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Posted by Shannon, a Family client, Flag
I sought Valerie's services when my husband decided to have our oldest daughter live overseas with him in the UK, doing so by deceiving me into believing we were moving our entire family from Australia to America. Valerie had excellent resources to place me with the best International child abduction attorneys in the world. From the moment I first met Valerie she had me feel at ease and hopeful because she knew there were things we could do - especially overseas. Despite the fact that my Case was controversial (abduction during an international move), and the State Department was not entirely confident I would see my daughter again; we went forward and won a Landmark Case that helped change The Hague Convention for International Child Abduction to include unique cases like mine.
Valerie then handled the Custody of my children as well as our Dissolution of Marriage, making the ending of the entire traumatizing ordeal absolutely seamless. Valerie has a calm and professional demeanor which is a result of her Professionalism and solid understanding of family law. I am extremely grateful that I found Valerie Arnold, because without her, I do not know if I would have seen my daughter again, reunited my daughters (sisters), or had us all living together again as we were.
Posted by Kay, a Appeals client, Flag
I can not say enough about the integrity, ethics, and expert representation provided by Val Arnold and the members of the Arnold Rodman firm. I came to her begging for help after my original attorney abandoned me at trial to conceal her malpractice and refused to preserve my case for appeal. Having been betrayed by the person whose job it was to protect my interests - I was broke, terrified, and emotionally distraught. Ms. Arnold has a special way of getting you past the emotion and forcing you to deal with facts so that she can fully understand your case and the actions necessary to protect your rights under the law. She is professional yet compassionate. She is honest and fair. She truly cares about her clients and represents them aggressively. She is a parent and cares about the impact of the case on you, your children and your finances. She is NOT the kind of attorney who cares about nothing but billable hours. She is smart and quick to come up to speed even on the most complex of cases.
I remember going to court the first time with Val and being so nervous due to the terrible representation I had received from my original attorney who failed to prepare and was horribly unequipped to present my case. Each time opposing counsel made a false statement- I could not resist the urge to attempt to whisper the facts to Ms. Arnold. She turned to me, looked me in the eyes and said "I've got this!" And she did. After three years of nightmare representation by another firm - I could finally trust my attorney. I have the greatest respect for this firm and for Ms. Arnold personally. I never hesitate to recommend them to anyone in need of family law services. I will always be grateful for the quality representation I received and for the personal support received from such a quality human being.
Posted by Colin, a Divorce client, Flag
Ms Downing helped secure an equitable divorce settlement at a time when I was still grieving for the loss of two close family members. She was very concerned for my welfare and was fearless in dealing with the opposing attorney.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Mercenary motives.Did not help despite obvious flaws in other party. I retained her after reading reviews here and regret it. Failed to educate me about the law.
Posted by Matt, a Divorce client, Flag
I have worked with Valerie Arnold for the past 9 months as she has handled my separation / divorce case. During that time, I have very impressed with Valerie and her team. They are highly knowledgeable, professional and responsive. She stayed on top of every detail and did an excellent job of setting realistic expectations regarding the multiple aspects of my case.
It was very comforting know that I was represented by such a highly competent team which resulted in a better that expected outcome.
Posted by Carolyn, Flag
My husband and I hired Valerie to take over our custody case involving our grandchildren who had been abused and neglected by their mother. We decided to hire Valerie after spending months and thousands of dollars working with another attorney who did not listen to our concerns or make progress in our case. Valerie took the time to understand our case and to listen to our concerns. Valerie was a confident and committed advocate for our grandchildren. We were able to settle our case and obtain custody of our grandchildren without going to trial. We highly recommend Valerie to anyone who needs help with a difficult child custody case.
Posted by José Manuel, a Child Custody client, Flag
My name is Jose Manuel and I am living in Spain. Miss Valerie has shown great ability to understand and carry out the necessary actions that require an international case. Miss Valerie and her team at all times kept me informed and I have always been advised to the best of intentions.
Miss Valerie accepted my case on "Child Custody". The U.S. Foreign Ministry handed me a list of pro bono lawyers where she was registered and from the moment she showed interest in my case.
The professionalism of Miss Valerie and her team have made it possible again to see my 4 year old after two years without seeing him.
Do not miss the opportunity to work with.
Posted by Abed, a Family client, Flag
Ms. Arnold provided me and my case a fresh start after struggling with another counsel who was not knowledgeable or responsive. My case required knowledge of international treaties regarding divorce in different countries and the rules governing the applicability of a foreign registered divorce (including custody rules, etc.). Ms. Arnold and her staff have guided the process of registering a foreign divorce and enforcing all of its rulings in the county court. They did so with professionalism and great care. They involved me in the reviewing and deciding on each step. I was always informed of what and why a step is being taken. After the case, they followed up on all the paper work I asked for with diligence and professionalism. Ms. Arnold was able to close my case to my advantage in a short time (versus over a year and a half of several failed attempts with the previous counsel). The above four criteria are a must for a successful relationship with your Lawyer - make sure they can score high on each one. Ms. Arnold and her office absolutely did!
Posted by Michelle, a International Law client, Flag
I most highly recommend Ms. Valerie Arnold and her law firm. Ms. Arnold co-counseled a very complex international divorce and custody case for me and won. Ms. Arnold used her skills in; Minnesota family law, international matrimonial law, connections in the international law community, and second language skills to help me win my case. Ms. Arnold researched and presented a case, through my foreign attorney, which I believe won my case in a foreign court. Valerie is a consummate professional and a woman of integrity. She was supportive and her advice was well delivered and well taken. I have much respect for Valerie and her legal team. I felt like I was a major priority for Ms. Arnold and her legal team. I always felt extremely well represented. Ms. Arnold advocated for me, during my international leg of the case, and motivated me to persevere and not give up. I personally thank her for her efforts. I could not have won my case without her. I cannot express, enough, the confidence I have in Ms. Arnoldâ€™s legal knowledge, skills, ability and the professionalism of her team.
Posted by Andrew, a Child Custody client, Flag
I was involved in a complicated custody case. I was a single father at the time and it seemed I was fighting an uphill battle. Valerie, with her incredible knowledge and work ethic, helped me regain custody of my son.
Valerie always made time for me and my concerns. She was quick to respond and kept me informed about everything that was going on. Valerie made me feel my case was important and that she made it a priority. She truly had an interest in helping my son and I.
I don't know what else to say, except that I trust, respect, and am forever thankful for the outstanding legal representation Valerie provided me with.
I will personally continue to use Valerie's services and recommend her to anyone.
Again, Valerie, I want to thank you for all that you have done for my family and I, and will continue to do. THANK YOU.
Posted by Gianfranco, a International Law client, Flag
I am an Italian citizen and in 2007 I needed legal assistance in order to have my daughter, wrongfully retained in Minnesota, returning to her habitual place of residence in Rome. I selected Ms. Arnold through internet reviewing and phone interview. She had since the beginning a full comprehension of my very complex and delicate case and she managed to elaborate a successful strategy to pursue it in front of the Court. Ms. Arnold is not only very professional and knowledgeable but she is also brilliant and confident, she has balanced judgmental skill and she is very analytical and sensitive in assessing the cases. Her expert advice has proved to be always right and we had despite the distance an excellent communication flow both by phone and e-mail. During my visits in Minnesota Ms. Arnold was supportive and she correctly briefed me prior court appearances. I have no hesitation whatsoever to recommend her.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
I was involved in a complicated custody case. Valerie was very quick to respond to my concerns. She responded via text, email or call. Her support during the trial was invaluable. She "coached" me on my body language and worked with me throughout the hearing. She went above and beyond several times. (because I was from out of town, she assisted me for my visits.) Her help in my case also made me realize that she truly interested in helping and me and my children rather than the money. She did her best to ensure that costs would be kept to a minimum. She - and her staff - kept on top of the paperwork and kept me apprised. When responding to my emails and questions, she was thorough and didn't make me feel bad for the questions I asked. Despite my complicated case, she took it on. And, she listened when I had thoughts or suggestions. When the decision came in she got hold of me immediatly. And, she continues to be there until the final day. The referee made his decision and ruled in my favor. Valerie shared my joy. I was so lucky to find someone to take on my case and help support me through the 2 year process. If there were anyone that needed help in that area, I would definitely recommend Valerie.
Posted by Assen, a Family client, Flag
I was a client of Ms. Arnold regarding a very complex child custody case followed by international child abduction in Eastern Europe. Her expertise and work ethic exceeded my expectations. I never had any difficulty contacting her both here and from abroad, and she always kept me informed about the progress of the cases. Both cases were resolved successfully and my daughters are safely back in the United States.