Posted by Nicole
Before meeting with Judy, I had never consulted a lawyer about anything ever. I came to her because my ex-husband and I had decided to go through the process of mediation. I was very nervous about the entire divorce process as it represented a change to every aspect of my life.
Judy was very kind and compassionate and wanted to make sure she had all the facts before starting the process so that she could best represent my interests. She was very helpful in letting me know what to expect, what the timeline should be for the process and counseled me on reasonable expectations on both sides. She was concerned not only for my legal and financial interests, but also wanted to make sure that I was emotionally supported through all the changes. Knowing what to expect allowed me to feel some sense of control in an otherwise chaotic period.
During the negotiation process, Judy allowed me to make all the final decisions but definitely let me know when she thought that I was being too flexible or he was asking for too much.
Overall, I was very pleased with Judy and felt like I was very well represented and would recommend her!
Posted by a client
Judy represented me in my divorce in 2013. I would not recommend her for the following reasons:
missed discovery deadlines, unprofessional communication with respondent.
Posted by a client
Judy was recommend to me by my psychologist during a very tough time in my life and I will be always grateful. Judy was compassionate and fair, yet firm. She recommended mediation, but after 23 hours of trying, we went to court. In the end, with Judy's help, I obtained what I felt was rightfully mine. Through a very difficult process, Judy was an excellent lawyer to me, I recommend her highly.
Posted by Chidinma
I interviewed several attorneys to represent me in a divorce case before selecting Judy. She was extremely knowledgeable regarding family law. She clearly explained my rights and responsibilities and together we mapped out a plan of action. Judy was calm in demeanor, but aggressive in questioning during the trials and I could tell that she was vested in the outcome--vested in me as a person not just as a client/paycheck. There were many times when I wanted to give up and allow my spouse to take material things, just to have the divorce proceedings come to an end; but Judy continuously encouraged me to refuel and not to simply give up...to release material things because it was the right thing to do, not because it was the easy thing to do. I am most grateful though because despite the fact that this was a legal situation, Judy recognized how emotionally difficult divorce can be and she was extremely compassionate every step of the way. I highly recommend Judy for your family law needs.
Posted by James
After my first lawyer did nothing for me in the divorce I thought I would never trust another one. In the years after the final decree I had joined a parents rights group and had learned enough on my own and through other members to try for custody. I prepared and filed the proper paperwork with the court, did all the discovery and depositions, and had jumped through all the hoops necessary. I went to see Ms. Dougherty before the hearing date for the purpose of hiring her to represent me in front of the judge. After she reviewed all the paperwork and we had discussed several matters she told me with a little prep work I could do this Pro Se in front of the judge. She worked with me on my presentation and what to say and not say and had me totally prepared to do it myself. She knows family law, is very trustworthy, and is an example of what an attorney should be. Now one of my sons is going through a divorce with children involved in another county that she does not travel to. His soon to be ex-wife's lawyer, who is reviewed on this site, is not very good in his paperwork. I am advising my son as best I can but before I will let him sign off on any decree I will have it looked at by Ms Dougherty. I trusted her with checking my papers years ago and I trust her with my son's too. She knows family law.