5.0 stars 32 totalReview Lisa Zeiderman
From the very beginnig, Lisa instilled a feeling of confidence in me. During tis very difficult time, Lisa was a great support and assured me that things would turn out well. They did. Lisa looked out for my best interests and was tireless in her efforts to do everything in order that I would have a secure future.. She is not only an outstanding attorney, but one who cares extemely well for her clients. One could not ask for a better attorney.
My divorce was very high conflict and lasted five and a half years. I could write volumes on all the mistakes I made and fill a book with all kinds of emotional and legal advice to sustain you throughout the process. HOWEVER, the absolute best advice I can give you is to RUN, not walk (as I initially did) to Lisa Zeiderman. I went through two attorneys and three years of divorce, including a year and a half in the Collaborative Divorce process (big mistake), before retaining Lisa Zeiderman. Do not be naive like me! Please realize at the onset that divorce is war and that you need to enter battle with the biggest guns you have (AKA Lisa Zeiderman). My spouse is highly aggressive and manipulative, and my prior counsel did not have the wherewithal to stand up to him and thus rendered me so unprotected, I had all but lost custody of my three children. My spouse was also well on his way to dissipating all our assets in his attempts to leave me with very little to nothing. By the time I retained Lisa my divorce was a huge mess. Lisa was straight forward with me from the moment I hired her, knowing how complicated my case was she assured me that she would do all she could but at the same time did not make any promises. However, in the end, Lisa delivered beyond my expectations! She carefully untangled my very complicated case like a ninja and got my three children rightfully back in my home. She also recouped hundreds of thousands of dollars my spouse dissipated during our long divorce process. Prior to hiring Lisa, my spouse was giddy with power as he carefully schemed blow after blow in his attempts to strip me of everything I held dear. Then I retained Lisa and the buck stopped with her. My case then shifted drastically for the better. Not only was Lisa able to predict my spouses' every move, pinpoint the issues most important to my case, but also counter my spouses' never ending manipulations. Lisa just gets it! It was such a relief to have an attorney that finally had the wherewithal to stand up to my spouse - calling him out on his multitude of manipulations and prompting him to finally settle our case in a fair manner. Lisa may be tiny in physicality but never doubt how mighty she is; she does not back down!! In all sincerity, retaining Lisa was one of the best decisions I ever made; I would have lost everything otherwise. On the other hand, my biggest regret is that I did not hire her at the onset of my divorce. Please do not be naive like I initially was - RUN, don't walk to Lisa Zeiderman.
Posted by Jean
My daughter lived in NYC at the time her baby was born. She and the father were living together but not married. After the baby's birth, it became evident to my daughter that she was in an emotionally abusive relationship. She had known that the father was mentally unstable soon after she had gotten pregnant, but he was getting medical help and was on appropriate medicine so she thought, with her support, that they could stay together. Unfortunately, like so many others with mental difficulties, he thought he was better and didn't need to continue taking his medicine. It became a very bad situation.
My husband and I live in another state, but, fortunately, we have a good friend who is an attorney here. She made several phone calls for us and spoke with several lawyers in New York, and she felt that based on her conversation with Lisa that we should contact Lisa. We did and were very impressed with Lisa's knowledge and professionalism. My daughter filed immediately for custody.
Now someone not familiar with the court system might think that this would not be a complicated case since the father was mentally unstable. I don't know if all judges in NYC are as liberal as this judge was, but Lisa had her work cut out for her. I don't know what we would have done without her wise counsel helping us every step of the way. Lisa was always on top of things. She would explain everything clearly to us. She listened. She could anticipate happenings and would prepare us for all of the variants that we could encounter. She was extremely kind and understanding, especially with daughter who was emotionally distraught and fearful. My daughter bonded with her immediately, which was, of course, crucial. She felt she could really talk to Lisa and Lisa would understand. Lisa was always responsive to our Emails and our questions, even when she was on vacation (which is when things always seem to happen!) Lisa earned our trust and our respect. She is little, but she is mighty!
We thought we were finished when my daughter got full custody of our grandson; but the day after we won the custody case, the father's mother filed a Grandmother Petition, and, so, another round began. Lisa showed her exceptionalism once again. With the custody case settled, my daughter was finally allowed to leave the State of New York, so she moved near us. The Grandmother lived in yet another state, but we all had to return to New York for the hearings because that was where the child had resided 6 months prior to the filing of the petition. Lisa had to research the law of the state where my daughter now resided as well as the law of the state where the Grandmother resided in addition to, of course, knowing the laws of New York regarding Grandmother Petitions. Again, her skills were invaluable. Once again, Lisa prevailed in preventing the father, who is allowed supervised visitation, to skirt the law and see the child without supervision in his mother's home, where he resided. Lisa was able to see through the veiled attempts to manipulate the court and the misrepresentations of the facts. Her intuitive agility is remarkable and is one reason she is in a class by herself. We feel that Lisa's abilities saved our daughter's son, our precious grandson, from much mental turmoil and possibly even unintentional danger to his life (if the father were to have an episode in his presence and were not constrained). Release from this situation has also given my daughter a chance at a more stable life and a healthier and brighter future. Lisa saved all of us, and she will always have our unbridled respect and admiration, as well as our sincere and deep appreciation. We would highly recommend Lisa, without reservation.
Posted by a client
It was 4am and I was on Avvo looking for an attorney when I came across Lisa Zeiderman's reviews.......I felt an immediate connection with the people she had helped previously. Divorce can be one of the toughest experiences someone can go through. After trying hard for a long time to keep my marriage together for my kids and the sake of the relationship my spouse and I once had, my wife filed for divorce with the objective of setting herself up as if it was a career move. I guess it kind of took me by surprise but the person I trusted and loved was out to drown me.......Lisa Zeiderman was my life raft!
At first I chose a competent attorney with a low retainer, thinking we could settle out and move on......but then I found out that my wife's attorney was part of a group of attorneys trained long ago to make false, sweeping accusations and distort the truth in an effort to back their opponents into a corner and scare them into making hasty, short sighted settlements favoring their clients. I knew I needed help and someone that would not only act as an advocate for me but guide me through a process that often does not make sense. There is no doubt that the best decision I ever made was having Lisa Zeiderman represent me.
My wife quickly positioned to take all the money and the kids, and was looking to set herself up for years to come by tossing me aside & sacrificing me for her own financial benefit. Lisa is extremely good at reading the situation and adjusting as you go through the process to whatever is transpiring. She is very smart and never ever gives up. She is kind, fair, firm, understanding and I always felt protected......even when it seemed like the walls were closing in. Lisa's teammates were fantastic as well; her whole office and her partners were always there to help me.
In the end I got the custody deal I wanted; which was the most important part to me. I also was able to get to a financial settlement that allowed me to get on with my life and retain just about all that was rightfully mine. There is a reason Lisa is rated so highly; its because she is consistently good at what she does. While there is no magic wand and every case is different, I wouldn't have made it through this very stressful time without Lisa.......I am forever grateful to Lisa for my sake and my kids! THANK YOU LISA!
Do not hesitate any further; it's all true, Lisa is the best attorney you can retain and you want her on your side not sitting across from you on the other side!
Posted by Shery
If you want a lawyer who guides & listens to you & takes the reigns when you are going through a most difficult & vulnerable time; then hire Lisa.If you want a lawyer who really knows the law & delivers with precision & passion & integrity; then hire Lisa.If you want a lawyer who responds quickly & doesn't waste time;,then hire Lisa.If you want a lawyer whose got your back,plays fair and sees the outcome of the whole picture;then hire Lisa.She's the real deal.
Posted by a client
Lisa Zeiderman was and remains the reason I am able to live my life fully as a mother and a single one at that now. My marriage was difficult and the details were painful. Lisa kept me grounded, focused and determined as a human being, which gave me the confidence boost I needed to move on. This confidence is why I am the best mother possible. She was tenacious and yet she was kind, she was bright yet she was not cocky, she's tireless and yet, she knows when to scale back. To this day, I am thankful and grateful to her because my ex and I are now in a good place to parent our child, which never would have happened with another lawyer. She made the experience that much more human. I will always refer her to others. They are lucky to have her.
Posted by Suzanne P.
While going through the process of divorce, Lisa Zeiderman consistently demonstrated a high level of knowing the business, and the law. Her thoughtful dedication to the safety of my children and myself gave me the confidence I needed to endure the process. She is fearless, strong, energetic as well as efficient. I appreciated her good communication skills, availability and timeliness of responses. Her staff were highly competent, and very pleasant to deal with.
Posted by a client
I found Lisa Zeiderman back in 2008 when I was undertaking an emotionally difficult divorce. Finding Lisa was invaluable. Her approach was thoughtful, sensible, and reasoned. Being a retired attorney myself, I could appreciate Lisa' competence and her good sense. Lisa was great at helping me take the approach I wanted to take in the matter while also doing a good job of pointing out things it wasn't clear I could be as objective about. She was a strong advocate without being overly confrontational and she was sensitive to costs, all of which were important to me. Lisa was also responsive. Recently, I needed to reach out to her (over five years later) about a small outstanding issue from the divorce. She remembered me and responded immediately. I've recommended Lisa to friends/acquaintances based upon her work on my behalf.
Posted by a Divorce client
Lisa is a lawyer of integrity,knowledge & boundless energy.She promptly replied to my many calls and most importantly advised me through a difficult situation.She is tenacious and will fight for you all the way.She is the advocate you want to have during such a stressful time.
Posted by Sue
Not enough positive adjectives in the English language to describe the work Lisa did for me, but I will try. Super smart, savvy, intuitive, responsive, hardworking, no nonsense and fabulous. She is truly the "pit bull in a skirt" that I was told she was in the sense that she grabs hold of something and doesn't let go. And yet, she is fair to the other side (or at least appeared to be to me!). She doesn't come off so tough that the other side cannot negotiate with her. In other words, she knows how to make a deal, like the best of them. But, where she is truly better than the "best of them" is her intuitive skills. She had the unique ability to truly understand the other side (my husband) and from reading his emails to me and from listening -- really listening -- to my stories, she helped me to respond when I was so emotional I couldn't do so on my own rationally. But more importantly, by understanding who he was, and what he wanted, she knew better how to negotiate with him and his atty. You cannot negotiate if you don't know what the other side wants too! Common sense right? Yet, how many attorneys really make that effort to truly understand their client, let alone their client's husband? And yet, she would tell me when I was in danger of wasting my money, like when I should've been talking to a therapist instead of an attorney! She is not one to run up your bill for the sake of it. She is very efficient and does what she has to do w/o wasting your money. Also, Lisa's availability -- including phone calls from her vacation overseas, to late night emails to returning phone calls on holidays -- was nothing short of wonderful. I would recommend Lisa Zeiderman without hesitation and vouch for her professionalism unconditionally.