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Terry was one of the best, toughest, knowledgeable attorneys I've worked with. I would HIGHLY recommend using her. She is worth every cent I paid and her fees rate about the same as other attorneys. You get what you pay for so pay her retainer and trust you're getting the best. There are a lot of negative reviews out there about Terry & her staff that I believe are up to your perspective. This is my second divorce & I have worked with many attorneys, and Terry & her team are excellent. Sure, they may not have the nice frilly emotional fluffy way about them to make you "feel" good but they each have a job to do for you. You're not there to make friends-it's not about emotions it's about business & winning your case and her representing you to win fairly. THIS is what Terry does. She's very tough, honest, fast, & will give it to you straight. In this way she doesn't waste your time or money. Same with her staff. They are tough, blunt & to the point. It's business not personal. They work for a tough successful attorney. And they work for you. I appreciate her staff since they never wasted my time which is my money.
She's mails you a monthly very detailed invoice so you know EXACTLY where you stand financially. This helped me determine how many times I called and emailed. I managed my contact with her because I didn't want to waste my money. Make sure YOU too manage yourself. It's your business to know what's going on in your case. Do your homework too. Her staff is just as tough as she is. But they've all worked there for MANY years so that says a lot about their working environment. I respect someone who has committed staff. They were very committed to me & my case too. She knew about the cases the opposing side came up with and immediately sited cases to defeat their position. She's very smart & is committed to you & helping you move on to your new life after divorce and will tell you that. My now ex-husband tried so many things to get me to NOT use her. That told me he & his attorney were afraid of her. Good. You want that. I told Terry that. She needs to know EVERYTHING. Don't hide anything from her. She becomes your best friend as she's fighting for you. She tries to keep your case out of court if possible because that will cost more time & money. If you agree in mediation it's less time, money & emotions & better for everyone. I thank God for her and used other professionals she referred me to. God bless her!
I was the one that wrote the only GOOD review for her a few months ago, saying just stick it out she is worth the money. Well I was wrong! She will drag out your case ( a year now) with endless motions, and cannot even prepare documents correctly. When she has to revise them, she charges you over and over. HORRIBLE customer service. All the staff is rude. She shows up to court unprepared and does not remember very important details of your case because she is soooooo busy collecting retainers.... that's all that matters to her. When you fire her for incompetence good luck getting your documents for your new attorney. All I can say is save yourself a fortune and use a lawyer that actually cares about their client and not getting a new Mercedes.
This lady only cares about the money going into her pocket. Almost 30k later, I was less then satisfied at the result this attorney got. She pawned all work off on subordinates who ultimatly dropped the ball for my case
the week before the case she was going through a years worth of paperwork at my urging. She was not up to speed on any information about me or my case. I could have settled with my husband and gotten a decent amount of money, however she pushed forward
for more billable hours and i got far less because of her greed.
She said she cared about me and my case, took my money and then insulted me personally not a good person and in my opinion not a good lawyer.
Your motions will always be incomplete and with lots of details missing in order to create more problems and more billable hours... She will fire you up, create tons of useless poorly written motions, useless depositions, treat you with total disrepect (if you can reach her) and drag your case out as long as possible to rack up more money for herself... Which she will always get long before you ever see a dime... And she loves to slam you with another outrageous retainer just as you finally get a hearing as she burned through the last one jacking your case around with useless repetitive communications and tons of paperwork that will never see the light of day. Unprepared for court, if you ever get there, she will scramble seconds before your hearing cause her henchmen do almost all the paperwork then she might show up if she doesn't pawn it off to fred or someone else, and she will glance it over and you pray she lucks out... But she screwed me over so bad it literally cost me MILLIONS, and my children suffered as well and still do.. The others on here who are upset have reason to be.. Their anger and frustration resonates with me.. I am shocked she is still allowed to practice law. DO NOT USE HER.
My fiancé used Terry for his divorce over 3 years ago. He raved about her and had referred over 5 friends ( more than $50k) to her. I used her for a modification and I have to say, she is knowledgeable and DOES NOT file unnecessary motions. The judge took me serious, everyone, and I mean EVERYONE was respectful to Terry at the court house. She got me everything I could of ever wanted and more. Over the past 3 years I have heard her referred to as a hard ass, the bulldog and mean but she knows what she is talking about. She is respected and if u have a good case she will fight for you and win!! Give her time and if you have nothing to hide she is the lawyer for you.
I would NOT recommend this attorney. She is curt and rude and will drop you like a hot potato if your bill is late. The office staff and those assistants are equally as rude. One even insulted me and told me to "stop whining or she would hang up", when I expressed concern over issues coming at me from the opposing council. I waited 2 yrs to go before the judge on custody issues and she quit a week prior even though I offered to make a payment plan. So much for looking out for the kids!
She is probably a great attorney if you have unlimited funds. Hooks you at the consultation, takes your retainer, uses it up then drops you. Dropped me right when I needed her the most. Says..."I don't go to court with people that owe me money". Files unnecessary motions to use up retainer. When I asked what the retainer was used on I received some bs list of made up things that never happened. She is all about the dollar. Could care less that you gave her your last dollars to represent you so you don't get run over in court.
I am going through a very cut and dry divorce with NO kids....I am NOT about to pay through the nose with fees and retainers and have an attorney abuse the system and make me look like a jerk in the process....I am so glad I came on here and read all of your feedback, you helped me make my decision and hire the lady with the perfect 10! see sometimes it does pay to be nice and competent ! And yes future clients DO READ reviews on here and elsewhere as well! thank you all again for posting!
Ms. Fixel and her staff are rude, bullies, and incompetent. Ms. Fixel will sit down with you initially and make you feel like she is going to handle your case with care. However, don't be fooled by the office, her, or staff. She will take every bit of your retainer and get nothing accomplished beyond a lot of motions filed. Once she eats through your retainer she will insist on another retainer or she will drop you. Ms. Fixel must groom her staff to be just as nasty because they act just like her. I walked into her office receiving child support and 6 months later I'm getting no child support when I make significantly less than my x. What racket and waste of money!!! Not sure what Ms. Fixel learned at the University of Miami Law School but it wasn’t how to be a lawyer it was classes on becoming a shyster.
Don't be fouled by your initial consultation with Terry Fixel. I was SO wrong to hire her. She is completely incompetent. Ms. Fixel and her staff are unorganized and ineffective. Terry Fixel was a bully to ME. Eights months after filing for divorce, I was nowhere. Terry Fixel ONLY cares about two things: racking up her billable hours and taking your case to trial. She is a terrible negotiator. RUN AWAY. I don't want anyone to go through what I went through...