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Posted by Tami, a Child Custody client,
DO NOT hire Deborah Bianco. DO NOT allow your case to go before Deborah Bianco if she is the commissioner for any hearing. I have filed a complaint with the state of Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct in Olympia. I would encourage other people to do the same. I filed my compliant after reading countless other reviews, like Michael's, outlining similar misconduct. Deborah Bianco does not read paperwork, she makes snaps decisions without all the details, responds to and encourages attorney antics, makes the most offensive comments in the courtroom, and most of all she does not read declarations from all the parties involved. I first hand witnessed this when she was the commissioner on my case. It was brought to her attention my last declaration was not in her file. My attorney provided her with a receipt from the court clerk indicating our paper work was delivered on time and prior to our hearing. She took one look at the five page document, lasting only seconds, went back to her stack of paperwork, ask minor questions, allowed a closing argument then made the most uninformed ruling I have witnessed. After leaving the courtroom my attorney and I both took one look at each other and said "Oh my God she did not even read our paperwork"! Bianco’s closing statements also seemed odd because it contradicted the paperwork she did have in front of her. Her statements were incorrect and simply insulting to both parties. I felt some sense of comfort knowing she was not interested in what either of us had to say. Thank God hearings are taped. Deborah Bianco clearly states for the court that she did not receive all the copies of each party’s declarations. Deborah Bianco clearly states she intends to read my missing statement. Both attorneys agree to allow her to read the paperwork and continue our hearing. What you will not hear is Debora excusing herself to go and read the paperwork. You will struggle to hear even the slightest pause. How can anyone in good faith not read such an important document before making such important decisions? This is your job when you sit on the bench and or represent clients. I did file an appeal and I won. Shortly after I began reading numerous complaints about Deborah Bianco I discovered many were her own clients. After my trial I filed my complaint.
Posted by a Divorce client,
Excellent insight and although it was a long drawn out affair, I got way more control over my children than I every imagined, got child support in amount I asked for, and got permanent restraining order against my ex. Due to lack of cooperation from my ex it took a long time and cost a lot, but it was worth it!!!
Posted by Dirk, a Divorce client,
I have experience with Deborah Bianco representing me, and I have no idea what "Michael" is referring to. That was not my experience with Ms. Bianco. It may be that Michael simply had unrealistic expectations or was unreasonably demanding. I found that Ms. Bianco was bright, energetic, and knowledgeable. Divorces are simply nasty and painful. None of us get all that we want. My only complaint about Ms. Bianco was that at times she was too busy to get back to me right away. That seems to be standard with attorneys, as I've worked with others and experienced similar delays.
Michael is simply off-base in his criticism. I am betting that the result he got was less than what he thought he should get. My experience with Ms. Bianco is that she knows what she is doing, tries her best to settle cases without running up huge attorney fees, and fights hard when she has to do so.
I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Michael, a Divorce client,
rarely have I encountered a professional with as little insight and awareness as Ms. Bianco-- she says she's read the documentation, but then proceeds to show an amazing lack the facts contained therein, and she has a most cavalier , nearly condescending attitude that makes her truly difficult to communicate with--a street urchin might offer more help!
Posted by a Divorce client,
I would recommend Deb if your case is not in a need of much attention. She is knowledgeable. Her advice is fair and ethical. I do think she takes on too many cases and could use some more vinegar in the tough spots I found myself in.
Posted by a Child Custody client,
I have been a client of Deb's, as well as had her recommend another attorney to help me in a seperate matter. She is direct, realistic, hard working and well respected. In simple divorce or going all out to protect your kids in an awful situation, she can be trusted to do the hard work and keep your expectations and fears in check. She's worth every dollar you spend. I have recommended her to others I know who are divorcing, and am pleased to hear nothing but favorable reports about the work she does.