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I was very pleased with my overall experience with James and the rest of the staff at Fromm, Smith and Gadow. James was very knowledgeable and prompt in answers my emails and phone calls. Even though the situation of needing a family/divorce lawyer is never pleasant my experience with James and the rest of the staff made my situation a little easier to deal with. I would highly recommend James Cork if the unfortunate situation arises.
James Cork came highly recommended to me through a co worker who has worked with his firm in the past. I came to James worried, trapped, and unsure of what could be done to protect my children from their mother who is an alcoholic. He immediately filed the appropriate decision making docs. His top priority was always to protect my children. The necessary divorce that followed was painless thanks to James. I would highly recommend him to anyone who was in a situation like mine where so much is at stake. My children and I are now doing great and are getting our life back together.
James was incredibly patient and understanding in walking me through every step of our case. He made me feel completely comfortable when calling in with questions even if sometimes they seemed silly to me. Having him on my side made me feel much more confident and calm through out the process. He is very knowledgeable and had a well rounded plan for my case which brought me peace. I definitely would recommend him.
My experience was not good. I paid a high consultation fee to see Sandra Fromm. Her hourly rate was very expensive and I found her condescending and rude. I was handed off to James Cork, who did not have the experience, knowledge or skills needed for my situation. I was not adequately informed as to my legal options in dealing with a sensitive post-divorce issue and it cost me dearly. James Cork told me he "can't go through every detail with every client" and that it was up to me to "ask" the opposing party for negotiation -- but as my hired representative isn't that HIS JOB??? At the hourly rate an attorney is being paid, paying attention to details and appropriately representing me as his client should be the highest priority. I hoped to have an expert in my corner, but I got nothing close. Find an attorney that is loyal and has your best interests in mind.
James Cork represented me from start to finish in my divorce case. I had initially gone to Fromm Smith and Gadow for an initial consultation with Jennifer Gadow. Both Mr. Cork and Ms. Gadow were at the consultation, and I was given the choice at the end of the meeting to hire Mr. Cork, who has less years’ experience, but whose fees were significantly lower. I was hesitant, since it was Ms. Gadow I had been referred to by a friend; but I knew I could not afford her, so I went with Mr. Cork. It was absolutely the right decision.
Mr. Cork is highly intelligent, professional, and to the point. He is very ethical, as is the whole firm that he works at. Be prepared to give the whole and full truth at the consultation. This may seem obvious, but their ethical standard is very high. This is in stark contrast to my ex-husband’s attorney, who not only seemed to put up with my ex-husband’s lies, but seemed to knowingly lie herself in hopes of aiding their case. It didn’t help them and ended up biting them in the end.
Mr. Cork gave me constructive criticism on a few occasions. I didn’t like it at the times, but not only did I need it, it proved to be to my benefit. In hindsight, all of his advice was spot on. I quickly found that I was able to leave everything in his hands and it would be taken care of.
Mr. Cork was extremely good at filtering everything that I gave to him (as far as evidence and information via email), and picking out what was and was not important. He was precise and skilled at the trial, both in direct and cross-examination. He was able to uncover the truth (and the lies) without divulging into random questions (as my ex-husband’s attorney seemed to do). He was coherent and concise. To my amazement, he seemed to remember all of the small details that I had told him over the past several months. He made all of his points very well and did not deviate from what was relevant.
The judge ultimately ruled in my favor a couple of weeks later; but either way, I left the courtroom knowing that I had received absolutely the best representation I could have received. The ruling was the icing on the cake. I also knew that I was in good hands throughout the entire process. The fees turned out to be surprisingly low, given the vast amount of work that was done on my case. I would highly recommend Mr. Cork and will recommend him to any family or friends that may need him in the future.