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Gwynna is simply outstanding. She worked with me for my divorce settlement and parenting and continues to be an amazing advisor for lingering issues 3 years later (the issues are with my situation, not because she should have done something different). Gwynna is responsive, detailed, weighs risk, keeps me informed on status, and does extra research to help me think of strategies I never would have known about. In addition Gwynna gives me hard feedback in an approachable way when I need it most - she is empathetic but keeps me focused on the issues at hand and points out when I am letting my decisions be emotion based. Gwynna was tough in the negotiations and backed down as a tactic on certain points but stayed unflappable on others when she knew they meant the most to me. She focused on priorities and helped me see when to let things go, and overall was a joy to work with on the most unjoyous item in my life. I would (and have) referred to Gwynna to anyone who needs a strong attorney who is organized, detailed, and has a compassionate view.
Gwynna helped me through a difficult divorce. She was organized and thorough and I trusted her to help me navigate through the system. She was honest about what I could expect and discouraged unrealistic expectations. I believe she represented me and my interests very well and was very effective. Gwynna was not my first legal representation during my divorce but I wish she was. My first was only focused on the financial picture and not the children. Gwynna not only understood the financial picture but more importantly the importance of the children. Gwynna fought for me and was with me every step of the way. I highly recommended Gwynna.
Gwynna is an outstanding attorney. As she worked with me to develop a Cohabitation Agreement, Gwynna listened carefully to my needs, offered well-researched advice, created the document, and worked professionally with my boyfriend's attorney to finalize a mutually acceptable Agreement. She was always easily accessible to both me and the other attorney and she worked in a timely manner. I would not hesitate to use her again for any of my legal needs and would recommend her to any of my friends and family.
Divorce is one of the hardest things to go through. Mrs. Norman made me feel at ease right away. During my initial consultation, Gwynna gave me realistic expectations on all of my options including difficulty, longevity and estimated costs of my case. Her communication was superior. If she couldn't respond to my inquiries right away her assistant Christie was always on the ball. We developed a great working relationship.
Her "out of the box" ideas on how to compromise with a very difficult spouse were the catalyst to finalizing my divorce agreement. Although no one gets what they want in a divorce, I truly believe without Mrs. Norman my results would have been more costly and less satisfactory.
I would highly recommend taking the time to meet Gwynna Biggers Norman and see for yourself!
Gwynna represented me during a challenging divorce involving an ex husband with a personality disorder and substance abuse issues. She helped craft a parenting that would protect my children. Additionally, after my divorce was final, I continued to receive harassment from my ex husband and Gwynna was very helpful drafting a communication restriction to our patenting plan. I would highly recommend her services and consider her an excellent attorney.
Gwynna took an unpleasant situation (a divorce) and made the process of navigating it as smooth and seamless as possible. From our initial consultation, she outlined the process timeline, requirements and critical factors, transforming an intimidating problem into a series of manageable milestones. She walked me through her cost estimates, and she stuck to those estimates throughout. Her office was always responsive, and I highly recommend her services.
I knew I was going to have a difficult case due to divorcing a "high conflict personality" so I did my homework and met a lot of attorneys. I felt comfortable with the senior attorney at Billbe Law, PLLC and it soon became apparent that my trust was well placed as things became uglier and stranger than I expected. My case was turning into a multi-year case and I started to work with Gwynna, who ultimately finished my work well over a year later. I want to remind readers of these family law reviews that one never knows what kind of judge you'll get, things aren't always "fair" and while your attorney will guide you and do their part, you also have to be a good client to get best results. Having said that, an attorney like Gwynna can help you get the best possible outcome. She does this by knowing the laws and the court/divorce system and how things are likely to play out. She'll also have to do something that is equally difficult: managing your expectations and emotions and psyche. She'll be aggressive when it's needed but knows when to yield and compromise in order to keep things moving. Gwynna kept me informed, explained pros and cons of different approaches and was easy to reach. I am happy with my outcome, which balanced my financial needs, needs of my children and my need to get things done and move on. I am an educated professional and I learned a lot about family law and its limitations, and as mentioned above my case was very complex.
I would use Gwynna Biggers Norman again and I recommend her.
Gwynna made a difficult experience as calm and as positive as it could possibly be. I couldn't have done it so well without her.
I called Ted Billbe's office on the advice of a friend. I didn't know what to expect, and even though it was over 5 years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday. I walked into the office shaking, taking deep breaths to stay calm. Ted put me at ease immediately, listened carefully to the details I shared with him, and told me that given the relative simple circumstances of my impending divorce, I didn't need his level of expense and expertise. He confidently referred me to his associate attorney at the time, Gwynna, because her rate was lower than his, and he felt she could represent me brilliantly, with his oversight and regular check-ins. That was just the beginning of the most positive and client-advocacy-minded experience I could have imagined in my relationship with two legal professionals whom I had never hoped to need.
Divorce is one of the most difficult situations people ever have to deal with. In my case, an emotionally loaded situation involving 3 children made me feel vulnerable, alone, frightened, and unsure of what to do next. Gwynna guided me carefully and calmly through the entire process. I knew I was in good hands the day she looked at me and said, "We're going to get through this, and I'll be with you every step of the way. You're not alone."
Gwynna's honest, common-sense approach to divorce made me able to think objectively, (difficult to do when you're upset!) and feel confident in every move I made. One thing I sincerely respect is that both she and Ted voiced repeatedly that they weren't going to promise me things I couldn't achieve in this process, but they would absolutely go to the mat to make sure that the outcome was fair, reasonable, and best for the children. And that was exactly what happened.
Best money I ever spent. Best outcome I could have possibly imagined, and most genuine, warm-hearted attorney I've had the pleasure of getting to know both as a professional, and a friend. I truly appreciate and can never thank Gwynna enough for the difference she made at a very pivotal and scary time in my life. Hats off to she and Ted for their frank, positive advocacy for clients. I recommend them both without hesitation, and have recommended them several times since that fateful day I walked into their office.
Some areas were great but overall I wouldn't use her again and I would never recommend her. Don't want to get into too many specifics but I spent a lot of money for well below average results.
When my ex-wife first contacted a lawyer, I thought I would just cooperate, not use my own lawyer, and things would be fine. Fortunately, I checked the wife's attorney online, and the most common word used to describe her was "aggressive." I felt this was unnecessary, since I intended to be cooperative. I have no animosity towards my ex-wife. I tried a referral service from my company's employee assistance program, but they were unhelpful. Well, not completely unhelpful, as one of them recommended Ms. Norman. That was probably the best thing that happened to me during this time.
Ms. Norman sat down with me, and explained the way these things work in Washington. She was very clear about my chances for various outcomes, and what I could expect in terms of effort, timing, and results.
There were times I was frustrated with what was being requested from the other side, and at times I felt like I was being demonized, although I now realize my ex-wife's attorney was doing what she thought was her job. Ms. Norman was patient with me as I worked through this, and compassionate, and understanding. Also, there were a few times I rambled on the phone, and she politely found a way to end the conversation. She was being mindful of the fact that she was on the clock, and she was being considerate of the cost to me.
We eventually ended up in mediation, and came to an acceptable settlement. Ms. Norman helped me to not "give away the farm."
As a therapist, she's probably too expensive to recommend, but as an attorney, she was worth every penny. I don't believe an attorney should necessarily be your friend, but after all the time we spent together, and the difficult time I had, I am proud to call Gwynna Norman my friend. I would definitely call on her again. God forbid I should have to.