Posted by a client
I found Dianne (Stewart and Lane) through my legal plan at work; one of two firms that was approved with the plan. I want to warn all father's out there that she is not the answer. She never once made an attempt to meet with me in person and would only do telephone conferences. After spending my entire savings to try and modify orders, she only got as far as temporary order so that I can see my son for 3 hours a day and every other Saturday. She showed no empathy for the ordeal that I was going through. She always made it feel like I was at fault, however if she would have just listened she would have known otherwise. I had to repeat several issues to her through email; she does not pay attention. I have a hard time believing she is even reading my emails.
Save yourself a lot of time and money and seek help elsewhere. She does not care about helping anyone and only about receiving payment.
Posted by a client
After paying Dianne a total retainer amount of $8,000 and having little resolved over the course of 6 months, I made the decision not to continue with Diane's representation, I 'fired' Dianne. 15 days AFTER I dismissed Dianne, on 12-4-14 Dianne ‘retaliated’ via filing of a motion to withdraw - stating "Petitioner was warned and then failed to honor the terms of the client services contract…..which leaves counsel with no choice but to withdraw representation". Dianne submitted false allegations to the Court. Her actions: highly unprofessional. The withdrawal should have been submitted as a 'mutual agreement'.
Dianne Sullivan's actions were unethical, incorrect, and defamatory. An attorney has a fiduciary duty to their clients. They must act in the best interests of their clients, not their own. The attorney-client relationship should be absolute - clients place trust in their attorneys. Attorneys must live up to their duty to ensure that trust is not violated. Dianne's character assassinations are now part of the court record. An unacceptable action for an attorney to inflict on a client This is what $8,000 buys, disinterest and disrespect. Just short of the final 10 min. Pre-trial hearing (which precedes the final dissolution hearing), I had $800 left in retainer fees remaining. Dianne committed, in writing, to represent me one final time (at the 10-min. telephonic pre-trial). After that commitment, Dianne's staff pressed me daily to allow continued representation and to pay an additional $7,000 for the purpose of representation at the final hearing.
I recommend NOT hiring anyone from this firm, particularly Dianne Sullivan. The manner in which client representation is conducted is unethical and ultimately hostile. This client is filing an action with the Arizona State Bar.
Posted by a client
diane was the most vicious and untrustworthy person I've ever met she drew by case out for more than a year bled my family dry destroyed my children and all she cared about was getting paid.
if there's a way to go back and turn back the clock I would do it. And i wouldI do everything I could to keep Diane Sullivan away from my case
Posted by a Child Custody client
I would recommend Dianne to anyone struggling with child custody issues. Dianne is aggressive, informed, and caring. Both Diane and her paralegal Marti were responsive and kept me in the loop, even though at times I probably seemed a bit over bearing. It takes a special kind of person to be a family law attorney, and Dianne is great.
Posted by Yolanda
She helped me and my 6 month old son get through a domestic violence divorce and gave me the knowledge that I needed and help. I recommend her to anyone.