4.5 stars 22 totalReview Wail Sarieh
I hired Mr. Sarieh after going through a couple different divorce attorneys who could not get my case to come to a resolution. Once Mr. Sarieh stepped in, he worked hard and diligently and brought my case to a close in a matter of months. Before retaining Mr Sarieh, I had been battling my ex for years, had spent tens of thousands of dollars and had gotten no where. Mr. Sarieh was cost conscious, honest, and truly cared about me as his client. Not only did he obtain amazing results for me, I have referred my friends and family to him as well and each of them has been impressed with his work and dedication. Mr. Sarieh has my complete confidence; I would strongly recommend him to anyone.
During the time Mr. Sarieh represented me, he would nickel and dime me and attempt to charge for every little thing. Sometimes after e-mailing him a document, and charging me for receiving it, he would lose the document and ask me to send it to him again. He would charge me again for e-mailing him the same document a second time. Mr. Sarieh also requested a 3 month continuance on a hearing from opposing counsel, even though he and I agreed it would be extremely disadvantageous to my case for him to do that. We also agreed that he would NOT request this continuance. I later realized he was busy all month and simply chose his priorities over mine. Mr. Sarieh would also breakup a simple task into several tasks so he can charge you his minimum increment for each. For example, if he receives a short fax from opposing counsel, he would (1) charge your separately for reviewing it, (2) charge you separately for scanning it, and (3) charge you separately for e-mailing it to you. If you replied, even with one word, (4) he would charge separately to review your two word reply. So for this task that would should take him no more than 6 or 7 minutes, he will charge you for 24 minutes of his time (minimum increment of 6 minutes x 4). Mr. Sarieh also charged me for 5 hours of his time for a Declaration that I mostly wrote for him and he simply reviewed. He did not write his own declaration to supplement it or add any points and authorities to legally justify our argument. While it is true, he initially gave me a $25 discount on his hourly rate, he more than well made up for it with his mistakes and unethical practices. Based on my experience, Mr. Sarieh is clearly one of those attorneys who are not interested in their clients, but simply how much money they can bill their clients. I'm not sure who wrote all of Mr. Sarieh's good reviews, but you have been warned!
Posted by a client
Mr. Sarieh, his associates, and his staff were extremely professional and effective during the time of his services. The billing was fair and accurate, which was a pleasant surprise in comparison with other attorneys I have hired in the past. He was honest, forthcoming with realistic expectations, and helped me to regain custody of my daughter after nearly 7 years of being away in the military. I could not have been more satisfied with their services and would not hesitate to recommend them going forward.
Posted by Haley
So my ex husband hired an attorney to take custody of my son because I got a DUI for being passed out in my car with an open container in front of my house with no car keys. I,m telling you this so you will have a real idea of Wail's extraordinary capability in the court room. As you can see that sounds pretty horrible, right? It gets worse. My brother and his wife forged custody papers and lied to my ex about where I was (rehab, 43 days) as my brother had temporary guardianship (notarized agreement between us) of my son while I was seeking treatment and he was refusing to let my son see me. He was trying to cut me out of my sons life while lying to my ex about me. Anyways I intercepted my son during an exchange and this started my custody battle. My ex who now had my brother on his side because of the forgery (protecting his wife) were trying to make me look like an unfit mother and accused me of kidnapping and having my son in the car at the time of my DUI (not true). They even got the child custody investigator to right a report stating I should have supervised visitation. Thank God I found Wail Sarieh who took on my most complicated case and right away found a huge illegal mistake. My ex was in default and had no legal right to a custody trial that the commissioner had ordered. Wail got the court to admit their mistake and my ex had to start over. My ex and his attorney were ridiculous everything they got the court to order like an update child custody investigation update, custody trail and a 730 psychological evaluation they couldn't follow through with. When my attorney Wail questioned the child custody investigator during her testimony he made her look incompetent, unprofessional and proved she had a personal prejudice against me and that her conclusion was a personal opinion rather than evidence or that she did any investigating at all. When my brother testified he told lie after lie and Wail knew just how to make him fumble. My brother told one lie then 2 minutes later had a different answer, he started to sound like Porky Pig. After that his attorney convinced the court to order a 730 because they could have my brother finish is testimony obliviously it hurt their case rather than proving it. Long story short this started on 8-2-12 and ended on 2-2-15 I have 100% legal and physical custody of my 9 year son and through all of this I have achieved an AA in substance abuse counseling and am certified through the state of CA and am a full time counselor. Everyone makes mistakes, my Dad who I was separated from for 19 years died after 10 months of us reuniting. I didn't know how to cope and found alcohol at the age of 29 got sober at 32. My point in stating all of this is no one is the perfect parent but we can all strive to be. Wail believed in me and fought for us and we would not have won without him or God on our side. In fact without Wail I might have very well lost custody all together. Wail was a Godsend. With all that was against me we still won and I got everything we were fighting for. Trust me, you do not want to be up against Wail Sarieh in court so don't let your ex hire him before you do! I am blessed to have him as my attorney and proud to call him my friend. I cannot express my gratitude or appreciation enough to Wail and Marlene for all the hard work they put into my case.
Posted by Divorce client
Mr. Sarieh made several critical mistakes in my divorce case and withdrew important information from me that led to my loosing the former family residence and almost loosing my children. I had to hire another attorney to fix his mess and I was able to get my children back for a shared physical custody, lowered my child support by 50% and got half of the equity from my former residence. Mr. Sarieh failed to do that for me. His conduct in court was very unprofessional, not protecting my best interest and not objecting to any hear-say that my ex was saying about me for about 3 hours in court. Mr. Sarieh failed to get my former residence appraised, failed to subpoena essential documents from my ex and was not loyal to me when most needed. In the preparation of the final divorce agreement, Mr. Sarieh failed to add an essential paragraph about the equity in my former residence, which made me hire another attorney to fix that. His unprofessionalism, lack of loyalty, and inability to represent my best interest in court, made me hire another attorney and made my divorce cost skyrocket to about $100,000, not including my ex expenses.
Posted by a Child Custody client
All I need to say about this great attorney is don't worry just put your future between his hands and leave it because he deals with his clients from a human side not. Money side.
I had a moving case out of California to Virginia state and I was about to loose my kids , but after I gave him my case I was able to move un conditionally to Virginia.
He has a mercy in his heart toward the financial charges to were he treat you first then he discusses the money issue
Posted by a Divorce client
Lawyer, Wail Sarieh and assistant, Marlena have really set the bar high when it comes to knowledge of the courts and the divorce requirements. Although it took longer than I expected, their approach to handling my case was ideal. I feel they always had my best interest at hand. They were professional, to the point and highly recommended for difficult divorce cases.
Posted by Abby Q
After 7 years battle in the court, finally I found Mr. Sarieh he is more than just amazing, he know the law very well, Mr. Sarieh my 4th Attorney, he did in 3 month more than all my previse attorneys did in the past 7 years. Mr. Sarieh is extremely dedicated to his practice and his clients and it shows in his work, He is very clear from the beginning on what my rights are and what to expect from the process.
I am certain that I would truly refer Mr. Sarieh to anyone I know, or may not know, to handle their needs related to family law or divorce, Please save yourself and hire him right away not like my case I had to lose a lot before but Thank God I found Mr Sarieh to handle my hard case and finally I WON :)
Posted by Myriam
Wail is a great & honest lawyer. He helped me through my nasty child custody/support case & I got great results! He was realistic & upfront & didn't give me false hopes. I was always aware of what to expect. I refer him to everyone who needs a family law attorney & they were happy I did. I would not hesitate to use him again as my attorney if needed. He is very easy to work with & has a great attitude. He gets the job done without playing dirty like other lawyers. I really felt like he cared about my case & the welfare of my children. I am very grateful to Wail & his assistant Marlene.
Posted by Michael
I've been through a horrific divorce and child custody battle that dragged on for over a decade. It's tough on everyone involved and at times you need to be tough.
Wail Sarieh became my third lawyer and was the only one who had the strength to be tough and take hold of the situation and get the results that I required.