FORESTER PURCELL Expands Family Law Firm with Addition of Michelle L. Stowell to Form FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL

In one month, Matt and I will celebrate a full year as business partners. But today, we have more exciting news about changes to our family law firm:


Long-time friend and colleague Michelle L. Stowell has joined the firm,


We’re beyond thrilled to add Michelle to our team. She’s wicked smart, deeply devoted to her professional craft, and revered by clients.

Why are we doing the happy dance in Michelle’s honor? For reasons:

  • Michelle is a Certified Family Law Specialist, a designation earned and maintained through the California Bar.
  • As the mother of a child with autism, Michelle has an acute interest in resolving family law issues facing parents with special needs children, and devotes a significant portion of her practice toward this community.
  • Commitment to community service runs deep at FPS. Michelle has served on the Board of Directors for FEAT (Families for Early Autism Treatment) since 2006 and offers member educational programs on “Child Custody and the Special Needs Child.”
  • Michelle shares our client-centric service attitude. Our clients drive their case decisions. We set realistic expectations, offer guidance based on likely outcomes, and keep our clients fully informed.
  • As a member of the Sacramento Collaborative Law Practice Group and a trained Family Law Mediator, Michelle has the knowledge and flexibility to tailor legal strategies and solutions to her clients’ unique circumstances.
  • She comes from a high-caliber, big-firm litigation background. When settlement is not possible, Michelle advocates aggressively in family court, having earned the respect of local judges and opposing counsel alike.
  • Michelle appreciates our firm’s Wellness Program… as a spin class junky, she stays physically fit and mentally focused on successful client outcomes.
  • Whether you need to complete a divorce, divide marital property, create a child custody or parenting plan, or protect your family from domestic violence, Michelle brings to bear more than 15 years in practice.
  • Read more about Michelle on her bio page.

You may have noticed our firm tagline on this website: From the family room to the courtroom, we bring you peace of mind. The addition of Michelle’s talents to our law firm certainly brings peace of mind to Matt, and me, and we couldn’t be more pleased to call our friend a business partner.


Neil M. E. Forester is a shareholder and a California Certified Family Law Specialist with Forester Purcell Stowell PC. He regularly represents business owners, professionals, and other high income and high net worth individuals (or their spouses) in divorce and related actions. He also writes and speaks regularly on divorce and family law issues. Neil can be reached at or 916 293 4000. This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal advice.

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