Posted by JT
My husband chose to leave me after 33 tears of marriage. It devastated me. I loved him. Shortly afterwards I received a letter from his attorney. The letter was accompanied by a proposed settlement agreement, which basically provided for us to sell everything (we had two homes), and equally divide the proceeds. We also both had government pensions. I was pissed off! So I started looking for an attorney.
I started researching online for a qualified divorce attorney. I had more than a million dollars at stake so I had to have someone with a lot of experience. I interviewed several lawyers. Mr. Riddick was the last attorney I interviewed. Once I met with him, however, it did not take me long to realize that he was the attorney I wanted. He talked to me about the law in a way that other lawyers did not. It was clear to me that he was a really talented attorney.
He asked me what I wanted. I told him that I felt like since it was my husband who broke up our marriage, I was entitled to BOTH Houses, and everything in them. He told me to allow him a couple of days to develop a strategy to get it done.
When we met several days later, he talked to me about what he felt was the best way for me to get what I wanted. He shared his ideas about strategy, and they made sense to me. So I approved his strategy and he went to work.
About four months later here's what I got. I got to keep BOTH HOUSES by paying a reasonable buy-out figure that I could easily afford. I also got all of the other things I felt I was entitled to.
So while I am not happy that my marriage ended, I am thrilled with the results I got. Mr. Riddick's legal work is amazing. I thank God for that man.
Posted by C.W.
I came to Mr. Riddick about a custody case. My situation was unusual. My child's father had another child by a different woman, and that mother had been involved in a court case with my child's father. Same issues. So a friend suggested that I call the lawyer who had represented the other mother. It just so happened that Mr. Riddick was the attorney who had represented the other mother in court, and I knew that he had been successful in the other case. Initially, I had another attorney serving me, but she was not responsive to me, or in my mind acting in my child's best interests. So I made a change.
When I came to see Mr. Riddick, I brought a relative. In my interview with him, he listened carefully to my concerns, and he made feel that he would do what was best for my daughter. Mr. Riddick also suggested that I make every effort to try to work things out before going to court. He made clear that he expected me to do all that I could to resolve the matter without taking the father to court. And I did just that.
Here was my problem. I started having constant disagreements about custody and visitation with my child's father. So we had to go to court. On the first court hearing, my child's father consented just before the hearing was to begin, to joint legal and sole physical custody to me.
But afterwards he stopped speaking to me and his daughter. The problem was that our child was in a great but very expensive private school, and for her to get tuition aid, both parents had to provide financial information. My child's father just refused to be cooperative. And to make matters worse, the school made clear that if both parents did not submit their financial information, our child would not receive further tuition assistance. Our daughter had been in that school for 8 years, and I was determined to keep her there. The school indicated that if I had sole custody, the child could remain and qualify for assistance based solely on my income.
Mr. Riddick wrote to the school and told them that he was going to do whatever it took to remove the roadblock to the child remaining at that school, and he did just that. He filed for sole custody. We had a trial in the winter of 2014. Less than six weeks later, I received an Order granting me sole custody. My daughter will now get to remain in a great school that she absolutely loves attending.
I really appreciate how Mr. Riddick communicated with me during the process, and his understanding of my situation as a parent himself. He shared with me that he had a daughter, and I felt he tried to be empathetic. His courtroom work was straightforward and effective. I recommend him.
Posted by S.S.
I came to seer Mr. Riddick about four different legal matters. I was referred by a friend who Mr. Riddick had handled a legal matter (divorce). My friend simply told me that Mr. Riddick was not your typical lawyer. He did outstanding work in every matter, and he really showed me where I was legally vulnerable. My matters involved an out of state probate matter, a real estate matter, and a medical negligence issue. His work was outstanding. But one matter deserves special attention.
I needed a post-nuptial agreement. I had at stake between $3,000,000 to $4,000,000. So I needed someone with considerable skill. I did not want a divorce. I love my husband, but I did not want to be taken to the cleaners if things did not work out. I told Mr. Riddick what I was trying to accomplish. He said would handle it. He told me I needed a post-nuptial agreement, but that they were far more difficult to get done than a prenuptial agreement. But he developed a strategy that he believed could get it done without damaging my marriage. He did the agreement. I followed his advice to the letter.
About 2-3 months later, the post-nuptial was done effectively, and without damage to my marriage. In my estimation, getting that post-nuptial agreement done potentially saved me well more than $1,500,000.00. I feel so much better that this matter was taken care of. And Mr. Riddick treated me with considerable patience. He walked me through the process carefully. I highly recommend him. He does his work exceedingly well, beyond my expectations.
Posted by John J.
I was referred to Mr. Riddick by a good friend. Mr. Riddick represented him in a bitter divorce case, and my fiend was more than pleased with the outcome. My case involved a legal separation. Several million dollars was at stake. I told Mr. Riddick what I was trying to accomplish. I felt like I wanted to keep what I had earned and acquired, but also felt like I was entitled to the marital home because of the unique circumstances which caused the demise of my marriage. I was also sensitive and did not want to hurt my wife, who is an accomplished woman. So I made clear what my objectives were.
Mr. Riddick thought about it, and we met a few days later. He developed a strategy, and made clear that he wanted everything to be truthful, candid and straightforward. He, and his Senior Counsel of many years, began to execute the strategy.
His strategy worked. Moreover, it worked for both parties. I got what I believe I should have received, and I got it without trying to hurt my soon to be ex-spouse. Great legal work. And he treated me with kindness, understanding, and considerable professionalism. I am very pleased.
Posted by a client
At first Johnny did all the right things to give me the impression that he could best represent me in court so that I could continue to see my daughter and raise her to be productive in our society.
Instead of representing my interest, Johnny first found out that I had a good job and could afford to pay him.
He allowed my 13 year old daughter to go on the witness stand. This has turned out to be disastrous for my daughter because she is now realizing that it was a bad idea. Her mother didn't care, however I expected Johnny - giving his years of experiences not to allow this.
Then Johnny started telling me that he will pray for me.
I needed an attorney to represent me in court so that I could continue to see me daughter even though my wife wanted out of the marriage.
My wife took advantage of me and my now-ex-wife took advantage of me.
I needed a good attorney that knows the laws and how to represent me.
One of the things that he does is not to give you a copy of the legal documents so that he can get more money out of you.
Telling me that you will pray for me, mean while my ex-wife is killing me in court and she is representing herself and she is not an attorney.
Posted by Anthony B.
I was referred to Mr. Riddick by a friend of my sister. She indicated that Mr. Riddick had represented her close friend and gotten an exceptional result. I consulted with Mr. Riddick. My case involved a divorce. There were very substantial property issues involved, a home with significant equity (nearly paid off), and pension interests exceeding a million dollars. So it was very important that the attorney have considerable experience. My spouse wanted alimony, attorneys fees, half the equity in the home, and a share of my two pensions.
Mr. Riddick carefully discussed the different ways that I could proceed, and gave me his recommendation on how best to proceed. I really did not know what to do, I had never been divorced before, and we had a long marriage. But I decided to trust him. it seemed like he knew what he was doing.
Mr. Riddick filed a complaint. Less than a year later, I got a really great result. I kept both my pensions, I do not have to pay alimony. I do not have to pay attorneys' fees, and I got to keep the home after paying my spouse a share of the equity. One of the things that impressed me is Mr. Riddick's ability to get me just what I wanted, without unnecessarily hurting my former spouse, something that was important to me. He was respectful of my spouse's lawyer, and very respectful towards my former spouse.
Simply put, he did an excellent job. I got the result I wanted. The man is highly skilled.
Posted by Andrenee S.
I was referred to Mr. Riddick by a neighbor who lived 3 doors down. She told me that Mr. Riddick was a wonderful lawyer. My case involved a difficult divorce, with custody of my children, a house, and a pension at stake. I had a 20 year marriage. My now ex-husband was a bit overbearing, he was a law enforcement officer.
I went to see Mr. Riddick, explained my circumstances, and he agreed to take my case for a modest retainer fee. The other lawyers I had interviewed wanted an arm and a leg. He discussed with me his views on how my case should be handled. It was very clear to me at the beginning that he was very experienced. It was also clear that he was a very knowledgeable and patient person.
We began the litigation process. My husband fought me on everything. He actually wanted primary custody of the kids, even though I had been a stay at home mom for much of the marriage and had raised the kids. We had a house that he owned prior to the marriage and he had a pension, and he did not want to share any of it with me, even after 20 years of marriage. I wanted to get retrained because I knew I would have to go back to work after the divorce. I attended school to get a marketable skill. I have almost finished that retraining.
After the litigation, here is what I got. I got primary custody of the kids. I got to remain in the former marital home for 5 more years, which will allow both of my children to finish college.
I do not have to pay the mortgage on the home during that time, or pay for maintenance and upkeep of the home. My ex-husband has to do that. When the 5 years is up, my husband has to pay me a share of the equity in the home, which is substantial, even though my ex-husband owned the home before we got married. I won a substantial share of his retirement. And I got child support.
So I get primary custody of the kids, a chance to finish my retraining, no rent or mortgage to pay for the next 5 years, a six-figure buy-out of the equity in the home when the 5 years is up, and a portion of his retirement.
I am more than satisfied. And to top it off, Mr. Riddick forgave a substantial portion of my legal bill at the end of the case, and discussed with me things like how to rebuild myself financially after the divorce.
I feel like everything is going to be okay. And he treated me with respect and kindness. Great legal work!
This man is very highly skilled, and very compassionate.
Posted by a Family client
Johnny is primarily focused on keeping the case open so that he can make more money and not address the critical issues with the case. He has frequently said, " I will Pray For You". When what you are paying for is Legal Representation based upon the facts.
He will drag the case out to make the most possible money.
Posted by Antwanye
I was referred to Mr. Riddick by a neighbor, a retired Judicial Official. My case involved a complex child support matter. At the time I was represented by another capable lawyer, but had lost the case at trial. I wanted to appeal the decision. I went to see Mr. Riddick, and on my very first meeting decided to retain him. I found him passionate, creative, and a straight shooter. He also listened very carefully to me.
Mr. Riddick discussed his thoughts on how to frame the appeal, and got my input. He started working on the matter. He filed a brief and represented me at oral argument. It seemed to me that the Judges tried to move him away from his position, but he respectfully remained firm on his points.
One year later, the D.C. Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's decision! While their remains much to be done in the case, he has given me a fighter's chance, with a decision that will surely benefit other fathers. Great work!
Posted by Bryan
I came to see Mr. Riddick about a six figure property transaction just a few months ago. I had used another attorney in his firm years ago to handle another legal matter, and I was very satisfied. My new case involved a real estate investor trying to take advantage of me by forcing me to sell my interest in a property. The investor wanted to pay me less than fair value for my interest, and then wanted to make me pay for closing costs and a bunch of other expenses. When I refused the investors' offer, they sued me! I met with Mr. Riddick immediately, who simply said, "I'll take care of it, don't worry".
Mr. Riddick answered their complaint, then sued them! Long story short. Several months later, they settled with me, before the case went to court, and paid me $50,000.00 more than they had originally offered, and I did not have to pay one dime in costs associated with that transaction.
Great result! That man has skills!