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Mr. Benjamin handled my injury case. He kept me informed of every step of the process. He responded to my inquiries and to every question I had in a timely manner. His knowledge of the field
is very strong. His patience, strong principals of integrity, professionalism and trustworthiness make him a great lawyer and a special humanbeing. He was very sensitive to my needs during the period
of my treatment. In brief: He is an excellent lawyer and wonderful humanbeing.
When I first hired Mr. Andrew Benjamin, I came to him with a very weak parenting plan drawn up by another attorney. By the end of our time together (many court hearings, e-mails, meetings, drafts & documents later), I ended up with a solid parenting plan which showed the central focus as providing for the best interests of my child. He was patient with my many e-mails, and informative in that he always forwarded me any e-mail correspondence between him and the other counsel, or the other party.
Mr. Benjamin faced the challenge of opposing a man and his counsel, who unabashedly filled the judges' ears with inconsistent and distracting lies. The opposing party leaned heavily on the excuses of PTSD, righteous unaccountability, and being the unaware victim of his own jealousy, anger, needs, and desperation. With such distractions, my ex accused me of contempt, and fraud, and tried to paint himself as a father who had done everything he possibly could to build a relationship with our daughter.
During the process of building our case, Andrew showed tenacity by reading through, and digesting, the more than 1,000 pages of evidence and information I gave him. From 5 binders of material, Andrew was able to extrapolate the pertinent occurrences, facts, themes & timelines. He presented these in his prepared written material, and had made himself familiar enough with those occurrences, facts, themes & timelines to recall & relay them in the on-the-spot verbal discourse which occurs during court. He brought these to the attention of the Judge and/or Commissioner, with conviction & composure, conveying facts, rather than feelings. He thereby effectively rebutted each falsehood with tangible evidence, & could locate the evidence quickly to show it to the Judge.
In the end, we were awarded $13,300 from my ex, as repayment for some of the attorney's (& other) fees, because Mr. Benjamin was able to prove that my ex had based his claims on falsehoods, which took both time & money to prove false. The more important victory, however, is that my ex will need to transform himself, by doing a year of intensive treatment, before gaining a significant amount of unsupervised time with our 9-year-old little girl. I put my daughter's life in Andrew's hands, and through 5 hearings, one settlement meeting, and one trial, he protected her every step of the way.
The process of divorce runs on two separate tracks and one of them is clearly emotional. It is in this emotional crisis that many of us are faced with the overwhelming task of negotiating what could be the biggest business deal of our lives.
Andrew Benjamin was my attorney in a divorce that—on top of the usual emotional trauma—could have had devastating financial consequences. As a recently-retired executive, I had no pre-nup and an underemployed, unfaithful spouse with an over-inflated sense of entitlement.
Before I confronted my husband, Andrew and I planned the best strategy for the outcome I wanted, aiming to protect my retirement plan and the assets I had accumulated. It probably would have been easy for a lawyer to ask the obvious questions—why did I marry this guy and what was I thinking? Instead, Andrew was respectful of my situation and dedicated to helping me navigate it.
Still, the night I asked my husband to leave my home was one of the hardest of my life. The police were called in. I was deeply shaken the following morning when I met with Andrew to prepare to request a restraining order and file for a legal separation. I remember feeling like I was walking through someone else’s life.
It was then that Andrew told me a story that I will not likely forget. It was about boxer Muhammad Ali, the Greatest, and his “rope-a-dope” fight with George Foreman. The fight was called The Rumble In the Jungle, and Foreman was favored for his raw punching power. Ali absorbed punch after punch, pummeled in the ropes by Foreman. Observers thought Ali would be seriously injured. Instead, Ali outsmarted Foreman, whose arms tired as the rounds wore on. Finally, Ali rose up from the ropes in the eighth round with a five-punch combination that staggered Foreman to the canvas.
Now, why would an attorney tell his client a story like that?
Andrew told me that story because he knew it was my time to rise up. And rise up we did. In a “50-50” community property state, Andrew was able to secure a division of property in a short-duration marriage that allowed me to retain 92 percent of my assets. Winning my financial security went a long way toward winning back my emotional strength.
I consider Andrew to be a creative problem-solver with a clear head and a valuable depth of experience. He listens very well and asks the right questions to shape the case. He is able to analyze options and build the right strategies. In court, he is well known and respected by his colleagues; he acts with competence and confidence. He is flexible and aggressive. He considers his clients’ costs.
And when it’s time to rise up, I can’t think of anyone better in the corner.
Andrew was very understanding and professional in our time of grief. His steadfast and accurate services were very helpful to our family. Our probate went flawless. Myself and family highly recommend Mr. Benjamin and will use his services when ever needed.
I had hired Mr. Andrew Benjamin to represent me for a nasty divorce case and I was amazed how high quality service I got from him. He was very professional, very informative, explained everything I needed to know in detail, and represented me perfectly. I was very happy with the outcome and would recommend his services to anyone.
Andrew did a very good job of steering me in the right direction, but I was often confused by why he was recommending certain things.