5.0 stars 47 totalReview Carlos Lastra
Posted by Carla
Carlos is everything he is depicted as in all rating and reviews, my experience but proving them all to be true. Hoping to avoid the extent of a full blown trial I started with what I read to be the best and most aggressive lawyer I could find. I put my sons life in Carlos' hands trusting he will guide me through the process in order to win full custody of my son, which thankfully we did. I am every so grateful to Carlos for having given me his full respect and attention in spite my young age. I felt always prepared and well rehearsed for every court appearance and he was timely in keeping me informed throughout. He is noticeably respected in the courtroom, holds professional relations with judges and masters and appears to be well known in the legal community. His professionalism and extensive knowledge of the law are more than reassuring. I felt confident in his representation and his ability to convey, then award me the custody I was seeking. Granted, rates are high but worth every penny in order to win my case and more so for having settled months before our trial date.
Posted by Thomas
Mr. Lastra handled my contested child custody case. At each step in the litigation process, he explained what he was doing and why. When there were options on different legal strategies, he would explain the pros and cons of each. I felt that I had input on what was going on, and was in a good place to make informed decisions. Mr. Lastra uses fair and transparent billing practices, and kept me appraised whenever I requested.
I would recommend him without reservation.
Posted by Kim
Carlos is thorough, professional, extremely strategic, and always well prepared. He is passionate about what he does and goes the extra mile to do it the right way. He is very knowledgeable of the legal system and Maryland case law. He is well received by others and polite. Carlos is in his element in the court room. You do not want to be up against him. He is quick on his feet, and on his game, he recites information from memory like he is reading it. Many others might show up in court and try to wing it, citing notes off their legal pad. Carlos prepares almost obsessively, leaving no rock unturned making the opposing council look foolish. If you want excellent representation and want someone who takes your cases seriously then work with Carlos. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Dick
Mr. Lastra provided sound legal advice that far exceed my expectations. He ligated a complicated 9 day cohabitation case that involved recoupment of alimony. The judgment was award in our favor an amount that exceed the amount requested due to the strong and compelling case Mr. Lastra presented to the court.
The case had many complex issues, including ESI (Electronic Stored Information) which Mr. Lastra navigated with confidence. He had a strong, commanding presence in the court room. His knowledge of the law was impressive, stating cases from memory that were extremely important to the matter at hand. It was not uncommon for Mr. Lastra to spend 10 hours in court, and then proceed to work past midnight preparing for the next day of trial. Lastra was responsive, always returning my calls and emails.
He consulted with me and I always felt that he had my best interest at the forefront of actions he pursued. I cannot imagine another attorney representing me for any legal matter in the future other than Mr. Lastra.
Posted by a Family client
Mr. Lastra and his team performed an outstanding job at representing my interests and achieving a favorable outcome in both divorce and custody matters. Mr. Lastra is extremely successful at leveraging his knowledge, experience and contacts to achieve positive results for his clients. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by a client
During my lengthy divorce fighting and post-divorce entanglement with my ex-wife I have worked through several attorneys, but none of them is like Mr. Lastra. When I started to talk to him in our initial consultation I could immediately feel the difference. Mr Lastra has up-to-date knowledge to the very detail of the laws, and a clear and logical mind that he saw my problems and concerns right to the point. After meeting with Mr Lastra everything becomes clear and makes sense to me. He is that kind of lawyer that you can confidently know that he really understands your case and is trying to give you the best possible advice.
Mr Lastra is sure expensive, you would expect that for such a fine lawyer. That is the only reason I may not hire him this time because financially it makes no sense to do so; but for major / critical cases, he could be your best bet.
Posted by karen
My husband and I came to Mr Lastra with a complicated child custody case. Mr Lastra was thorough, sensitive and very effective in solving our case in a very timely manner. What could have been a very traumatic time in our lives, Carlos Lastra finally gave our family peace of mind.
Posted by a Child Custody client
I located Carlos Lastra while browsing for attorney's for my son, who is going through a custody battle. Carlos Lastra was very informative and knowledgeable. We have not retained him but met him for two hours for consult. It's a bit hard financially right now, but working on obtaining his retainer so that he can represent my son. I highly recommend him as an attorney.
Posted by a Divorce client
I hired Mr. Lastra about two years ago to handle my divorce case. My divorce was an amicable one after a long marriage and my main concern was to go through the whole process with grace and dignity, and in a manner that would be least painful for me and my wife. I assume most attorneys are used to dealing with contentious divorce, and since he is the first attorney that I have ever dealt with, I was not really sure what to expect. I found him extremely knowledgeable and up to date in divorce laws, property division matters, and child custody issues. More importantly, he understood my sensitivity and desire to go through the process honorably, professionally, and in a low key manner. He was always available for consultation and communicated back promptly. He articulated my case very well in the courthouse and my divorce proceedings were successfully completed recently. Mr. Lastra is also very knowledgeable in dealing with post-divorce court orders that can be quite complicated to follow through without proper legal counsel and he has provided me with excellent advice in these matters as well. As a bonus, he and his clients are well supported by a highly professional, helpful, and very courteous office staff. Mr. Carlos Lastra is a superb attorney and I whole heartedly recommend him to anyone with divorce matters.
Posted by Gene
Mr. Lastra truly is a "super lawyer!" He successfully navigated me through the most difficult and challenging year of my life. His expert legal advice came in handy at certain phases of the process, especially when my ex blind-sided me and abruptly deserted me and moved to California. Her intent to establish residency there, and pursue lifetime alimony, was squashed by him. He and his legal team then prepared me for mediation, and if necessary, divorce court. Opposing counsel delayed the separation agreement process for seven months, much to my dismay. In the end, our divorce was settled in mediation, thanks largely to Carlos Lastra. I owe him a lot, and I would highly recommend him to clients in need.