Matthew W. Cord, Esq.

Matthew W. Cord, Esq.

Divorce Attorney



Matthew Cord is a Licensed Attorney in California, Oregon and Montana. He has over 23 years’ experience in all phases of litigation in both State and Federal Courts. Mr. Cord is also a trained and certified Minor’s Counsel. This means he can be appointed by a Court to represent the children in high conflict divorce and custody cases. Prior to joining Andrew Johnson’s office in Vista, California, Mr. Cord served as Civilian Counsel for the Department of the Navy, a Litigation Associate in Irvine, California, and a Deputy City Attorney in San Diego, California. Additionally, Mr. Cord served more than 20 years as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps in both active and reserve assignments.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody, Visitation and Parenting Plans
  • Child Support
  • Minor’s Counsel
  • Spousal Support
  • High Asset Divorce
  • Divorce Involving Closely-Held Business or Professional Practice
  • Post Decree Changes and Modifications
  • Expungement of Criminal Records & Re-sentencing

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1999
  • Montana, 2017
  • Oregon, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2000
  • All Military Courts and Military Courts of Appeal, 1995


  • Instructor, Business Law, University of Phoenix, 2012 – Present
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy, U.S. Naval Justice School, 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of General Counsel, Department of the Navy, Deputy Counsel, 2005 – 2012
  • San Diego City Attorney, Deputy City Attorney, 2001 – 2005


  • U.S. Naval Justice School, Newport Rhode Island – Honor Graduate, 1995
  • Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, 1994
  • Michigan State, B.A. International Relations & Economics, 1991


  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Cornelius Honor Society