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Elizabeth Diane Fondren

Elizabeth Fondren’s Client Reviews

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by John

    About my experience

    I am currently working with Elizabeth. She was recommended to me by my marriage counselor. Unfortunately things did not work out there and we ended up working with Elizabeth.

    I recommended her to a friend in the beginning. That friend later questioned why i recommended her. Now i am encountering the same concerns he had. I should have known better to recommend someone i had little experience with to date.

    I expected a mediator who would lay out the facts accurately. Be fair, knowledgeable and responsive, and help us negotiate a reasonable final outcome.

    After several meetings with Elizabeth i learned from a friend about the Morse Marsden rule. Elizabeth had never shared this rule with us. In my case this makes a substantial difference in my financial outcome. I’m already dealing with onerous asset splits and alimony expense, at least relative to me. So this is when I firstcame to question whether Elizabeth was truly fair. Nevertheless, I was willing to look past this in an effort to reach a reasonable settlement. In fact, I was willing to leave out this calculation for now.

    Next, we learned she went on vacation for 6 weeks while we were hoping to finalize our divorce. Everyone is entitled to their vacation. And I'm sure Elizabeth's job is very taxing. So we were certainly understanding.

    Then following her vacation we were informed that in order to complete the status-only filing for divorce she needed to receive back a Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt form from my employer. Although, she forgot i no longer worked for that company so she sent it to my previous employer's address. 45 days later she informed me she never heard back. So she had to send it again. Ok, mistakes happen. We can forgive and move on...

    Now it is into the new year. Costs continue to rise with Elizabeth as i'm trying to pay temporary alimony and child support with little left to cover my expenses. Now we're told that the procedure to get a stipulation status-only judgement through is "a little bit more complicated in that it requires the filing of a noticed motion". So therefore, my costs and time.

    Then there was a problem with Elizabeth’s notary license. I won't go into that... But it boils down to even more delays and challenges.

    Now I'm trying to deal with getting everything finalized once and for all. It’s an exhausting process. I’m sure hoping there are no further “technical difficulties” in getting this done. Elizabeth has run my final dissomaster numbers and they got worse... She forgot that she’s already been told that we no longer have child care costs since she is now in public school and no longer goes to Montessori school. She also is leaving it to me to “work it out” with my soon-to-be-ex on how we’ll handle the fact that I pay for alimony and child support and she also lives in a house for free that I pay half the mortgage on, but don’t live in. I’ve read that in such situations I should get credit for such a thing. But Elizabeth won’t say anything about it. She picks and chooses the topics to respond to...

    I could go on and on about my challenges with Elizabeth. My guess is that she has lots of clients and can barely give the proper attention to any of them. I’m sure it is a very stressful job. And I’m sure she deals with lots of unreasonable people. But to sum up my experience, I definitely do not feel she was fair with me. She takes a long time to respond, which is very difficult when you are faced with trying to figure out how you will make ends meet and can’t sleep as a result. And she either isn’t very knowledgeable or she simply decides things like Morse Marsden aren’t worth mentioning.

    In general, my experience has not been good. I could not recommend Elizabeth to anyone else.

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    Elizabeth Diane Fondren’s response: “I find it extremely disconcerting to read such a negative review when our interaction was so positive, John. I actually feel rather betrayed. You came to my office a broken man, deeply saddened by the circumstances of your failed marriage. You were at all times a gentleman, though, and you quickly earned my utmost respect for how you handled yourself. You are an astute business man with vast experience in real estate and finance and in short order laid out your goals for the mediation, including a proposed property settlement which clearly excluded any Moore/Marsden calculations. You demonstrated a firm understanding of your rights and duties, and the pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, of your proposal. You did become a bit beleaguered during our negotiations at a couple points and expressed some upset, but later apologized profusely, explaining that sometimes your emotions did get the better of you, and we moved forward. Your case took longer than most, yes, but largely because you yourself asked for everything to be put on hold for an extended period of time. It was for a legitimate reason and was stipulated to by both parties. The delay ultimately allowed you the time and tools to effect a plan that saved you a tremendous amount of money. We recently finished your case and are currently awaiting the return of your full stipulated judgment from the court. I call that a success. The case you referred to me also resulted in a full settlement some time ago so I'm not sure why you mentioned that in a negative context. Avvo does not notify me when a review - good or bad - is posted on my profile. I wish they did because it appears yours was submitted about a month ago, a bit before we finalized the terms of your settlement. So perhaps this is all a matter of timing. Perhaps now you wouldn't have chosen to post this kind of review. I don't know, and perhaps never will. Family Law, my dedicated area of practice and something I feel very passionately about, can be tricky at times, full of differing perspectives and flaring tempers (after all, we are dealing with those things nearest and dearest to our hearts - kids and money!) But there remains one constant for me: I get to help really good people (like you!) through one of the most difficult times in their life. I love that and am very fulfilled by what I do. So, John, I wish you health, happiness, and good fortune in all your future endeavors. Godspeed!”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Leslie

    Post Nuptial

    Attorney Elizabeth made my experience simple and painless. After dealing with very evasive lawyers in the past, I found Attorney Elizabeth to be the most honest and straightforward person in her field. My Post Nuptial was completed in record time. Attorney Elizabeth gave me legal advice and even put my agreement in electronic pdf format for safe keeping should I ever lose the original. I highly recommend her for any of your matrimonial documents or family post nuptials. Yours Truly, Leslie Flynn

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Jennifer

    Review of Attny Elizabeth Fondren

    This attorney handled my child abuse,child custody and my divorce case and was incredibly successful in all 3.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Steve

    Elizabeth Fondren

    I would highly recommend Elizabeth Fondren. She handled my divorce. She fully explained the process and what to expect, as well as offering suggestions on our best course of action. I was completely satisfied with the results of my case, and I would retain Ms. Fondren again if the need were to arise.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by natalie

    review for Elizabeth Diane Fondren

    Very knowledgeble and excelent lawyer. I changed 2 lawyers before I found Elizabeth.
    She did really good job and helped me finalaized my divorce. She kept me informed about my case.It was very easy to worked with her.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Rodney D.

    GREAT ATTORNEY!

    I received the results I expected. Mrs. Fondren succeeded in resolving matters that took me years to try and resolve. She was very professional, available and devoted to resolving my case. My family & I will always remain grateful. ~Thanks Mrs. Fondren

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Yamile

    EXCELLENT ATTORNEY!!! Knowledgeable, Professional, Available and Effective.

    If you want the concise, bottom line, what are my options - call Elizabeth.. Experienced - many years, sharp, knows the answers and the pitfalls.

    Elizabeth came as a referral from a friend and she was just wonderful from the first meeting. She made me feel secure in my situation and comfortable about the entire process. I had a wonderful experience with her. She was always available..imagine that from an attorney!! Her knowledge, compassion and understanding are limitless beyond measure. I cannot say enough good things about her.

    Elizabeth has far exceeded my expectations! Her knowledge in divorce law is unequaled in California. I am from another state and filed in OC because I thought it was going to be an uncontested divorce. Little did I know I was being played by my ex and it turned into a contested divorce. Now I am glad it did with the help of someone like Elizabeth. She truly made a difference. Eliabeth made what could have been the worst experience in my life into a very simple process and I am extremely grateful. I HIGHLY recommend her services!! First class, highly professional, and very imformative.

    It was truly an honor and the greatest benefit to work with someone with her knowledge.

    She is the best attorney I've ever dealt with.
    I would, and will, recommmend her to everyone I know.

    Thank you, Elizabeth!

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Sommer

    Would recommend again and again

    She made me feel very comfortable dealing with a uncomfortable situation.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Sharon

    Sharon Ann Skasick

    Elizabeth was very supportive during my divorce. She kept me apprised every step of the way and I felt safe in her hands. I never once felt I was being brushed off or ignored.

    The fact that she was always there, either phone, fax or email was a comfort to me. I knew I could reach her any time, any way.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Jessica

    Best lawyer ever!!! Very supportive and helpful.

    My son's father and I were in a very uncomfortable situation when we started our custody case and I really felt that he was doing everything in his power to make it more difficult and uncomfortable for everyone involved. Elizabeth was able to take my case on short notice and deal with my son's father's attorney for me so we could reach a fair agreement that would allow my son to have a relationship with both parents. Throughout the case she was extremely informative and helpful. It is really nice to have a knowledgeable attorney that you also feel comfortable sharing details of your life and the case with . Thank you so mcuh for everything you did Elizabeth!

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