4.0 stars 16 totalReview Mary Van Orman
Posted by Karen
After 27 years of marriage I thought we could end it with class. However my soon to be ex did not want a divorce.
As a result he did his best to stall. My secret weapon was Mary!! She advised me on how to protect myself and daughter financially plus she new how to work the system allowing the divorce to finalize just 6 months after I filed. I could e-mail her anytime of day and she or her assistant would respond within 24 hours. Worth every penny!!!
Posted by Brenda
My family has utilized Mary Van Orman's expertise in the matter of amending child custody agreements and having previous arrangements reversed in the best interest of my grandchildren. She is brilliant in her field, aggressive when needed and always assertive. We found her to be caring and forthright. She arranged mediation for us that helped us to avoid a trial but gave a positive outcome for my grandchildren. We have consulted with her many times before the case on divorce, child custody, child abuse and neglect. CPS had been notified but it wasn't until Mary got involved that things started to change for the better. We have since continued to confer with her matters that involve visitation with the other parent. I would recommend Mary Van Orman and have done so. Our relationship with Mary Van Orman as an attorney or consultant has been ongoing for approximately 20 years. I wouldn't hesitate to retain her again. Thank you, a very grateful grandmother.
Posted by Fred
I spent over two years, close to $40K and went through 3 attorneys until I found Mary. It was an act of God, and a huge blessing that I saw her in vestibule at the Montgomery county court house during the trial of the woman that killed my oldest son by way of a DWI wreck. I witnessed Mary handing another attorney his proverbial a**, along with the client, and right away, I knew I had to retain her. I was scheduled for a mediation the next day with my ex-wife (yes, I AM a single father) but upon our lunch meeting a bit later that day, Mary insisted that, because of my grief and the ongoing trial, that there was no way I was to be at that mediation. She made phone calls to the appropriate people, and just like that, the mediation for my youngest son was put on hold, much to the dismay of my ex and her attorney! At this point, Mary hadn't asked me for a dime. I made arrangements with attorney of record to send over the remainder of the retainer to Mary's office, and hired the best family attorney I have ever had the privilege of hiring! On that note, Mary stayed with me and my family throughout the trial, which only assured me that, not only did I hire the best and brightest, but an attorney with an actual heart! How many attorneys would do that for a client?
The next time we were in court, Mary made sure that my youngest son would not have to see his birth mother throughout the time we were in litigation (this was a huge boost for my son!). Upon the rescheduled mediation, my ex relinquished her rights to my son, and he has never been more well-adjusted, and more self-assured since having to be subjected to his birth mother (she had disappeared from his life years before, and my other two attorneys hadn't been able to get my son any reprieve).
I'll say this about Mary; she is a bit more expensive than most family lawyers, but my son is worth every dime. She is also Board Certified specifically in family law, which is also worth the price. Most attorneys in this field also handle criminal cases, or other matters that don't necessarily carry a specialization.
For these and other reasons, I highly recommend Mary Van Orman, and have referred several others to her.
The title for this review is simple: Everyone has heard the term "Bringing the big guns"; I don't. I bring the "Nuclear Arsenal", which is exactly what anyone would want to have going into difficult situations where family law is concerned.
Thank you Mary; you gave me my son and total peace of mind!
Posted by a client
Mary mishandled my "slam dunk" case inappropriately charged me $32,000 and then removed herself from my case when I refused to give her what she had billed me for. $20,000 in, and 8 months later nothing had been resolved due to her own personal life and a few needed reschedules by the court. She refused to handle anything given to her upfront and instead would wait until the other side had filed motions, which in turn of course runs your billing up as now you have to go to court..right? Yup. Billing is all wrong. When you dispute the billing she doesn't want to deal with it for months at a time, then wants it handled immediately. If you can't handle it immediately she removes herself from your case. She is constantly turning over her staff as she claims all things mishandled are due to their incompetency. I would show up for court dates and there would be other attorneys there to handle an unapproved reschedule of my case, one was not even a family attorney. One day in court she got into a shouting match with my ex in the hallway. A screaming match to the point that the bailiff was called to separate them,not once but twice. The ultimate mess up? My ex was granted a monetary judgement against me because Mary missed 3 scheduled court dates. One of which I notified her myself of. She filed an appeal to have it removed, but then she never followed through with it. That was the main issue, absolutely no follow through with anything. In the court room their were short glimpses of the amazing attorney that I was told she was, but those glimpses were short and faded very quickly. I have filed a complaint against Mary Van Orman with the Bar. The complaint was accepted and is still in progress as it was elevated to a committee. In the end I had to spend an additional $10,000 to another attorney to rush into my case and get it completed. I did not get what I originally set out to do done as the emergency I reported in the beginning of the case was now over. It had been a year since my case was started. What a circus.
Posted by a Child Custody client
This lawyer treated me great throughout my child custody suit and had me thinking and firmly believing we had it in the bad and nothing to worry about. My ex made some awful claims about me that were PROVEN WRONG! On mediation day, when I refused to give him several extra days out if the month told me I should give it to him because we can't go to court. I asked why not and she said "Because you will lose!" I said that I was a great mother and she told me I wasn't and accused me of the things my ex lied about. She's very UNTRUSTWORTHY!!
Posted by Kim
Mary and her staff vigorously fought for my son! They were compassionate, supportive, and knowledgable. They resolved my case quickly and with a win in court! Best family law attorney, hands down. I would highly recommend Mary VanOrman to any of my friends or clients.
Posted by a Child Custody client
Mary Van Orman, I will always be eternally grateful for your representation. It means the world to me that you fought so hard for me and my children, giving us the gift of staying together in a safe, stable, and completely loving home. I am so glad that awesome lawyers like you still exist. Thank you and God bless you!!
Posted by a Divorce client
Do not even consider hiring Mary Van Orman. She will milk you for every penny you have, and then she will leave you hanging when the money well runs dry. She had me get into a custody battle with my ex wife just to get more money out of me. It was a waste of resources. She did nothing to help me with my case. She must have had a new para every couple of months. She is highly unorganized, and I wouldn't recommend her to anyone.
Posted by a Divorce client
It is impossible to reach her or make an appointment with her. I had a hearing she didn't even know about or show up for. Her office is disorganized and her staff turnover is very high.
Posted by a Divorce client
Mary was recommended to me by a friend who is also a lawyer. I can say up front that Mary is a top-notch lawyer AND she's extremely honest and ethical. From the initial consultation with Mary, she was very up front about what to expect (during the process and the expected outcome) and what the fees would be for her services. I think it's important to note that Mary will not B.S. you. She will not take your money and tell you what you want to hear. She is a straight-shooter and will tell you like it is - whether you like it or not. Personally, I appreciate that honesty as I was going through one of the most stressful times in my life. Throughout the entire process, Mary was amazing! She provided much needed guidance and compassion to me and my children. She got me through my divorce, and her main focus during every part of the case was what was best for my children. The opposing counsel in my case was less than ethical, but Mary continued through the process doing things "the right way," which I appreciated and admired. If you want the best lawyer in the area who will do everything in her power to help you, I would STRONGLY recommend Mary.