Posted by Liz
Jennifer Sunderlin helped me navigate the world of same-sex union prior to the SCOTUS decision that changed legal standing for same-sex couples on a federal level. Jen is personable, caring, and unrelenting in her advocacy for her clients. If I ever need anything related to family law in the future, Jen will be my first call!
Posted by Jolene
Jennifer Sunderlin is a knowledgable, resourceful professional who not only got me the outcome I desired, but also kept me informed, and helped me to remain calm through this difficult time. I would highly recommend Mrs. Sunderlin for anyone, man or woman, who needs a resourceful go getter with a heart!
Posted by a client
I would actually like to talk to the Better Business Bureau to find out if it is ethical to charge a client for writing *to* the lawyer a letter of complaint, and getting billed for reading that letter and for writing a response. It's certainly rude. It's certainly insult to injury. And (!), our family only lives on SSI and child support. Billable hours for complaints--a new low for lawyers :-( .
One of the things I wrote in the letter to say why I was displeased was the complete lack of communication. She told me that that's how she helps save money for people like me (to fail to communicate). She DID have the time to write her full explanation to my complaints, but not the time to make a strategy.
My case was more complicated than the cut-and-dry, cut-and-paste legal formalities: it involved pressing the father to pay for out-of-network health coverage for the children. Instead of learning that health insurance _does not cover_ this illness (I have a friend who has to take her daughter to either Boston or to Westchester County for help), she repeatedly asked, "WHY are you going out-of-network?" I did it to care for these children.
She didn't like my case, so she didn't work well for it. If this lawyer doesn't like your case up front, do NOT stick with her. But....given the lack of communication, just...don't do it... A one-word yes or no follow-up via phone or email could have be responsible ***and respectful** legal use of time and money. If you don't have money, she doesn't do it. And she and her office don't take constructive criticism--AT ALL.
Not only did she not believe in the validity of my case, she was rude in communication from the get-go. I was assigned this lawyer from the firm because she would be the 'cheapest'. She certainly cost me more of my health, and lost me faith in humans--the consistent disrespect was exhausting.
This case involved a negotiation with the ex. She came completely unprepared, which she herself referred to when she told me the surprising offer that the ex gave for legal fees (she only knew April's legal fees and not January through May).
She prepared for negotiations **without me*** and the night before and day of. WHEN I COMPLAINED -- that that was unprofessional and that that hurt my health (I'm on SSI, yes?), I ***got billed for writing a letter of complaint and for her writing a response to me.***.
Is she intelligent? Yes. Is she knowledgeable about the law? Yes. If you have a cut-and-dry case, go for it. Be sure to get emotional support while working with her however--moreso than in other legal / divorce-type actions. Her framework is highly negative and is always about worst-case scenerio. In fact, that IS the thing that she shoots for -- and gets: worst case. She's good for that.
Posted by a client
Attorney Sunderlin has been working with our family for the past few years on personal child-custody related issues. She has always been professional in her personal dealings with us regarding this case as well as in court proceedings. I have appreciated her experience and knowledge of the issues of our case as well as her ability to efficiently network with community resources as needed at various times during our case.
Posted by Matthew
Mrs. Sunderlin has exceeded my expectations. Mrs. Sunderlin is an excellent attorney who prides herself on being thorough, practical and punctual. Mrs. Sunderlin works diligently for her clients making me feel as if I am her only client. Mrs. Sunderlin works hard for her clients.
Posted by dave
Jen stuck with me through thick and thin in a MISERABLE custody battle (is there any other kind??) spanning years and litigation in at least 3 different counties, dealing with uncaring Law Guardians and bizarre and ill conceived decisions from the Court. In each instance, she was well prepared for Court and was excellent in Motion Practice, ultimately winning several key points. Her negotiation skills are excellent, as was her professionalism and compassion throughout this horrible ordeal.