The CFLS Designation Explained

The State Bar of California certifies attorneys as specialists who have gone beyond the standard licensing requirements. Our state’s legal specialization program was the first of its kind in the U.S., and it has served as a model for other state programs for certifying legal specialists around the nation. The Founders Purcell Stowell  — MATT PURCELL, and MICHELLE STOWELL — are family law experts, and have:

  • Passed the Family Law Specialist Bar Exam
  • Been recommended by judges and other attorneys
  • Obtained experience and rigorous training in all areas of family law
  • Participated as lead counsel in all facets of family law trials
  • Committed to ongoing education and recertification

Only a small percentage of California lawyers are Certified Family Law Specialists.

This high level of public commitment to excellence in the practice of family law extends beyond their clients. Matt and Michelle have devoted time to pro bono work, volunteering, and serving on Boards of Directors for organizations dedicated to serving our communities.

Family law is a highly technical field. Make no mistake, retaining a Certified Family Law Specialist is money well-spent, and will save you trouble, time and expense over the long run.

Purcell Stowell attorneys practice EXCLUSIVELY in family law, handling cases involving:

  • Divorce / Dissolution of marriage
  • Spousal and child support
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Children with special needs
  • Domestic violence, DVROs
  • Complex property division
  • Business valuation issues
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Guardianships
  • Juvenile dependency
  • International child custody
  • Domestic partnerships and dissolutions
  • Trials, litigation and appeals



FORESTER PURCELL STOWELL PC  is a Northern California law firm focused exclusively on specialized counsel for complex divorce and family law issues. The firm’s founders are recognized by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization as Certified Family Law Specialists and regularly represent business owners, professionals, and other high net worth individuals (or their spouses) in divorce, premarital agreements, guardianships, and related actions. The legal team can be reached via our Contact Page or by phone at 916 293 4000. This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal advice.
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