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Rory S. Coetzee

Family Attorney at Monterey, CA

4.8   22 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

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Practice areas
  1. Alimony
    20%

    15 years, 250 cases

  2. Child custody
    20%

    15 years, 225 cases

  3. Child support
    20%

    15 years, 225 cases

  4. Divorce and separation
    20%

    15 years, 275 cases

  5. Family
    20%
    We focus on all areas of family law including divorce, modification, disposition of assets, child support, spousal support, child custody, and move aways.

    15 years, 300 cases

DETAIL ORIENTED & EFFECTIVE FAMILY ATTORNEY FIGHTING FOR YOU

 

Rory S. Coetzee graduated from Trinity Law School in 2008 and was licensed to practice law in California in December of that same year.  While at Trinity Law School, he participated in the school’s Moot Court program, was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship, and was awarded the prestigious Amjur Award for academic excellence in the area of Criminal Procedure.  He was also elected to serve as a representative on the student body counsel.  Currently, he is the lead attorney at R.S.C. Law Group, and also serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Santa Clara County Family Law Courts.

 

A native of South Africa, Mr. Coetzee immigrated to the United States in 1998 and attended Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas where he graduated with Cum Laude honors and received a Bachelors of Science Degree with an emphasis in both Political Science and Paralegal Studies.

 

Prior to founding R.S.C. Law Group, Mr. Coetzee worked for five years as a senior associate attorney at The Law Firm of J. Hector Moreno, Jr. & Associates, one of the most prestigious and preeminent family law firms in San Jose, California.  During Mr. Coetzee’s time at The Law Firm of J. Hector Moreno, Jr. & Associates, he focused his practice on high-conflict family law litigation, which allowed him to become familiar and accustom to dealing with the most complex issues in the family law arena.  Prior to that, and while still in law school, Mr. Coetzee spent two years serving as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Robert Monarch of the Orange County Superior Court.  He also held an externship position with the Orange County District Attorney’s office. After graduating from law school, he obtained an associate position with the Holt Law Firm in Tustin, California, where his practice focused on all issues concerning civil litigation. 

 

While Mr. Coetzee’s practice is now focused primarily on family law matters, he has also successfully represented clients in the areas of business litigation, real estate litigation, and personal injury litigation.  Mr. Coetzee has represented clients in all manner of legal disputes, and has always dedicated his efforts to ensure that he represents all of his clients with excellence, compassion and knowledge of the law.

Licensed for 14 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2008
Updated 11/28/2022

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

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R.S.C Law Group

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2011
Rory Coetzee.....personification of excellence
I had a very difficult situation with my mother who stalled the separation from my father for years. Finally, I had to come in as her power of attorney to finish what had been started. Unfortunately, by that time, my mother had dementia and could not remember much. Rory was my go to guy and handled myself and mother with the utmost professionalism and with kindness. I am eternally grateful to him for his guidance, his shoulder to cry on, his instruction and his knowledge of the law. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a professional, friendly, intelligent attorney. Kudos to you Rory, you helped to turn my upside down world upright again. Many, many thanks! Danette Van Dusen
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Posted by Don | June 16, 2011
An Unequaled Advocate
I had worked with three different lawyers before turning to the J Hector Moreno Law Firm. I had known Hector previously, and to be candid, was a little disappointed when he handed our case over to Rory. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The best way I describe Rory’s passion and tenacity is to say, it felt like my very own brother was representing me. The opposing attorney was difficult to work with, shrewd, and stonewalled. Rory maintain a professional demeanor while all the time championing us with strength and ability. It’s a long and painful experience to lose the custody of your eight-year-old son, because of horrendous lies and accusations. By Rory actions, the truth was brought out, and I was completely cleared and vindicated. I was awarded custody of my son again in February. He is back in our home, and has fully recovered from the ordeal. I literally thank God for Rory Coetzee. I have no words to express my heartfelt gratitude. How do you adequately thank a man who has rescued your son, and returned him to you? Rory and his family will be in our prayers all our lives. I know of no other person I would recommend more highly.
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Posted by Michael | February 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Put My Nerves to Rest
Although I did not hire this attorney, I had a great consultation with him about my legal situation. Through counseling my spouse and I are working things out, but if I ever needed an attorney for family law in Monterey, he is the person I would use.
Posted by Masoud | November 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Well Informed and Personable Lawyer
I am writing this note to highly recommend Mr. Coetzee as a caring and knowledgeable family lawyer. I was involved in a very vicious divorce case in which my ex-wife erroneously accused me of domestic violence and restricted my visitation rights with my child to a few hours per week. I challenged my ex-wife’s claims and asked for 50/50 child custody. Although the opposing council tried her best to portray me as a male chauvinistic person, Mr. Coetzee and his associates were able to turn the table around. Not only Rory was able to remove all the imposed restrictions on me, but also he was able to secure my request of 50/50 child custody request. Today, I am enjoying 50% legal and 50% physical custody of my child, the divorce is final, and all the charges against me are dropped. Thanks to Rory! Furthermore, I would like to conclude by saying that Rory is a well informed and personable lawyer, whom the rigid spirit of law has not made him insensitive toward his client’s emotional needs and the type of stresses one might go through during these difficult times. My respect and thanks goes to him and his law firm.
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Posted by Angelina | October 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The absolute BEST legal firm I have had the opportunity to work with.
Attorney Rory Coetzee and his legal staff are extremely knowledgeable with the law. They are courteous, professional and extremely diligent with details. Dealing with the court system can be overwhelming for the average person however, Rory and his staff made the interaction a smooth process. Not only was Rory and his legal staff supportive in nature, Rory was more than willing to work with me financially and did not let anything deter him from working diligently and timely on my case. Rory and his legal staff maintained excellent communication ensuring I understood all aspects of my case. RSC Law group made a commitment to bring about a positive outcome with my case and due to their expertise, they accomplished more than my expectation. I am extremely grateful for Rory and his legal staff and will be referring them every opportunity I get.
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Posted by Deen | July 30, 2015
Excellent service - Thank you Attorney Rory
Attorney Rory helped me get an excellent settlement agreement, under difficult circumstances, in less than one year. I was divorced at the pre-trial hearing because he worked very hard to get the agreement done by that date so that I could avoid the trouble and expense of going to trial. I met him once in his office in Monterey, the rest of the process was done remotelyand by exchanging emails since I currently live far from Monterey. Attorney Rory is very comfortable talking on the phone and discussing all options available to us. I would definitely recommend RSC Law Group for anyone looking for family law attorney.
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Posted by Michele | March 16, 2015
Great, patient, understanding, strong, informational Laywer
As a women I was nerves about finding a lawyer, but not with Rory. He made me feel comfortable the first time I met him. He is very good at explaining the lawyer papers, the way it's worded which for me was very foreign. Always returned emails and call. He is very down to earth and is a people's person. I would highly recommend him to any of my family and friends
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Posted by Angelina | August 20, 2014
Outstanding Attorney
When I was introduced to Rory Coetzee by my previous attorney, I had completely lost all faith in attorneys & the court system. Being duped, taken advantage of and mislead by my previous attorney I was a little apprehensive on whether I wanted to "fix" the mess I was in. It was only after speaking with Rory my faith in the legal system and attorneys was restored. Rory took the time to listen to my situation patiently. He did not interrupt and asked detailed questions to ensure he fully understood the nature of my case. I am currently Rory's client and my child support case is still in progress. So far Rory has been an outstanding attorney. Rory's communication and commitment to my case have not faltered. Rory has been consistent with filing of paperwork and keeping me informed. Rory and his entire office staff are caring, compassionate and understanding. As the cost of court fees and legal representation can be immense and become overwhelming, especially for a single parent, Rory has been more than compassionate to my financial situation and has worked with me on his fees all while remaining dedicated in providing excellent representation. By that, Rory proves he genuinely cares about his clients. I am very confident that my case is in good hands with Rory and I am honestly glad I have finally found someone who is knowledgeable of the law, is honest, hard working and has high ethical & moral standards. Rory is dedicated to ensuring his clients get the best possible outcome. I would recommend Rory in a heartbeat.
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Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2014
Excellent attorney and highly recommended
This is the second time I have used Rory in a child custody case once when he was with a firm in San Jose and just recently after he had gone out on his own and opened his own practice in Monterey. Even though my case was in San Jose I felt strongly that I still wanted him to represent me again. I chose the firm he was previously with because of him, on the recommendation of an attorney friend. I was a little worried when I needed representation again and found out the he had left San Jose to open his own practice in Monterey, but was happy to find out that he still took clients in Santa Clara County. In both the instances that he represented me he was great and got me pretty much everything I wanted. I found Rory to be extremely knowledgeable and helpful, he even steered me away from making extra unneeded motions that would have just resulted in me spending extra money that I didn't need to to get the results that I wanted (he wasn't interested in just running up my bill). It truly felt that he was looking out for mine and my child's best interests. I would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Rory guided me through a recent custody battle and he was able to get me just about everything I wanted. I would definitely recommend him.
Posted by Ashah | February 23, 2014
Superb Lawyer ! A lawyer with a heart.
I do not think I even have words to describe Rory. In the 4 years that he has represented me in my very abusive legal divorce I have seen all facets of this remarkable lawyer. I have seen a lawyer with a heart, a lawyer who has become a friend I truly trust and respect for advice, and a person that our family is indebted to for his continued dedication to keeping my boys safe and to do all he can to serve their best interests as my attorney and friend. He truly cares about families and children and is truly a very nice person.
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Posted by Patty | February 19, 2014
Dedicated lawyer
Rory is a very competent attorney. His dedication to his job and commitments are very unique, I found Rory to be very respectful and yet persistent in the handling of my case. I would refer Rory to anyone searching for legal assistance.
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2014
Great representation
Mr. Coetzee is everything a lawyer should be. When I met with him and on my case he was attentive, listened to my questions, issues, complaints etc. and was responsive. He was very honest and straightforward letting me know what he could do and what he couldn't in reference to my custody case. His fees were not excessive and actually worked with me when money was tight. He was successful on my behalf and if needed, I would seek his representation again. I only wish I had found him before spending thousands of dollars on excessive fees from a previous attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2011
Highly Recommended
Rory is very professional and would highly recommened him. He is very knowledgeable and takes his time to listen and make sure your needs or questions are answered. He was always prepared for my court dates and went over everything with me prior.
Posted by Madhu | June 21, 2011
Extremely efficient representation
Rory is exceptional. I have had 5 attorneys before HJMoreno, all of them collectively and thoroughly bungled up my case. We're still working at unravelling it, but with Rory and the firm, we have, for the first time, uncovered fraud and are in a comfortable position in the proceedings.
Posted by Heather Masamitsu | June 20, 2011
Wouldn't go anywhere else
Rory represented me for the mediation portions of my custody negotiations. On one occasion, I was due to be out of the country and the other party's attorney would not agree to reschedule the court date for when I was going to be back. Rory, assured me that he would be able to handle it, appeared for me, was granted the extension and called me before I got on the plane to let me know how things went. I was able to go on my trip with complete peace of mind and that was only one of several times he was able to help. Rory is a very knowledgeable attorney. There were a variety of issues that surfaced while he worked on my case. One was a residency issue. I wished to move out of the county with my children and the other party sought to prevent it. The other party's attorney was very abrasive and unprofessional and Mr. Coetzee handled every incident without backing down or being intimidated. He is friendly, helpful, returns emails and calls in a timely manner. I will never go anywhere else but the law firm of J Hector Moreno and straight to Rory Coetzee.
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Posted by June | June 14, 2011
Efficient, no-nonsense, thorough, sharp!
My divorce would have gone much faster if I'd hired Rory from the start. He wasted no time and minced no words, gave me answers as soon as I asked the questions, and remembered me between calls (sharp memory!). I wanted to do as much as I could to save money, and he was willing to work "pro per" enabling me to represent myself. Rory guided me every step of the way in completing the forms and agreement. He was thorough in checking all paperwork, and my divorce packet was approved by the court on the first try with no errors. Rory is familiar with all the judges and courts in this area, and helped make the process less intimidating. I hope to never again personally need his services as a divorce attorney, but I will gladly refer my friends to him. Divorce is traumatic enough, and hiring a good divorce lawyer is essential. Rory is the best!
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Posted by Steve | June 13, 2011
Strategist
Rory has always been courteous, professional, knowledgeable and very strategic. He is great to work with and I have recommended him to people that I know need legal assistance. His help has been invaluable and I will use him again next year when I need it!
Posted by Cindy | June 13, 2011
As a client
Rory was very courteous, professional, and yet personable at the same time. He represented me in conjunction with Hector Moreno and I was pleased with the thorough job he did.
Posted by Alex | June 13, 2011
Dependable
Rory was there when I needed him, he took his time to answer all my questions and kept me informed of the difficult process I was involved in during this time. He was reachable most of the time or always responded to my calls. He was also well informed about my case and kept on top of things as they progressed. I would use him again in a heart beat.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-375 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judge Pro Tem
  • Santa Clara County
  • 2015 - Present
  • Principal Attorney
  • RSC Law Group
  • 2014 - Present
  • Of Counsel - Attorney
  • Church Law Group
  • 2013 - Present
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Law Firm of J. Hector Moreno Jr. & Associates
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Litigation Associate
  • The Holt Law Firm
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Orange County Superior Court
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Law Clerk
  • District Attorney's Office Orange County
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • Trinity School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Husband v. Wife
  • $7,000 in attorney fees granted in favor of client.
  • Child Support Granted
  • Guideline child support awarded to client using entirety of Father's income.
  • Request for additional visitation Granted!
  • Equal timeshare visitation order granted in favor of client.
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Associations

  • Hospice Giving Foundation
  • Director
  • 2019 - Present
  • Pacheco Club
  • Director
  • 2018 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Judge Pro Tem
  • 2015 - Present
  • Monterey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Monterey County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Trintity School of Law
  • Student Body Representitive
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Judge Pro Tem Volunteer Appreciation Award
  • Santa Clara County Family Law Court
  • 2015
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Publications

  • Private Circulation
  • Child Support Treatise
  • 2014
  • Private Publication
  • Your Rights to Spousal Support
  • 2014
  • Private Publication
  • Your Rights - Attorney Fees.
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Legal Clinic
  • Family Law and Related Issues
  • 2013
  • Monthly Law Clinic
  • Family Law and Related Issues
  • 2012
  • Monthly Law Clinic
  • Family Law and Related Issues
  • 2011
  • Monthly Law Clinic
  • Family Law and Related Issues
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (32)
Endorse Rory
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. An intelligent and an amazing attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Other
"Well respected in the community and known for effective advocacy for clients!"
Family Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having worked with this attorney in the past I know that he not only is extremely knowledgeable in this area of law, but he also exhibits the highest level of ethical decision making and honesty."
Child custody Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rory. A highly respected attorney in the legal community with a reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Child custody Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Coetzee provides thoughtful, educated and experienced answers to the questions provided herein. Attorney Coetzee provides a needed service by providing voluntary and free legal assistance to the individuals herein who are in need of immediate legal answers."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Coetzee has solid advice and keen insight for those posing questions on AVVO. He's obviously dedicated to helping out those in need of help."
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Rory at a family law firm for several years and saw first-hand his dedication to his clients. Rory is an excellent attorney. He represents his clients with integrity, passion, and compassion. He is the type of attorney this field of law really needs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rory and I have represented opposing parties on cases before and I have always found him to be a knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rory is always professional and a highly competent lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have met Rory and seen him to be an excellent and capable attorney, one who both understands the law and his clients, and one who is always looking to learn new ways to help resolve issues. He is a truly good attorney."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rory has proven in Court to be a compassionate and aggressive advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Rory is knowledgeable and nice to work with."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Coetzee for several years. Clients are better served when they have a knowledgeable and reasonable attorney on their side who also is a vigorous litigant. Mr. Coetzee meets that criteria and is an excellent attorney. I highly endorse him."
Family Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rory has a great knowledge of the law. Most importantly, he knows how to get the results his clients are looking for. He is the lawyer you want on your side."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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