Law Offices of John M. Coyle
740 Texas St. 3rd floor
Fairfield, Ca. 94533
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The office is generally closed between noon and 1:15 p.m. so our staff can have a lunch break, but noon-hour appointments are available so you do not
have to miss work.
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 as a lawyer 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 more than 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.
Truman H. Vance
Truman was born in Texas and grew up in Richland, Washington. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Truman moved to California, working for Aerojet and Pacific Bell. He then entered law enforcement, starting with the California Highway Patrol and ending in the California Secretary of State's Office as senior special investigator in the areas of white collar crime and real estate, immigration and elections fraud. During his 25 years as a peace officer, Truman advocated for law enforcement interests, such as:
- California Association of Fraud Investigators (President)
- California Association of Criminal Investigators (Board Member)
- California Union of Safety Employees (Legislative Director)
While working full-time in law enforcement, Truman attended American River College and California State University, Sacramento, studying accounting. In 1989, he graduated from McGeorge School of Law and retired with 25 years in law enforcement. After two years as a sole practitioner, Truman joined his wife Catherine to form the Law Office of Vance and Vance. The Vances often work their family law cases as a team to give their clients the talents of both. Truman's expertise is in complex financial issues; Catherine's focus is primarily children.
In 2010, the Vances approached colleague John Coyle with a proposal to merge their firms to capitalize on their shared approach to legal disputes.
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, teens in trouble with the law, and 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 in a family law dispute. This has saved her clients the time, expense and emotional toll of cases dragging through an over-burdened family court.
Divorce & Family Law
Civil Litigation & Probate
Focusing on Resolution, Not Confrontation since 1977
John M. Coyle
Matthew B. Smith of Counsel
Truman Vance of Counsel
Trials * Arbitration * Mediation
Divorce & Family Law
- Child Custody
- Spousal & Child Support
- Property Division
- Real Estate
- Landlord & Tenant
- Estate Administration