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Posted by Mustafaa, a Child Custody client, Flag
It gives me great pleasure to write this review about Rachel Elovitz. Rachel is the definition of Awesomeness. (I think this is a word but if it isn't ask your KIDS they'll explain) If there were more stars to add I would stick them all over this Web Page. I really didn't know what to expect when I first met Rachel given she was the second attorney I hired to represent my case. I like many of you were online searching through reviews trying to find that one thing that would convince me to say "this is my Lawyer". I was always sceptical about online reviews because how do you know they are authentic? Well I assure you I am a real person who just went through a custody nightmare.
I strolled into Rachel's office one afternoon with a stack of Paperwork the size of two phone books palms sweating, with tired eyes from sleep deprivation. In less than 5 minutes Rachel sorted through my paperwork like a counterfeit bill detector throwing the junk to the side and digging out the important things. Rachel gave me straight forward answers and stern advice that was sometimes hard to swallow but made sense in the end. Custody and Divorce is an emotionally delicate surface. Sometimes we tend to want people to just take our sides and not give us the unbiased truth. Rachel is going to tell you the truth, it may hurt but this is what you want in an attorney. I myself like many of you especially fathers didn't have a clue about Georgia law as it relates to parental rights.
First of all let me back up and say this "If you Love your kids and there is no possible way to work things out; HIRE A GOOD ATTORNEY. Please dont make the mistake I did. Over 2 years ago I hired a rookie attorney who made a lot of rookie mistakes. After he collected his retainer he no longer treated my case as a priority. This Guy screwed me from mediation, up until my temporary hearing.(Excuse my expression but you've all heard worse) I was devastated, out of money and out of options. I had completely lost faith in anyone who even called them self a Lawyer. My ex wife Alienated me and disappeared with my 5 year old son for two years without notifying me of his or her whereabouts.
Rachel saved the day, within a week after taking over my case she located them and arranged temporary visitation. Rachel is very detail oriented, and thorough. With a warm smile and fierce eyes Rachel is a true champion. She navigated me through the court process and even smoothed over opposing counsel who before then was a real Meany..grrr!! Rachel advised me with compassion and creatively put together a plan of action that worked out beautifully. Unfortunately my case went to court but I can happily say that I now have Joint Physical, and Legal custody of my son. :.....) (tears of Joy)
It' hard for me to look at Rachel as an attorney in the typical sense. I like to think of her as a friend who knows the law. I am forever grateful and could never repay her for what she did for my family. Thank you!
P.S. I know we all have that moment where we think our Ex is the Devil himself. If you need a Guardian Angel. Call on Rachel Elovitz
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
It was a blessing to have had Rachel representing me and supporting throughout my divorce. She is truly knowledgeable, dedicated and compassionate throughout the process to achieve the very best outcome possible. She works tirelessly not only to offer the most effective representation, but also offers tremendous emotional support showing that she really cares about her clients. I recommend Rachel to anyone I know going through a divorce, especially those with children, and I plan to continue to work with her as well. My experience with Rachel in just a few month's time has established a lifelong professional and personal relationship for which I am grateful.
Posted by Rachel, a Divorce client, Flag
When I married I NEVER thought I would be faced with a divorce... however, after only 3 years of marriage, I was forced to try and deal with the heartbreaking discovery of adultery and months of lies from the person I trusted most, my husband. To say that I felt lost and devastated does not come close to describing what I went through those first few months after leaving my husband when he refused to stop the affair. During those months, when I felt like I could not handle another second without shattering in to a million pieces, Rachel would patently talk me down to a calmer place and would make me realize that there would be an end and I would survive this and be in a better place when all of this was behind me. She was right!
During the negations Rachel represented me strongly and firmly and made sure that I was completely acceptable to all of the terms. She worked harder and longer for me than I ever hoped anyone would. I cannot say how many times she contacted me after midnight or took my calls at 9pm, even when she had the flu! She took the time to explain in detail all of the confusing legal aspects, even things I never thought to ask about. She handled my husband’s pushy and rude attorney without losing her cool and never backed down.
Now, at the time of this posting, I am at the end of this long road and can say that I am so very thankful that I have had Rachel beside me the entire time.
I could not have chosen better and highly recommend her to anyone who is faced with a divorce!
Posted by Amanda, a Child Custody client, Flag
I had a very complicated out of state custody battle going on. I live in California and my 11 year- old son lives in Georgia. We relocated to California from Georgia in Sep. of 2011 for a job promotion. My ex-husband filed an emergency hearing in GA and the judge ordered my son back to Atlanta. This was obviously devastating and shocking since I had been the full custodial parent for 8 years.
My lawyer (prior to Rachel) held hearings without informing me, charged me for things I did not know about and demanded immediate payment. I was so lost on what my rights were since it was two states, it was exhausting with all the money and time being spent. I was in jeopardy of not getting a custody agreement in place.
By the time I hired Rachel in August of 2012, I really needed solid legal advice. I was being court ordered to mediation and I had no representation. I had a week’s timeframe to get a new lawyer up to speed on my ongoing case. Rachel was going out of town on vacation but said if I hired her she would make herself available on vacation to deal with my case. I hired her immediately. A lawyer available on vacation? I’ve had 5 lawyers who were never available even when they weren’t on vacation.
I flew to Atlanta for the mediation hearing and it ended poorly because of my ex-husband. He left the mediation early after I’d flown across the country for it and I was very upset. I think I may have run out of the mediation hearing after I realized we were not even close to an agreement. Rachel walked beside me to my car and explained a few of the next steps but also encouraged me to try to talk to my ex-husband. This was quite a different approach as lawyers usually work to separate the two parties. With her guidance I decided to talk again to my ex-husband and we actually came to agreement on several terms. I would have never attempted that without her guidance.
I really felt with Rachel I was driving all the decisions and she was standing beside me trying to help me accomplish what I needed to get done. She answered all my phone calls, emails etc. in a timely manner. She communicated with the opposing counsel in a timely manner. She kept me up to date on all my billing and never overbilled. I never worried if I talked to her for 5 minutes that I was going to see a $100 charge. Right before we had our final settlement agreement, Rachel found one more mistake that opposing counsel had slid in at the last moment. She seemed to know my case better than me at times and she was first to point out injustices and claim little victories for me. She was really on my side, in my corner and really advocated for me in a way I never thought was possible for a lawyer.
At first I thought it was because Rachel is a woman that she understands my case better. But I don’t think that’s it, I think she truly has a passion for what she does and she cares. There were several nights when I’d get emails from Rachel at 11p or later with her explaining that she’d been in court for the day and was just now going through emails. In the end, I have an agreement that I am very happy with, I’m getting along with my ex-husband, my child is happier as he’s not being pulled in different directions. Also, she’s restored my faith in the legal system. I had worked with so many different lawyers prior to her where I was just a number, mainly a check number.
Rachel is a very unique lawyer, I recommend her 100% and I can pretty much guarantee you will not get her level of service out of any other lawyer.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
I decided to hire Rachel after reading reviews on AVVO. Even though I thought ratings online can be bias, but I took a chance with Rachel after interviewing 3 different lawyers.
It has been a long 7 month journey since my ex-husband filed for changing custody of my 14 year old daughter (with her election affidavit to live with him). It was emotionally exhausting and legally challenging.
I normally do not trust how others to handle things, but I was able to trust Rachel’s judgement. She is an ethical individual. She is personable yet professional. She is knowledgeable, but doesn't stay where she is. She seeks more information - she is a good researcher. Rachel wasn't just a lawyer who just wanted to win the case. She was more of an advocate who truly cared about a child's well-being.
I am still waiting on the final order. I want to say she was more than a lawyer to me. I will not feel my money was wasted regardless the outcome of this case. Because she did the best job and I know it.
Posted by christopher, a Child Custody client, Flag
A people person felt like she was a friend more than my lawyer.Kept me up to date on all of my court dates and everything that was going on.Great with follow Ups matter fact she still calls in check on us
Posted by Ryan, a Child Custody client, Flag
I found Rachel Elovitz on this site after searching for reviews on another lawyer that I previously had a consult with and was unhappy with the previous lawyer's overall feeling of disinterest in my case. I called Rachel and left a message the day I found her info. She immediately returned my call personally and I let her know that I wanted to explain my case to see if she'd be interest in helping me. From the get-go, Rachel showed me she cared and was concerned with me and the needs of my (then) one month-old son. She is very sweet, truly knowledgable in the field of family law, a wonderful listener, a staple and role model of her profession. She was always available for my many questions leading up to the trial/hearing. She was well prepared, organized, punctual, and above all, it always felt like she was genuinely interested in not only succeeding, but also in my case. In court, I was even more impressed by her strategy and presence. I always felt like she kept me well-informed about the situation. The county's Guardian ad Litem even went so far as to compliment Rachel's exceptional performance. I will not hesitate to hire Rachel again. I cannot thank her enough for what she's done for me and my son. And as much as I've tried here, I still feel I cannot come up with the words to express how grateful I am that I found such a wonderful attorney.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
I hired Rachel to handle my divorce based on a personal referral. I felt comfortable with her from the start because she is an excellent listener and has genuine concern. I was impressed throughout the process at how responsive and accessible she was. Above all, though, I knew she had my back and respected her guidance. At the end of the day, I walked away with a better settlement than I expected.
Posted by Badi, a Child Custody client, Flag
I am currently represented by Rachel. Regardless of what is determined by the courts, I know that Rachel has put forth a superhuman effort . As a father, it can feel as if the odds are against you in a custody case. I have never been more content with my patronage of someone's services. I would have to attend Harvard to begin to express how much I appreciate her hard work and tenacity. My limited vocabulary could not compliment her justly. She is an exception to her profession. Her commitment goes far beyond "doing her job". She has a much deeper passion for what she does and it's expressed in every little detail. At times when I thought that she may have overlooked an email, I received a reply late into the night. I don't know when she sleeps because she is working long after most are in bed and up bright and early for court. There are good people in this world and then there are those that are great. She is definitely the latter of the two. Most people do their job and then a few do works of art. I have no idea how she manages it all. I am grateful to Rachel, and everyone else in her life that supports her profession and understands her passion.
Although I am currently in the midst of this custody case, I am completely satisfied with my counsel. Rachel has been an outstanding attorney with uncompromising principles. Court can be a nasty place but Rachel maneuvers through it all with such elegance.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
I rarely give out 5 stars but I found no category to give less. I was in the middle of a custody case and was very unsatisfied with previous lawyers responsiveness, professionalism, and I did not even know what our strategy would be. So I decided to seek new counsel and came across Rachel's reviews on this site. From our first conversation, I knew that I felt comfortable retaining her. She was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and did not pressure me to make the change. I am glad that I did. Not just because we won the case, but because she went above and beyond what I feel any ordinary attorney would in the rating categories on here. Trustworthy because she gave it to me straight and explained both sides of the situation. Responsiveness because she would answer my emails and calls within a reasonable time frame no matter what time of day or night. Knowledgeable because we came up with a good plan of action and I was well prepared for trial. Kept me informed because she sent me weekly updates and let me know what was going on before having to ask. My overall rating should be more than 5 stars because I felt like Rachel had a personal interest in my case. And when going to court, what more can you ask for than someone that is truly on your side.
Posted by a Domestic Violence client, Flag
Thank goodness I found Rachel! She helped me get a protective order against my husband for the safety for my infant son and myself. She was very knowledgable and showed great concern. Rachel was on top of matters and kept me well informed throughout the process. From our first conversation I knew I made the right choice. I had no support system in GA and so her assistance was a great help as she accompanied me and my son to the court house to take out the protective order. I had to attend a hearing 14 days after I took out the protective order and she represented me well in which the end result I was granted a 12 mth protective order from the judge with temporary physical and legal custody of my son. Rachel is well organized, professional and does her research on statutes thoroughly. She presents herself well and for these reasons I have hired her as my divorce attorney which currently is in proceedings. I am very pleased with her work efforts and credibility. In conclusion, if you choose Rachel Elovitz to represent you there is no way you will be disappointed. She
has her client's best interest as well as children involved, as my son was
only a few months old at that time and she showed great concern for our safety and well being. Thank you Rachel for all you have done for
Posted by a Prenuptials client, Flag
My fiance and I had discussed our prenup but didn't get it down on paper for review until two weeks before our wedding date. It proved to be a very difficult topic - throw that on top of the stress of all the planning and it brought us dangerously close to calling off the whole thing!!! My fiance's lawyer drafted the first version at which point I hired Rachel. Rachel was fantastic at translating the details of the legal language into what it really meant for me both short and long term. She was a champion of my best personal interests while keeping the end goal in mind of getting the two of us happily married - which we are now. She has a unique blend of being direct and straight forward yet compassionate.
I highly recommend her to anyone seeking mariatal legal advice!
Posted by Sarah, a Divorce client, Flag
I called Rachel after reading reviews here on Avvo and I couldn't be more satisfied with the work that she and Steve Shewmaker did for me. They were able to fix a situation brought on by poor representation from my first lawyer, and they did it efficiently and thoroughly. She is a wonderful and warm person who made an otherwise negative situation easier to endure with her humor and kindness.
Rachel kept me informed about everything. Even when we were just waiting for a hearing date she would call just to let me know there was nothing new. From the first conversation I could tell that she was thorough, knew the law expertly, honest and direct, and most of all, cared about the outcome and making sure that my kids and I would be ok. I never felt in the dark with Rachel and though I know she had many other cases I often felt like I was her only client. The peace of mind that came from hiring her and Steve was worth more than I could ever pay them.
Posted by Rick, a Divorce client, Flag
I was involved in a difficult divorce that began November 2003 and finally settled November 2007. I filed a Tort Case against my Ex Spouse in 2006 and it was finalized April 2009 with an award to me of over $300,000. I retained Rachel Elovitz in October 2006 to work both cases and cannot speak highly enough of her abilities as an attorney, both in and out of court. Out of court, she is tenacious in her research of the law, tireless in her preparation for court hearings, and always returned my calls. In court, she was always calm and respectful, yet highly effective. I never went into court unprepared to take the stand.
Posted by Maria Ceballos-Wallis, a Child Custody client, Flag
Rachel assisted me with a complex child custody/support modification case with an uncooperative ex-spouse. Her knowledge of the legal system, paired with her ability to seek out common ground between the parties, were vital in achieving a mutually acceptable resolution.
In addition to protecting her client's interests, Rachel also takes a broader and longer term perspective towards building lasting resolutions between the parties, and makes every effort to minimize the effect litigation has on her clients' and their children in particular.
Posted by Petrovna, a Contracts client, Flag
Rachel's advice, council, and work ethic was outstanding from our first meeting. Her knowledge of the law, candor, and genuine interest in my case gave me piece of mind and hope during a difficult time. Her diligence, responsiveness, and attention to detail made her a pleasure to work with. She responded to all my calls and emails in addition to going the extra mile to keep me informed. I am very happy with the outcome of my case and highly recommend Rachel's excellent legal services.
Posted by a Debt Collection client, Flag
Rachel Elovitz represented me in a situation in which I was "the little guy" and needed someone to speak to the big law firm for me. She was informed and responsive and determined, and in the end she kept me from being railroaded into an unfavorable situation. I am so grateful for her help in that situation and have since turned to her for occasional legal advice on other matters. She is always knowledgeable, professional and discreet.
Posted by Dave, a Family client, Flag
I have had the pleasure of dealing with Rachel for approximately the past 6 years, dealing with divorce, child custody, and frivolous contempt issues. She has handled each and every one of these issues extremely well with her vast legal knowledge, a very personable spirit, and a tenacity for justice. In matters of Family Law, I will never look for another attorney - Rachel is top notch as far as her outstanding performance in the courtroom as well as her personal handling and understanding in such delicate and personal matters. In my personal opinion, you cannot find a better attorney to help you through one of the most difficult times in your life.
Posted by Dave, a Divorce client, Flag
On the one hand, 4,000 characters won't suffice in providing a review and recommendation, but on the other hand this is quite simple. Rachel is an exceptional attorney who views the law both strategically and personally. From a strategic standpoint, she doesn't think in terms of "well, this is the way this sort of case always goes..." And from a personal standpoint, she understands that human lives are being affected and handles her affairs accordingly. Rachel's experience, intellect, work ethic, heart, persistence and in my experience, success rate, are beyond compare in my experience. It should be disclosed that I've become good friends with both Rachel and her husband over time, but at the same time I'd be quite happy to speak objectively with anyone considering her services should a request come to be through her. In the questions below it will indicate that I have worked with many attorneys over the years; all but Rachel have been for fairly routine business purposes. Simply put, I could not recommend Rachel Elovitz any higher than I do -- and already have.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
Rachel was extremely objective and always responded quickly to my questions and concerns. She always has children's welfare and best interest as top of mind. She was able to manage my case expeditiously from our first discussion to court ruling in less than 30 days. I am very pleased with the outcome of the case and she continues to follow-up with me post-judgment to make sure things are going well and that my child is thriving.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Rachel is knowledgable and compassionate, which proved great attributes as she helped me through a divorce. I always knew what to expect as we went through the process. When things got contentious with my ex-husband and his lawyers, she pushed back with tenacious professionalism. She came highly recommended to me and after working with her, I also would also refer my friends and colleagues to her.