Reape-Rickett Attorneys Receive Highest Ethical Rating


The Reape-Rickett Law Firm is proud to announce Shareholders James P. Reape, Matthew A. Breddan, and Donald R. Klahs, Of Counsel, received Martindale-Hubbell’s 2022 AV Preeminent® rating. This selection marks James Reape’s first Preeminent rating, Mr. Breddan’s fifth consecutive selection, and Mr. Klahs’ twenty-third year as a Preeminent rated attorney.


Highest Rated Family Law Attorneys in Southern California


James P. Reape began practicing in 1983 and, upon establishing The Reape-Rickett Law Firm in 1998, focused exclusively on family law matters. With nearly forty years of experience, Mr. Reape is an expert in highly compensated individuals, business owners, complex compensation schemes, and complex or multiple asset matters. He is adept at resolving high-net-worth divorces and has extensive trial and settlement experience. In addition to his AV Preeminent® Rating, Mr. Reape has received the Super Lawyers distinction since 2015, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. The Super Lawyers selection reflects his decades of experience, professional achievements, and a high degree of peer recognition. He was also voted the Ultimate Attorney in Santa Clarita by elite Magazine readers in 2019, and received the Best Lawyers designation in 2021, 2022, and 2023. In addition to advocating for his clients, Mr. Reape donates his time to various non-profit groups within his community, including serving as an Arbitrator and Mediator for Los Angeles Superior Court and Arbitrator for Los Angeles County Bar Fee Dispute Program.


For over 25 years, Matthew A. Breddan has provided outstanding family law services to families across Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Mr. Breddan is a tireless advocate for his client’s rights and best interests. His goal is to achieve the best possible results for his clients and, throughout the process, assure that children are not used as pawns or bargaining chips to accomplish a goal or agenda of either party. In addition to receiving the AV Preeminent® Rating, Mr. Breddan has been selected to the Southern California Super Lawyer more than ten times, confirming his high degree of peer recognition and professional achievements. When not fiercely advocating for his clients, Mr. Breddan volunteers his time as a Daily Settlement Officer throughout Los Angeles County Courthouses and serves on the San Fernando Valley Bar Association Executive Committee. Mr. Breddan is also committed to serving his community. In 2019 he became a Board Member of Haven Hills, a domestic violence agency and non-profit organization that provides life-saving support for domestic violence survivors.


Donald R. Klahs has practiced law for 45 years, many of those years focused exclusively on family law matters. Throughout his career, Mr. Klahs has served clients throughout the Santa Clarita Valley and Los Angeles County. He joined our firm in 2013 as an Of Counsel member, adding his decades of courtroom and settlement experience to our organization. In addition to providing clients with straight forward, results-oriented assistance, Mr. Klahs also served as a Judge Pro Tem, and mediated cases for the Los Angeles Superior Court for over 15 years.


Family Lawyers in Calabasas, Santa Clarita, and Westlake Village


As members of The Reape-Rickett Law Firm, Mr. Reape, Mr. Breddan, and Mr. Klahs are committed to providing distinguished family law services for families across Conejo Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley, Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties. The Reape-Ricket Law Firm provides experienced, assertive representation in divorce, paternity, prenuptial agreements, post-nuptial agreements, spousal support, child custody, visitation, support, post-judgment, mediation, legal separation, and other family law matters. If you need family law representation second to none, contact The Reape-Rickett Law Firm at (888) 851-1611 or reach us here.


For additional information regarding the AV Preeminent® rating visit, Martindale-Hubbell, to learn more about the Super Lawyers distinction visit, SuperLawyers, and for additional details on the Best Lawyers selection, visit BestLawyers.


Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are Certification Marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

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