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Paul Winston Matthews

Family Attorney

3.7   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1993
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Experienced in all Family Law cases and matters including custody, visitation, orders of protection, child support and juvenile delinquency

    28 years

  2. Immigration

  3. Appeals
    Experienced appellate attorney, Summa Cum Laude Law School graduate, excellent writing skills

    23 years

  4. Lawsuits and disputes
    I represent people in Small Claims Court for manhattan, brooklyn and queens cases.

    27 years

  5. Divorce and separation
    Manhattan attorney provides reasonably priced uncontested divorces

    23 years

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3.7 / 5.0
  3 customer reviews
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Posted by E.H. | August 7, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Terrific Attorney
Mr. Paul Matthews is absolutely one of the best attorney's in NYC. He's hardworking, diligent, trustworthy, cares about his clients & Wins! He was my lawyer and won my court case. Mr. Matthews always fought tenaciously hard for me. Throughout every court proceeding & victory he explained everything to me. Before or after every court date he always made time to speak with me and go over my case. He listens and fights for you. He always called if anything came up, answered every question I asked, even on weekends he'd call and respond. Mr. Matthews is a lawyer who is intelligent, very thorough and astute. A legal titan in his own right, he knows the law! Court was scary, stressful & at times confusing for me before he represented me. He saved me and my daughter's life! I can never thank him enough. Thank you again Mr. Matthews. You are a true gift to your clients, this world and the legal system. Thank God there are people like you left fighting for your clients and Winning!
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Posted by Mary Elizabeth | August 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Small Claims Court Lawyer
Paul Matthews is an excellent lawyer. He helped me with a small claims case. First, Paul was there. He came to court early so we could consult and he responded to all phone calls and text messages within 24 hours. Second, he helped me to focus on the facts of the case. He knows what will and will not be relevant to the court. Third, and most importantly, Paul gave excellent advice. He understands how the system works and what needed to be done to present my case effectively. Best of all, with Paul Matthews as my lawyer, I won!
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Response from Paul Matthews August 8, 2016
Although it is correct that we won this case, please be advised that past results do not guarantee future outcomes. Paul Matthews
Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Aesthetics don't dissapoint
This attorney was 18b and was awful. He ended up converting to the plaintiffs attitude toward me, perhaps influenced by the false allegations. My personal exoerience leads me to believe he does not have integrity. He told me of a joke he and the forensic consult had about the thing that was written about me, misrepresenting my character and the facts of the case. He expressed that he and the consult had a good chuckle on their own and the other sides behalf at my expense. Somehow I remember this most clearly as an indication of his loyalty and integrity as to his representation of me in the case against a covert narcissist who has manipulated the system using bully attorneys and triangulating all parties by corrupting them with money. So the inside joke was not justified. This attorney appears to have some character flaws as his appearance may indicate. Just my 2 sense.
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Response from Paul Matthews December 15, 2020
This is why I am no longer taking court appointed cases. Assuming that I did represent this anonymous reviewer, I have no idea what he is talking about. Attorneys are not allowed to discuss open cases with forensic psychologists. Unfortunately a small percentage of court appointed clients have difficult or even hopeless cases and when they lose the only person they can find to blame is their lawyer. One of the biggest problem about taking court appointed work is that the clients don't choose you so tend to not trust you, while you don't get to choose or screen them and sometimes have to take clients with various mental health issues that make it difficult to build any kind of trust
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-200 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Paul Matthews ESq.
  • 1996 - Present
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel
  • New York City Law Department, Office Of The Corporation Counsel
  • 2003 - 2006


  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Baruch College
  • MBA
  • 1993
  • State University of New York, Binghamton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971


  • National Legal Aid and Defender Association
  • member
  • 1997 - Present
  • new york family court bar association
  • President
  • 2004 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 10 best
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • American jurisprudence awards (7)
  • American jurisprudence
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Conflicts of Interest- ethics
  • 2011
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Evidence Selected topics
  • 2011
  • Continuing legal education
  • Defending Child Support Cases
  • 2010
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Defending Mental retardation termination of rights cases
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (2)
Endorse Paul
Family Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Exceptional attorney, dedicated to client success. Highly recommended."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Paul for many years and I respect his work."
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul and I settled an extremely complicated custody matter. We each had particular clients that had their own wants, regarding access to their child. However, working together we were able to put together a fair and equitable settlement that worked for each of our clients."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Paul Matthews on several complicated family law cases. I have always found him to be very professional and prepared. He is also very knowledgeable in the area of family law."
Divorce and separation