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I retained Mario Theodore in 2013 for a child custody battle I was dealing with regarding (at the time) my two year old son. I took the legal route because my son's mother was heavily influenced by her mother who was actually a paralegal for a Family Law firm for the last 10 years and they agreed to represent her pro bono. I was flat out told by her very vindictive mother that they would bury me in court and exhaust my funds if I continued retaining a lawyer. They did this to purposely try and get me to fall victim to the court system due to my lack of knowledge in family law and I almost did.
From the day I retained Mario I had several things already against me. My son's mother filed a frivolous retraining order against me and got a protection order for my son because she claimed I went to her residence intoxicated and forcibly grabbed her and knocked over my son in the process. That never happened but she did that to gain leverage in court (to which she later admitted was her mother's suggestion and doing once the case was over). This protection order prevented me for seeing my son for 17 days which caused so much pain you wouldn't believe.
To get to the point of my review of Mario, he was a phenomenal lawyer. I would recommend him and actually have been recommending him to everyone and anyone who could use his services. He's literally a pitbull in a suit. I must have seen 4 or 5 lawyers prior to selecting him but from the moment I met him, I just knew he was the one and you'll get that same feeling after meeting him. He not only lifted the nonsense protection order against me on my son but he immediately got me temporary shared custody until we went to trial all within the first 17 days of me retaining him. Like I said, he's a pitbull in a suit.
The case continued on for another 13 months but that again was my son's grandmother's doing on his mother's side. She was purposely prolonging the case by not providing responses in a timely fashion, having their attorney file countless extensions and made sure Mediation was a complete waste of time all in an effort to exhaust my funds by continuing to retain Mario. Of course enough was enough and Mario put a stop to it by getting direct access to the attorney representing my son's mother and reasoned with him. Although Mario is an animal while dealing with the courts, he's an extremely likeable guy. Him reasoning with the other attorney didn't take long once he put his foot down.
Within a matter of days, everything was finalized. I went from having a domestic violence case/restraining order, my son taken away from me with an active protection order and me looking like a "horrible father and drunk" in the eyes of the court to getting primary custody of my son. Mario exposed everything. There were no grounds for a protection order and no evidence of any abuse. With Mario's advice, I was able to capture video of the torment, threats and verbal abuse from my son's grandmother during the pick ups/ drop offs throughout the entire hearing. I was awarded 4 set days scattered throughout the week and weekend (every week) and I was even awarded child support from my son's mother but later declined it to keep peace among us.
I know this is a long review but I felt compelled to write it. The reviews I read of Mario prior to retaining him all seemed to be one or two paragraphs about how good he was but it's still a far cry of who he is as an attorney and as a human being. I kid you not, retaining Mario was the best decision I ever made. I hope you take my review seriously because trust me, you won't regret retaining him if you do.
Unfortunately in my life I n an attorney quite a few times I have to say Mario is the hardest working attorney I ever used his rates are the lowest and he tells it like it is
Mr. Theodore, gave me excellent legal advice. Everyone in his office were very courteous and always responsive to my requests. His respresentation of me during my motion to dismiss for lack of subject and personal jurisdiction was perfectly on point. I was very impressed with his thoroughness in his written motion and his representation before the court. He was AWESOME! Could not have retained a better attorney to represent me. I whole heartedly and without reservation recommend Mr. Theodore.
I was in deportation proceedings and he help me with the necessary steps to gain more time in the United States. Eventually my case was admistratively close by an immigration judge and I was able to state in the United States. I was also pull over for driving with an expire driver license and he was able to dismiss the ticket.
I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with this law firm and was very impressed with the level of professionalism, open communication and frequent updates about my case. Mario himself was very calm and easy to talk with allowing me time to express myself even at times when I became frustrated. His expertise allowed me to be favored at the completion of my case.He delivered what he had promised and then some.....
Mario Theodore helped me with my Foreclosure and kept me up to date with everything. However, I had a second mortgage which turned into a judgement and when I sought help from him several times it was completely ignored until it turned into a wage garnishment and then I was charged $1500. I declined because I felt if he was more knowledgeable about the law he would have advised me earlier so I could avoid the wage garnishment and he wouldn't have charged me so much when I was already paid him a retainer and a monthly fee to defend my foreclosure. I believe he is a nice person but would I recommend him as an attorney, knowledgeable about the law? You decide.
he was the only one that us a honest answer. We thank him for that. Respectfully, Ralat
This lawyer has help significantly in me being able to stay in my home. He took on our foreclosure case when the default summary judgment was to be enacted. He was able to get that reversed as well as get a favorable outcome in mediation. We hope that this will be resolved in the coming months. We had a flat fee for our foreclosure (I am not sure if he continues to offer this), but has always taken my calls that needed urgent care in the matter of minutes.
He is a very professional lawyer and look to use him if needed in the future.
In a child custody case, the first instinct is to sling mud in the attempt to make the other parent look bad. Right from the start Mario made it clear that that was not how he practiced. He focused on the law. What a novel idea! He handled our case with integrity and wisdom! Ultimately, it was his thorough knowledge of the law and his wisdom that won our case. He is the man that you want in your corner!!!
Mr. Theodore is currently working my case for a Florida to NY child relocation matter. As a parent himself, he maintained genuine care, concern and understanding through this long, difficult journey and "proved" our case with dignity rather than bashing or mudslinging the respective party, as they so chose to do. There is never an ideal custody battle, but I truly feel, Mario fought for what he believed was right based on principle rather than paycheck. I am honored to have had the opportunity for such a respected, knowledgeable, sincere attorney to represent me and would recommend him, regardless of the outcome of my case, to anyone.