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Posted by Zeke, actual client, a Alimony client, Flag
When I went to write this I read through the other reviews. I'm shocked by some of the others.
I've been down this road with a couple of friends sharing their experiences too. Listen, your attorney is not your personal assistant. They go to court where they can't answer phones all day. They can't respond to 50 text messages an hour. They can't force judges to make the right decisions. They can't undo your stupid mistakes from when you either didn't listen or did something without them. So knowing that what I can say? I listened. I didn't waste his time or my money with non sense bs that I knew would only get me in the hole. Mr. Chroman was always prepared. He had the better argument and sometimes the judge just did a big FU to me because I'm a guy. Didn't blame my attorney I blame the messed up system. I found my attorney respected me, stood up for me, and gave me no bs. This guy is the real deal. I think a lot of the other reviews are from the needy consumed over zealous types who think its always someone else's fault. I'm happy with my choice to have hired Mr. Chroman and would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by patrick cox, a Divorce client, Flag
I used this guy for three years for a divorce case, it was an awful experience dealing with him. He was frequently wrong and always unprepared for court proceedings. You could never get hold of him or get him to respond to e mails but the bills kept coming him. After frequent losses. in court (not one victory in 3 years) He shrugs his shoulders and says oh well . He seemed to have no plan what so ever to deal with my ex wife s attorney. He failed to pursue valid assets that were mine at the time of the divorce this guy cost me my life savings with payments to the wife at over 6k after three years of litigation . He has no follow through and will lie about what he is doing for you. I would pass on selecting this guy who is a total waste of time. I was an actual client who now has more problems today than I did three years ago I have been trying to get hold of him but get no answer after 2 weeks of trying, !!! .
Posted by Christine, a Divorce client, Flag
I'm currently at the pre-trial stage of an emotionally charged divorce. Initially, I hired a family law "Firm" who started off great, then eventually assigned a first year lawyer to handle my case. The “Firm” charged me tens of thousands of dollars for legal research, worthless motions, and on-the-job training fees. I was billed an exorbitant amount of hours, by a Rookie attorney who used my case as a crash-course class in Divorce Law. Fortunately, a well-respected colleague, who happens to be an attorney, suggested that I find new counsel. He highly recommended that I see Steven Chroman, and stated "This Guy Is Brilliant and Knows Divorce Law." Let me just say... “That “ Is An Understatement.
During my Free consultation, I found that Mr. Chroman’s questions and advice were insightful and revealed an extremely sharp mind. His understanding of complex legal issues relevant to my case seemed vast. I was not at all surprised to learn that Steven wrote the book (Amazon Best Seller) titled “Save Time and Money Preparing For Divorce.
I cannot possible say or write enough to fully express my admiration and sincere gratitude for what this man has done for me. From the get - go, Steven acted swiftly and completely turned my case around to where I'm finally in a favorable position. No longer am I getting railroaded by my unscrupulous X and his attorney. For months, they were violating court orders left and right, making my life a living hell. Steven stopped the madness and brought me immediate resolution. In court, Steven leaves no stone unturned, he covers every angle, asks the tough questions, and is undoubtedly the smartest and best prepared guy in the courtroom. I suppose the many years of trial experience have given Steven the ability and confidence needed to be the” Tiger” that he is, whenever arguing for his clients in Court.
What makes this Man so very special is that he really cares about his clients, and balances his compassion with tough legal defense on their behalf. I couldn't be happier with the quality of representation I have received. Whenever I call and need to speak to Steven, he is often available immediately, and if he’s in the middle of something else he always returns my call promptly, without billing me for the sometimes lengthy time I have him on the phone. Let me add, that I respect Steven enough, to not take advantage of his kindness and generosity, like others have. I understand that Steven is my Attorney, and not my Personal Therapist. I limit my contact to him, only for those times when a matter needs his immediate attention. I trust him implicitly and know without a doubt that he’s on top of things.
There are many obstacles and unknowns that we are faced with, when going through a divorce. The smartest thing we can do is to place ourselves in the best care possible and hope the facts and justice will prevail. I have written this lengthy review (a first) because I want everyone to know that I am in the best of hands, receiving exceptional representation, more than I could have hoped to have received.
Finally, after years of waking up with knots in my stomach, facing an uncertain future, I now have hope again, all because of one man, my amazing attorney…. Steven B. Chroman.
Steven You Are My Hero!
An Actual Real Client
Posted by Tera, a Divorce client, Flag
I feel very sick right now that I paid this attorney a retainer of $3,500. I filed for divorce 2 months ago and was new at all this legal stuff. I was too embarrassed to ask my friends for a divorce attorney referral. I am a private person and wanted to handle things on my own. I saw Steven Chroman's ad in the Mag of Santa Clarita and I made an appt for a consultation. He seemed very knowledgable and personable when I met him and I was not mentally up to 'shopping around' for an attorney and so I retained his services. Right now, I am super frustrated. He is not returning calls, and not responding back to any of my e-mails. I am not receiving any spousal or child support and I'm feeling lost in the system. Maybe I am just one of many clients to him but this is my life and I really need advice on what to do.
Posted by mike, Flag
I hired Chroman for my divorce, what a mistake. As soon as he had my retainer he would not return calls, and the one document he drew up was useless and thrown away by my new lawyer. He did nothing, but kept the entire retainer.After I fired him and got a new lawyer what a difference. I now have some one representing me which I did not have with Chroman. There are to many lawyers out there.Do not waste your time and money on this guy.
Posted by Bonnie, a Family client, Flag
Found Mr. Chroman through an ad in the local Santa Clarita magazine. Whether you like it or not, you are going to have to have some sort of a connection with your attorney because you will be talking to them all the time.
My situation started out as your typical separation heading to divorce, when things got rather ugly. Mr. Chroman already had my confidence, but the way he handled my case moving forward is what convinced me to leave a review. When your attorney goes above and beyond your expectations you owe the community a chance to know about it.
Good communication, gets the job done, doesn't have outrageous billing fees.
Mr. Chroman has my recommendation.
Posted by Sarah, a Child Custody client, Flag
I have kids. Sometimes I can't make an appointment or have to change last minute to a new time. Mr. Chroman has been great about being flexible and working with me. I appreciate that more than I could ever say. When looking for an attorney, be sure they don't have that last minute cancellation billing, don't bill you for every text, or paperclip. I mean, l know they have to make money but at what cost to the clients. I came out of a meeting the other day with my soon to be ex's and we talked about how his attorney just won't budge on anything. He can see now that his attorney is just trying to milk him for every penny rather than do what is best for the case. I almost feel bad for him. Almost.
Mr. Chroman is someone I would recommend to a friend.
Posted by Robert, Flag
I was at a previous law firm in Woodland Hills and they seemed to know nothing about the law and I lost everything under them. I was very frustrated and called around. Steven called me back the next morning, a Saturday. He met with me after work and on weekends to accommodate my work schedule. He has an excellent knowledge of the law. He was very upfront about his billing and what he bills for. I am winding down on my case and instead of having anxiety, Steven has given me confidence in my case and I now go in very calm. He has completely turned my case around and my life. He has been patient and attentive and when I started a new job and couldn't take time off, he understood and would meet with me at 7:00pm and on Saturdays. His billing has been very fair and (don't tell him) but I would pay him even more because he has done such a great job. I think with most attorneys, they don't get that your entire financial future and your peace of mind for the rest of your life hinges on this moment. They don't understand that once the judge rules, it is very hard to try and convince the judge otherwise. Steven seems to get that. He knows that this is a make or break moment in your life and you are not just a case number and a payment. He understands that you are counting on him to help you through this very, very difficult time. Steven, thank you!
Posted by Darren, a Family client, Flag
I went to the BIGGIE law firm here in Santa Clarita first. Rip Off. Charged me up the ying yang and then did nada. Went to see another lawyer here in Santa Clarita. Had my case turned down because of the previous large firm mis handling.
Went to see Mr. Chroman. Why did I hire him? First question I asked. How much money and time will this take. And you know what he said. He said, I cannot tell you an absolute. I can however tell you that if any lawyer or firm tells you an exact amount of money and time that you should up and walk away because they are not being honest from the beginning. And that was exactly what that large law firm did to me. They said this amount and this much time. 4x the amount later and nothing.
In the meantime Mr. Chroman has been attentive, easy to talk to and keeps me up to date. I can get an appointment when I need to and I can reach him after hours. I am happy to say that bigger isn't always better. Out here in Santa Clarita, bigger just means that they paid for an award in the magazines out here and spend all of your money on lies for advertising. Go with Mr. Chroman. You will see the difference immediately!
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
I made the mistake of not asking around to my acquaintances for a referral for a divorce attorney. I saw Steven Chroman's ads in the Magazine of Santa Clarita and that prompted me to make an appointment for a free consultation. Because of my lack of experience in choosing an attorney, after meeting him at the consultation I retained him for services. I relied on him to inform me about different options that I had when it came to division of property, custody, etc. since I had no prior experience. He acted as though I should have already known my choices. The most information I got from him was during my complimentary consultation. He did not return my phone calls and I got to talk to the secretary more than him. I thought maybe this is how attorneys were until I asked around to my friends and they said no that he should be more conscientious in returning calls and more helpful in providing information. It was an expensive mistake, had to switch attorneys and lost a substantial amount of the retainer fee. My advice, shop around....
Posted by Julie, a Divorce client, Flag
I met with several attorneys before deciding on Mr. Chroman. He was upfront and sincere...he didn't try to 'sell me' like the other attorneys did and that was important to me. Most importantly, he took my calls and was responsive to questions- A lot of my friends told me about their experience where they couldn't get a hold of their attorney for 3 or 4 days...this was never the case for me. If you want an attorney that actually meets with you face to face and knows what he is doing then this is the one. Too many 'new lawyers' mixed in with the bigger firms which only care about how much they can bill you and then stick you with a first year law graduate. That is not who is handling MY LIFE! Mr. Chroman is my pick.
Posted by a client, Flag
The initial consultation went well. He was one of the few attorneys I had contacted that offered a free in-person consultation. I felt really good about the personal attention during the consultation. It seemed as though he would be the right choice for my case. I retained his services, feeling pleased about my decision. After he was retained, he did not return calls in a timely manner. I was leaving messages and it would take him many days, sometimes a couple of weeks to return the phone calls or respond to the e-mails. I realized then that I was one of my many clients he had and I felt disillusioned after the initial consultation. Unfortunately, things did not improve for the duration of the case and I never had the level of communication that I had hoped for.