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Posted by Sylvia, a Divorce client, Flag
I hired Paul for 6 months and was happy, and then tried the process of mediation which didn't workout in my case. So, I re-hired Paul with full confidence. Paul and Tracey always giving me the real picture. Its a joint effort when it comes to decision making with Paul's expert guidance.
His staff is professional, knowledgeable, attentive to my questions and keep me well informed, He is a natural talent in the courtroom. My case is a bit demanding, and very happy with my choice in getting through this process. My best interest is priority and always protected.
Posted by Stephen, a Child Support client, Flag
Using Paul Nelson for my divorce was the best decision I made in the entire process. He is knowledgeable, tough, and does not back down. I first noticed Paul while at court for another matter. I liked the way he approached the judge and did not back down. He was considerate, but firm and backed by knowledge of the law that applied. Because of that, I followed him out of the courtroom and got his card. Divorce is terrible, but working with Paul helped me to achieve good results.
Posted by Paul D., a Divorce client, Flag
I also had to fire Paul, like the other critics all I ever got from him was bills. he was not available for any court dates and did nothing after the initial filing. He will bill you to death for every e-mail you send him and every phone message you have to leave. And as for whoever wrote that praising letter about Nicole, I cant imagine a more incompetent person. She would demand information from me that I had already submitted months prior and refuse to simply look in the file. Imagine trying to intimidate your ex when you have to keep telling her your big bad lawyer lost the paperwork. Finally they started sending my bills to an e-mail address I never heard of. Then after two months they sent me a bill with overdue finance charges because I didnt pay the bill they never sent me. They had 2 e-mail addresses for me, my phone number and my address. they say you can appeal their bills but that is through the OC bar that is right down the street from them and no lawyer os going to rule against them, all that will happen is the OC bar makes you pay them too. In reading these reviews ask youself who has a need to write a negative review that is untrue? Its not like you are going to use a specified competitor. What agenda could any of us warning you away possibly have except that we are pissed at Paul? And if we are pissed then there must have been some reason. On the other had what agenda could the positive posters have?
Posted by Kim, a Divorce client, Flag
I absolutely love working with Paul and his associate Nicole. Nicole has spent hours working on my case and her attention to detail is amazing. She wrote my orders to show cause in such a professional manner, while getting all the important legal details across. She knows the law and it shows. When I saw the declaration that the opposing attorney wrote in comparison to Nicole's it was almost laughable. She is also very aware of dates that things are due, and on top of what is going on in your case.
Paul is just awesome. If you were unfortunately married to a overbearing narcissist like I was, Paul will know just how to handle him in court. Paul is superb in the courtroom. He knows the law, and he knows what information is important to present. He doesn't get emotional and stays focused on getting the truth to come out. He is able to keep the mood light during a horrible process with his witty comments and comfortable demeanor. I also feel very secure in the courtroom because I know he has my back and he doesn't let opposing counsel badger me, which she repeatedly tries to do.
Both Paul and Nicole are excellent at returning phone calls and emails, even if I just have a minor question. Hiring this firm was the best decision I could have made during this process.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Paul Nelson handled my divorce. He was very responsive and would highly recommend him. Great guy and very trustworthy.
Posted by Rebekah, a Family client, Flag
Paul Nelson was very professional and informative prior to, during, and after handling my legal situation. I was grateful for his guidance, and communication throughout the process. Additionally, I appreciated his availability in answering any questions I may have had.
More often than not, family legal situations can be very time consuming, frustrating, and lengthy. I am thankful that even in the midst of all the details, Paul Nelson, and his associates were notably helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and speedy in all actions and correspondence.
Posted by Mike, a Family client, Flag
Paul and his staff are very professional, very knowledgeable and an excellent firm to work with. The firm does a great job of keeping the client informed, they are very easy to work with and add the human touch to a very difficult situation. I very much appreciate how they handled my case.
Posted by David, a Family client, Flag
Paul Nelson and his staff took care of my concerns as if they were their own. Paul's knowledge of family law is strong and his experience in the court room is second to none. Paul's team made sure that every aspect of my case was handled expeditiously and they covered every legal point neccessary to make sure my needs were met with positive results.
I highly recommend Paul Nelson and Associates.
Posted by Todd, a Divorce client, Flag
Paul Nelson completely mishandled my divorce. He represented me for than six months before I finally fired him, but in that brief time managed to charge over $40,000 for that was not only useless but made an already messy divorce impossible.
He gave me bad advice without ever reading the court orders in the file, causing me to inadvertently violate a court order. He was completely unresponsive to voicemail or email and literally did not read letters or documents that arrived via mail. He filed a motion to compel arguing that opposing counsel had not provided any documents. When we got opposing counsel’s opposition, it was clear that the documents had in fact been provided to Paul but Paul just hadn’t noticed. If you lose a motion to compel, you have to pay the other side’s attorney’s fees. He didn’t care. He charged me about $5000 for preparing the motion. I had to take the hearing off calendar.
He missed THREE separate court dates allowing court orders to be entered against me each time. He failed to file even simple court documents like the substitution of attorney and a “findings and order after hearing”. The former resulted in Paul not having notice of a hearing and therefore my not having representation at the hearing. The latter resulted in my not seeing my kids for over six months and incurring tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees trying to fight to get what I was already entitled to. He missed a hugely important filing deadline, not even because he messed up on his calendar, but because he literally did not even know that there were filing deadlines for these types of commonly filed documents.
Paul did not even advise me that my wife’s income could be imputed to her because she has failed to look for a job. He did not know or advise me to get a vocational evaluation on her.
The final straw was a very important (and expensive) court hearing in which he babbled incoherently and demonstrated a complete lack of knowledge of the case or evidentiary rules. The judge actually ridiculed him on the record.
After every devastating misstep, Paul was never apologetic. He repeatedly used the phrase “no harm, no foul.” He never took action to correct his mistakes. Rather he was always cocky and defensive, and NEVER shy about sending a HUGE legal bill for his incompetent and ineffective work.
Posted by David, a Family client, Flag
I saw Paul in court in action. I had previously interviewed 3 other attorneys before hiring Paul. He provided me a realistic view of my case and an outline for his plan from the outset. He suggested that we set up a settlement meeting with my ex prior to court. We were able to settle a number of things at that time.
Paul was very effective with the judge, the other attorney and the experts we had to hire in my case. I highly reccommend him.
Posted by a Family client, Flag
Retaining Paul was a terrible mistake. I stupidly believed that just because he charges $400/hour he must be worth it. He did nothing of value for me so I fired him. He truly cares about nothing other than sending his clients a huge bill. I seriously doubt that other reviewer is someone who doesn't work there.
Posted by Beth, a Family client, Flag
Paul Nelson and his team were excellent. They were tough when they needed to be and willing to negotiate when that was appropriate. Paul handled my case beautifully. I am confident that others will find him to be one of the best family law attorneys in Southern California. I recommend him without hesitation.