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I had a very positive experience working with Alissa as my lawyer during a somewhat unusual divorce and custody battle. I have three kids and an ex who did not put a penny in to supporting us. Alissa helped my situation by clearly explaining the law to me, something I had no idea about previously. If I followed my instinct, which was to try to force my ex in to paying more monthly support by taking him to court, I would have ended up having to pay him. Alissa had to really explain to me the complexity of the law (and how unfair it can be sometimes) and as it turned out was able to negotiate a much better monthly settlement then I ever would have gotten in court. She saved me so much in lawyer and court fees but was able to help me in the way that I really needed. As well, a year and a half after my divorce, when my ex came back from Europe (where he had taken off to for months) and wanted to switch up our custody agreement, Alissa was so helpful in the part of my case that was definitely the most stressful and unpleasant. I was trying to move out of the county and my ex blackmailed me heavily. It took a lot of strategizing to figure out how to get him to sign a "change of venue" and move the presiding court to my new county of residence. There were a lot of nasty back and fourths my kids had to endure but they were definitely mitigated in the end by her knowledge of the specifics of the law but also by her ability to "read" the actions of my ex. She helped to diffuse my anger, understand what was possible under the law and most importantly get the best "deal" for me and my kids. As it turned out, so much of what she thought would happen ended up happening and I feel really pleased about the custody agreement she helped us reach. It was the way she empathized with me but also knew I needed to clearly understand what I could and could not do that really helped me. I just trusted that she was on my team and felt so safe knowing that with her on my side I would be able to get through the really unpleasant process of getting divorced and fighting for custody. My case is ongoing, as I would like to figure out how to terminate my ex-husbands parental rights. Though this is a very difficult thing to do, as she has explained to me, she keeps me informed on the proper steps to take in documenting his deviance. She came up with an idea that has had some success of terminating rights based off a parents abandonment, something I fully intend to try if things remain as they are now. In any event, I feel very well represented with her as my lawyer and will likely be retaining her services for many years to come.
Allisa is extremely knowledgeable and professional. She is great to work with and has always worked very hard to help me. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs help with any family law matters.
Going through a divorce was obviously a very hard experience, but having Alissa as an attorney really helped alleviate some of the stress involved. She was not only kind and compassionate, but she and her office always got things done quickly and efficiently. She was responsive when I had questions. And she clearly was looking out for not only my best interests, but my family's as a whole. It was very reassuring to have a trustworthy attorney handling my divorce. I really can't thank her enough for her work.
I have recommended Alissa to several friends. I feel Alissa was very responsive, which is key. My divorce was incredibly ugly with threats of lawsuits and poverty so naturally I was a mess. I felt very supported by Alissa. The individual who gave a review claiming that Alissa is unethical is way off. I think she is by the book, never looses her cool, and a consummate professional. I used expletives constantly and Alissa never stooped to that level so I can't imagine her having outbursts in court. She is just not the outburst sort of person. Alissa is a very reasonable person, definitely has the children's best interest in mind as well as getting closure within a reasonable time frame.
I hired Alissa through a recommendation from another friend who is a corporate lawyer. She exceeded my expectations on all fronts and constantly encouraged me to work things out in a collaborative and constructive manner. She encouraged us to go through mediation, which we did. In the end, my ex-wife and I parted ways in a friendly manner and split the funds that met our collective needs. There were times that emotions got in the way of reason on my part and she constantly reminded me to keep the kids in mind, work things our through negotiations, and create an environment that allowed us to cooperate in raising our kids. Had she been selfish, she could have manipulated my temporary emotional outbursts to her own financial benefit, but she didn't.
I was her client and she forced me to lose everything including my family, home, credit rating and job. Horrible negotiator and litigator whose lack of compromise and outbursts in court will cost you everything you have. Look elsewhere for respectable, ethical counsel with your best interests in mind.