Based on 3 reviews
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My dissolution was very contentious. My spouse's attorney, Gordon Wilcox, made any expeditious and fair result impossible to achieve. Given this, Rita did attempt to keep things focused, professional, and moving toward resolution, but ultimately she was not up to the task.
From the first, I never felt she believed my story. In court with her (a hearing) she was disorganized, unprepared with my case and very ineffective at defending me against opposing counsel's accusations. I became very fearful of what would happen if my case actually proceeded to trial.
She also seemed out-witted by Wilcox, who seemed to control the flow of events in such a way that she was surprised or at least not thinking ahead of the game.
At one point, she actually blamed me for the time-crunch we were in, even though she had known for months about certain delays and had done nothing to maneuver for more time to prepare. Admittedly, our personalities clashed, but this was unprofessional!
In the end, we came so close to the trial date (thanks to Wilcox) that mediation ended up being a forced, one-day affair and I accepted an agreement that I don't believe was fair. After paying more than $100,000, I still have things to fix, but I will be searching for another attorney for help.
I would characterize Bender as a legal junk yard dog. This may be great in some types of litigation, but when dealing with painful family break-ups her over the top style may only exacerbate the pain and the expense of the process. Her abrasive and confrontational approach to family law has left permanent and unnecessary scars on our family.
Rita's main concern appeared to be stringing things along in order to inflate her bill. Her style made the divorce process harder, longer and more expensive than it needed to be. I finally hired another lawyer before she got all my money.