Matthew S. Buttacavoli

Top rated Family Law attorney in Newport Beach, California

Minyard Morris
Matthew S. Buttacavoli
Minyard Morris

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 1999

Education: University of San Diego School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
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1811 Quail St
Newport Beach, CA 92660 Visit website


Matthew S. Buttacavoli is a partner with Minyard Morris LLP law firm in Newport Beach, California. Board-certified as a specialist in family law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Buttacavoli has more than 25 years of total legal experience, and he provides outstanding representation and support to clients throughout Orange County who are going through a divorce or have some other serious family law issue they need to address.

A top-ranked and award-winning lawyer, Mr. Buttacavoli has achieved considerable success guiding his clients through the divorce process and helping them make the best informed decisions on the matters that will affect their families for years to come. He has extensive experience handling high-asset divorce cases and protecting his clients' rights and interests in complicated property division matters. Prior to focusing on family law, he led a successful civil litigation practice, where he gained invaluable experience with a wide range of business and personal disputes.

Regarded as a leader in his field, Mr. Buttacavoli has served as president of the University of San Diego School of Law Alumni Association's Orange County Chapter as well as for the Italian American Lawyers of Orange County, where he also served on the board. He has also served as board member of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County and the Veterans Legal Institute along with the Orange County Bar Association's Appointments Committee.

He is founding fellow of the Society of Fellows of the Orange County Bar Foundation, and he is an active member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, the Orange County Bar Association Family Law Section and the Federalist Society, among his many other professional affiliations.

Honored for his impeccable professionalism and superior client service, Mr. Buttacavoli has received top peer review ratings on Martindale-Hubbell along with a National Top One Percent designation from the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He has also received "Superb" 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo, as well as the site's Clients' Choice Award, and he received the General George W. Hickman, Jr. Award for excellence in Constitutional Law. He has also received several commendations for his selfless pro bono and volunteer work for the poor and disadvantaged.

A 1995 magna cum laude graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Mr. Buttacavoli obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1999. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Central Districts of California as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Paternity

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1999, California

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Alumnus of the Family Law Advanced Business Valuation Institute
  • Alumnus of the Family Law Trial Institute, a nationally preeminent program which for more than twenty years has provided advanced education, training and instruction in trial practice
  • Board of Directors, American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), Region 85
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Served on the Public Law Center of Orange County's Volunteers for Justice Dinner Committee and its Silent Auction Committee and served as the Silent Auction Committee’s co-chair
  • Member of the Federalist Society
  • Ambassador Member of the National Italian-American Foundation
  • Founding Fellow of the Society of Fellows of the Orange County Bar Foundation
  • Member, Resolutions Committee, Orange County Bar Association
  •  Orange County Bar Association, Board of Director's Appointment Committee
  • Former President and Current Board Member of The Italian-American Lawyers of Orange County (Lex Romana)
  • Member, Family Law Section, Orange County Bar Association 
  • State Bar of California
  • Member, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member, Board of Directors, Veterans Legal Institute
  • Southern Districts of California
  • United States District Court for the Central
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • President, Orange County Chapter of USD School of Law Alumni
  • Member of Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation-Orange County
  • President/Board Member of the Italian American Lawyers of Orange County
  • Founding Fellow of the Society of Fellows of the Orange County Bar Foundation
  • Member of the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Served on Orange County Bar Association Board of Directors Appointment Committee
  • Recognized as a “Superhero of Tustin” by the Tustin Community Foundation for his work as a Director on the Board of Directors of Veteran’s Legal Institute, which provides pro bono legal services for veterans (April 2018)
  • Certified Specialist in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization 
  • Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for legal services by the State Bar of California Board of Trustees in recognition for his voluntary provision of legal services to the poor or disadvantaged, improving the law and the legal system and increasing access to justice - Nominated by the Public Law Center of Orange County's Board of Directors 
  • Named to National Top One Percent by National Association of Distinguished Counsel 
  • Rated a 10 out of 10 on
  • Recipient of's Client Choice Award Orange County Family Law (2017 & 2014) 
  • General George W. Hickman, Jr. Award for excellence in Constitutional Law
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • From Consult to Trial - Demystifying the Preservation, Collection and Presentation of ESI in Family Law: Co-sponsored by the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists and Levitt & Quinn Public Law Center, December 2015 Guest speaker for the Litigation Section of the Orange County Paralegal Association “Must Post-Termination Procedural Due Process Include a Full, Trial-Like Evidentiary Hearing? A Critique of Townsel v. San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board,” San Diego Law Review, Vol. 36, No. 4
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Family Law Specialist (California Board of Legal Specialization)
  • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar
Educational Background:
  • University of San Diego School of Law (J.D.) - cum laude, 1999
  • University of California, Irvine (B.A.) - magna cum laude, 1995
  • Received a sanctions award of approximately $100,000 after prevailing on opposing party's attempt to set aside a judgment following a multiple day evidentiary hearing., 2019
  • Prevailed during the trial on the contested issue of the character of an expensive jewellery item, overcoming the presumption of a gift by demonstrating to the court that the value of the item was substantial taking into account the circumstances of the marriage and, because my client also prevailed on tracing the source of the funds to purchase the item as my client's sole and separate property, the jewelry item was awarded to my client as separate property., 2019
  • Successfully and cooperatively worked with opposing counsel to resolve a contested case involving complex issues, including the disposition of various interrelated business entities, where the business owner desired to continue to co-own the businesses with my client or to sell the business and where my client instead desired the business valued and awarded to the business owner, 2019
  • Prevailed after a multiple-day trial on nearly all contested issues of property division and support and successfully argued at the subsequent attorneys' fees hearing and request for sanctions that the other side violated Family Code Section 271 for failing to engage in meaningful settlement negotiations and for other conduct, resulting in a denial of the other side's requested fee award and further resulting in opposing party paying one hundred percent of their attorneys' fees and expert costs for the entire case out of their share of assets without contribution from my client who was the significantly higher earner, 2018

Office location for Matthew S. Buttacavoli

1811 Quail St
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Phone: 949-724-1111


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  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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