MATTHEW GOODWIN (ASSOCIATE)

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 and same sex couples and partners.

Whenever possible, Matthew’s priority is to help client’s resolve their disputes 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, Matt worked for seven years for former President Bill Clinton, first as a fellow and eventually as Director of Scheduling. During his time with President Clinton, Matt was involved in a number of projects including Clinton’s role as Tsunami Envoy, the 2006 and 2008 election cycles, post Hurricane-Katrina relief efforts and more.

Matt 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.

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

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