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Matthew Eric Palmer

Divorce and separation Attorney at Oceanside, CA

4.7   78 reviews

Licensed for 24 years

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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.

    24 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.

    24 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

    24 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.

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Licensed for 24 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1998
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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

4.7 / 5.0
  78 customer reviews
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 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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| Hired Attorney
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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Posted by Maggie | July 21, 2022
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Stellar team at Palmer Rodak & Associates
I was and continue to be absolutely blown away by the stellar team at Palmer Rodak & Associates. The complexity of my case was never daunting to them, they understood the sensitive nature of our family, and I refer them my closest friends and family because of it.
Posted by Scott | July 9, 2022
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High Conflict Divorce Expert
Matthew Palmer, along with Layla and Dillan, did a great job of getting me through a very high conflict divorce. They each are very knowledgeable and professional with family law. I would highly recommend them.
Posted by TRAVIS | June 27, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Recommendation
I have nothing but very good things to say about Palmer Rodak & Assoc.! Matthew Palmer guided me through what was an absolute head ache of a divorce and was able to come out on the other side a very happy person! Without his expert knowledge and approach, my current situation would not begin to be what it is now (which I am extremely happy with!!). Everybody in their office I worked with is very responsive, easy to work with and makes what is a difficult situation much more bearable. In addition, they were able to prepare my trust and will without any difficulties at all. I highly recommend Palmer Rodak!
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Posted by Kevin | June 22, 2022
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Highly recommended law firm
I just wanted to say I am very pleased with having chose Palmer and Rodak as my law firm. Layla Zadd has done an amazing job after taking on my case after I had to get a new lawyer and I couldn’t be happier. I would definitely recommend them to anyone
Posted by Jay | June 16, 2022
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The best attorney and team out there!
I was very nervous about spending the money on a lawyer. I needed a peace of mind. I was able to sit with Dimitri at this office for a consultation. He listened well and without interruption. When finishing up my conversation and situation he already had a conclusion and a plan. I did not hesitate to retain him. When things were really thick Matthew also came into the fight and I felt as if I was a major priority for this office. Multiple people would call just to check on me and continued to show support. I was updated as I requested. Someone always answered the phone. It was the most stressful time of my life. This office made me sleep well at night. Every step was predicted and the war was won. I not only received the protection I needed but also received more than asked for. With that Jordan and Mary in the finance department has been more then understanding. I have had many financial hardships along the way but with their complete understanding we were able to get through it and not miss a step in life. I highly recommend them for anyone that has to go to court for any family matter. The biggest take away was that I felt like their priority.
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Posted by Tara | May 23, 2022
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Great Attorney!
I am very grateful for the help and representation I receive from Matthew, Layla, and the rest of their wonderful team. I thank God for their knowledge, patients, and brilliant work. I have had to deal with, what has to be one of the worst divorce and custody cases that the courts have ever seen (I’m not exaggerating). My ex-husband has ill intentions for me, and he couldn’t stop bringing me into court. This situation has been terribly stressful to say the least. Matthew and his team will carefully analyze your case, they will focus on what is relevant, and create a plan of action, as he did with my case. Thank you, Matthew for helping me through a very difficult time, and getting me through a successful trial. I would also like to thank you for ensuring the best possible outcome on the behalf of me and my four children. If you’re looking for a powerful and competent attorney that is an expert in their field, one who truly cares, and one that will help you get through the struggle of a difficult time, then Matthew is your guy. So do yourself a favor – Let this be the last review that you read, pick up the phone and call Matthew Palmer. Thank you for your help, Matthew!
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Posted by Omar | May 6, 2022
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Best office team
I highly recommend Palmer Rodak & Associates they are very respectful and professional Any questions I had they answered and explained very well in a timely manner. Sasha the receptionist is very nice and was very helpful throughout the whole process. Mary the office manager is also very nice she reminded me about my court date the day before I had court or I would’ve completely forgotten to go . Jordan in billing always makes sure I understand my monthly bill, and is very helpful with my payments. Thank you Layla for getting my restraining order dismissed in the first court hearing. You guys are awesome . Thank you guys so much, I hope next time I see the office staff is just to visit and not in a court room.
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Posted by Karyn | February 16, 2022
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Best Attorney
Matthew, Layla, Mary and everyone at Palmer Rodak & Associates did an amazing job on my behalf. They are a team and supported me through a very hard custody battle. Mary went above and beyond for not just me, but for my little boy. Dylan, my paralegal, kept me informed of the issues that were relevant and was on top of everything even during the ongoing Covid 19 conditions. It isn’t easy to find an Attorney who cares and is not out to take advantage and over bill. Everyone at the firm knew when to call or email me to keep my costs down and I appreciated that. We settled the case the night before our trial. Matthew was prepared and ready to litigate and I felt secure knowing that I had him in my corner fighting for what was right. Matthew and Layla were amazing til the end and I know going forward that whatever happens, I will always have their support for any future issues that may arise.
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Posted by Margaret | November 24, 2021
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Excellence
Matthew and staff have been so good to me for the last 3 years put up with my impatience God-bless them they're the best lawyers in California
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Customer service
Very nice and professional staff. Process is very reasonable and understandable I appreciate the consultation
Posted by anonymous | May 20, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
#1 Family Law Attorney in San Diego and Riverside
I began my journey with Matthew Palmer/Layla Zad in 2019. I researched more than 15 lawyers in SD and Murrieta and found Matthew Palmer to be the most competent. I am separated and am in a high conflict custody case in Riverside County but have since moved to San Diego. Matthew made me feel at ease and has handled my case with the utmost professional and caring manner. He is not rushed off the phone when speaking with me and listens to the pertinent details regarding my ongoing case for a favorable outcome. I trust Matthew Palmer and Layla Zad wholeheartedly. They have to deal with a burdensome opposing counsel and they do not back down! I am 100% satisfied with their representation of my family case. Anyone who is looking for an experienced, compassionate, knowledgeable, and communicative attorney who is committed to helping you yield a successful outcome should DEFINITELY CALL MATTHEW. Thank you Matthew and Layla you have restored peace in my heart.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Attorney Admission
  • United States District Court
  • 1999
  • Certicate of Appreciation
  • The Bar Association of Northern San Diego Couty
  • 1999
  • American Jurisprudence award
  • American Jurisprudence Society
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

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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 24 years
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