5.0 stars 9 totalReview Richard Dinnebier
During my divorce process several years ago Richard was actually the fourth lawyer I had representing me. I fired the first three, at significant expense for various reasons. Primarily the first three just told me what I wanted to hear so that they could get my retainer. I ended up paying my ex-wife almost $2000 per month, the first three told me I'd end up paying $1,000 to $1,500 per month, meanwhile my ex-wife's attorney is telling her she'll get between $2500 and $4000 per month. During my time with these lawyers it felt like they dragged things on as much as possible, and didn't act aggressively when there was an opportunity to negotiate a settlement before going to court.
I always felt like I was battling my ex-wife and my lawyers, all three of them.
Finally a friend recommended I speak with Richard Dinnebier. Richard took the time to tell me how the process works, and it is not pretty. He explained the range of things that might happen, and what should happen, but was honest enough to explain that with all of the judicial discretion that is available, going to court is a crapshoot at best, and no one really knows for sure.
Richard is respectful and honest, always makes the time for you, doesn't nickel and dime you on expenses, and is also a great negotiator to work with.
This year I was forced to retire early, and again I asked Richard to represent me as I wanted to go to court to get a reduction or elimination of the alimony I had been paying.
I must admit, I almost gave away the store to get closure on the process, but Richard advised me and helped negotiate a much better deal than I would have been able to get without him.
Richard isn't the least expensive lawyer out there, but I spent close to $30K on bad lawyers, learning the hard way, that sometimes you have to pay a little extra to get quality.
His staff is also great to work with, no attitudes!
I had a very difficult divorce with custody issues, move requests and an ex that was just relentless. I started with a different attorney, who fought hard yet after nine months, suggested I seek another counsel because he had exhausted his “cards”. Being about a week away from trial, I sought Richard after recommendations from a few co-workers. Richard took the case and worked tirelessly, to prepare for a difficult trail with a lengthy custody evaluation. The results of the trial went favorably to me, with me acquiring 50% custody as well as the move order being denied. I was elated to have my kids again. After a further twelve months of various court dates, and meetings, Richard was able to finally bring the nightmare I had been living to a successful close. I can’t say enough about Richard and his professionalism, demeanor and attention to detail. He is well respected in the Orange County attorney community and it shows. Richard was not only supportive to me during this process he was strategic, and helped channel my emotions from making irrational decisions. Overall, Richard was a compassionate, understanding and extremely competent attorney who knows the in’s and out’s of the legal system and will do his best to bring both parties to an amicable agreement. Thank you Richard for your hard work and dedication to my case!
My divorce was difficult for a number of factors. Mr. Dinnebier remained calm, prepared, and focused throughout. He was able to deflect attacks and achieve a reasonable settlement. I unconditionally recommend him.
I cannot say enough good things about Richard Dinnebier. Going through the divorce process is a stressful and emotional experience, but I have to say that Richard did everything he could to keep the experience as positive as possible. He was courteous and efficient. He explained the process and alleviated my stress at every possible opportunity. It was clear that he wanted to help achieve a fair and equitable solution. I felt very safe every step of the way and confident that he always had my best interests at heart. Also, it was clear throughout the entire process that he has extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of family law. I have tremendous respect for him as a person and as a professional. Thank you, Richard!
Posted by a client
Richard Dinnebier knew I regarded divorce as a "filthy business". While I still do, I have to say that he kept things as "clean" as he could, given the circumstances. No matter how heated things became during this terrible time in my life, Mr. Dinnebier kept professional and fair, even regarding my ex. He never stooped to putdowns. He acted respectfully in a field where many don't. The opposing attorney in my case was the opposite, as dirty and low-down as one could behave, completely arrogant with no reason to be, and I believe this has a lot to do with why I "won" my case. When I initially asked around for an attorney who would put the needs of my child first, Mr. Dinnebier was immediately recommended to me. There were times when I didn't always want to face reality, but Mr. Dinnebier worked with me to help me understand my situation, choices, and possible outcomes. He was a very good listener and really came to know my situation inside and out. He was very direct and straightforward, but I didn't feel he lacked compassion. Even though he'd done this work for such a long time, I never felt he was complacent about my case. As this branch of law goes, I think Mr. Dinnebier is a good egg. There are many bad eggs out there. If you need someone to tirelessly work with you and for you, he's great. If you need someone to tell you what you want to hear all the time and put down the other party, he's not your man. I always thought he was calling things exactly as he saw them, even when I didn't agree or wasn't ready to hear it. In retrospect, I knew he had my interest at heart. Mr. Dinnebier gave me practical advice, sometimes even relationship advice during such a messy time, but he was never ugly. I respected this and I felt I was being protected and he was on my side for the best possible outcome for my child. This was very important to me and I had a difficult case, but Mr. Dinnebier, with his expertise, got a good result for me.
Posted by Aki
Mr. Dinnebier handled my divorce in 2013-14. He is knowledgeable and so trustworthy that my ex ended up asking me to double check what HIS attorney told HIM with Mr. Dinnebier during the process. I am a pretty low key person, and Mr. Dinnebier understood my need to keep the process as calm as possible. Also, he knows when to get aggressive for my benefit. I highly recommend Mr. Dinnebier.
Posted by Andrew
This attorney has years of experience and has been fair and ethical thorughout a long, long divorce. Communication has been excellent. One good sign; other attorneys and courthouse personnel all seem to know and like him. At times, I wish he was a cutthroat attorney but that was my anger and his approach was to get through the process with as few hassles and fights as possible. The opposing party was constantly hostile and unreasonable but he kept to the plan and seemed to really care about his clients best interests. If your goal is to damage someone you may do better elsewhere but if you want to come out with the best possible postion, I would recommend him.
Posted by a Family client
Funny, I just had dinner with several good friends 2 nights ago. They could not thank me enough for the referral of Richard Dinnebier for their divorce or their children's and several of their friends divorce! The comments that he is amazing, honest, knows the law and his work, professional,can turn any situation into a resolution.
People who have fired other attorneys, say, that he is outstanding. I know Richard on a personal level, and is by far the nicest person you will meet. From that night, I had 7 people that had used Richard and could not thank me enough for such a great attorney! That makes you feel good. Especially when you refer an attorney!!
Richard is an outstanding, wonderful person and he has helped so many people get a good result in such a traumatic time in their life! I highly recommend and am lucky to know him. Richard has helped me twice personally, and I will never forget how he handled each situation, he is awesome!
Posted by a Divorce client
Richard Dinnebier did my divorce several years ago and I recommend him unequivocally. He was professional, knowledgeable and always returned my calls in a timely manner when I had questions. He knows family law inside and out, and always was a calm and effective advocate for my interests. Divorce is never pleasant but I believe Mr. Dinnebier made my experience as painless as possible while getting me the best outcome. When the process was complete, he hand-wrote a note on my final invoice: “Please do not hesitate to contact me with any additional questions.” I have recommended him to several friends, and everyone has been completely impressed with him and his work. I highly recommend him.