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Matthew Eric Palmer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Oceanside, CA

4.7   88 reviews
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  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    60%
    Whether it is a family in Encinitas, or a military service member at Camp Pendleton, our San Diego County lawyers help clients make difficult decisions regarding divorce and family law involving Military divorce, Child custody, Complex property division. Choosing a lawyer in a contentious case is an important decision. To obtain the outcome you desire, the lawyer you select should be knowledgeable, experienced and confident.

    25 years

  2. Estate planning
    10%

  3. Guardianship
    10%

  4. Litigation
    10%

  5. Probate
    5%
    We offer a full range of estate planning, probate administration and probate litigation services for estates of all sizes. Our personal approach helps us to identify the wishes of clients regarding the disposition of their assets through wills, trusts and more. Experienced in complex and simple probate and estate matters, we have the ability to achieve results in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

    25 years

  6. Trusts
    5%
    Wills and Trusts - living wills, Inter Vivo trusts, AB trusts, and challenges to a will or trust. Guardianships and Conservatorships - establishing guardianship for a child who has lost their parents, or creating a conservatorship to protect disabled adults and their assets. Power of Attorney - living will, advance health care directives and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders. Probate Administration - including estate administration of non-probate assets. Probate litigation

    25 years

CERTIFIED FAMILY LAW SPECIALIST AND PRO TEM JUDGE, SERVING SAN DIEGO COUNTY FOR OVER 18 YEARS.

As the managing attorney and principal of Palmer Rodak & Associates, Matthew E. Palmer is an accomplished legal professional with over two decades of experience under his belt. Matthew is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Since 2003, he has served as a Pro Tem Judge in Vista. He is also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the North County Bar Association, and the North County Certified Family Law Specialist group. He holds a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Before enrolling in law school, Matthew worked in sales and management for a Fortune 500 company for several years. Today, he applies this business experience to his legal practice. Matthew focuses his practice on family law, divorce, personal injury, civil litigation, and estate planning and probate.

Awards

Client's Choice 2024,2023,2022,2021,2020,2018,2016,2015,2014
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Location

Palmer Rodak & Associates
Palmer Rodak & Associates
445 Marine Ave
Suite 300
Del Mar, CA, 92014
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  88 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Tiffany | May 4, 2015
best lawfirm in town
Going through a custody battle is hard enough but I had to fight mine cross country since I had moved to fl just months before my ex decided to change his mind about wanting our daughter. After talking to a few other firms all of whom sounded like they didn't want to take my case because of me being so far away I got a call from Mr Pene and he reassured me that the distance would not be an issue and that they would take me as a client and I am extremely happy they did. My custody battle turned out to be a lot bigger and more drawn out than originally thought by Mr.Pene and soon Mr.Palmer stepped in to help which I was extremely grateful for. I have to say both attorneys and there paralegal Elizabeth have been a blessing during a time of serious stress they have been there to answer any questions I have very promptly and have worked with me in order to make sure that only what was essential got done since they knew I was tight on money and after being in court where my ex husbands attorney couldn't even get our daughters name correctly I have to say I know I made the right choice and would recomed this firm to anyone in need of a lawyer because I can tell they truly care about there clients and are passionate about there work so you will be the best any time you have them on your side.
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Posted by felix | June 23, 2014
Trust Mr. Matthew Palmer and Associates with your divorce.
Never judge a book by its cover. I read about reviews being anything from A to Z before I take a step doing anything. I went online last year looking for a dependable lawyer and run into Mr. Matthew Palmer's page. I read about the reviews and wanted to look for another lawyer based on one review I read about his legal team, but something reminded me that a perfect lawyer can never be found hence I took the challenge to make one of his lawyers take up my divorce issue and was surprised that what I thought was impossible for me was very easy for them. I'm in the navy and my ex-wife is a civilian. My divorce was complicated cause I had 3 kids that aren't mine per DNA but base on U.S laws, anyone who signs a birth certificate of a child is bound to pay child support to his wife. I got drained about these laws and the only way to get child support behind me as well as spouse support is to give the case to Ms. Colleen, one of Mr. Matthew Palmer's lawyer. The office is well coming and every questions I had was answered in a timely manner. In a nut shell, I rate this legal team 10/10 if that's the highest rating. Everyone experience with them is different based on the magnitude of their problem and information given to them to worked with. I won't discourage anyone trusting Mr. Matthew Palmer and his legal team with their legal problems cause the person won't be disappointed. Remember, never judge a book by its cover.
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Posted by Erin | March 25, 2024
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Client
I retained Matthew Palmer and Associates October 2022. The day I met Mr. Palmer, and Sidney Price, another Attorney at the firm, I knew I selected the best Attorney's for my Divorce. Mr. Palmer was very thorough, explained so much about family law, as well as Sidney Price in terms of what I needed to do, and what they could do for me. My Divorce was very complicated, as well as difficult emotionally for me, but they were always there for me. I never knew how much was involved with a long term marrige, and so many different things that needed to happen legally for me to get Divorced. It was a very long journey, and I needed to do what I called "Divorce Homework", and they both helped me navigate this complicated process. Their office staff, Mary, Ashley, Autumn, and Alex (more people too but I don't remember everyone's names) were excellent, especially since I am not good at computers, and their smiles, professionalism, and kindness were what I needed. Mary also helped me with so many things, even when I was falling apart, a very kind and compassionate lady. Sidney went above and beyond with everything as well, very knowledgeable, kind, and empathetic.I trusted Matthew, and Sidney to make these hard decisions for me, supporting me emotionally, but also making sure I understood all the details, different court documents, so I would know what the next step would be. Matthew is one of the kindest people I have ever met, always professional, and when I had trouble keeping it together, at the end he said some very wise words to me. I feel Blessed to of had all these people on my side, and even though I didn't ask for my Divorce, I also knew I needed this relationship with my Ex-husband to end. Thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart.
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Posted by Charles | March 8, 2024
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Ex Husband
This firm was able to calm my anxiety and provide me the best possible outcome. I highly recomend their service for anyone going through a difficult divorce.
Posted by Tina | February 20, 2024
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Matthew & Layla are Amazing!!
I would highly recommend Matthew & Laila, I have worked with them for about 4 years, they are amazing! They won my case, through the process they made me feel like part of their family.
Posted by Mindy | February 9, 2024
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Fantastic Attorney
I have worked with Matthew Palmer over the last couple years on my case and I would 100% recommend his office! My case has been long, complicated, heartbreaking at times and just overall complex. He has been there through it all and has done everything he could for me and my children. His paralegals have been fantastic as well and when he wasn’t able to handle a few things due to personal reasons, Layla stepped in for Matthew and was just as amazing. I would 100% recommend them. They care and are understanding, working with me in every way possible against some really big issues that should not have even been there in the first place. If you need a caring attorney who will fight for you that is well versed and knows what he is doing, I would not think twice about retaining Matthew. And if he’s not available, Layla is just as fantastic!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2024
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Excellent
Attorney Matthew Palmer along with his team Attorney Sidney Price and Dylan made it possible within weeks to see my son after not see him for over a year with a contentious divorce and spending time and financial resources with two other attorneys who were arrogant and had their own goals, including giving up all custody rights. His team quickly reached a settlement outside court within a couple of months, were always available and invested in getting the best outcome in my case along with 50% custody. I will be forever grateful. Thank you is not enough.
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Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2023
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Simply Amazing!
Palmer Rodak & Associates defended me in a case vs. Riverside County DCSS. The DCSS was dragging me over the coals for child support for a child that was not mine. This case dragged on for years and was emptying my savings account. Matthew Palmer defended my case in person each time the court delayed the process, which was approximately 8-10 times. He could have easily charged me for his time each time he showed up to court on my behalf. He knew what the courts were trying to do to me and knew it was unfair. Mr. Palmer waived all fees for the last several court appearances, saving me thousands of dollars. Eventually, he was able to get the courts to dismiss my case. Palmer Rodak & Associates communication during this process was unbelievable. A+ professional team! At no time during this process did I not know what was going on. God forbid, I ever find myself in this situation again, without hesitation, I will be calling Palmer Rodak & Associates. And so should you.
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Posted by Carlos | September 25, 2023
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Child custody case
I would recommend Mr. Palmer to anyone This man help me with my child, custody and divorce. Opposing counsel was attacking me left and right I didn’t know what to say. I contacted Mr. Palmer the first conversation I had with him. I felt that he had a great vibe. His team his staff was amazing helped out with everything. They made me feel that I wasn’t just a client. They made me feel like they care about my case, and many occasions, Mr. Palmer told me he wanted me to spend more time with my son and he was gonna do whatever it takes to get that for me. I am so grateful to this man.
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Posted by Zandra Edison | September 11, 2023
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Great Attorney
The Palmer, Rodak and Associates law firm made life much easier for my family and I. After reaching out to them for assistance with a grandparent's right case, they stepped in with authority and guidance, and a solution to my grandparent's right issue was almost immediate.
Posted by George | August 17, 2023
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five star Customer service
Hello there I give um palmer and rodak and associates a five star Customer service was great, thank you so much for doing and helping me out with my case I would recommend them to anyone who would ask. If I knew an attorney, thank you again, have a great day.
Posted by Jane | May 3, 2023
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Matthew Palmer
I wanted to leave this amazing review for Matthew Palmer , He has been my attorney for nearly four years and he got me through it all and always had my best Interest in mind. My divorce was not an easy one and he took the time to hear my point of view and always had an advice to give me to make sure everything turned out fair. I cannot Thank him enough for the random calls to the office and the way his staff handled the case as well. Everyone there was a pleasure to work with and put my mind at ease when it came down to it. I appreciate the care and effort you guys all did to help me get my life back on track. You guys rock and I hope I never have to go through another divorce again bc I will be back lol. Thank you , Jane F
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Posted by Michele | March 27, 2023
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Very complicated post judgement representation
My Familty Law matter is unfortunately extremely complicated. There is a history of abuse, children with developmental diagnoses, and a significant disparity of income which my ex has used to perpetuate abuse through the Family Court system. In the 3 years since our divorce was finalized, I've retained multiple attorneys and had to represent myself at times when it came down to choosing between feeding our kids and paying for an attorney. My previous counsel was not fighting very hard for my case or for the kids and after a really poor representation at a hearing, I sought new counsel. I have been in Court a few dozen times and seen firsthand how the attorneys at Palmer Rodak & Associates zealously fight for their clients. I wish I didn't need an attorney, but given the propensity for abuse through the legal system, I need someone strong and knowledgeable on my side. For the first time in 3 years, I've finally gotten an award for attorney fees thanks to Matthew and his team. (Enforcement of Orders is another issue, but it's progress.) The way these matters affect our kids is significant. My case is unique and not an easy one, partly due to opposing counsel and the way my ex is directing his side of the case. He has no issue lying under Oath, filing false allegations, and neglecting to follow Court Orders. Having Matthew on my side, I can confidently stand in the Courtroom and know that I have a voice. I've seen the respect he and his attorneys command among the Judge and the other attorneys in the room. My case isn't over yet, but we are hopeful it will come to a close here in the next few months and I'm thankful for the work being done each step of the way. My case file is several thousand pages at this point. Matthew knows the details inside and out. He has diligently argued on issues that happened in the case prior to him coming on my case with the same accuracy as if he'd been my attorney all along. That's not a skill that I've seen many other attorneys master.
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Posted by Michael | December 22, 2022
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Palmer Rodak & Associates
I felt through the entire journey that I was in good hands as we navigated my divorce. It was a very difficult time for me, but Matthew and his team were a glimmer of hope, a little oasis that gave me comfort. He is smart and when the moments presented themselves, his responses were always right on target. I am grateful to Palmer Rodak & Associates for their experience, expertise, and support through a time in my life filled with many trepidations and challenges... Michael Raye
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Posted by Alfredo | November 19, 2022
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Great firm
Perfect for military! located right near Camp Pendleton the attorney and staff are very knowledgeable when it comes to military divorces and custody I’m happy I choose this office.
Posted by Jessica | November 13, 2022
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My Village
Divorce, Child Custody, Abuse, finally finding the courage to speak out and stand up for myself this year has been one of the hardest, traumatizing, life changing decisions I've been through. Knowing who my ex is I knew I couldn't do it alone so I started the process of trying to find a lawyer that would not only help me but care enough to truly listen to my concerns and needs for both me and my child. Palmer Rodak & Associates from the first call has turned out to be just that. Matthew and his whole team not just the lawyers, Sasha with her warm welcomes and genuine support, Mary with her sincere approach to every matter, and Sidney who's been my rock in more ways than she'll ever know. This is a team that you can tell not only supports their clients but each other. You feel the family environment. To some that may not mean much, but for me being in a state away from all of my family and friends it ended up being exactly what I needed. Matthew, Sidney and everyone at this office stepped in ready to fight for me as if it were their own lives they were fighting for. I've lost so much too much to type out but the one thing I haven't lost is my hope. I've watched Matthew and his team fight this battle for me even when I felt like I couldn't . I've watched them become my Village and couldn't begin to thank them enough for keeping my lifted in what felt like my lowest days. Their help has helped me slowly get my life, my peace, and myself back. So I gladly write this review and hope anyone reading this understands you're not just hiring a lawyer... you'll be hiring a Village ; all ready to help do their part to help every way that they possibly can. Thank you All for making my case... yours.
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Posted by Sabrina | November 9, 2022
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Absolutely recommend
I cannot say enough good things about Matthew and this law firm. Each person I interacted with was responsive, intelligent, thoughtful, and professional. Matthew worked very hard to avoid additional litigation, find a solution that minimized time and court involvement. In the end Matthew went to battle for me. I absolutely recommend.
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Posted by Michael | September 20, 2022
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Excellent and professional lawyer
Matthew Palmer and Layla Zadd are very knowledgeable, professional, and personable. They have helped me to navigate thru all the red tape that is the family court system. Layla Zadd is a staunch advocate for her clients as well as top rate litigator. I am very happy to have them represent me.
Posted by Susan.E | September 7, 2022
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Best Attorney Ever
A few bumps in the road but this office got the job done. No you will not always get to speak to the attorneys directly which in any professional setting you could understand but they have a really good team and staff on they’re hands the paralegals and admin do a great job im very please with the outcome and now I can finally breath and celebrate my divorce! I’m very happy I stuck it out to the end with this office.
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Posted by Denice | August 11, 2022
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Long and painful divorce and custody case
First of all, I don't even know where to begin because my entire divorce and custody process was long and painful. I am very grateful for Matthew and Layla for helping me through this difficult time in my life, which felt like would never come to an end. It finally has, and the outcome is what was expected. Full of regret and self-destruction, my ex-husband has resorted to his old ways, past addictions and is thankfully, now getting the help that he always needed to get better. This all after being ripped apart and putting me on a witch stand trial by his attorneys. Karma is indeed a B**th. Things are exactly how I want them to be. I cannot begin to tell you how professional and calm Palmer Rodak & Associates were with the opposing side. The opposing side were pit bulls with a high price tag. They were extremely unprofessional, and had a tacky approach. They poked and taunted me all the time even down to their staff. Rest assured that Matthew and Layla did everything in their power to help. At trial, they were quick thinking and sharp. They defended me to the very bitter end. Kept me calm through the entire process. I now have full custody of my children again. You never think that these sort of things could happen to you and when it does, you do not know how to react and what to do. It is very hard. I am very pleased with how professional and ethical they were handling my case. I know judges appreciate such professionalism as well. It serves one well to have attorneys like Matthew and Layla who you can confide in, tell everything to (literally), know that they listen to you and give you the correct advice. You can trust them with your life! Thank you guys so much for all your hard work on my case. I am very grateful. Also, FYI, trust that they will not overcharge you. Their billing rates are reasonable as compared to other places that take full advantage of billing for everything. I don't think I paid enough. All the emails and phone calls of me venting, frustrated and crying through the entire process, and just things that would inadvertently come up with the ex and the children. I wasn't charged for that stuff. Keep in mind that they are extremely busy attorneys. While they usually won't respond to the "lists" of emails, know that they will always find the time to read your emails and have staff respond accordingly. Their staff are welcoming, patient and responsive. And know whether the attorneys respond to your emails, or not, trust that they read ALL of them. They know everything that is going on with you and your case when you communicate with them. They meet with you and talk to you when they can. They let you know that you are not alone. Matthew and Layla, can't tell you how much it means to me all the positive affirmations and advice.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tem
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 2003 - Present
  • Lead Attorney at Law
  • Palmer Rodak & Associates
  • 1998 - Present

Education

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Connecticut in Storrs
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990
  • University of Phoenix
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • N/A

Associations

  • Certified Family Law Specialist Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • North County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Farsi
  • American Sign Language
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Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary Judge
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary Judge
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 2014
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary Judge
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary Judge
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary Judge
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary Judge
  • San Diego Superior Court
  • 2010
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Appreciaton as a Temporary Judge
  • Superior Court of San Diego
  • 2008
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2006
  • Certicate of Appreciation
  • The Bar Association of Northern San Diego Couty
  • 1999
  • Attorney Admission
  • United States District Court
  • 1999
  • American Jurisprudence award
  • American Jurisprudence Society
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
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Family Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Matthew is an excellent attorney, and it was a privilege working with him. He taught me an immense amount, and you will be well taken care of with Matthew. There is no doubt he is respected as one of the best. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matthew is an excellent trial attorney and has mentored me since the beginning of my law career. I endorse Matthew."
Real estate Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Working closely with Matthew on a daily basis, I can unreservedly offer my endorsement as he provides a level of experience, dedication, and compassion that is difficult to find."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I currently work with Matthew. I have learned so much since I started working at Palmer Rodak & Associates. Unlike a lot of individuals I have met in this field, Matthew genuinely cares about his clients and will endeavor to achieve their desired results in the time and cost efficient way. Matthew recently completed a 23 day trial and I was impressed that he was able to not only present ALL the material but to do it in a manner that was concise and straight to the point. I would trust Matthew with any family law case whole-heartedly."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew is an excellent trial lawyer and litigator. He is personable, knowledgeable and persuasive."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Palmer is one of the most skilled family law attorneys in San Diego. He is honest and trustworthy."
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Oceanside Divorce and separation Lawyer Matthew Eric Palmer
Matthew Eric Palmer
Divorce and separation Attorney
Oceanside, CA
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation
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