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Matthew James Long

Divorce and separation Attorney at Santa Barbara, CA

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About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Focusing on a swift, satisfying and efficient division of property including businesses, homes and retirement plans.

    31 years

  2. Family
    Focusing on achieving custody arrangements that are in the best interest of the children and reduce parental conflict and stress.

    31 years

  3. Estate planning
    Developing wills, trusts and power-of-attorney with detail and care that best protects you and your family.

    31 years

Licensed for 32 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/02/2022

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

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Matthew James Long
1114 State Street., Suite 231
La Arcada Building
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101


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Posted by Joanne | September 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney. Honest, Professional, Smart and Fair
Hiring Matthew Long was the best decision I could have made. After consulting with several other attorneys, I found Matthew to be the most knowledgeable, professional and of the highest integrity in his dealings with me. My divorce has been an emotional roller coaster and complicated by real estate holdings and a business that is community property but under my spouse's control. Matthew knows what questions to ask, what information needs to be uncovered and has been extremely responsive, thoughtful and compassionate.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 375-375 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney and Mediator
  • Law Offices of Matthew J. Long
  • 1992 - Present
  • President
  • Santa Barbara Collaborative Practice Group
  • 2007 - 2016
  • Small Claims Judge Pro Tempore
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court
  • 1999 - 2009
  • Professor
  • Southern California Institute Of Law
  • 1994 - 1999
  • Associate
  • Mullen & Henzell, LLP
  • 1990 - 1992
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  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • California St Univ Long Beach
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • In re Marriage of Williams
  • overturned


  • Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Santa Barbara Collaborative Practice Group
  • President
  • 2007 - Present
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Santa Barbara Family Education, INC
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Santa Barbara Superior Court, J. William McLafferty
  • 2016
  • Certified Specialist, Family Law
  • The State Bar of California Board of Legalization Specialization
  • 2012
  • BV Rated for Professional Acheivement
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Professor of the Year
  • Southern California Institute of Law
  • 1995
  • Order of the Coif
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • 1990
  • American Jurisrudence Award in Contracts
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • 1988
  • Traynor Honor Society
  • Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • 1988
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Speaking Engagements

  • What Every Family Law Attorney Needs to Know About Pension Plans No more, No less
  • Qualified Domestic Relations Order
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (1)
Given (2)
Endorse Matthew
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"A Dissolution of Marriage is no easy journey. Matthew J. Long is a diamond in the rough. He educates his clients enabling each unique person to chart a manageable pathway forward through his or year unique situation. His years of experience as a mediator and collaborative practitioner enables Mr. Long to bring a much wider range of solutions to the table."

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Santa Barbara Divorce and separation Lawyer Matthew James Long
Matthew James Long
Divorce and separation Attorney
Santa Barbara, CA
Licensed for 32 years