Based on 19 reviews
Help make it easier for other Avvo users to choose the right lawyer by sharing your experience with this attorney. It's fast, simple, and safe.
Lawyers: Use the Peer Endorsements section to provide input about other attorneys.
Posted by Rodger, a Divorce client, Flag
I think what I most appreciated about Mr. Williams is that he would preface all of his legal advice with the fact that it was not his job to tell me what I wanted to hear, but to tell me what I needed to hear and what the Court would expect of me and how things were likely to proceed. I wish the process were not as long, but now understand that having been married for 32 years, everything cannot be unraveled overnight. All of my questions were answered by returning my calls and responding to my emails, although not as fast as I wanted, they were in fact timely and very in-depth so that I knew what my options were and where and how my case was progressing. I interviewed several attorneys before making my choice, and almost cancelled my consultation having thought I had found the right attorney for me. However, I did go to my consultation and when it was over, I knew that I had an advocate on my side and that this is a man who is dedicated to his job, rather than selling snake oil as I now see others were trying to sell. I strongly endorse this attorney and could not have gotten through this without him. I am so glad I made the right choice.
Posted by Sam, a Divorce client, Flag
My wife filed for divorce in 2007. At the time we had a son who was only 7. For the past 5 years our litigation has gone nowhere, with mutual restraining orders filed, different motions and claims brought and no movement toward settlement whatsoever. In January of 2013, a friend who had used Mr. Williams in Orange County where my case was told me about him and that he was now in Monterey. At first I was hesitant to hire an attorney 100s of miles away, but then by reading my friends file, I knew I had to hire him. As of last week, we have a trial set, all property divided except for one debt, and I have full physical custody of our son, pending a Court ordered CWS investigation of my now ex-wife. While it is not over, until the trial and investigation concludes, I have not felt this relieved in five years. I pray the trial goes as well as our hearing went and have no doubt it will. So long as I have to go to family court, and as long as Daniel is a CA attorney, no matter where he is, I will gladly pay his airfare and hotel to have the honor to be chosen for being represented by him, as I soon found out he does not take just any client.
Posted by ER DOCTOR, a Divorce client, Flag
BEST LAWYER IN MONTEREY AND CENTRAL COAST
The best lawyer ever. I will always be grateful to Atty Williams for all his legal expertise in helping me with my divorce and child support issues. Also in ensuring my ex's parents were able to get grandparent visitation, something my ex -- who became estranged from all of her family -- was opposed to. I found him to always be compassionate and helpful with all my legal needs. I would highly recommend his services. At many times I had the mindset of throwing in the towel, as the attorneys who handle claims at my place of employment always say settle, settle, settle, Mr. Williams stood by me at times I was so drained, I could barely stand. You will never find a better attorney on the Peninsula and should trust this man, he knows what he is doing. Do not hire anybody else, Dan is the Man.
Posted by bb93940, a Divorce client, Flag
When alll was said and done, I ended up getting approximately everything that Mr. Williams predicted I would get if our matter went to trial, which it did. Not only that, but his estimination of the judge's response was right on the money. Mr. Williams clearly laid out the facts without sugar-coating or giving me false hope. He was problems ahead and resolved them, as he was prepared to take them head on. He remained professional, courteous, and responsible even if he was not able to return my call or take my call exactly when I was calling. He also maintained a great sense of humor to keep me sane throughout the process. Definately better than many other attorneys who I saw in the courtroom throughout the process.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
I was involved in a nasty divorce with my ex her attorney was Bobbie Gore. Dan made Mr. Gore look foolish every time he opened his mouth. Dan was aggressive and knows Family Law well. Mr. Gore made countless errors in the court documents that Dan caught and fixed. I know the divorce process can be very painful and not knowing the ins and outs of the court system you will lose. Dan worked hard for me and my children and the end result is I have custody of my children we are happy. Dan takes his work personal and it shows he returned all calls promptly he was on time and treated me with respect. Mr. Gore on the other hand was very disrespectful and in my opinion does not know the law.
Thank you Dan you’re the best I am confident that your practice will grow due to your honest aggressive approach for your clients.
Posted by Brandi, a Divorce client, Flag
I would gladly recommend you and your staff to anyone in need of your services. You and your staff were wonderful throughout the entire process. I always knew that our best interest was the key point in every step along the way. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done for us. You all have been truly amazing and a pleasure to deal with.
Posted by Denny, a Divorce client, Flag
What to say. My wife served me with divorce papers, asked I have supervised visitation, and wanted to relocate with our kids to Boston. She had been a stay at home wife, and her attorney told her that it would be a slam dunk for her since she had primarily raised the kids and I traveled every other month for work. None of her requests were granted, our divorce is final, and because Dan had the recent case law to use, I have 80% custody and although entitled to child support, declined it. I work hard and my whole world is dependent on my kids. Had they been able to move to Boston, I would have lost everything. Can not thank him enough.
Posted by Angela, a Divorce client, Flag
Mr. Williams brought 15 months of endless litigation and attorney fees to an end after I had been litigating a case in front of Judge Matcham and was represented by a so-called “family law specialist.” My former attorney made promise after promise and kept blaming the other counsel, but refused to get agressive, claiming it was a “small town,” and that “her reputation” was not going to suffer if “you and your husband couldn’t settle.” A father in my son's soccer carpool had used Mr. Williams and had his case completely finished after having started his contested custody matter months after mine. I was very impressed in that Mr. Williams was professional with my husband's attorney, but in the same way very direct in what he expected, telling my husbands attorney what I was requesting and that given the case had lingered for 15 months, the time for negotiations was over and there would be no more games and the matter would be set for trial. Mr. Williams, then filed an at issue memorandum and sent the attorney what would be our trial brief. They accepted all of our proposed settlement agreement which gave me a better result than I had reasonably expected or than Mr. Williams even said we may get. This attorney definately knows the law, and having practiced in Southern California jurisdictions, he was far more experienced than any of the other Monterey Divorce attorneys I saw in the many hearings I now know could have been avoided had I used him earlier.
Posted by Ceane, a Child Custody client, Flag
Dan is the best family law attorney. Monterey is a small county and I have had the standard routine of having to go back to Court almost every year for the past six years as my children's father attempts to keep increasing his share of visitation to lower support and then never exercising the visitation. I have never seen an attorney stand-up to Judge Matcham and be assertive on the facts and the law as he did, while still being respectful to not throw my case. My ex-husband is now not only back to the original time share of our Judgment, but has been named a vexatious litigant. I have seen many attorneys over the years as I wait for my case to be called and he is by far the best and I am lucky to have found him my pure happenstance he was located in the Bay Physical Therapy building.
Posted by Jackie, a Child Custody client, Flag
I have a very difficult situation involving custody orders that are not being followed by my ex-husband and his mother who seems to be very intrusive in this situation, demanding to see our daughter when she knows her son is not interested in exercising his visitation. She has even shown up at my house, unannounced and even after her son had sent me a text he was not going to show up. She would get loud and threatening,. Dan had the Judge make it very clear that the visitation was for the father, and that she could see our daughter on his time not mine. Dan was very professional in speaking to her when she showed up to court with her son. She agreed to a framework to see her grand-daughter that I am very pleased with. Dan made sure that in fighting for me, he didn't do damage to my daughters relationship with her grandmother in the process. I think that is a true professional characteristic that after having had three previous lawyers, I had yet to see or think existed.
Posted by Johnny, a Family client, Flag
I used Dan Williams recently when I need an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney to set my expectations and meet my needs. Through the magic of social networking, I was told that he had practiced family law for 9 years in San Diego, Orange, Riverside, and Los Angeles counties and had recently moved is practice to the central coast, having handled the divorces of several of my colleagues at Facebook as well as other high asset divorces also involving child custody for people over at ebay. I can not be happier, he is definitely an excellent attorney and a great asset to the Central Coast
Posted by Jennifer, a Child Custody client, Flag
Dan Williams was recommended to me through a co-worker. I was going to allow my divorce to go to default because I didn't want to spend all my savings on assets that half the value would be less then my fees. Dan was time efficient, got me a fee award and kept my daughter away from my alcoholic husband. Despite family services mediation, my now ex-husband has only supervised visitation until he does an 30 day treatment program and six months of aftercare. I cant be more thankful. If only the Judges were not so blind to clear facts, we wouldnt need lawyers, but if you do, Dan Williams is you guy.
Posted by a Child Custody client, Flag
Dan failed to do his job and fight for me as a client. He was not upfront and honest about mistakes he made, wouldn't return emails or calls. Charged me a ton of money to do nothing but put me in a spot where I had to hire another lawyer to clean up Dan's numerous mistakes. He's not very familiar with family law. I can't help but wonder if he posted the positive reviews on himself. Do your research people, don't hire Dan Williams
Posted by Shawn, Flag
Dan Williams gave me courteous, prompt, and individual attention to my case. Told me exactly what I needed to hear even when it wasnâ€™t what I wanted to hear. Thank you Dan, Luisa, and Binh for all your good work and help.
Posted by Hillary, a Domestic Violence client, Flag
Tonight, 11/24/11, I was able to have Thanksgiving with my friends and family without the fear of my Ex-Husband showing up drunk. After the SDPD were useless in protecting me I used Mr. Williams for a restraining order despite previously the Court telling me his actions "didn't meet the burden of proof" for a restraining order. So for my ability to live without fear and harassment I am thankful to Mr. Williams.
Posted by D. Brumley, a Divorce client, Flag
Review below is from my ex-wife who is emailing my command and continuing to try to harass me, Mr. Williams and my Michigan attorney. Check out case number ED84150 in El Cajon where she tried to file a divorce here in San Diego and I used Dan to get the case transferred to Michigan where the case belonged because of our residency. Also see case EV17944 where she lied to get a restraining order and Dan got that thrown out to proving it was baseless. She told her sister she wrote the bad review and even her sister is on my side because she knows our son was and is better off with me.
Posted by Shelly, a Family client, Flag
I used Daniel Williams in my family law case which involved custody, support, and a restraining order. I am a professional, but do not work with people in my industry and was a nervous wreck. Dan kept me informed, always returned calls, emails and even met with me on the weekend and evenings. He was very informed with the facts of my case, my business structure for income, and exposed a lie that could and would have ruined my life if it had been believed by the Judge. I highly recommend him for any Family Law matter, I had no complaints and believe he was even more help than my therapist was at keeping my head clear and focused on the future.
Posted by TA, a Family client, Flag
I used Daniel Williams for a dicorce in 2008 and then a custody modification and move away in 2010. I didnt get everything I wanted, my expectations were at first off. But I got exactly what Mr. Williams said would likely happen, including the numerous continuances and delays he said were likely to occur in a case as ours. It was frustrating but every step of the way Mr. Williams was there not only as an attorney, but a listener who cared. He never lied or tried to cheat me or mislead me. Presented with an opportunity to move to Hawaii and modify a 50/50 custody arrangement, Mr. Williams prevailed over my ex's strong opposition. Im sure I will have to go back to Court someday, and if so, Im calling Dan before I call my own family!
Posted by Sophie S., a Divorce client, Flag
quick result to a case my wife and I had been doing on our own and with other counsel for three years.