and calls he kept me at ease as he guided me thru the legal process. I know he handles a variety of cases and after the experience I had with him I will reach to him for any legal matters I encounter in Tennessee. He was genuine, kind, patient, and honest and really cared about the outcome of the case. I appreciate him and his team very much. Jill works in his office and she really helped me a lot too. She even stayed late one evening to make sure I was able to overnight a letter to them and had everything I needed. If you want an attorney who will actually take your calls and care about you and those impacted by the outcome of the case, Mr. Sandahl won't disappoint you. My kids and I all sleep easier thanks to his efforts and knowledge. I am thankful I chose him as my attorney. I truly don't believe I would've had the same positive outcome if I would've chosen some other attorneys I spoke with. Thank you for everything Mr. Sandahl!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2015
Strong attorney who understands the numbers!!
I have worked with Todd on a number of cases involving taxes and financial matters. Todd has always worked hard to solve his clients' problems in an effective and efficient manner.
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Did not thoroughly explain fee agreement
I had additional questions on the fee agreement and his reply was "the process regarding! the fee agreement seems unnecessarily difficult. It may be best not to represent you. " Read between the lines.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • M. Todd Sandahl, Attorney at Law
  • 2003 - Present
  • Member
  • North, Pursell, Ramos & Jameson
  • 1998 - 2003
  • In-Charge Accountant
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers
  • 1991 - 1994


  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Christian Brothers University
  • 1991
  • University of Mississippi
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Himmelfarb v. Allain, 380 S.W. 3d 35 (Tenn. 2012)
  • Motion for Summary Judgment granted.
  • Kenyon v. Handal, 122 S.W. 3d 743 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2003).
  • Motion for Summary Judgment affirmed.
  • Stovall v. Clarke, 113 S.W.3d 715 (Tenn. 2003).
  • Motion for Summary Judgment reversed.


  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Belcourt Theatre
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Middle Tennessee Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • John Marshall American Inn of Court
  • Master of the Bench
  • 2008 - Present
  • Williamson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Mississippi State Bar
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • President
  • 2000 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Tennessee Family Attorney
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Endorse Matthew
Business Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Todd is an excellent litigator and, like me, comes from an accounting background. So, he has a good grasp of financial issues. He is hard-working, intelligent and is very detail oriented. I have referred a number of clients to Todd, and they have all been pleased with the results he obtained for them."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Todd is committed to getting the absolute best results for his clients. He is a great negotiator when it comes to settlement, and a fierce advocate if a case has to come to trial. Todd manages to balance all this with a respect for each client's financial circumstances. He's a 10."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Todd for more than fifteen years. He is hardworking, ethical, and dedicated to his clients. He also has a strong financial background. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Todd. He's ethical, knowledgeable, capable, able, and conscientious in his representation of clients in domestic relations matters. He has an accounting background that allows him, along with his legal training, to pinpoint areas that need to be worked out to obtain the best result possible for his clients. Lastly, he will fight for his clients when it comes to domestic relations matters (e.g., divorce, child custody, separation, etc.). He embodies what a client needs in a divorce lawyer in my opinion."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Franklin Divorce and separation Lawyer Matthew Todd Sandahl
Matthew Todd Sandahl
Divorce and separation Attorney
Franklin, TN
Licensed for 26 years
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