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I've held off since 2008 in reviewing this lawyer believing that she might choose to do better for others after being confronted and sued. I regret waiting this long. She has led many good parents into danger, causing them to lose children and the ability to fight for their children. She is not alone in this as we now know. Her failures are protected by connected lawyers who are able to cover up lies in court, causing the Appellate & Supreme Court to rule on incomplete & inaccurate records. It's a shame, but that's just how it is. Avvo is not as reliable as it could be, because damaged parties are intimidated into not challenging professional misconduct or billing fraud. Pay attention to pending & past news media reports; what Kathy did on my case is very common, but most cases do not involve 2M in damages from being put in a position to have to buy back your own children. How did this happen? She would not let me see the child custody evaluator's report, for starters. Had I seen that report, given the available, visible evidence in hand, the outcome would have been much better for me and for my children. Additionally, she and her associate were running a "dating service" of sorts, introducing vulnerable clients to each other, while withholding funds for support, running them into debt, withholding needed & available protections and more. Avoiding temporary hearings for months, lying to the court to further destabilize the client, all to create a situation where they and their friends could makes tens of thousands managing an unnecessary child custody fight. These types of cases are the norm for them, and there is no consideration for the trauma caused to confused but trusting clients, let alone for the stress caused to children...when it could all be avoided. Please choose more wisely than I did.
Kathy had good reviews 5 years ago. In the past 2 years, I've read other clients' reviews with similar experiences to mine. I hired her 2 years ago and she took me, like others for over $25,000.00 and not only achieved nothing for me...but made errors in legal judgment that should have been known from the beginning. She settled with the other side "frivolous lawsuit" and showed zero integrity to repay me my wasted 2 years and huge monetary loss. I domesticated a case from FL and she failed to research the differences in the law and pursued a case that could NOT BE DOMESTICATED . Her mistakes cost me 6 months of alimony, over $36,000. and $25,000. fees plus a difficult emotional toil. Don't just walk away from Kathy L Portnoy....RUN AWAY!!!! She lets young associates do ALL the work and does not review what they do or spends so little time on your case that very damaging results occur.
Kathy and her team at CPS Law are absolutely one of the best. Kathy is very methodical, and really knows her stuff. She does not come cheap, but if you want the best reults and advice it is well worth it. She has professional integrity, and is well known and liked, and respected in the inner circles with Family law. She gets the job done, and in a unique profesional manner.
Kathy Portnoy from the start was trustworthy and thorough. Her competence was excellent as was her knowledge of the law and what was best for my children. Her advice was based on years of experience, not in anger or retaliation and this has made the lives of my children, my own and my ex-spouse's a far more quality experience. I have not one regret at having chosen Kathy Portnoy to represent me and highly recommend her.
Having interviewed many attorneys I chose Kathy Portnoy. She is brilliant, compassionate and dedicated to ensure that the best outcome possible could be attained with the least hassle. Her character was most apparent when she advised me not to "win" the case but to settle because it would be in the best interest of my children. At the time I couldn't understand but she assured me what would be best... and she was right without any doubt. My current situation is the best it can be for my children (half-time custody) and a relatively amicable settlement with my ex. My children are learning for themselves about both their parents and are growing well. Life is too short to foster bitterness and to cause anguish to children. Kathy's reputation was very apparent among the judges and her colleagues. She's very tough when she has to be but also very considerate and personable. I always felt that I had confidence in her and highly recommend her (and her able staff) to anyone in need of solid and ethical representation.