Based on 17 reviews
Help make it easier for other Avvo users to choose the right lawyer by sharing your experience with this attorney. It's fast, simple, and safe.
Lawyers: Use the Peer Endorsements section to provide input about other attorneys.
Posted by Mike, a Child Custody client,
As far as issues related to my children go, there is nothing more important to me. Mr. Claery clearly understood this and he chose a custody and support course of action that made sense. His understanding of my predicament, knowledge of the law and his ability to talk "law" to me in plain english helped me so much I cannot even put it into words. All I wanted were fair orders. My attorney delivered results in the court. He was prepared, clear with the judge and I am happy with the judge's orders from the court action.
Posted by a Child Support client,
I had an excellent experience with Lance Claery. I'm on my own having my first baby and he helped me so much. I didn't understand the process of getting support and just had no idea what to do until I hired this law firm. They prepared all the papers and went to court for me. I am happy with the service, results and am happy to recommend Claery and Green for child support matters.
Posted by a Divorce client,
I hired this attorney for my divorce. I was a little skeptical at first talking with Jim Greene. He didn't seem to know alot about family law. He just made alot of vague promises about how much he could do for me. He told me he was going to pass me on to an associate in the firm who specialized in family law. I soon found out that the young associate knew NOTHING about family law. The associate never took notes, could never find my file, & could never remember anything about the case. This was great for them because when you have a young inexperienced attorney who knows nothing about family law and can't remember your case they have to start from scratch with every question. My bill quickly became $30,000 and we had just started! The associate was late for every hearing, missed one entirely, and was so unprepared for court that he could object to nothing. I lost miserably. DON"T EVEN CONSIDER THIS FIRM. Check them out with the Better Business Bureau, the CA Bar, and read the terrible reviews of them on other sites.
Posted by a Family client,
I talked with Lance Claery in depth over the phone about taking my family law case. He told me I could expect a large settlement and attorneys fees based on my ex husband's very high salary. Several days later at their office, I was surprised that a very young associate, Arran Treadway would be handling my case. I was nervous at the meeting: there was no receptionist, there was no name on the door just the nails sticking out of the wall where the previous tenant's name had been. I wandered through the office and there were no people, just desks with no personal affects whatsoever. When Arran finally showed up I asked him how long the firm had been in this location and he said 5-6 years. I should have trusted my instincts and walked away.
Arran LOST the only copy of my ex husband's financial records the first week. I had to spend 6 months and thousands of dollars to try and subpoena them without success. Arran could rarely answer a single technical question about family law. He would have to call me back with an answer and my bill skyrocketed. I begged Lance Claery and Jim Green to give me an attorney that was experienced in family law. For the next year and a half Jim and Lance did not answer a single call or email from me. I read Claery & Green's reviews on line and found out this had happened to other people- that Jim and Lance had stuck them with an inexperienced attorney and failed to help them.
Arran missed deadlines, missed or was late for court dates, missed mediation dates, and failed to deliver offers of settlement while I was in the hospital. In our final hearing before the judge, Arran could not remember key aspects of the case, started objecting to the other attorney's objections, and used wrong legal terminology. The judge was extremely angry: she sanctioned Arran for improper procedure and delay of trial in the amount of $3,200 payable to the opposing attorney. When he then asked for attorneys fees ( I was a househusband - I had been disabled for three years and my husband made over $300,000 per year) the judge replied that she had just sanctioned Arran for attorneys fees and therefore wasn't going to give any attorneys fees to him. The judge also then denied any partner support regardless of our many years together as registered domestic partners. Now that attorneys fees were not guaranteed, Claery and Green demanded that my ENTIRE BALANCE OF $26,000 was payable in full within 24 hours or they could no longer represent me. As I could not pay it immediately, they quit. Without any further financial support from my ex husband I lost my apartment and began living in my car. This also ended when my ex husband's attorneys seized the car and left me on the street.
I WOULD NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS RECOMMEND CLAERY AND GREEN TO MY WORST ENEMY.
Posted by Steve, a Family client,
I have very mixed feelings about Claery and Green.
I will say that it is buyer beware with any family law attorney. Lance Claery gave me poor advice with how to proceed with child custody in order to get money from me. I wasted time and money taking a course of action that I now realize was unwise to begin with.
At the outset of my divorce, they assigned a young inexperienced lawyer who tried, but ultimately did not want to even practice family law, so she left the firm.
At an important child custody hearing, they sent a brand new lawyer, who was not familiar with my case, family, or names of my children. I'm still upset about not taking control of that hearing and asking my own questions and telling the guy to shut up.
Finally, they assigned Eli Hammond to my case and I thought he performed admirably - he must be the one associate that they value because I think he's the only guy who is still there 3 years later.
I cannot say that I recommend Claery and Green because you cannot trust their advice. They are not in the business of providing reputable legal assistance, they are in the business of telling people what they want to hear in order to extract dollars from them.
Posted by a client,
Claery and Greene may work for some people, but it was a nightmare for me. In a nutshell:
I was put into a very difficult situation and was inclined to seek legal advice. At a VERY trying time in my life I was assured by Aran Treadway, and later Sean Sobottka, that this crisis would be handled swiftly and effectively. I was told that things would be done within several weeks, a couple months tops. Fast forward 10 months or so, and things are now FINALLY wrapped up. I was also made to believe I was being charged for a flat fee and ended up spending well over twice that. They WILL nickel and dime you. Throughout the whole process, I was passed along to at least half a dozen different agents.
I'll admit, my case was probably not an extremely profitable one for them, but nonetheless, this was a nightmare for me. I recommend staying far away from them. If you decide to hire them, read everything twice and ask ample questions.
Posted by a client,
Its awful when one day you wake up and your wold changes. My divorce was necessary but stressful. I tried on my own and the court clerks kept refusing to take my papers as written and then wouldn t tell me how to fix it! I decided I needed a lawyer to help andClaery and Green was very helpful. I decided to let them deal with my divorce and my attorney truly cared. That is rare.
Posted by Stephanie, a Divorce client,
Lance Claery was as compassionate as he was knowledgeable. He seemed to truly care about me and my children and our future. His entire firm was friendly and helpful. I cannot imagine going through my divorce with out his assistance and guidance.
Posted by Tanya, a Divorce client,
I was so fortunate to have found and retained Claery & Green for my divorce and post judgement issues. While the divorce itself was hard enough, in the year after my divorce, financial issues arose with my ex which were unbelievably stressful. After my divorce was final, I called Claery &Green at 4:00 Friday evening in an absolute panic (I am not sure what I expected them to do at that moment), I was transferred to Mr. Claery who advised me of what my next steps should be and assured me that I was protected should the matter need further action. A few weeks ago, another issue came up and again I called Claery & Green very upset and again they were there for me by providing counsel and services. What impressed me most is that they not only addressed the immediate issue but also provided strategies to preemptively address future problems. Knowing that I had competent and compassionate advocates on my side really helped me though a very difficult year. I would recommend Claery & Green for legal services without hesitation.
Posted by a Family client,
This attorney is one of a kind. He listened to me and really wanted to help me. I worked with him and Brent, his associate, and both of them were great. Dissolving a domestic partnership is tough trust me on that and they made it feel easy.