Posted by a client
I hired Veronica Semino (FLBar # 70592) to represent me in a dissolution of marriage case. Right up to the minute I retained her she was prompt, communicative and very engaged. This quickly changed after she cashed my retainer check, what I got then was weeks of waiting for responses, scoldings for texting her cellphone and zero apologies for mistakes made.
Right after I retained her, and once filings and initial paperwork were to be put together it took her 10 calendar days to even acknowledge my multiple calls, voice messages, emails and text messages, only to then scold me on how inappropriate it was for me to text her, when we had been texting prior to payment of the retainer.
Later, after filing and after receiving opposing counsel’s response, it took her 14 calendar days to get back to me on what was to be done. After that, when the response was filed, I was not given a reasonable time to review the document and a very preventable and prejudicial misstatement was made in the filing. I had mentioned a specific detail several times over email and telephone conversations, nevertheless the misstatement was filed to the court. When I finally got a hold of her regarding this mistake after over a dozen calls, half a dozen voicemails, two text messages, three emails, 13 calendar days and a call to the Bar Association later, I finally heard back from her, only to have her downplay the importance of the error she made in addition to a half-hearted attempt to answer any of my questions regarding the case’s strategy, next steps, timelines, etc.
In the various attempts where I mentioned any of these communication concerns, I got no response at all, and to make matters worse, when I asked (demanded because the initial ask seemed to be ignored too) for a statement, I was billed in advance for completion of work that my new lawyer had to correct anyway.
All in all, the anxiety that this relationship caused me was unbearable and I sure wasn’t going to stick around and see if her legal acumen was better than her communication skills. I happily canned her and had another attorney working on the case almost from the beginning. Retain at your own risk!
Posted by Grissel
During the most difficult moments of my life I realized I had to hire an attorney to represent me. I was so happy when I hired Ms. Semino for my legal issues. She was very knowledgable and gave me great advise on how to handle certain situations. I was constantly informed about my case. She has been a great asset for me. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Krystina
Ms. Semino handled my divorce for me quickly and effectively and she answered all my questions and concerns every step of the way. She is a great attorney, and I recommend her services to anyone that has family law issues.
Posted by Lanette
Ms. Semino is an empathetic, passionate and aggressive family attorney. She truly understands the complexity and sensitivity of these cases, while maintaining an objective point of view. Ms. Semino is a results driven and detailed oriented professional who exhausted all resources in order to gather and present valuable information for my case. She is focused and determined to obtain the most favorable outcome for her clients, and is committed to maintaining the integrity of the families involved. I would highly recommend Ms. Semino in high conflict family cases where there are children involved, as in my case, and trust her expertise in this area. August 5, 2011