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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Miguel

    Best Choice I Could Make!

    Carin is a real pro…1 year and 5 months ago my lying, cheating ex-wife called (yes it’s finally over and I’m divorced) and informed me that I would be served divorce papers when I came home from work. I searched on Avvo and found Carin and that was the best thing I could have done. I was on the phone with her when the process server delivered the papers and she was guiding me through everything saying it would be OK. This was at 6pm mind you and she instructed me on what I needed to do so she could get started on my case. We met a couple of days later and I brought all the documents that were needed. That started my long journey of unwrapping myself from this woman that I had trusted with everything and that had betrayed that trust.

    All I know is that if it wasn’t for Carin and her thorough knowledge of family law (she knows statutes and case law by heart), devotion to her clients and the fact that she truly cares for people I wouldn’t have come out of this with as good a settlement as I got. Not only that, but she knows many people in the local judicial world! Let me tell you, when she says that she knows judge/lawyer so and so and understands them to a certain degree. She really does! Carin explained that her strategy would be constantly evolving based on the facts and the circumstances. They did evolve and change but she talked to me about it and explained why it was changing. I was always in the loop.

    Carin advised that I retain a certified divorce financial specialist which I did. This specialist provided the cold hard numbers and advised me throughout the case.

    I could call Carin when I was at my wits end and she would talk me down so I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. I was very lucky I selected Carin because NOBODY ELSE cares as much for their clients as she does. She was always keeping me informed about what was going on with my case and if I had questions I could usually get answers in less than a day. She is a true professional. Whenever I have the chance I recommend her to friends who need a family lawyer.

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    Carin Manders Constantine’s response: “It was a true pleasure working with this client.”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Divorced Mom

    Knowledgeable, helpful and compassionate Lawyer

    I retained Carin for a child custody / Domestic Violence/ harassing ex several years ago. She was thorough, knowledgeable and is always there for me if I have questions or need council even when I do not have an open case pending. That said, I feel she really sees it through with her clients from start to finish and then some. She definitely goes above and beyond the call of duty. I would highly recommend her legal services to anyone looking for representation in her field of expertise!

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    Carin Manders Constantine’s response: “It was a true pleasure working with this client and remaining her friend.”
  • 1.0 star

    Posted by Joanne from Kenneth City

    What a Nightmare!!

    This attorney was more stressful than my husband that I was trying to divorce.

    Has no office--works from her apartment in Palm Harbor. She had me drop off my important documents in front of her door and now refuses to return them.

    Prior to meeting her, she wanted a $5,000 retainer (charged on Pay Pal).....deposited the money to her
    account and paid her rent check immediately. She is now upset because the money didn't clear (I am grateful) and has E- mailed me to NOT contact her either by phone or E-mail.

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    Carin Manders Constantine’s response: “Yes! What a Nightmare!! I am very happy to respond to this. Although I cannot tell all the facts (out of respect for the Criminal Trial that has yet to occur) I can defend myself against false statements about procedures. First, it was a nightmare situation for me, and I ignored every red flag and the gut feeling not to take this case. However, I felt sorry after hearing her story and agreed to give up my holiday and work for her because she needed it done immediately. Let me address her complaints one by one. 1. I have an office in Tampa, but was working from home that day because I was on vacation as it was New Year's Eve! I actually did not ask the client to drop of papers at my home, but she insisted on doing so, on New Years Eve, to ensure that I could start drafting her forms on New Years Day when I was scheduled to be on vacation. 2. I have never refused to return anything. 3. I do require payment up front, especially in a severe Domestic Violence case where I have do do a significant amount of drafting immediately. I believe all attorneys require to be paid before performing work. 4. The client called me after I had worked 3 days on the case, to say that the account she paid me from had been closed by her abuser. I stated "Oh, no, I just paid bills from that account". As a BUSINESS, we pay bills from Operating accounts, which are of course the very reason we charge fees. This client was given a Retainer Agreement, which she signed, then immediately paid me so that I would start work on a holiday . I followed the terms of the Contract we agreed upon. 5. I have asked the client to stop contacting me unless it is through an attorney because of her threats to me, including her threat to "ruin" me by posting this review. Luckily this was posted and she stated "She is now upset because the money didn't clear" because this contradicts prior statements. I assume any professional would be upset if 3 days of their work was 'wiped' away by a check bouncing. I am human and allowed to have human reactions. She became upset when I asked how she was going to be able to replace the money that bounced. That is a perfectly appropriate question, from a business owner to a client that just bounced a check. It is very sad when an attorney who has dedicated her entire adult career to advocating for clients is accused of not caring. Actions do speak louder than words, and most of my work is done in private, where it should be when dealing with abuse. But, this can be part of the cycle of violence. It is easier to blame others than to take responsibility for actions that have consequences. My heart goes out to this person, who despite my help, is clearly still in significant emotional pain. I am heartbroken that she has not found peace yet. I am not perfect and cannot work miracles. I certainly do not take advantage financially, as anyone who works with Domestic Violence Victims knows, it is mostly a thankless job that will never make an attorney profitable. To anyone concerned about my firm, my practice or my Business Practices, I invite you to meet me, have a conversation, and make your own decision. Once again, if you are the victim of Domestic Violence, help is available. Lashing out at the attorney who took on your case, on a holiday and put you before herself, is not using your time productively. I always urge my clients to spend their time online productively. Encouraging others to not retain me for a area of law that is already under-served is doing quite a disservice to those in similar situations. Sadly, getting ugly comments like this is part of my job.”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by alc229

    My prayers were answered the day I found Carin Constantine!!

    Aside from my two children, Carin Constantine has been the biggest blessing in my life to date. My GUARDIAN ANGEL would describe it better. After speaking to her the very first time, I knew she would be the one to get me out of my ten-year abusive marriage. Months in advance, and even before collecting a payment from me, she began working with me on a Safety Plan, to assure the well being of my children and myself. She treated my case and me with the delicacy it required, as my ex-husband would stop at nothing to control me. He is a legal savvy individual, and a master manipulator, but no match for Ms. Constantine. Carin has not only been a top-notch attorney, but also an amazing friend. I would now consider her family, as she has had my back as a big sister would. She believed my story when no one else did, not even my own family, and has fought for my children as if they were her own. Her strength in litigation, as well as her poise and patience, have undoubtedly made all the difference in my case. Unfortunately, I was one that got trapped in the cycle of abuse and felt no other choice than to turn my back on Carin and began to try to work through my divorce on my own. After my husband threatened my life, I desperately and shamefully reached out to Carin. I had done horrible things to her, and the first thing she asked me, without any other questions, is “What can I do to help you?” This is the heart and compassion of a true advocate for domestic violence and is a rare find in an attorney. After seeing her persistence and dedication in my case, I am confident that there is no case that she cannot conquer. I am embarrassed to say that she has been harassed in every way by my ex-husband but true to who she is, has never once turned her back on me. She has used that drive to work harder, and smarter, on my case to finally end my nightmare and make sure my children have a chance at normal, safe and happy lives. As far as her charges, I will never be able to pay her for the time and commitment she has instilled in my case and in my children. Though billing is ultimately a private matter, I can say that she has never pressured me and she has been MORE than understanding of my financial situation. Not to mention, her charges were not even a fraction of what they should have been. I was severely broken when I met Carin, uncertain if I would ever have a normal life again or if I would ever find peace and ultimately joy. I can tell you today, almost a year later, that Carin has helped me restore confidence in myself and I have finally found peace in the middle of the storm. In my opinion, she was the only attorney that could have released the grasp that my ex-husband had on me (other attorneys had tried). She gave me hope when there was no hope. She has FOREVER changed my life, she has given me a new life, and there are no words to express my gratitude for the day my prayers were answered and I found Carin Constantine on AVVO.

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    Carin Manders Constantine’s response: “It was a true pleasure working with this client.”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Child Custody client

    Happy with my choice.

    Carin helped me with a child custody case and I am so happy. I found her here on AVVO and I am so glad I did. I got what I wanted and my life is so much better. To make it even better, she stayed in the budget i gave her. I tell all my friends about her.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by ProudDad

    A Life Changing Experience.

    Carin is one of the most unwavering attorneys I have ever met. I am a dad with shared custody of my child. I spent years fighting desperately to have the ability to have my child overnight, or even at all, after false allegations of abuse, and allegations of drug use were stated against me. Carin took my case and showed that what I was doing for my child was best and how my ex had done some really bad things and had taken my child to another state without my permission. Carin never acted like she did not believe every word I said. She was able to show the General Magistrate and the Judge that some people do lie. She got my child returned and also got my support set. Carin fought for me and my child as though we were her own family. In my mind, Carin will always be part of this family.

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by Love 4 children

    Unprofessional and please use your common sense and do not get coerced by her to agree to anything

    When you are a victim of domestic violence and fighting for your safety and that of your children, a friendly and compassionate face goes a long way. Please examine Ms Constantine's actions not smile and hug at the end of your visit. She files endless motions that bleed you financially, does not follow through and please be careful of being compromised. Be prepared for her to turn against you once she realizes you figured out how worthless she is.

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    Carin Manders Constantine’s response: “It is very sad when an attorney who has dedicated her entire adult career to advocating for domestic violence victims is accused of not caring. Actions do speak louder than words, and most of my work is done in private, where it should be when dealing with abused children. But, this can be part of the cycle of violence. It is easier to blame others than to take responsibility for actions that have consequences. My heart goes out to this person, (if real) that despite my help, is clearly still in significant emotional pain. Since the author says it has been 1-3 years since I worked with this client, I am heartbroken that he/she has not found peace yet. Since attorneys are prohibited from discussing private client matters, I will say this: When representing victims of domestic violence, there is a high risk of becoming the target of 'revenge' when the person does not get exactly what they want from a Judge, a spouse or the 'system'. It is also very common for spouses of real victims to post negative comments about attorneys in public forums in order to discredit an attorney before the next Court hearing. If any former client of mine suggests I do not provide Safety Plans, I can only shake my head in sadness that an opportunity was missed to show him/her the way out. I certainly do not consider myself as worthless, but rather an attorney who tries to help victims see that they are not worthless, as their abusers tell them they are. I also assist victims in getting their attorney fees paid by their spouse. This can cause people to say things very nasty on the Internet. It is all part of the job. I hope the author of this nasty review is getting the help that he/she desperately needs. As I am sure I have told him/her in the past, help is available, but you must first want it, then accept it when it is offered, even when it is not in the form you asked for. I am not perfect and cannot work miracles. I certainly do not 'bleed' anyone financially, as anyone who works with Domestic Violence Victims knows, it is mostly a thankless job that will never make an attorney profitable. To anyone concerned about my firm, my practice or my "worth", I invite you to meet me, have a conversation, and make your own decision. Once again, if you are the victim of Domestic Violence, help is available. Lashing out at the attorney who took on your case, for very little money, and no "Thanks" is not helping you or your children. I always urge my clients to spend their time online productively. Encouraging others to not retain me for a area of law that is already under-served is doing quite a disservice to those in similar situations. Getting ugly comments like this is part of my job, even if the review is fake, but it will never make me stop assisting those who really need the help. I appreciate the opportunity from AVVO to respond as delicately as I am able. Important alert for Domestic Violence Victims: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224. http://www.thehotline.org/”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Family client

    A fantastic lawyer!

    Carin is a consummate professional. Knowledgeable and responsive, she went beyond my expectations and conducted herself in a very personable manner. I would recommend her anytime!

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Divorce client

    Excellent Attorney

    I hired Ms. Constantine for my highly contested divorce which was extremely stressful to say the least, and what mattered most to me was getting custody of my kids because they were in an abusive environment, both verbally and I suspected physically. Ms. Constantine filed a domestic violence restraining order and won so my kids wouldn't be hurt and she got me custody of my kids. I hadn't been getting any child support either and she got me child support which I desperately needed. She was very compassionate towards me but a bulldog in court! I highly recommend her.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Child Custody client

    Happy Carin is now in Pasco County

    Carin took over my case from another lawyer who was unable to complete the job. Carin did not charge me to get up to speed on what had been done in the last 2 years and she had a good grasp of my case very quickly.

    Carin seems to have a razor sharp memory and could recall conversations we had weeks before. That was helpful when we went to mediation, as she rarely relied on notes.

    I am not sure how this all will end, but I am as happy as I can be now that my case is moving. I found her on AVVO, so i thought I should share my success story.

    Hire her. You won't regret it.

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