Posted by Ty
When I finally realize my marriage was over, I was overwhelmed with the idea of finding an attorney. Through my research and word-of-mouth, I hired James. I am very much a first impressions kind of guy, and I can tell you, James won me over quickly. He was very professional, but personable, well handling my difficult case with confidence and integrity. My divorce was quite challenging, with several major issues to resolve, but due to Jameses extensive experience, and broad knowledge of family law, we were able to resolve and ultimately win our positions. James was very thorough with his approach and since this was my first divorce he was very patient, as he walked me through the process, while always keeping my goals in mind. One thing that really impressed me with the James was his ability to never lose his bearing, and to always stay on task. He never lost sight of our position and worked hard to solidify our case throughout the entire process. In addition, his court room etiquette was impressive, and he tackled the fax with the right level of tenacity, and professionalism. At the end of the day, we won our positions and I was very ecstatic with the results. I would and actually have recommended James to others for any family law matter, and thus far his reputation precedes him. Thank you James!
Posted by J.
Fromm, Smith and Gadow have a strong positive reputation for family law, and Mr. Cork definitely met those expectations. I was very pleased with the professionalism of James Cork. Throughout each process, James was quick to respond, giving me options to make good, educated decisions, which I did not necessarily have with a previous attorney. James was able to read the situation, and was quick to point out some advantages that were not apparent to me prior. My Child now resides with me, and I feel that I could not have achieved that without James.
Posted by Jill
After hearing many positive reviews about Fromm, Smith, and Gadow, I decided to hire Mr. Cork to represent me in my divorce proceedings. I was impressed by how he handled my case with confidence and integrity. His extensive knowledge of Family Law was evident as he patiently walked me through each step of the process careful to make sure I understood every aspect of my case. As his client, he always treated me with respect and dignity, and he never made me feel unsure or rushed. He was always professional and respectful towards me with just the right amount of effective aggressiveness in the courtroom. His diligent work on my case led to a judgement that fulfilled nearly every request I made. The day I hired Mr. Cork I remember feeling overwhelmed and defeated, but after nearly a year I signed my divorce decree in his office with confidence and a renewed sense of empowerment. Divorce can be devastating, but going through it with an attorney of Mr. Cork's caliber by my side allowed me to envision a positive, happy future and gave me the assurance that I will thrive in my newfound freedom. I know I walked out that day with a smile on my face. I would highly recommend Mr. Cork for any Family Law matter. He and his staff are absolutely amazing!
Posted by Kevin
As a former Law Enforcement Officer, I have had many years of interaction with attorneys. James sets the bar at the highest level. His level of knowledge of family law is outstanding along with his courtroom demeanor. Between James and his Paralegal, Rhonda, I was never in the dark about the progress of my case. James does NOT practice "motion practice" in an attempt to nickel and dime your account. He works the case as needed to win for you, the client, not for himself. As a result of what James did, I was able to get my full parenting rights re-instated. I would highly recommend James if you want a truly knowledgeable, professional attorney.
Posted by Hank
Mr. Cork represented me in my divorce case in a very professional manner, he is very straight and forward and sticks to the facts and the truth. He is a "No Nonsense Lawyer". I was very comfortable in court with Mr. representing me, it was very easy when again he stuck to the facts and the truth which prevents any embarrassing moments. I was very satisfied with the judges ruling.
Thanks again James you made my life good, and now I can move on in a very happy way.
Posted by Jodi
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.
Posted by Marc
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.
Posted by Shaila
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.
Posted by Mel
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.
Posted by a Family client
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.