5.0 stars 13 totalReview Yevgeny Berner
Posted by Sharon
My daughter was going thru a difficult and somewhat complicated divorce and hired Jack. He and his office ( staff and paralegals) were extremely thorough, helpful, patient, and protected not only her assets but her personally.. I don't think she would not have been as successful as she was without their expertise. It was definitely the right decision in hiring Jack Berner! We highly recommend him.
Posted by Will
I feel very fortunate to have found and hired jack on my relocation and parenting modification case. The other parent's intent to relocate cross country with my young children hit me like a ton of bricks. I literally couldn't breathe or concentrate. I had no clue what I was doing or was going to do. I was referred to Jack through my employer EAP and from the very first meeting I felt I had a strong defender in my corner who wasn't bs'ing me either. He prepared me for the worst case scenario but repeatedly through my case he significantly exceeded my expectations. I thought it might be luck, but the case acually went to trial because the mom would not give up and had a viper in her corner. At trial, Jack took the other parent and her attorney totally apart. It also helped that Jack was able to make the judge angry at the other side on a number of points. Clearly it wasn't just luck. The judge ruled in my favor at trial. I couldn't believe it. Still can't. I now see what Jack did. Under promise. Over deliver. Thank you thank you Jack!
Posted by Melinda
I had a complicated case and was able to hire Jack and his staff to help me in court. They got all the paperwork done and I felt a lot of relief that they were there to assist with some very complicated issues. Jack and his team fought to the end. I recommend his team to anyone going through a family law issue.
Posted by Melinda
I had to consult with Jack regarding a mediation and possible custody trial. I was not expecting a miracle. Unfortunately, my attorney has not been helpful through this process. I needed a second opinion and some ideas on how to move forward. And, even thought it was a free consult, he never made me feel like he was trying to just get me to hire him. He was attentive, empathetic and respectful. He was able to answer my questions, and even alleviate some of my fears. I have been working on the suggestions he made for me. If I do and up going to trial, I am definitely going to follow up with Jack. And, if I know of anyone else that needs to go to trial I will definitely refer them to him. Thank you for your professionalism Jack. You have a great support staff as well, they were also polite and friendly.
Posted by Adam
Jack helped me with a horrific family law case (which I did not start). I had already burned $10,000 in the first month on another lawyer and there was nowhere close to an end in sight. I fired the first lawyer and started fishing on avvo for lawyers with good ratings. I found Jack Berner and boy am I glad that I did.
Jack did what _very_ few lawyers are willing to do: Offer me legal advice on a per-consult basis without representing me in the case. Again, this is something that _very_ few lawyers will agree to do. I'm sure there are lots of liabilities associated with it, and of course there were plenty of disclaimers. But in my case, Jack Berner's legal advice was a godsend. The case ended up dragging out for about a year. There were about 15 motions hearings and it went to Trial. There was no way that I could afford to proceed with full representation in a case like that and Jack was there for me. I would absolutely recommend him for any and all family law matters in Snohomish County. Jack's availability was excellent. I've had lawyers in the past that will never get back to you. This guy was absolutely top notch. Responding to emergency phone calls for emergency ex-parte motion advice, again - just top notch. Also, practical experience and knowledge in the area of law and the specific juris where your case will be tried is incredibly important. A high-dollar Seattle king-county lawyer that can technically practice in Snohomish county is far far far less useful in practical purpose than a lawyer that spends a majority of their time in the courtroom that your case will be heard in. I think I've gone on long enough, but the point is - this guy really knows how to practice family law in Snohomish county. I can't vouch for him on anything else, but I was really impressed with him. Oh, and I should add that in the end I did prevail in my case. Astonishingly well, in fact, and the other side had full representation from another local family law attorney. I can't give 100% of the credit for my success to Jack, since I was the guy in the courtroom, but I can certainly give him 80% of the credit! Good luck to you, Jack, and thanks again.
Posted by a Family client
It was an emergency custody situation. We had lawyer referrals from friends, but they all fell through. I found Jack Berner's Law group on Yelp. I read the only review he had, and based on that called the office. Margie answered the phone. She was professional and just really, really nice. Jack was in court, but called me back quickly. He listened, answered my questions, and then spoke frankly about my current position. He didn't waste my time or try to sell me. Attorney fees and retainers are insane, but Brenner's were definitely reasonable in comparison to other family law practices. Lori, the office manager is fantastic. She listened to my story, answered my questions, and made sure that all of my emails and calls got to the right person.
We had less than a week before we had to appear in court. The whole team hit the ground running. The office manager Lori, and paralegal Margie, worked all day organizing my information. Jack worked non stop, and kept me in the loop through the entire process. That was really important to me.
The best part was watching him in court. He took all our facts and and wove them into an amazing, legally awesome, and convincing argument. He spoke passionately on our behalf, and was ferocious in our defense. As you can see by my 5-star rating in all of the categories, I highly recommend him and his team.
We won. It feels good to be heard.
Posted by a Family client
Jack is one of only 2 attorneys I have ever hired. But the only attorney I have ever hired for civil/domestic issues. Prior to working with Jack, I had been navigating through the court procedures to handle my own motions for obtaining several orders prior to my dissolution and drawing up my own final dissolution. I can honestly say that I was purposefully looking to avoid the costs of hiring an attorney and felt confident in my ability as a pro se. Recently however, I had to motion the court to find my ex in contempt for failing to comply with our decree. I consulted with Jack first and he was very quick to poke holes in my evidence and highlight possible pitfalls in my motion-----this was both irritating and extremely helpful. I took my case to court by myself and my ex was given a continuance and ordered to see a public defender. I spent a lot of time reviewing washington state law, local court rules and utilizing AVVO as a helpful resource to examine my case weaknesses, but the unknowing of advocating against an actual attorney was a bit daunting. Jack is not afraid to tell you what you don't want to hear----he is direct, straightforward, professional, and stands in stark contrast to the numerous attorneys that I have observed in other court hearings. Hiring Jack immediately took the weight of the world off my shoulders and put my mind at ease. Jack advocated in a clear and confident manner and the outcome was a win. I would work with Jack again and recommend him to others.
Posted by Noah
I should have put this in a year ago. Jack, from day one, did exactly what his banner said, he treated my case like it was his own. He was extremely professional and reassuring. I had represented myself in so many situations in the past, or just went with the cheapest route I could find, and it started to become a "coin flip". When I entered into a very serious situation concerning custody, I wasn't looking to take a chance like that again. Jack and his staff worked me through process from A to Z and got the exact result I NEEDED in that situation. He set proper expectations, gave options, took my information, REMEMBERED that information, and applied it in a manner I wouldn't have been able to on my own. I regained custody, and I was awarded make up time for the missed visitation. As you may read in other reviews, (as I also did, since I picked him off of his well deserved ratings on this site), he is not the least expensive option, but never forget, price is only relevant in the absence of value. Jack Berner isn't the cheap option, he is the valuable option.
Posted by Ilya
Yevgeny was my lawyer during long and difficult international divorce and custody case. My wife moved from Washington back to Ukraine. I could not find another lawyer who would even touch the case because of complexity and international law issues. I had heard of Yevgeny through family friend who was familiar with his work. Yevgeny has Ukrainian background which he used to my advantage. This was probably most stressful thing I ever have had to deal with and Yevgeny and “the girls” really put their hearts into the work and my case. Yevgeny did outstanding job for me and I currently have custody of my two children. Simply amazing!
Posted by Martin
Kennedy & Berner is certainly not the cheapest family law attorney firm out there but I feel that I got more than my money's worth. My wife hired a very aggressive attorney in a modification action and not only did Jack Berner fend off both a petition for modification and multiple motions for contempt and other motions but also succeeded in running through my own Petition for Modification with excellent results at trial. I have no hesitation in referring Kennedy & Berner to anyone and everyone if you truly want an "ace in the hole" so-to-speak. Like I said, I'm impressed with what I've experienced.