Matthew K. Skarin

Top rated Family Law attorney in El Segundo, California

Skarin Law Group
Matthew K. Skarin
Skarin Law Group

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 2010

Education: Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Languages Spoken: English, French

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020

Skarin Law Group

360 N. Pacific Coast Highway
Suite 1000
El Segundo, CA 90245 Visit website


Attorney Matthew K. Skarin is the founder and president of Skarin Law Group in Manhattan Beach, California. Certified as a Family Law Specialist by The State Bar of California, Mr. Skarin has over a decade of legal experience, and he provides invaluable representation and support to clients throughout Los Angeles and surrounding areas who are dealing with tough and sensitive legal challenges involving and of the following:

·       Marital dissolution and legal separation

·       Child custody and visitation

·       Child and spousal support

·       Paternity matters

·       Post-judgment modifications and enforcements

·       Prenuptial and postnuptial marriage agreements

Along with his certification as a family law specialist, Mr. Skarin is also a Certified Public Accountant and licensed California real estate broker, and he holds the distinction of being the only attorney in California to hold all three credentials. As such, he can provide an unmatched level of counsel to his clients to help them not only with their divorces but also with their any related tax and real property issues, particularly for those who hold considerable assets.

As an attorney, Mr. Skarin has gained a reputation for his hands-on approach and his ability to get right to the heart of the matter to deliver the honest, straightforward advice his clients need to make the best-informed decisions. He has also become known for his creative problem-solving skills as well as his dedication to helping his clients achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

A highly personable and responsive attorney, Mr. Skarin answers his clients phone calls and emails promptly to address their questions and concerns while providing regular updates as to the statuses of their cases. Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, he has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and perennial top rankings and endorsements from his peers, and he was named an Up-and-Coming Top 100 Attorney from 2017 to 2020. He has also received "Superb, 10 out of 10" client ratings on Avvo.

A 2002 graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mr. Skarin obtained his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in 2009. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, and he is member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Family Law Section and the Santa Monica Bar Association, where he served as chair of its Family Law Section from 2018 to 2019.

Mr. Skarin is also a member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists as well as the Los Angeles Regional Standing Committee of Flexcom, and he has conducted lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Father's Rights, Marital Property, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2010, California

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Family Basics for the Non-Practitioner” for Armenian Bar Association’s CLE + Soiree
  • Matthew Skarin was on a panel for the 50th Annual Family Law Symposium for the Los Angeles County Bar Association with the Honorable Lawrence P. Riff, Lorna Mouton Riff, CPA, CFF, and Andrew L. Hunt, CPA, ASA, discussing basic and sophisticated approaches to determine cash flow available for support., Speaker, Cash Flow: Where Do You Find the Money?, Los Angeles County Bar Association Family Law Symposium, Family Law, 2018
  • 5 Reasons Your Client Should Have a Premarital Agreement, Attorney at Law Magazine Vol. 2 No. 10, 2016
  • Staff Member, Loyola Law School Entertainment Law Review
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC)
  • Board Member, West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
  • Pro bono lawyer for Jenesse Center, Inc., 2012
  • Mentor, Loyola Law School First Year & Alumni Mentor Program
Educational Background:
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2002
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Public Accountant, 2006
  • Certified Family Law Specialist, 2016
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, 2012
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • In August of 2017 Matthew represented his client in trial requesting that the parties' Doheny residence worth in excess of $5,000,000 be awarded solely to his client based on opposing parties' failure to pay the Court ordered spousal support over the past several years.  Matthew client was awarded the Doheny property and the opposing party was held responsible for all encumbrances on the property as well as $4,740 in Family Code Section 271 sanctions. When the opposing party appealed, Matthew represented his client in the appeal.  The trial Court's decision was upheld and Matthew's client was victorious once again., 2017
  • In November of 2021 Mr. Skarin completed a trial in a dissolution matter and all issues were decided in favor of Mr. Skarin's client., 2021
  • In March of 2021 Mr. Skarin resolved a dissolution after trial with all issues decided in favor of his client., 2021
  • In 2018 Matthew obtained a Judgment in a Dissolution matter after a 6 week trial in front of Judge Byrd of the Los Angeles Superior Court.  Matthew was able to have every piece of community property awarded to his client, as well as all of her separate property.  Additionally, the opposing party was sanctioned in the amount of $2,000,000 under Family Code Section 271, making this one of the largest sanction awards in the history of the Los Angeles Superior Court.  Matthew's client was also awarded $45,000 in monthly child support and spousal support. , 2018
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board Member, American Academy of Certified Financial Litigators (AACFL), 2020
  • California, 2010
  • Member, Los Angeles Regional Standing Committee of Flexcom
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member, Beverly Hills Bar Association Family Law Section and Taxation Section
  • U.S. District Court
Representative Clients:
  • Matthew successfully represented the son of a famous Hollywood Producer in his custody dispute with the mother of his child., 2020
  • In 2022 Mr. Skarin represented a reality TV star in her custody matter., 2022
  • In 2021 Mr. Skarin represented a television celebrity in his dissolution and custody matter., 2021
  • Matthew successfully represented the heiress to a decedent's estate in defending her against the claims of decedent's former spouse.  , 2019
  • Matthew represented the mother of a famous clothing designer's child in establishing a child support order, as well as custody and visitation orders that placed custody primarily with Matthew's client., 2019
  • Matthew represented a client with a very successful hemp farm and CBD processing plant in modifying his child support and spousal support obligations and obtaining the opposing party's compliance with the terms of the Judgment., 2020
  • Matthew represented a reality tv star in her dissolution matter in which custody of the minor child was a primary issue., 2019
  • Matthew represented a very successful CFO in terminating his spousal support obligation owed to his ex-wife after a marriage of 20 years., 2020
  • Matthew Skarin and Skarin Law Group, APC named amongst best Family Law Firms and Family Law Attorneys in Los Angeles, Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Matthew Skarin and Skarin Law Group, APC named among the best law firms in the US., Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, LA Magazine, 2015-2020
  • Avvo rating of 10 out of 10., Avvo 10/10, Avvo
  • AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell

Office location for Matthew K. Skarin

360 N. Pacific Coast Highway
Suite 1000
El Segundo, CA 90245

Phone: 310-955-4260


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  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2015 - 2020

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