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Attorney Profiles

John M. Coyle
John is the founding attorney of the Law Offices of John M. Coyle. Born in Grand Junction, Colorado, John grew up in the Seattle, Washington area. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
John served in the U.S. Air Force as Judge Advocate General Counsel for five years, participating in court martial and other military legal proceedings. After leaving the Air Force in 1977, John has been continuously practicing law in Solano County and the surrounding areas.
John has demonstrated his commitment to his community, including service as:
City Attorney of Suisun City
President of Solano County Legal Aid
Board of Directors, Legal Services of Northern California
John has over 34 years of experience in family law, civil litigation, real estate law, estate administration, guardianships, and conservatorships.
Matthew B. Smith
The Law Office of Matthew B. Smith is in Davis, California. A former associate attorney with the Law Offices of John M. Coyle, Matt opened his own practice in nearby Yolo County in 2006. He remains “of counsel” with the Law Offices of John M. Coyle, handling many of our Yolo County cases. Matt is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and McGeorge School of Law. His focus areas are family law, bankruptcy, probate, and estate planning. Learn more about Matt by visiting his website:

Catherine Vance
Catherine grew up in Michigan, graduating from Albion College in 1976. Moving to California, she earned a Master’s Degree from the University of California and a law degree from McGeorge School of Law. Graduating with honors, Catherine also received American Jurisprudence Awards in Family Law and Legal Research and Writing.
Catherine’s focus is child custody matters and mediated family law cases. She has been a child advocate in one capacity or another for more than 35 years, including work in group homes and facilities for abused children, with teens in trouble with the law, and with organizations devoted to child protection. A former licensed foster parent, Catherine has been entrusted by Family and Juvenile Court judges to represent more than 300 children and teens.
Catherine has also successfully mediated dozens of cases by working with both parties to a family law dispute. This has saved her clients the time, expense, and emotional toll of cases dragging through an overburdened Family Court.
In 2010, the Vances approached colleague John Coyle with a proposal to merge their firms to capitalize on their shared approach to legal disputes:
Peaceable Resolution When Possible.
Effective Litigation When Necessary.

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