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Posted by Garrett, a Child Custody client, Flag
I had been in a nasty custody battle for almost 3 years prior to meeting Joe and his amazing team. My first lawyer never believed in my case, used up my retainer, gave me unhelpful advice, and never went to court for me. From the first meeting my wife and I had with Joe and Melissa, we could already tell that these people were going to get the job done. I was so impressed with all of Joe's knowledge on the laws and how things are supposed to be done. Time was of the essence and Joe was able to get all the paperwork filed correctly and in a timely manner. I always felt like my case was a priority to the team, and Joe was very good at calling me to give me updates. He is very strategic and powerful in the court room. All in all the entire team at Leecraft and Newberry is an amazing group of people. Everyone works together to get the job done. I am so proud to say that my two daughters live with me full time now. I can not thank Joe and staff enough. It is because of them that this blessing has happened. If you looking for a fighter, Leecraft & Newberry is where you will find it. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone who is in need of a family law attorney,
Posted by Sharon, a Divorce client, Flag
I retained Leecraft & Newberry PC to prosecute my very contentious divorce case. From the initial client intake and for the duration of the 10 months, the firm’s representation of my interests was outstanding. Joe Newberry ensured my rights were protected and navigated me through a very difficult process. I hired Leecraft & Newberry on a recommendation from a friend. I have been an attorney for 22 years and was very pleased at the caliber and quality of the legal representation I received. I highly recommend this firm and Joe Newberry specifically. Shannon, Joe’s paralegal, is just super as well and a true professional to work with.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
Joe took over my case after my previous attorney made a huge mess out of things. He took a bad situation that was headed for disaster and pulled out the best result possible. He was very frank about what my options were, honest with what he thought the cost would be and helped weigh my options objectively. He and his staff worked to keep the cost of my case at a reasonable price always being mindful of their time and the expense that adds.
He made sure that every detail was addressed, even counseling if necessary. He was aggressive when needed and cooperative when it was required, the right balance the entire time.
Posted by Barry, a Divorce client, Flag
Being relatively new to the Austin area, I asked people I knew for a recommendation on a family attorney and the one recommendation that stood out was for Leecraft & Newberry. Joe replied to my first email during the weekend close to the New Year and had me scheduled right away.
No question went unanswered and being my first legal conflict of this type, my expectations were well managed and Joe delivered exactly as discussed on every bullet point at every step of the process. He provided me with realistic scenarios and let me choose the path to proceed on.
Joe is direct, confident and experienced. His team is professional, friendly and efficient and not only with me, but with the opposing party. I honestly dread the thought of how things would have gone with a cheaper attorney or even worse, trying to do the forms myself online.
My case was final in just over 60 days and Joe still takes the time to check in to see how things are going. I wholeheartedly recommend Leecraft & Newberry to anyone going through family issues and want things handled right the first time.
Posted by Cynthia, a Child Custody client, Flag
Joe Newberry has most recently been handling my child custody/support case; however, his office also handled my very difficult and complex divorce that took over a year to resolve. So I have now known Joe for close to three years and have experienced nothing short of knowledgeable and honest guidance though out both cases. He has been quick to respond to my inquiries, and timely with updates as they occur. I wholeheartedly recommend Joe for all your family law related needs.
Posted by Mike, a Divorce client, Flag
Joe Newberry handled my divorce and really made the entire process easy and painless. There were issues with my wife being non-responsive, but Joe kept things on track and made everything happen smooth and easy. He was professional, knowledgeable, ad honest with me through out the process. Luckily for me, there were no children involved with my divorce, but Joe was able to explain my options to me and made things fair for both parties when it came to property and assets. The firm was very affordable compared to many others I had looked into and kept me informed on where I stood with them on fees and expenses. That made me very comfortable about what I was paying for. I would highly recommend Joe and his entire team.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
I was very disapointed with Joe, he didnt have my sons best intrest. I was unaware that the defended wanted to settle, he didnt tell me.
Posted by Lori, a Child Custody client, Flag
Mr. Newberry took charge from Day 1. I spoke to him at 8:00a.m. and I was in his office by Noon the same day. I was exeriencing child-custody issues and he did not hesitate once. Mr. Newberry was straight-forward and quick to say that all was going to be fine; and it was. All has been resolved and my family and I can move forward in the right direction. I was able to share Mr. Newberry's willingness to help and his kindness with my family. And he was thought of as a gift that kept on giving. Mr. Newberry will be forever in our hearts.
Posted by Sheena, a Child Custody client, Flag
We retained Joe Newberry a few years ago in getting my husbands child support reviewed when our daughter was born. He dealt with my husbands extremely irrational ex with ease and made sure that my husband came out ahead. This was almost three years ago... Joe suggested then that my husband try to obtain custody of his son due to the mothers irrational and radical behavior at the modification... and my husband told him he would be calling him when we were in a better financial position to fight for custody.
In April of this year (2012) we hired Joe Newberry again; this time to obtain custody of my step son. We had a very difficult, time consuming and detailed case that involved private investigators, attorneys, witnesses, old roommates, drug addicts, obtaining a difficult drug test and not to mention from hundreds of miles away.
Joe took on our case, and dealt with all of the legalities, all of our people, private investigators, witnesses, schools, all of it.. Joe and the staff of Leecraft (especially Shannon and Judy) are absolutely fantastic, got us an emergency restraining order to remove the child from the mothers home due to a positive drug test for meth; got us custody of our son in temporary orders and yet again got us everything we wanted for our final hearing and permenant orders...
We couldn't be happier with the results, the law office of Leecraft and Newberry saved my step sons life, and has given him back his childhood and we are eternally grateful for all their hard work.
As for other reviews, good attorneys are expensive... you're best off getting it done right the first time, and we did with Joe. If we EVER have another legal issue with family law I can assure you we will be using Joe, Judy and Shannon again.
On another note, they care so much for their clients.. I always felt at home, and I will miss all of my conversations with them. :)
Posted by Winston, a Divorce client, Flag
Why I decided to go with Law Office of Judy Leecraft
I picked you Joe and his team in trust to best represent my case for what is best for my kids after spending several hundred dollars to three other law offices for consultations. Some of which advertise that they stand up for fathers rights. I almost went with one of them until they did not return may call at a moment that all I needed to know was how do I get them a check and some questions on very important things that were taking place right then that I need advise on. Joe and Judy were highly recommended to me for a fighter. When I called the first time I was told that my case was most important due to the nature of kids being involved with very time sensitive steps that needed to be in place. I was missing what was most important from the other firms that I met with and it was real people to me up front in person and not at a table (business style). Joe and his team gave me the hope and drive that I needed to fight and I fault very confident that a Father stood a chance to be just as much of a part of his kids lives as the Mother. I know times have changed but I never would have imagined that it could happen until you meeting with them. I am very thankful for all of you and your staffs work. This has taken time but looking back now, like the saying goes; "good things go to those who wait". You and your team made it all work out for the best for our kids. I now have 50/50 custody with my kids. I will hope and pray that I won’t need your service again but I will recommend your firm to any and everyone that I know in their own time of need.
Posted by a Family client, Flag
Mr. Newberry is the type of attorney you want on your side. He knows his stuff and does such a great job. I appreciate all he has done for me. Not sure what is wrong with the last reviewer because I have nothing but great things to say about Mr. Newberry and his staff!!!
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
1- Absolute money sucker.
2- goes to court room without studying the case.
3- depends on his Mother who runs the office.
4- his office changed minimum 2 layers , 2 legal assistants in less than 6 months.
5- never response on time.
6- never read the email content completely. its just like you ask him right and he answers left and so on.
if you have a divorce case that involves kids issue, then this is ABSOLUTLY not the right lawyer to hire.
Posted by Jennifer, a Divorce client, Flag
After a year and thousands of dollars with another lawyer that was wasting my time and my money, I hired JOE NEWBERRY. Even though my husband's attorney was ducking and dodging, I was divorced in 2 months. Joe made quick work of getting my husband's lawyer to respond to our offer. Joe is so nice. Every time I sent an email, he answered it immediately. He answered all of my questions in a way I could understand. And no matter how many questions I asked he made me feel like I was his first priority. He knew that money was tight for me so he was very conscious to handle everything in the most cost effective way to save me money whenever he could. Joe is kind, compassionate and sensitive to the emotions of a divorce. He is HONEST and always professional. I ABSOLUTELY RECOMEND JOE NEWBERRY!!!!!!!! If I am ever again in need of an attorney, he is the only one I will ever call!
Posted by Sara, a Child Custody client, Flag
The team at Judy Leecraft Law Offices handled my precarious situation discretely, efficiently, and effectively. They gave me very good advice and even continued to look out for my son and I after we moved to another state. Joe played a pivotal role in the courts decision to award us Juriisdiction and I can't thank him enough. He's the real deal. I can't recommend him highly enough!
Posted by Matt, a Contracts client, Flag
My wife and I were in need of a lawyer to handle a personal property/contract dispute, and we were given Joe's name by a friend. While our legal issue was minuscule compared to the family law matters that Joe usually addresses, I felt as though Joe cared about and put a good deal of effort into our case, evidenced by his willingness to research our grounds for litigation and promptly proceed with completing the necessary paperwork and filing claims. It was quite easy to reach Joe by email and phone in resolving our case and I felt as though Joe truly cared about our legal matter
Joe's excellent customer service and willingness to investigate matters in order to provide sound legal advice will be a tremendous asset to his firm.
My wife and I were so pleased with the service we received that we plan on using Joe in the future for drafting our wills, power of attorneys, and other estate planning documents.
Posted by a Child Support client, Flag
Joe has an enormous amount of integrity, which is vividly apparent in his commitment to his clients. He pours himself into his work, yet anyone would walk away feeling like they know him on a personal level, which illustrates his balance of family and work. I've entrusted him with the task of handling my divorce and child support arrangements and I genuinely believe that he is dedicated to helping on more than a professional level. I highly recommend him!
Posted by Esteban, a Divorce client, Flag
I have heard that divorce is never easy, but when I found myself going through it I was sure that it would be done the right way with Joe. I asked around a town for any recommendations and the Leecraft office was one that kept coming up. I have 3 children who mean the world to me and I was not sure this diverce would end up well. Joe made sure that their (children) as well as my interest would be their highest priority. He was diligent as well as bold in his attempts to make this as smooth as possible. I have to say that if there was any conflict or dissagreements that went on behind closed doors they were undisclosed to me. Joe just got results. In the end that is all that mattered to me. Thanks Joe!
Posted by Cindy, a Divorce client, Flag
Choosing an attorney for a divorce should be based on knowledge and personality fit. It is essential you feel confident that you can focus on moving on with your life and know your case is being handled for you. Someone that will listen to you, advise you and act on your behalf. Joe is that person. He is very calm, level headed and pragmatic. He reminded me of the saying, "If you can keep your head when those around you are losing theirs". He keeps his head and you can trust him. Divorce is one of the most difficult times in a person's life and you will experience the same emotions as a death. Denial, Anger, Depression, Bargaining, Acceptance. If you let Joe do the bargaining for you, you will get a positive outcome.
Posted by Forrest Smith, a Family client, Flag
I spent thousands of dollars on attorneys poorly versed in family law and hundreds of countless hours looking for an attorney that could clean up the mess we had in Austin. As out of state litigants, we were blessed to come in contact with Judy, Joe and the rest of the staff at Leecraft Law. Our anxiety and stress was eased after our initial consultation with Judy and further more with her effective plan of action. We never doubted her and Joe's knowledge of the law and their ability to protect our best interests with integrity and compassion. Their simple act of compassion, something I'd never experience in the past 10-years of my family law dispute; it felt that we had close family members behind us that just so happened to be attorneys. More impressively was their collective attention to detail, courtroom presence, management of our case and access to documents, timeliness in keeping us updated on events and issues and quick responses in returning our emails and phone calls. We are still grateful and feel lucky that, although in Arizona and without any contacts in Austin, we had attorneys to entrust my daughter's future and our financial lives to without any worry in the world. I'm just a regular guy who has historically had a tough break in the Family Court system but for once felt that the scales were evened out with the representation I respectfully and passionately received. ANYONE in need of a law firm to protect your valuable family assets, your children, look no more! Forrest Smith, Phoenix, Arizona!