Very compassionate down to earth gentleman. Great contact. Excellent explanations and immediate results. One week after retaining Mr. Barker and we see our child after being withheld continuously. Our family is very grateful and we look forward to working with him to finally resolve this on going family case.
First, after reading Mr. Barkers reviews, I'd like to say one client's review, who chose to remain anonymous (which shows me the lack of conviction possessed in the review), has skewed Mr. Barkers rating. Everyone else, like myself, has been exceptionally pleased with his work. I work in a client focused industry too, there are just some people that no matter what, you can never make happy. Even when you provide them with the best available outcome. When Mr. Barker was handed my case it was the day of court. He was able to leverage his extensive time as an attorney and the personal relationships he's developed from over 30 years of practicing law, to convey the important facts necessary. When our time in court came, all parties were aware, to include the judge and prosecutor of the situation on paper and the actual situation, which we all know can vary greatly. He was able to invoke the compassion of the judge. That day I was treated as a person and not the "next case" in the courtroom thanks to him. The judges demeanor was drastically different towards me then case before and after mine. All was looked at, not just the black and white, but the grey area too. He is now working on my family case, which sparked the original need to hire him. He is thoroughly prepared and is meeting with me again prior to our next hearing. Mr. Barker conveys material facts in a way that expresses there importance and is picking apart the inaccuracies of the other party. This has been a tumultuous time in my life and has placed an immense weight on my shoulders. With my previous lawyer I never slept the entire night before our hearings. I was up preparing the immense amount of supporting facts, evidence and documentation that I knew my lawyer was not equipped with. After working with Mr. Barker and his firm, The first hearing we had was the first time I had slept at all the night prior. When you hire Mr. Barker you get his expertise as well as the expertise and strengths of his colleagues and partners. It's nice to know that his firm realizes individuals strengths and leverages that for individual client needs. There is no arrogance amongst them. If one performs better with a certain judge or in a certain courtroom, That individual will assist in your case as well. Do you want a team on your side or do you want an individual? For the record I tried to save money by going else where when this first started, the price difference wasn't even that significant. I would have saved over 10,000 dollars and most likely many months of my life while dealing with this stressful experience if I had just hired him first. You get what you pay for, and I would consider Attorney Stephen A. Barker a bargain at his rates.