4.5 stars 14 totalReview Laura Shapiro
Posted by Ben
I have secured Laura's services twice for custodial issues framed by very difficult and accusatory circumstances which were harmful to my child. Needless to say, when the well-being of your child is on the line, you seek out the best counsel possible regardless of the personal sacrifice required. In the latter case, the circumstances also involved an unethical and financially-driven opposing counsel. I feel I received the best possible representation from Laura in both cases. Her level of experience is obvious, and her ethics and professionalism are unimpeachable. Her knowledge of both family law and potential courses of legal action and their possible outcomes is incredibly broad. She will not humor hysterics or tangentials or conjecture (which is a very good thing, despite the emotional drain a client encounters during proceedings like this). Rather she will tenaciously concentrate on discovery, facts, and possible legal avenues in an attempt to secure the best outcome for her client. In addition, her supporting paralegal staff is excellent, being both friendly and professional. Because of Laura's representation, I have maintained full custody and decision making for my daughter despite loathsome and disgusting accusations and behaviors leveled by her mother. Had this not happened, my daughter would be far worse off for it, and I owe Laura a debt of gratitude for her services. I can't imagine receiving better or more professional representation in my cases. I highly recommend Laura when you need the very best family law representation and are willing to make the personal sacrifice to get it.
Posted by a client
When I was in a very difficult time of my life, Laura helped me wonderfully. I am grateful to Laura for what she has done for me and my child. I think that Laura's experience, wise advice, and compassion would help her clients to get through the difficult time with the best possible. I strongly recommend Laura as a divorce and child custody lawyer.
Posted by Jason
Laura has been my family attorney for over a decade and has always had the best interest of my son in all of her work and actions on my behalf. She has been very supportive and I would highly recommend her services.
Posted by Cindi
Life is very complicated and divorce was not on my radar. I never thought I would have to face that situation, but unfortunately I did. I consulted with Laura 10 years prior to actually having to retain her services for my divorce. At that initial meeting 10 years prior, she not only gave me great legal advice, she helped me think through the high emotional cost of dissolving a marriage and a family. She was able to balance my situation with thoughtful compassion while maintaining integrity and validity about my case without pushing to file just for monetary gain for her firm – that was truly appreciated.
Throughout the many different phases of my case, she remained fair, just, and steadfast; and truly listened to my requests and concerns. I had a very complicated case and it took a lot of time to sort it all through; but I felt confident in her billing; as well as the team she leads.
I feel I absolutely chose the right person and professional firm to handle this very sensitive matter for me.
Laura, you are an amazing mind and I thank you for being part of my life during all of that.
Posted by Robert
In 1998 I was referred to Laura when Social Services placed my son with me under a voluntary agreement with his mother. Her firm handled emergency travel orders to leave the state and country and followed through with establishing permanent parental responsibility and sole decision making rights. In 2012 Social Services placed a friends daughter with my wife and I and the court then awarded "temporary custody" to us closing the D&N action. When one of her parents filed to have her returned to their care Laura and her team aggressively handled the case that became very complicated do to the questionable final orders issued by the family court. Although her fees are high, her results have been commensurate with them.
Posted by a client
I initially hesitated to write a review as I have moved on to a much more professional, appropriately priced, competent and energetic law firm to handle my complicated custody issues.
However, after receiving two separate emails from Shapiro Law containing other clients’ confidential case information, followed by a demanding email to “Just Delete and Do Not Read”, I felt it would be most appropriate to forewarn prospective clients.
My experience with Laura spanned over a years’ time. I retained her firm to help me establish proper custody to protect my toddler and myself from an emotionally abusive ex-husband.
She had her paralegals to do the vast majority of my case’s legwork with the rationale that it wouldn’t cost as much as it would be to work with her directly. This was actually more costly to me, as the majority of my correspondence needed ‘official’ counsel - they would have to go back to Laura anyway, get an answer, then relay to me – all while the meter ticked on.
In the handful of interactions with Laura herself, I found her to be demeaning, unprofessional and severely lacking empathy. Her paralegal Caroline Cunningham is the true treasure in that office; frankly do not know how she has lasted that long in such an environment.
As my case become more complicated, Laura expressed to me several times that she was loaded up with trials and trial preparations for other cases. The final step was Laura chastising me for being “nasty and demanding” when I requested that she set my expectations on her responsiveness to my case’s looming and time sensitive issues. I had separate follow-up messages from some of her staff saying that they disagreed with Laura’s comments and felt I had remained professional and pleasant to work with as a client throughout the entire engagement. That was when I knew it was time to find a different counsel.
This was after $22,000 of legal fees paid to her firm that I’ll never see again, nor see any beneficial outcomes for the welfare and safety of my child or myself. I wish I would have moved on sooner.
I am now with an outstanding firm – they are also just as busy as Shapiro law, but manage to not lose sight of being compassionate, professional and attentive to my case. Ironically, the case is now moving forward for the first time ever, with a bill rate a third of what Shapiro Law charges.
Posted by Lynn
Without a doubt Laura Shapiro worked to get me a fair settlement. When I got the petition for divorce in the mail after 35 years of marriage I was in the worst place I have ever been. Ms. Shapiro was recommended to me by several people and I am so glad I retained her services she is extremely knowledgeable and was on top of the process the entire time. Laura made a difficult time a little easier and I trust her completely. Her entire staff treated me like a person instead of a client which means allot when your hurting and lost.
Posted by a Divorce client
I chose Laura as my attorney for my divorce case. Without her I would have been lost. She was outstanding and easy to work with and always kept me informed on all issues. Everyone at her firm was excellent, I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to represent me. I was very happy with the outcome of my case, we settled without having to go to court. I highly recommend Laura as she is fantastic!
Posted by John
Laura Shapiro and her staff arrived just in time in my complicated and difficult parental responsibilities, custody and divorce case. I found her to be an ethical, skilled, creative, and transparent attorney to work with. Her support staff shares her passion for justice. She listened to my concerns and was able to relate the fine points of the law to my case. Placing the case in her hands reduced my stress to a bare minimum. Laura helped me to select credible experts for the case while her staff kept aware of deadlines so the case moved forward smoothly. As the trial date neared, Laura and her staff sought a constructive and fair settlement using a variety of creative solutions in the best interests of my son and me. They explained in detail how these terms could be beneficial to everyone. When an obstinate opposing counsel refused to negotiate a settlement in good faith and stonewalled her, Laura was very confident and at ease in going forward with litigating the case. Her trial management and advocacy skills were flawless. She kept the judge’s attention focused on the key issues pertaining to my son’s welfare and the realities of my parenting skills despite opposing counsel’s attempt to create sideshows and insinuations. In the end, we received a ruling from the judge that was far beyond my expectations and gave me a tremendous sense of relief. Her overall case management efficiency helped keep my fees lower than that of my ex-wife's attorney. I highly recommend Laura to anyone with a family law matter, but I recommend her with greatest enthusiasm to men and fathers who are seeking settlement of complex divorce and custody cases.
Posted by Michael
Laura was asked to represent me at the end of my child support obligation because my ex decided I should continue to pay for children that were no longer living at home. Had not seen any of my children in over eight years and now I was facing jail time for underpaying one child support payment. My case was a mess; parental alienation, a horrible custody battle, and unfair treatment from the court. Laura was able to change the court’s opinion (no jail time), bring to light the parental alienation issue (this helped start the communication process between me and my children) and brought finality to the never ending harassment from my ex-wife. Truly grateful for the help, she took the case when no one else would.