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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Northern California Rising Stars List||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Top Lawyers List||Sacramento Magazine||2016|
|"Best of the Bar" Finalist||Sacramento Business Journal||2014|
|Certified Family Law Specialist||California Bar Association Board of Legal Specialization||2011|
|Shareholder||Forester Purcell Stowell PC||2016 - Present|
|Shareholder||Forester Purcell Inc.||2015 - 2016|
|Principal Attorney - Family Law Division||Goyette & Associates, Inc.||2014 - 2015|
|Associate Attorney||Law Office of Frank E. Dougherty||2005 - 2014|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Placer County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Placer County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2015 - Present|
|El Dorado County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|El Dorado County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2015 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Executive Committee of the Family Law Section||Sacramento Child Custody Sub-Committee Member||2012 - Present|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||Member||2011 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||2005 - Present|
|Sacramento County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section||Member||2005 - Present|
|Jacob A v C.H.||Successfully petitioned the Appellate Court to overturn an erroneous trial court ruling.|
|See all legal cases|
|FPS Family Law Blog||CHILD CUSTODY MYTH: KIDS GET TO CHOOSE AFTER TURNING TWELVE||2016|
|Forester Purcell Family Law Blog||IS “FREE-RANGE PARENTING” NOW CONSIDERED NEGLECT?||2015|
|Forester Purcell Family Law Blog||JUVENILE LAW: OUT-OF-CONTROL KIDS CAN BE REMOVED FROM LOVING PARENTS, SAYS NEW COURT DECISION.||2015|
|Syracuse Univ COL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Univ of California at Los Angeles||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|Livecast||Custody Issues—the Best Interests of the Child Standard||2016|
|"Split Decisions" Divorce Radio Show||Divorce - Love, Life, Kids, Money||2016|
|Multi-Disciplinary Seminar on Contested Child Custody Cases||Communication Websites||2015|
|Family Law Intensive Course||Issues Involving Children||2015|
|Family Law Intensive Course||Child Support/Non-Marital Relationships and Issues||2015|
|Divorce Cases From Start to Finish||Intial Interviews and Pleadings, Discovery Guidelines and Case Management Tips||2014|
Posted by Belinda
Matt has been my rock through my legal separation. My case was complicated and involved several hearings for the court to determine whether California had jurisdiction over my request for a legal separation. Matt was able to successfully defend my request for a legal separation in California, which ultimately resulted in a stay of the out of state action and resolution of all issues in my case. Matt and his staff consistently communicated with me to make sure that I understood through every step of the process. And if I had questions, I was always able to speak with someone about my case and get answers whenever I reached out to his office. Matt and his staff, Dorinda and Kalli, were professional, compassionate, and knowledgeable throughout this process. Matt was also cognizant of costs and attempted to resolve the issues in my case without the need for court intervention at first. When he was faced with obstreperous conduct by my ex, he immediately responded assertively and prevented all of my ex’s impractical positions. I couldn’t have asked for a better advocate or better representation. I would highly recommend him!
Posted by anonymous
Matt has been my attorney for many years. I am a single father and have primary custody of my children due to him. He is very knowledgeable and always there for you. His experience and demeanor in dealing with different Judges is what truly sets him apart. I have a manipulative, high conflict, unreasonable ex spouse. When things got bad, he always guided me to do what was right by the kids. Looking back, I'm glad he is in my corner. One of the top lawyers around. Highly recommend!
Posted by Ross
Matt has represented me with competency, professionalism, and integrity. I have no hesitation in recommending Matt and his staff. I have referred friends to his office.
Matt's representation of me was always done with keeping in mind what was in my and my children's best long-term interests. Matt is probably one of the few attorneys who recognizes that and kept that foremost in his representation of me. Additionally, I appreciated that he sometimes had me approve letters before they were sent to opposing counsel so that my relationship with my children's mother was not impacted by an attorney's otherwise potentially hyberbolic language. That's competence, professionalism, and integrity.
Matt, his paralegal Dorinda, and all of his staff exhibit those traits. Additionally, Matt and his staff recognized and understood the stress I experienced in going through a dissolution and their professionalism and kindness helped make a difficult situation more manageable.
Jason Sherlock, Family Attorney
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Matthew Purcell is an extremely intelligent and efficient attorney. I have had the opportunity to see his legal skills at work in court during complex custody litigation. This attorney genuinely cares about his clients and does everything in his power to achieve the best results. I endorse this Lawyer
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