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Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Kim was good at first, but then it became apparent that her goal was to drain me of every penny I had, then force me to settle. She was very skilled at making me think we had a great case, and then charging me for useless actions. I wasted all my money on a lawyer who was just spinning my wheels the whole time. Would not recommend!
Posted by altaf, a Family client, Flag
I have been a client of Kim since 2007/2008. She is a wonderful lawyer and gives very useful advice. I am not a family law expert guy. She explained me each and every law in plain simple words and at every stage of our case progress, she made sure my rights as father and my sons rights as son are well protected. I am happy that I selected Kim as my lawyer. Even now when I went to her for post judgement decisions cases she helped me a lot by providing me value comments and advice. I am grateful to Kim for her honest and helpful advice. Thanks a lot Kim! -altaf
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
She has a great reputation, but she spends a lot of money on marketing and advertising. It came with a punch, as a lot of attorney's are afraid of her. However $8k in advice equaled no change in my contract. I feel like her advice was smoke and mirrors. In the end I walked out with no change, and my ex...spent lessk than $1k to beat me:( I am horribly disappointed.
Posted by Deanna, a Child Custody client, Flag
Kim Staron handled my child custody case with extensive knowledge and excellent care. She is a skillful negotiator and really seemed to care about me and what I was going through. She always had mine and my childs best interests at heart and was extremely professional. I would recommend her to anyone!
Posted by Kristy, a Divorce client, Flag
I am entirely pleased with the experience I had with Ms. Staron. She was professional, highly knowledgeable, efficient, thorough, and even creative with her approach to my dissolution case. I would definitely recommend her for any legal issue and would use her again if needed (and plan to in the future when my military ex-husband's situation changes).
Posted by Michael, a Divorce client, Flag
Kim Staron helped me understand my rights. She carefully advised me on the exposure I could experience legally while honoring my personal needs for an amicable outcome.
Posted by Daniel, a Divorce client, Flag
Kim is great. She actually called and gave me about 30 minutes over the phone and didn't even charge a dime. Every other attorney I contacted wanted 350-400 for the initial consult. Not Kim, she called me up the same day, and we spoke at length regarding my situation. She was extremely up front with me, didn't beat around the bush and gave solid advice. If I do end up in divorce, she will get my business, no question. Thanks Kim for the honest and direct advice. More attorney's should take a look at how you do business.
Posted by Beatrice, a Family client, Flag
Kim Staron has worked for me for over a year now on a complicated family law case that involved international child abduction charges, an international move-away, child custody, and then a divorce. I am extremely grateful to have had her work for me and I recommend her highly. I will definitely keep her for all my future legal questions and work.
When I hired her, I chose her based on her knowledge, her honest and realistic way of judging my case, and the way she treated me. She truthfully told me what she thought of my case (which did not look easy) and she impressed me with her clear outline of how she would handle my case, where to start and what to do in which order. In the beginning I was all confused and agitated. She has always been very friendly and nice and never condescending (which I had experienced with other attorneys). In addition, though, I could feel that she is very powerful and will not be tricked by opposing counsel. Although in the beginning I knew nothing about the legal side of my situation, she encouraged me to take charge, give my own input and even write parts of my declarations by myself, which I appreciated because this would save her time and me money. I felt we worked together, which really empowered me to be as involved as possible and learn and read and grow. She would make sure that the best interest of my child was always our highest priority whatever we wrote and tried to negotiate and she would never use â€œdirtyâ€ methods (although opposing counsel did). She made sure we were honest and professional.
Whenever I wanted to reach Kim, it was very easy and quick. She has a secretary who would do the billing and pass on messages. But most of the time, I would talk to Kim Staron directly and she would answer all and any of my questions patiently and reply to emails quickly even when she was out of the office. Whenever we had a date coming up that was unexpected or urgent, she would also work for me on the weekends. For appointments in person, she was always punctual and well prepared. She also prepared me for the appointments I had with mediators and the court, which helped a lot.
At court, Kim Staron was very impressive. She brought all the papers that had to do with my case, was perfectly organized, and remembered every little detail I had ever told her. She would always be very prepared and have clearly written down what she wanted to say (opposing counsel on the other hand would repeat herself and forget facts etc.). She knows everything about family law and is a very quick thinker, excellent negotiator and can act quickly, which, especially in court, can save time and money, and at the same time everything she does is well thought through, timely and necessary or advantageous. She is an outstanding speaker and she was convincing in a friendly and powerful way, which, I think, also impressed the judge. My case also involved immigration law and so she learned and researched and talked to immigration attorneys and soon was very knowledgeable about this field too.
As to the fees, I think that she was worth every dollar and although she is not cheaper than other attorneys, I always felt that she did what was necessary but never wasted my money. If there were expensive items such as transcripts from court, she would also discuss with me before ordering them. Even though she let me make decisions, I always asked and followed her advice, and was always happy with her decisions that showed foresight and professionalism.
In conclusion, I recommend Ms. Staron highly. She is an excellent attorney, smart, diligent, knowledgeable, powerful, flexible, realistic, an impressive speaker and quick thinker, and at the same time very warm-hearted, fun and has the best interest of the child in mind by whatever she does. She is not mean like some attorneys but can easily stand up to any â€œsharkâ€. She â€œwonâ€ the case for me and I am convinced that no one else could have done a better job than she.
Posted by Charlie, a Divorce client, Flag
Kim handled my divorce in 2009 (I am male) and provided superior service. Her legal advice was always relevant, timely and in my best interest. It wasn't about Kim's bottom line, but rather what was best for me. She never kept me waiting even with my vast array of questions, was a zealous advocate on my behalf, made me feel completely comfortable and I believe that at the end of the day I was well represented.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
My ex-wife served me with papers asking the court to grant supervised visitation with my daughter. Finding an attorney within days was a little frightening being I knew no one in the area who could recommend someone (I live out of state). So I turned to reviews and luckily I stumbled upon Kim. She is an amazing attorney. Through her hardwork and vast knowledge of law, I ended up with custody of my daughter. She was always very quick to reply back to your emails or phone calls. She always kept me informed of each step and her dedication and experience are second to none. What started out to be a nightmare ended up a big success because of Kim. I would highly recommend Kim to anyone looking for a Family Law Attorney!
Posted by Frank, a Divorce client, Flag
During what I consider a very traumatic period of my life, Kim managed in a most efficient manner, the unexpected divorce initiated by my former spouse.
Kim responded to each request, whether it be by e-mail, telephone or visit, almost immediately. Her expertise with legal negotiations; legal, personal and financial support, cannot be overstated.
I would recommend Kim for any family law action, as well as referrals for other legal matters.
Posted by a Family client, Flag
I am so thankful to have Kim as my lawyer. She came highly recommended to me from two other people in my immediate organization within a larger Fortune 500 company. Prior to Kim, I had horrible representation from two other lawyers here in San Diego. It was so bad in fact, that I thought that I could handle representing myself without a lawyer. I almost did, but was strongly advised not to. Good thing I didnâ€™t and good thing I found Kim. I hired Kim and boy was there a noticeble difference immediately. She very quickly unraveled a string of shoddy work from prior counsel and was able to negotiate several agreements outside of court with an extremely contentionus opposing counselor. My prior two lawyers were unable to ever come to an agreement on anything outside of court. She did it on her first try. Unfortunately, my ex will not let up and continually files motions against me. Kim has represented me in court four times now. Each time, the outcome has been highly favorable. I believe that the reason that each outcome has been favorable is because Kim is incredibly knowledgeable regarding the law. She is the first lawyer that actually proved her ability to navigate family legal code on the spot and without prior warning while I was in her office, showing me exactly where and how the law applied to a particular aspect of my case. She really knows her stuff and she is extremely intelligent. She also keeps up on changes to the law and when they take effect in order to utilize them if necessary. She is extremely efficient and does not make any false promises. She is very direct about her approach and always acts above board. She is the first lawyer that I have had that tries to get in and get out and get done without creating additonal efforts and delays. Kimâ€™s strong ethical standards will continue to increase her positive representation throughout the court system. This is important as I had no idea that one of my prior lawyers had a bad reputation throughout our courts due to one or more DUI situations. I had no clue until I had moved on. With Kim, I have no concern on this front. Also key to her approach is her preparation. My prior two lawyers seemed to wait until the last minute and then forget important elements causing me to stress out and have to give them all kinds of reminders in the court room. With Kim, you can take a breath and relax once sheâ€™s taken over your affairs. I have referred her to at least 5 other people that have come to me asking whether or not I knew a good lawyer (just in the past 6 months alone), and I will continue to refer anyone I come across to her.