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Posted by a Divorce client,
I have been in association with Mr. Marraffino for quite sometime now, for about a year before I actually went on to file my divorce petition, and through the entire process that took about one more year, it being a contested divorce. But at the end of it, our position prevailed. Mr. Marraffino counseled me through each and every step and through the various ups and downs. At one point I got a pocket call from my ex and heard the nasty things he was talking about me to our 8 year old son. I informed Mr. Marraffino immediately, and he proactively let the other lawyer know and eventually the matter came up in the court and the judge severely disfavored it. I am glad that the matter came to light and proper action was taken. Mr. Marraffino was throughout very sensitive about my financial situation. He was instrumental in getting me a fair distribution in property and tried his best to save me from undue expenditure incurred from having to contest untenable claims from the other side. Mr. Marraffino was brilliant in the court and we got a ruling in our favor. I am very grateful to Mr. Marraffino for what he has done for me. I deeply regard his expertise and professionalism. On top of that he is very kind and compassionate. His office staff are great too. I have continued to seek Mr. Marraffino's advice time and again for various other things too. I highly recommend Mr. Marraffino as a very competent lawyer.
Posted by a Divorce client,
After consulting with several attorneys, I decided to go with Mr. Marraffino for my divorce. I saw his extensive experience and being a " board certified trial lawyer ". Unfortunately, hindsight is 20/20. He is soft, passive, and is not aggressive when he has to be. We had an emergency hearing in the summer to determine where our 2 small children would be attending school and daycare. Fortunately, the judge at the hearing had the common sense to see that the children needed stability and less disruption in their lives. Seeing I had my own place, stable job, and parents, siblings living nearby, the judge felt it was in children's best interest that they remain with me. Aside from that, he also ordered my ex wife to pay child support effective immediately. Nearly 7 months have passed since that hearing and my ex wife has yet to pay a cent. I have sent Mr. Marraffino several emails inquiring about the child support and daycare ( she was ordered to pay that as well ) and nothing was ever enforced. As a result, I was unable to make payments to him in a timely manner and as such, he refused to do anything about my case unless he was paid in full. When I told him that if he had done what he was supposed to do while he WAS my attorney, child support would have been enforced and he would be paid. Again, nothing was ever done. Prior to our final hearing, I stopped by his office to give him a list of witnesses that I wanted to testify. One particular witness, my ex sister in law, really wanted to testify to discredit my ex mother in law ( who works as a mental health counselor ) but needed a subpoena in order to attend. I had to borrow money from a friend to pay Mr. Marraffino for the subpoena. It was never processed or issued. He said no judge would ever allow somebody like that to testify as an expert witness. Turns out Mr. Marraffino was wrong. She testified that our son was fearful and nervous while with me and used her clinical experience to address possible outcomes. My ex sister in law could have rebutted her testimony because she went through the same thing with her divorce. She was married to my ex wife's brother. My son is never afraid of me. I love my children and have never harmed them physically, emotionally, sexually, etc. The judge believed my ex mother in law and Mr. Marraffino did nothing to counter. NONE of my witnesses were ever called by Mr. Marraffino or his office to attend the final hearing. Fortunately, I took it upon my self to call my parents, brothers to attend, the week of the final hearing in case he didn't call. Turns out I was right. He never advised me to bring in evidence ie. emails, photos, text messages, videos. My ex wife and her attorney had everything but the kitchen sink. Eventually, a new judge overturned all but 2 statutes that were originally in my favor from the first hearing. We nearly lost the case, but it took smart thinking on my part to convince the judge to watch video of me playing with our children to prove I wasn't abusive and neglecting. Fortunately, the children are still with me. The last straw was when the final order was completed. Mr. Marraffino told the judge he would have it ready in one week. 6 weeks later, I get a call from my ex wife asking questions about the order because she was sent a copy emailed from her attorney, who received it from Mr. Marraffino. If I had been given the opportunity to look at the order, I would have picked up on errors that were made on his behalf. As such, we are now scheduled for another hearing to amend the final order because of his lack of oversight and lack of courtesy to grant me the chance to look at the final order. My ex wife has to live within the same school zone should she return in order to get equal time sharing. I have since retained another attorney, who informed me that in their opinion, Mr. Marraffino ridiculously dropped the ball, and he should have let me look at the final order first.
Posted by Kash, a Divorce client,
I can recommend Mr. Marraffino to anybody who is looking for a family lawyer, or any other specialization you are looking for. He is professional, very knowledgeable, ethical and a very nice human being.
I went into my divorce process without knowing anything about how the whole process works. Larry was extremely helpful in guiding me through the process and explaining me the pros and cons in any of our legal decisions.
He is not one of those attorneys who advertise on billboards as aggressive. We are not about to start a war here. Mr. Marraffino is on the other hand is a confident, professional and has expansive knowledge of law which can give anybody lot of confidence. He gave me lot of confidence while going through the process, and I am grateful and really appreciative to have Mr. Marraffino represent me during my divorce process.
Mr. Marraffino will be my go to attorney for any legal guidance irrespective of area of specialization I am looking for. I highly recommend if you are looking for an attorney who is honest and man of integrity.
Posted by a Chapter 7 client,
Mr.Marraffino was referred to me by a friend that had been through bankruptcy a few years ago. I had no idea what to expect when I entered his office, he met with me & introduced me to his staff then he took the time to explain the meaning of bankruptcy & the process each step would take & the time frame. The professionalism, expertise & honesty of Mr. Marraffino & his staff was excellent. He made me feel like a friend rather than a client, I will be forever grateful for his help & advise to a new financial start. I have & will continue to recommend Lawrence Marraffino to anyone in need of legal services. P.S Jill is a jewel!
Posted by J. Weary,
Words cannot express how grateful, appreciative, and thankful I was to have Mr. Marrafino represent me during my bankruptcy process. I went into this entire process with very limited knowledge of my rights and came out on the other side feeling as if I could one day be liberated from my financial bondage! That's exactly the opportunity Mr.Marrafino afforded me as he helped me to regain my financial freedom. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and what I could really appreciate about Mr. Marrafino was that he always took some extra steps in the process to properly counsel me. Every time I walked into his office, I always felt as if I were his only client, and my issues and concerns that needed to be addressed were all that mattered--regardless of who or what other clients were in the office. Mr. Marrafino is very pleasant and professional. He's definitely one of a kind in my book and certainly one of Gainesville's outstanding attorneys. Should I require an attorney in the future, Mr. Marrafino is my first point of reference:)
Posted by Paul, a Family client,
Many lawyers will charge you money every time you communicate with them about your case. Even if it's a three-minute phone call or you run into them by accident, your lawyer can charge you for the conversation if you discuss the case. This I have learned through being married to a paralegal. This is so untrue when it comes to Lawrence. He has called me on his vacation, emailed me and I had never seen those times charged to my bill.
Although we all pay a high hourly rate to any lawyer, non-lawyers who work for them may do much of the work. You won't get a discount if paralegals and interns are the ones working on your case. The education and experience of the lawyer is useless when others do the work. In my case I had many opportunities to see and understand who was working the specific areas of my case. I perceived it to be a well educated balance of expertise amongst all of his staff working on my case. Lawrence also has his staff charging a lower hourly based on their position in his firm. He also made it clear that when he and his staff were working together with me as a team, I would only be charged his hourly rate and not the combination of all.
Some lawyers may be swamped with work from other clients. However, they may still take your case in an attempt to make as much money as possible. Your case may suffer if they do not give the time and energy it needs to succeed. When I was working with Lawrence, I had seen some clients come and go, but it looked like a well-organized work flow. It was what I would expect from a successful well balanced business. Lawrence took the time with me and I never recall any type of interruptions related to other clients when he was working with me.
I asked Lawrence questions like:
How much experience do you have dealing with cases in my particular legal situation?
Will you be doing all the work on my case or will other people be working on it?
What are the realistic chances that I can win the case?
The above should be a few of the standard boiler-plate questions for any client to ask his or her attorney, he answered them perfectly as far as I was concerned.
Bottom line is that Lawrence and his staff had worked better for me than I had ever anticipated. I never once felt intimidated nor misled. I asked the tough questions and believe the responses to be genuine and honest. Yes there is no doubt I would use him and his staff again.
Posted by a Chapter 7 client,
Almost two years ago I had to file bankruptcy. Finding a lawyer that understood my needs as a client and as person was easy with Marraffino. Marriffino had come recommended but I still wanted to make sure that I was chosing the right representation for me so I "interviewed" with 4 different lawyers. I never felt like I was just a paycheck to him. What he told me he would do, he did. What he told me to expect, happened. When over a year after the bankruptcy was discharged I had questions over paperwork I'd received in the mail, he took the time to personally call me and go over my questions.
I've had 3 other friends use the services of Marraffino after my recommendation and all of them and myself would continue to recommend him to others.
Posted by Sheri, a Bankruptcy client,
This lawyer was the best ever! I liked him because my initial appointment was with him personally, it didn't cost anything and he talked to me in laymen's terms. No hidden gimmicks in this lawyer's office. What he says he will do gets done and in a timely manner. They even let me make payments over several months in order to have enough money down for my legal problem.
Call him! Don't call the guys who's faces are plastered on billboards and buses if you want personal service. Oh-I forgot to mention the office staff is awesome too.
Posted by Heather, a Alimony client,
After leaving a question concerning a case where instead of paying alimony, my ex filed a modification just days after the final judgment, I was pleased to be contacted by Mr Marraffino. He has kept me informed, prepared, been so kind, warm and patient along the way. His staff is amazing and pleasant. But Mr Marraffino is one of the most honest and kind people I have met. He has given me hope not only in the justice system, not only in that there are honest and good attornys, but hope that people in general will do the right thing.
Posted by Debi, a Bankruptcy client,
Mr Marraffino is a very knowledgeable, trustworthy, ethical individual. In dealing with a life-changing event I was experiencing, I found him to be compassionate and caring in handling my case. Who thinks of a lawyer as a counselor as well? Not until you need one to be both! It was my good fortune to have Mr. Marraffino as my attorney in my time of need. If I ever need an attorney again, he would be the first person I would call because I know I would get the best care and I could depend on him for his expertise and professionalism.