Posted by Andy B & Family
Mrs. Darnell is an extremely amazing, passionate and professional SUPER Texas Attorney. Don’t let her Southern Charm fool you – she’s a bulldog and one tough lady!! She’s smart, witty, fierce, and proudly stands next to her client. She gives nothing less than her best. I never thought as a father, I’d have a voice in court since most fathers typically almost never win child custody modifications in the State of Texas. Trust me I’ve had many lawyers tell me I didn’t have a chance gaining 50/50 custody because of the Judge assigned to our case. With each previous child custody modification attempt, they did not fight the fight. I would walk away with nothing and in turn my ex-wife gained more. Well, then I met Sarah and that all changed. She gave me & my family a voice and we were heard!!! My ex-wife tried to demoralize me as a father, to go as far as trying to prove me hostile with an anger issue, accusing me of neglect, and poor parenting skills. My ex-wife served me petitioning all of this and wanting sole custody. I didn’t think I’d have a chance to win a 50/50 modification after all I had been through in the past. Then I found Sarah. Sarah saw right through my ex-wife’s strategy and stopped her in her tracks. Sarah worked diligently to eliminate every tactic my ex-wife brought to court and by the end of the first court hearing, my ex-wife left the court room in tears - defeated. The judge awarded us the first phase of our modifications (extended visitation) and did not increase my ex-wife’s request for additional child support. Two days after this court hearing/appearance, my ex-wife called me, realizing she would not win this battle and gave me 50/50 custody with everything I asked for and more. She did not want to face Sarah in court again, knew she didn’t have a chance to win especially with a social study and knowing Sarah was ready to fight for me & my family 150%. The modification was over within weeks. My ex-wife didn’t even show up to court for the final signing before the judge. She couldn’t face me, Sarah and the final defeat. You will find Mrs. Darnell not only a smart and intelligent lawyer, but also a compassionate person. She identifies your issues, does her absolute best to secure the best outcome for her clients and ready to stand up for fathers. She gave me TRUST, a VOICE, HOPE and a new way of life. I can’t thank her enough and I owe her so much more than a thank you. She is truly amazing and more than our forever attorney – she’s part of our extended family now. I will never hire anyone but Sarah moving forward. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Sara Darnell for anything involving family law especially fathers who want to be heard and need someone to fight beside you!! Her best advice to me and I know state to you – ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING!!! My advice is do the right thing and let Sarah stand by you!!!
Posted by Jodie
Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. I initially hired Charla Bradshaw, and as I am still unaware why that fell through, I ended up with Sarah Darnell. However, for whatever reason was the cause of that, I am MORE than thankful. Through email, phone, and even in face-to-face, Sarah comes off as such a sweet, well-reserved woman. In the courtroom, I saw a light switch before my eyes and she turned into a total BEAST. She made the opposing counsel look SO dumb that I ended up feeling bad about what had just happened. What. Sarah came in and was more than prepared, completely unaware to my knowledge all the "evidence" she had prepared. Opposing counsel had NOTHING on Sarah Darnell. As another person stated, do not let her beauty & innocence fool you, this woman is a bulldog in the courtroom. I told my family that on more than one occasion, I wanted to jump up and give her the biggest hug ever because of how bad she had just "schooled" opposing council. I had no idea Sarah was capable of this intensity. Also from day one, she took my emotions into consideration and knew exactly what to tell me to relieve my stress. I'd send her a million and one emails a day, and she was more than prompt on her responses. I never waited more than 24 hours for a response from her, unless it was the weekend. She put an extreme amount of effort into my case and I don't even know how to thank her. We just had our temporary orders trial today, but I doubt opposing council will even want to go back to court for final, due to pure intimidation and humiliation. I would highly, highly recommend Sarah Darnell as an attorney. And highly is an understatement. This woman exceeded my expectations PLUS some. She knew my case better than I did, which is next to impossible considering I've replayed it over and over in my head for months now. She absolutely put her heart and soul into my case and I'm more than pleased. She's a full package. Great personality, caring, stunning looks, and most importantly- "a beast in the courtroom." Today, I was mind blown.
Posted by Earl
It’s a really tough road for a father to gain custody of his children regardless of how great the father is. Even though my ex is very verbally, mentally and physically abusive to my children as a school teacher she would come to court soft spoken, lie to the court and eventually wind up on top. I spent nearly 6 years with 3 different attorneys fighting for my children each time with the same results until I found Sarah Darnell. Sarah from the first day took control of my case and was a very aggressive ally. Do not let her southern accent and beauty fool you, in court Sarah dominated the other attorney and put my ex on the ropes, several times while she was cross examining I just wanted to stand up and yell... Go Girl!! Long story short I now have primary custody of my children!
Fighting for your children and their best interest is the single most important fight you may have and you need to take no chances with your children’s future. I would recommend any father in my position to not waste time and money on other attorneys and just go for the best!
Posted by Cody
I cannot say enough good things about Sarah Darnell and O'Neil & Attorneys. Every step of the way they were for me and helped me through a difficult process while living outside the U.S. Whenever I had a question, they were quick with an answer and always keep me up to date with the latest information. I would recommend Sarah to anyone who needs help in the Dallas area.
Posted by Chrissy
I had a unique adoption case and Sarah guided me and held my hand throughout everything. When I was nervous, she calmed my fear. When I was scared and upset, she soothed my pain. Sarah has a unique ability to be both a legal representative and a friend. There's no obstacle that she doesn't face head on and with the best attitude. From day one, she treated my family with upmost respect, was honest at every turn and really cared about what was right. She's a true advocate for families. I've recommended her to several people and will continue to do so. I'm so very happy to have met her, may her positive nature and genuine caring bless many more people in the future.
Posted by a Divorce client
Sarah Darnell not only has the gift of her profession, she is compassionate to her clients she represents, and a formidable adversary to the opposing side. I was referred to her by a friend who is an attorney, and I can't thank both of them enough.
Posted by Regina
I hired Sarah thanks to a GREAT friend who recommended her.
From my first consultation with Sarah, she recognized my ex was intrepreting our divorce decree as he so fit. Sarah was able to help me stand up for what was right and put it on the right track.
I was facing the issue of increasing child support (to meet standard guidelines). I knew that doing so would be more difficult than my divorce and had it had the potential of becoming explosive. The fact that it could become explosive did not "shake" Sarah at all. Sarah was confident she could handle anything that came her way.
The night before our first hearing we were made aware of circumstances which totally change our stratagy. Sarah was able to think quickly and was prepared to go first thing in the morning. We ended up going to court several times - each time the ruling was in our favor.
Sarah is very confident and competent in what she does. Yes, she helped me in that making sure I received the appropriate child support but it goes way beyond the money. I have gained so much strength from Sarah. Sarah gives you the tools you need long after the hearing is done and over with.
Posted by a Divorce client
The opposing counsel for my case literally left the courtroom laughing in our face. The first time I met with Sarah Darnell I instantly felt that she possessed certain judgmental personality traits, (my degree is in sociology), however Michelle O'Neill came highly recommended so I signed on with Sarah Darnell. If you are entering into this world, let me warn you that the upcoming events can change your life permanently and it is crucial that you obtain an attorney that not only possesses educated professionalism but a sense of empathy as well. I found out the hard way that Sarah Darnell only had my best interests in mind when she felt the odds would swing in my favor. The only thing worse than being betrayed by your significant other, is to be betrayed by you attorney. I never knew that divorce could be so ugly and found it truly brings out the worst in people. If anyone out there has been in my situation you know this separation involves everything in which you once called 'home' and during this stressful time the one thing you want to help you sleep at night is that 'at least Sarah Darnell has my back'. Unfortunately this was surprisingly not true. I have had attorneys in the past and I was literally shell-shocked when my attorney...my only ally, abandoned me when she 'got a hunch' that I would not win. Well, the Lord must have been on my side because right about the time Sarah Darnell filed a motion to withdrawal as my attorney, the court found in favor of me and soon after Sarah Darnell's motion was withdrawn. At this point I was not in a financial position to start from scratch with a new attorney so I graciously proceeded with my next hearing with Sarah Darnell by my side. Directly after my hearing, Sarah proceeded to give me the 'cold shoulder' because during my cross examination, which is specifically intended to knock the petitioner off their horse with false accusations just to get their nervous testimony 'memorialized', I apparently did not answer to her liking. Since then, Sarah Darnell would only accept contact through her assistant and not once contacted me herself. Instead she filed yet another motion to withdrawal and in a nutshell left me high and dry. Sarah Darnell has extreme difficulty with not taking things personally and in all my professional career positions I have never encountered such childish behavior. I hope this review will provide some much needed feedback and provides a synopsis of what to expect from Sarah Darnell
Posted by Frank
Sarah was working with me on a child support modification. She was prepared and knowledgeable in court and got an order to reduce my support even though the mother was seeking to increase support. She did weekly case reviews with other attorneys in the office so I knew I was always going the right direction with my case.