|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best of the Bar - Family Law||Sacramento Business Journal||2016|
|2016 Top Lawyers List (Family Law)||Sacramento Magazine||2016|
|Best of the Bar - Family Law||Sacramento Business Journal||2015|
|2015 Top Lawyers List (Family Law)||Sacramento Magazine||2015|
|Northern California Super Lawyers "Rising Stars"||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Best of the Bar, Family Law list||Sacramento Business Journal||2014|
|Hero of Human Services||Sacramento County Board of Supervisors||2014|
|Certified Family Law Specialist Since 2012||State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization||2012|
|Witkin Award - Sexual Orientation and the Law||University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law||2004|
|Witkin Award - Internet and the Law||University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law||2003|
|Anthony M. Kennedy Fellow||University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law||2001|
|Managing Shareholder||Forester Purcell Stowell PC||2016 - Present|
|Shareholder||Forester Purcell Inc.||2015 - 2016|
|Principal Attorney - Family Law Division||Goyette & Associates, Inc.||2012 - 2015|
|Associate Attorney - Family Law Group||Downey Brand LLP||2004 - 2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||Member||2013 - Present|
|State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization||Certified Family Law Specialist||2012 - Present|
|WEAVE Inc. (Women Escaping a Violent Environment)||Board Member, 2017 President||2011 - Present|
|Continuing Education of the Bar||Member - Family Law Advisory Committee||2006 - Present|
|Dissolution of Marriage||We obtained a highly favorable ruling on the business valuation issues, were able to secure a fairly low support award, and we received an order for $75,000 in fees and sanctions against the opposing party.|
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|Outword California magazine||Myths Surrounding Prenups||2017|
|FPS Blog||Do Buy-Sell Agreements Help Businesses Survive Divorce?||2016|
|FPS Blog||Is Your Ex Entitled to Your Business "Good Will"?||2015|
|Family Law Financial Discovery (California CEB)||Ch. 8 - Date of Separation and General Property Division Issues||2008|
|California Child Custody Litigation and Practice (California CEB)||Contributing Author - Ch. 19 General Enforcement Remedies||2006|
|McGeorge Law Review||"The Elephant in the Lockerroom: Does the NFL Discriminate in the Hiring of Head Coaches?"||2003|
|McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|California State University, Sacramento||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|Split Decisions Divorce Radio Hour||Divorce - Love, Life, Kids, Money||2016|
|Family Law Intensive Course||Family Law Jurisdiction||2015|
|CEB 2014 State Family Law Conference||Understanding the Nuances of Inter-Spousal Fiduciary Duties||2014|
|NBI Family Law from A to Z||Ethical Issues for Family Law Attorneys and Property and Financial Issues in Marital Dissolutions||2012|
|CEB 2011 State Family Law Conference||Asset Protection through Marital Agreements||2011|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||Financial Discovery in Family Law Cases||2009|
Posted by anonymous
Used him as my lawyer and I fully regret it. Never contacted me to update me on my divorce. Always had to go in to figure out what was taking so long with the paperwork and would always beat around the bush and give me some BS excuse. And when I did hear from him, it was him sending me a bill or letting me know he needed more money. So while he did absolutely nothing for my case, he still charged me thousands of dollars...for what?? But the receipt says he charged me $160 for "updating his assistant on the case." Give me a break. This guy will charge you an arm and a leg just to walk over to the fax machine. After 18 months of this nonsense, I hired a new lawyer and she got it done in just a few months. If you wanna be taken advantage of and legally robbed, go for it. But do yourself a favor and look elsewhere.
Posted by Larisa
I researched extensively to find a lawyer who was not only smart (Neil was an Anthony M. Kennedy Fellow) but also unwilling to take anything but the high road. I also wanted an attorney who would listen to my concerns, complaints, and even demands, but still keep me on the high road as well.
In spite of many personal attacks on me and even on Neil by my ex-husband and his lawyer, Neil continued to focus on issues and avoid the low ground that so many divorce cases and custody cases can travel.
In my case, I had an ex who after not paying his full child support for six years and owing over $40,000, decided to take me to court to dispute the arrears and get more custody. Yes, that sounds ridiculous and that is exactly the right word to explain the proceedings that took 6 months due to my ex continually making claims and filings that prolonged the inevitable. Throughout the entire 6 months there were many times I was ready to either throw in the towel, or go for the jugular. In each case Neil clearly laid out the correct course of action and stuck to it.
Not only did he keep me on the right track, Neil kept himself on the moral high ground. My ex and his attorney resulted to personal attacks on Neil in their court filings, but Neil refused to respond and stayed on point. I believe his approach saved me from getting into an even longer battle of he said/she said. He was fair in his billing, honest in his approach with me and my ex, and clearly experienced with the courts and family law.
I highly recommend Neil!!
Posted by Mark
Neil took on my case regarding family law. I found him thoughtful, resourceful, thorough, and insightful. He provided solid counsel, and very competent help. I would recommend him to anyone needing a very good family law attorney
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