Matthew M. Purcell
;I became a lawyer because my parents went through a very nasty divorce when I was young. The judge made some very
difficult decisions that had an extremely positive impact
on my life and I figured if I could one day help do the same,
then it would all be worth it.
;My greatest talent as a lawyer is finding an amicable resolution.
;In my practice, I work on improving the view litigants have of
divorce lawyers. Communication is key.
;My career has surprised me by the amount of ties I feel like I
need to own.
;The best advice I have for new lawyers is work toward resolution,
be respectful always, and make the clerk your best friend.
;The most rewarding part of my job is helping people through
incredibly difficult times.
;I wish that more lawyers would practice family law. We need
good attorneys that want to do it.
;During my free time, I exercise, golf, snowboard, cycle, and
;The most memorable trip I ever took: Too many — recently I was
in New York for Superstorm Sandy — hard to say that one
can have a good time, but we did. We were above the power
cutoff in Manhattan, and aside from one day of things being closed, we really made the best of it. We had our hotel
to thank for the trip, as they refused to refund our money,
so we essentially had to go. We ended up being one of the
last trains to Manhattan and one of the first ones out after
we stayed for the week.
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;I look up to anyone who listens more than they speak. I could
use some more of that.
;If I took one day off in the middle of the week, I would work out,
work on the house, and spend time with my family. OK, if it is
summer, I’d go golfing. And in winter, I’d go snowboarding.
;I enjoy reading. Or I used to enjoy reading before law school.
Now, if I read it usually ends up being magazines or articles
online. Something short. I catch up on daily Arsenal FC
blogs/news, but if I end up grabbing a book, it probably is
one of the Halo books (a guilty pleasure).
;I create work/life balance by trying to stay fit, attending church
regularly and staying in contact with my mentor.
;My favorite place in the Pacific Northwest is the ‘Burg. So many
great memories and favorite places to visit. We make
a point of going through Ellensburg when visiting
Wenatchee, just so we can stop and grab a clausen and a
scone at D&M Coffee. So good!
;I worry about getting home on time. Or when my car is in the
shop. For some reason, that really stresses me out.
;I am happiest when I can help. I like helping.
;Nobody would ever suspect that I have flown a plane.
;Aside from my career, I am most proud of this: The way in which
faith has shaped my life.
;This is on my bucket list: London. Emirates Stadium. Arsenal
;This makes me roll my eyes: Listening to a politician.
;This makes me smile: My wife and son.
;My greatest fear is that I would cause someone harm or hurt
;My favorite band/musical artists are Billy Talent, Saves the Day,
AFI, and Ellie Goulding. I have a thing for girly pop music.
;If I could get free tickets to any event, I would go to the World Cup!
;You should give this a try: Alligator. It’s pretty tasty.
;I have been telling others not to miss soccer. It really is the next
big thing here in the U.S. Besides, it’s hard to complain
about watching a game that is over in about 115 minutes
with no commercials.
My name is Matt Purcell and I am an associate
at Leavy, Schultz, Davis, Clare & Ruff, P.S., in Kennewick, where I am blessed to continue practicing family law. Email me at email@example.com.
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