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Matthew Adam Breddan

Family Attorney at Calabasas, CA

4.9   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    40%
    Mr. Breddan’s goal is to achieve the best possible results for his clients and in the process, assuring that children are not used as “pawns” or bargaining chips to accomplish a goal or agenda of either party.

    30 years

  2. Family
    40%
    The primary focus of my practice is dedicated to all aspects of family law including dissolution, paternity actions, child custody, visitation, Child support, spousal support, property distribution and related issues. I also handle a great number of Domestic Violence Restraining Order matters.

    30 years

  3. Alimony
    20%
    Mr. Breddan’s goal is to achieve the best possible results for his clients and in the process, assuring that children are not used as “pawns” or bargaining chips to accomplish a goal or agenda of either party.

    30 years

Originally from New York, I moved to California in 1983.  After finishing High School in Woodland Hills, I attended California State University, Fullerton, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.  Thereafter, I obtained my J.D. from University of La Verne, College of Law, and have been in practice ever since.

 

I started my legal career working for others, until opening my own firm.  Now, the primary focus of my practice is all aspects of Family Law, from nuts to bolts.  In addition, I serve as the family law mediator for the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles, in the Van Nuys, San Fernando and Pasadena Branch courts.

 

It is my goal to acheive the best possible results for my clients and in the process, assuring that the children are not used as "pawns", or bargaining chips to accomplish a goal or agenda of either party.

Location

The Reape-Rickett Law Firm
5010 Parkway Calabasas
Suite 100
Calabasas, CA, 91302
The Reape-Rickett Law Firm
25152 Springfield Court
Suite 100
Valencia, CA, 91355
The Reape-Rickett Law Firm
2625 Towngate Rd
STE 330
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, 91361
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
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Posted by Michael | November 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Family Law Attorney!
Matthew Breddan is a great attorney who communicates well and has your best interests at heart.
Posted by Tyler | May 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and highly recommended!
Matthew Breddan and the Reape-Rickett Law Firm are amazing. They were so professional, effective, efficient, and compassionate and walked me through every step of a process I knew nothing about and never wanted to be going through. Matthew is very experienced and effective at what he does, unparalleled in the best way. They truly care and made what is a very sad and tragic occurrence (divorce) as simple and easy as possible. This has been the darkest time in my life, but Matthew and this firm really worked to get me the best outcome possible and always worked in my best interest, not taking advantage of their clients. I highly recommend that anyone going through a divorce or other family law matter (or any legal matter, to be honest) hires Matthew right away and I will be recommending him and this firm to anyone who asks. 5 stars, A+ experience from beginning to end. Thank you, Reape-Rickett Law Firm.
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Posted by William | March 7, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Free at last.
I was in a long term marriage. Separated in 2006 and had been paying spousal support ever since. I thought I was going to be paying my ex-wife money until one of us died. I contacted Reape-Rickett and chose Matthew. He recommended I make a take it or leave it offer to my ex in exchange for termination of support. He also recommended that I offer her considerably less than I had intended. She apparently had little choice but to accept. I'm no longer paying my ex-wife money. It took a chunk of change but that lazy monkey is off my back. I AM ELATED!!! I highly recommend the Reape-Rickitt Law Firm. Thank you Matthew. I only wish I had contacted him sooner
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Posted by Sean | November 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Positive Experience In A Nonpositive Circumstance
Matt was there to help give me experience and advice from all aspects of this case. He laid out the options, and allowed me to choose which path to take. I never once felt like he was 'milking the clock' or doing unnecessary work to increase their invoice, which is done time and time again in his field. Matt and his firm did what was needed, right, and fair, through every aspect of my case. If you are looking for an incredibly experienced, hard working, and well respected attorney, inside and out of the courtrooms, Matt is your guy.
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Posted by Rebekah | February 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Matt Breddan has been an immense support and guide to me through an extremely stressful situation. He was clear, cool-headed, and smart in his strategy with my case. He was always respectful, kind, and, when appropriate, funny in his demeanor (which was helpful to diffuse some of my anxiety). He treated my case like I was his sister, with emphasis on letting go of little things that I was hung up on (which were costing me money to be petty over) and to help me get the bigger things that I wanted. I feel blessed that he was my shoulder to lean on during this process. Strongly recommend.
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Posted by Lily | October 24, 2014
Outstanding Attorney
I would like to thank Mr. Breddan for being my rock during an arduous divorce. I came to Mr. Breddan fearful, anxious, and with many questions. From the beginning, he explained all aspects of the process thoroughly, and I was assured I had hired the best divorce attorney. He gives superb and thoughtful legal advice and has walked me through this process. Mr. Breddan and his team make sure all outcomes are in the best interest for me and my children. I feel confident knowing he is representing me. Thank you again Mr. Breddan!
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Posted by Ryan | September 8, 2014
Excellent, no- nonsense attorney
Mr. Breddan was extremely knowledgable in his field and always held himself with professionalism. He always explained terminology or decisions made by the court that I didn't understand and didn't feed me any bull, which was nice because I knew what options I had and possible situations I might face. Overall he did an outstanding job for me by helping me retain custody of my daughter and I would definitely recommend his services regarding family law and wouldn't hesitate to hire his services again if I needed them.
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Posted by Marin | August 28, 2014
Matt to the rescue..
Matt was always honest and always had answers for me. He always kept me updated through phone, message and or emails. I would highly recommend Matt as he is very proffesional. He had extreme knowledge on all the steps and processes.
Posted by Mario | August 26, 2014
The values of Matthew Breddan
Matthew is a highly recommended lawyer of the family and always kept a positive direction in our paths thru tough legal times. It would take a lifetime to repay Matthew for what he has given our family but I do hope this review supports him to the fullest. Thank you Matthew and God bless you.
Posted by Shira | May 7, 2014
Thankful Client
Working with Matthew has been a pleasure in an otherwise ugly situation. He is straight and to the point and while he does not always tell me what I want to hear, he always tells me what I need to hear. Which is exactly what I need right now.
Posted by Craig | May 6, 2014
Great attorney!
Matthew is a great attorney and practically walked me through the whole daunting process of the case. Kept me informed every step of the way and offered me sound advice and let me know what my options were. Very professional and easy to work with. Thanks for all your help Matthew!
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2013
Brilliant, skilled & most importantly kind...
Matthew is an amazing lawyer. He's skilled but more importantly regardless of how scared or frantic you might be about your present situation, he has the ability to focus you and help you get out of your own way so you can pursue the solutions to you issue in a pragmatic, directed manner. Any legal problem can seem completely insurmountable regardless of what the underlying issues, but having a lawyer like Mr. Breddan in your corner will help you to go down the path of resolution and closure quickly and with the least amount of drama possible.
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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2013
Happy Client
Mr. Breddan kept me in touch with reality as far as my rights and what I was entitled to with child support, alimony, community property, etc. Got me what I wanted and we did not need to go to court or drag out the legal battle. I received an offer from opposing counsel. We made a counter and the deal was done. Saved me lots of money in attorney fees and court costs...not to mention the aggravation of having to deal with my ex husband more than necessary.
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Posted by Alison | May 24, 2013
Client
A good attorney needs to have many qualities that are hard to find. Matthew has been working on my case for several months and he excels in every category. I trust him completely with the advice he gives because I can talk through issues without feeling like he is speaking to a person who doesn't understand the law. He is always responsive, and gives me his full attention. He is knowledgeable about family law and if he doesn't know the answer, he has many colleagues that he confers with on a regular basis and works will with other attorneys. All of his work is documented and I am informed immediately. He listens well to my concerns, is empathetic to my fears, and genuinely cares about me and my children. In court he is appropriately assertive and doesn't back down on issues he believes in. He is well connected in the LA court system and has worked with many judges. Unfortunately my case has lasted several years and I have worked with a handful of attorneys. No other has come close to being as responsive and timely as Matthew. His work has consistently exceeded my expectations. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a family law attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2013
Reasonable rates and great representation!
I was really happy with the way I was treated. He was compasionate and very kind. Going thru this process was not easy, and he was patient with me.
Posted by Craig | May 23, 2013
Matthew Breddan review November 2012 - April 2013
Incredibly professional and very helpful, pratically held my hand throughout this rough episode in my life as I had never experienced anything like this before. Pleasant and direct, he was easy to work with and very supportive when opposing responses became utterly ridiculous. Advised me on the best route of action to take and made no promises, but presented my case exactly as stated leading to a very satisfactory result. I would most definetly recommend Matthew Breddan and will remain in contact in case the need arises that I require his services again.
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Posted by Michael | January 16, 2013
Highly Recommended!
I would readily recommend the law offices of Matthew Breddan. Mr. Breddan represented me in what resulted to be the best positive outcome I could have hoped for. He was readily available by phone and email and quickly responded, even, I'm sure, while working on other cases. Mr. Breddan was so reassuring to my family and I, and handled my case with the utmost professionalism and thoughtfulness.
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Posted by Mark | September 24, 2012
Trustworthy and knowledgeable attorney. If you have a divorce problem, hire Matthew Breddan!
I would absolutely refer anyone that I know to Mr. Breddan for any legal matter that he handles, and have. After another high-priced law firm totally messed up my case Mr. Breddan stepped in and helped come to resolution on matters quickly and efficiently. He has a way of prioritizing the case to help the person who is very emotionally involved see what is important and worth fighting for and what isn't. He fights hard and is very knowledgeable concerning his cases. Where I have referred a friend to Mr. Breddan, my friend was happy with the results that Mr. Breddan achieved in his case as well. The money that he saved was far less than the money Mr. Breddan charged to handle the case. Very much a win for my friend as well as me.
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Posted by Martin | August 14, 2012
Thanks!
Matt has helped me through a difficult time and always had my best interest in mind.
Posted by Larry Hawley | August 13, 2012
Resonable Price for his Professionnal Skills and Knowledge
Very professional approach. I was very happy with the outcome of my case. He didn't add unnecessary charges to my bill like my previous Lawyer did. I appreciated that.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder/Partner
  • The Reape-Rickett Law Firm
  • 2013 - Present
  • Family Law Mediator
  • Superior Court, County of Los Angeles
  • 2005 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Law Offices of Matthew A. Breddan
  • 2002 - Present
  • Instructor of Introduction to Paralegal Studies.
  • L.A. Valley College
  • 1999 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Szabo, Spencer & Mulally
  • 1994 - 2001
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Education

  • University of La Verne College of Law
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1992
  • California St Univ Fullerton
  • 1989

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • Spousal Support Denied
  • Confidential
  • Outcome favorable to client's position

Associations

  • Haven Hills Domestic Violence Organization
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • Greater Conejo Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Independence for Families
  • Board Member and Supervising Attorney
  • 2008 - Present
  • The Private Defenders, Inc.
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney at Law/Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity
  • Alumus
  • 1992 - Present
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity
  • Alumnus
  • 1985 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating - Highest Ethical Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • AV Preeminent Rating - Highest Ethical Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top Law Firms
  • San Fernando Bar Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Superlawyers
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2008
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Los Angeles Superior Court
  • 2006
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Introduction to Paralegal Studies
  • Paralegal studies
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (45)
Given (50)
Endorse Matthew
Family Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"This man is beast. I wholeheartedly endorse him."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matt is aggressive when necessary, and I highly recommend him for family law related matters."
Family Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've worked with Matthew on many matters. His insight,dedication to the law and his clients is tremendous. I highly regard his opinion and knowledge of the law."
Family Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Superb lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Matthew is an excellent attorney in the southern California area. He works wonderfully with clients, judges, and knows how to obtain the absolute best result for his client. He is trustworthy, has great integrity, and is an asset to the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Breddan is very professional and compassionate. He is dedicated to his clients and there is no better family law attorney in L.A."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is well respected among his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Good panel member."
Family Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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