4.5 stars 41 totalReview Veronica Freitas
Veronica is an excellent attorney. She successfully represented me in a range of family law issues that included a complex international relocation case. She was able to convince the court to allow me to relocate with my children back to my country of origin in Europe. This was a challenging case as the children were born and raised in the US.
Veronica was professional, knowledgeable, well prepared, and responsive. I appreciated how she kept me grounded and provided me with sound legal advice throughout the process.
She is a skilled trial attorney and is able to present herself well to the court and question witnesses in a well thought out manner to support her case. She was also able to react appropriately to any unexpected information presented by the witnesses & opposing side.
I could tell that she truly cared about my case and that it was important to her to do a good job. I also appreciated that she was ethical and above board, even when the other side engaged in unethical practices. I was very fortunate to have Veronica represent me and I highly recommend her.
The minute I met with Veronica, I knew everything would be okay. She and her team are very helpful, and always answered my emails/calls in a timely manner. Veronica was the second lawyer I hired; if I would have hired her in the very beginning of my divorce, my kids and I would have had an easier life. She helped solve all of my problems with my ex-husband, which is an accomplishment no one else has achieved. Veronica is very honest and does not promise what she cannot deliver, but she will fight for you! I felt safe under her wing :)
I wish everybody a happy marriage, but if something goes wrong, definitely call Veronica & her amazing team.
Thank you so much Veronica!
Veronica took over my case when it became apparent that I would be going to trial over a custody dispute. My case had dragged out almost 2 years. She was very straightforward with me at our first meeting - which I appreciated since I had been with a bigger firm prior to hiring her and while I didn't necessarily have a "bad" experience there, I did feel as though I got lost in the shuffle.
Her staff is very considerate, kind, and hardworking - they took the time to really get to know my case and worked with me to draft any motions we needed in order to save a bit of money. They always returned my calls and emails right away anytime there was a question or something had happened that might affect my case - and really my life. They understand that child custody situations are extremely stressful - their client's lives are in their hands in a way, and I felt very cared for by them.
The other party had been using money and the legal system to control me. I had left an abusive situation and literally had nothing - not even my self esteem. Immediately Veronica started building me up again. She was more than an attorney for me - she was a personal advocate and I know that she really cared about me, my child, and our well being going forward. I felt protected for the first time since I got out of the relationship!
When it came time for trial Veronica studied everything about my case. She read every single email, text message, and filing that had been done previously. She knew the in's and out's of my case better than I did (and I had to live it)! She was at home in the courtroom and put on the best possible trial I could ever hope for - she defended me tirelessly - there is absolutely nothing I would change about the way she conducted the trial. She did everything she could for me even down to the little things like helping me prepare to be a witness and helping me feel calm and safe in the same room as the other party.
Meeting Veronica has been the best thing that has ever happened to me! She helped me to finally find my voice again. She went above and beyond for me and I will always be grateful for the way she advocated for myself and my child's future.
I believe that advocating for others is Veronica's true calling. She is extremely dedicated and insanely good at her job!
Posted by a client
In year 2012 Veronica worked on my parenting plan and child support case and presented me during the initial hearing when the mother of our 2 year old child stopped letting me see him. This was a high conflict case involving fabricated DV allegations that were used very skillfully against me, which were thankfully later dismissed when the divorce case settled. At the time my ex had held back my son from me for 3 consecutive hellish months. Even though my ex didn't have a job, she managed to hire one of the most expensive Bellevue attorneys who later turned out to have charged over $10K for the DV-protection order hearing case and another $10K for the divorce case. The initial divorce hearing resulted in court assigning a GAL for which I had to pay, most importantly allowed me to see my son 1 night every weekend and 2 nights every other weekend and Wed. evenings. Veronica was very articulate and confident at that hearing and crushed the opposing attorney, who was primarily an immigration's attorney and not a family attorney. Later my ex appealed the initial ruling by hiring a new attorney and Veronica suggested that we don't do anything and didn't file a response because the new attorney is loser and the judge won't even take him seriously. My time with my son was reduced to 1 night every other weekend and 2hrs Wed. evening. Veronica told me that the judge, who happen to be a man, was a dick and that there is no justice in the family court for men.
From then nothing happened in the case until my ex found another new attorney who filed an intent for relocation from WA to Canada using her unemployment as a reason just before we were to go into mediation. Veronica told me that if I don't settle in mediation the court will punish me for not having already hired GAL in the form of letting my ex take my son away from Seattle and giving me less time that I can get during the mediation. I agreed not to file an objection to the relocation and went to mediation with Veronica representing me. During the mediation she took off her top layer to intimidate me with her tattoos and muscular physic and told me that I am being an idiot and that I should have more respect for me ex. I had to tell her to back off and help me come up with a reasonable and good parenting plan as well as a realistic child support order. We ended up getting me to pay for all the transportation expenses and if my ex was to live away from Seattle I would get to see my son once a month, my ex got the full legal custody, and the parenting plan is full of loopholes that are setup in my ex's advantage. There was not much to split financially between us because during the divorce we both went broke except that I had a job and my ex quit her job as soon as we separated. Immediately after the mediation my ex informed me that she is moving to Canada with my son. Immediately after the case was filed I fired Veronica.
I paid to Veronica total of $15K.
After the mediation I spent most of my vacations from work on visiting my son and last year I got fired from my job. The child support division is collecting the child support as if I am employed full time and I can't afford an attorney any more. I have been homeless during the last 12 months and currently live on food stamps. My ex is still represented by the same attorney.
I strongly recommend Veronica if you want to take a man down to his knees and make him suffer. She can be very aggressive and is very knowledgeable in DV matters. She doesn't entirely understand the positive influence of a father in a child's life perhaps because of her own traumatic experience with her dad--ask her about her dad when you interview her.
She is very charismatic and admirably incredibility articulate. She has poor negotiation skills and prefers force than peaceful resolutions.
Posted by Cindy
I was dealing with so many different situations including a psycho, abusive and controlling ex husband who filed multiple petitions as well as a federal case I had. I previously worked with two other attorneys who didn't care and just wanted to take advantage of me. I hired Veronica and she was on point at every hearing. She never once judged me for what was going on in my life, which was very important to me. Veronica kept me informed and was always responsive to my emails and calls. She saved me money and even sent me the remainder of my retainer fee after my case closed. After going though so many circles and dropped petitions with the ex and his dramatic attorney, the ex started up again and filed another petition to take my kids, which he was denied again. Veronica was able to seek attorney fees for me. I am thankful that there are honest attorneys out there like her and not to mention her paralegals! Amy and Hye are awesome! I still seek help from all of them with questions and guidance til this day. Thank you guys for your help! I would refer you to anyone.
Posted by Aaron
Thank you Veronica for your integrity, straight forwardness and getting to a point.
When she couldn't do anything for me because of the international jurisdictional issues in my case, she refunded my retainer and told me to quit talking so I would get more of it back.
If you have a family law issue call this attorney first. Restored my faith in lawyers.
Posted by Chris
Veronica is simply the best lawyer I have come across in the course of a prolonged and bitter divorce struggle that lasted almost three years. The facts were on our side, but as a foreign man with mental illness, and with the mother having custody, I felt that the prejudices of the system were against me at every turn. Veronica took the case at the last minute and turned it around, with a simple emphasis on the facts, the law, and the best interests of the children. The case went to trial, and she is a first class advocate having prepared thoroughly and knowing every document.
Posted by Riccardo
Veronica and her team made me comfortable right from the start in my divorce proceedings. No fuss no gobbledygook no confusion....simple straight clear answers and guidance that made me sleep at night knowing I had the right lawyer on my side. Her knowledge, confidence and clarity is plain to see - not just to me, but to other lawyers and judges - so she gets the job done. Quickly. Honestly. Directly.
Outstanding person and an incredible human being.
Posted by a client
I originally found Veronica by the great reviews that she had on this site, what sealed the deal to hire her for drawing up a simple will and post-nup was that she was straight forward and straight up about costs. I soon learned she was more than that, she was an attorney that was attentive and had no concept of the time of day, she was on the ball regardless of it being after 9 pm, yes 9 pm, only a few hours after I emailed her thru AVVO is when she first emailed me back.
It’s unfortunate that my story did not stop there. 2 years later I contacted her when I was blindsided by my now ex, who had conjured up a plan to try and steal my boys and try and get me sent back to Canada. Remember the Post-nup agreement I mentioned, that was what my ex was afraid of. How better to rid yourself of a financial burden of a stay at home mother, make her disappear but try keep the blood off your hands. My case ended up lasting over 14 months. We were in and out of court continually. We probably saw over 15 judges. Veronica was on top of it the whole way.
My ex hired an extremely expensive law firm, benefits to this is they will do whatever you tell them to regardless of what they believe the outcome will be. My ex is DISTURBED, so you name it he was going to say it or try it, his attorneys had no problem following along. I never really understood the joke when people talked about how slimy lawyers are. Well I get it now. His female attorney, was perfect for him, she would lie and twist everything, just to try and win. In the end my ex basically got what I would have agreed to without attorneys, actually to tell you the truth he would have fared better if he wouldn’t have thought he was so clever. He basically got what we had offered before the year long fight, the difference is that he spent onwards and upwards of $300,000+ with his attorney, destroyed his reputation, lied to his family and friends, manipulated many innocent, unsuspecting people and most importantly, hurt and emotionally scarred the kids.
I had a GREAT attorney who was there for me the whole way. She was always available. She did all her own trial preparation. It was an extremely difficult case to say the least. I ended up paying probably ¼ of what my ex paid his attorneys, if not less. And Veronica destroyed his lawyer in court. You could tell that his attorney relied on her paralegal staff to create her case. Veronica has this uncandid ability to recall information…well I’m sure her ability has a lot to do with her hard work & attentive nature. Veronica is a pit bull in court, she doesn’t let go till she draws blood, this is an attorney that you want on your side of the table. It’s obvious that she has a background in criminal law, now you may think that isn’t needed in family law, but hell yes it is. The criminal background gives her a different perspective than other family law case lawyers, this is a benefit no matter how easy or hard the case is turning out to be.
Veronica’s staff are also very attentive and actually just awesome! The paralegal’s at V. Freitas law are reliable and fast to respond to questions or concerns. Veronica’s staff were not only there for me legally, but emotionally. Sometimes a person outside of the situation can give better clarity to an issue, I relied on Veronica and her great paralegals and office staff for this, they never disappointed me. This great group of people were there for me every step of the way, I will always consider them special friends.
Just know that Veronica will never tell you what you want to hear, she will tell you what you need to hear and she will work her ass off for you.
Posted by Jeff
Veronica is fantastic. I was fortunate to find her after having started off with another very high priced attorney who was terrible.
Veronica came in and immediately took charge of my case. She was incredibly thorough, and able to very quickly get up to speed. She was super responsive and thoughtful with how she prosecuted my case. When I met her, I was in a bit of a hole due to terrible temporary orders. As the father of a five year old, custody was my main focus. My wife had been a stay at home mother, and was fighting me for even 50/50 custody. Veronica was able to provide me with fantastic guidance, and after a long and difficult process which included a two week trial, I was able to get primary custody of my daughter.
This would never have been possible without Veronica. She was unbelievably effective in trial. She had complete command of the relevant facts, and presented an overwhelming argument to the court. She was succinct, clear, and unflappable. Her experience as a defense attorney is invaluable. She literally mopped the floor with the OC.
If you have a difficult spouse, and a case that requires someone with "moxy", you will not find a better attorney in Seattle. She is also the most reasonable attorney I have seen in terms of how she bills.
I really can not say enough positive things about Veronica, and the service she provides. If you care at all about yourself, your children, and the outcome for your case then you need to hire her before the opposing party does. I can promise you that you will be thankful you did!!!