Certified Family Law Specialist, Divorce & Custody Lawyer, Husband, Daddy, Pet-Parent, Gamer, Bruin, Fantasy Football Savant, Sunscreen Aficionado, "Split Decisions" Divorce Radio Show Co-Host, @matthewkpurcell
Matthew K. Purcell is a Shareholder of Forester Purcell Stowell PC, Family Law Attorneys. He has been recognized as a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar Association’s Board of Legal Specialization since 2011. Matt was the youngest Certified Family Law Specialist in California at the time he received this prestigious recognition of expertise in the field.
Experience: Matt has more than a decade of experience handling a range of family law issues, as well as guardianships and juvenile dependency. Offering broad expertise to his clients, Matt has handled everything from intricate property and support issues to complex custody issues involving allegations of sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence, parental alienation, and relocations.
With significant experience in the more specialized fields of guardianships, grandparent rights, and juvenile dependency cases, Matt is adept at counseling clients in situations where Child Protective Services removes children from parents based upon allegations of abuse and/or neglect.
Matt handles all aspects of dissolutions, but is particularly passionate about protecting the well-being of the children who are involved in these contentious adult situations. While he has found that successful outcomes are most often reached through negotiation and settlement, there are some cases where one or both parties simply cannot compromise. He has extensive litigation experience, including arguing in front of the Court of Appeal, if necessary. Matt was the attorney of record both at the trial court and appellate level on the published 2011 precedent setting relocation case Jacob A. v. C.H. (196 Cal.App.4th 1591).
A graduate of Folsom High School, Matt attended college at UCLA where he graduated with a degree in History. He then earned his J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law in New York. After braving three winters in New York, he returned to the Sacramento area where he started his law practice in 2005. Prior to co-founding Forester Purcell Inc., Matt worked for more than eight years as the associate attorney to one of Sacramento’s premiere family law attorneys, Frank E. Dougherty.
Matt presently resides in Fair Oaks with his wife and better-half, Kellie, their son Jack and their dog George. He practices primarily in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo and El Dorado Counties, although he has handled cases in most Northern California counties.
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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.|
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|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|