MATTHEW GOODWIN (PARTNER)

Matthew practices in all areas of matrimonial and family law including divorce, property distribution, child custody, spousal support, child support, and prenuptial, postnuptial, and separation agreements, modification matters, and custodial relocation cases. Much of Matthew’s practice involves and focuses on issues specific to LGBT+, same sex couples and partners.

Matthew’s priority is to help clients resolve their disputes, whenever possible, through creative settlement and with a minimum of court involvement. At the same time, he recognizes each case is unique and will not hesitate to seek judicial intervention and litigate a case up to and including trial when it is necessary to achieve the best outcome for a client. Matthew has significant experience in Supreme and Family Courts in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Beyond matrimonial and family law, Matthew has assisted clients in the context of condominium and co-op litigation, landlord-tenant litigation, and business dissolution and formation.

With New York’s passage of the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA) that legalized surrogacy in New York, Matthew has begun to develop a practice in family formation and assisted reproduction law.

Prior to attending law school, Matthew worked for several years in politics and for non-profits, all of which helped him develop strong interpersonal skills, an ability to compromise, and an attention to detail.

Matthew is an active member of the Matrimonial Committee of the New York Women’s Bar Association, the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, the American Bar Association, and the New York State Bar Association.

Matthew is admitted to practice in New York and California and the Southern District of
New York.

EDUCATION

B.A. University of CA, Santa Barbara, magna cum laude
J.D. Brooklyn Law School