Posted by a client
He helped us get 50% custody, and through crazyness, but we had to go in to his office if we needed to talk to him as he only answered our calls 10% of the time and replied to our phone messages even less frequently. I like him, but become greatly frustrated at the lack of willingness to communicate with us.
Posted by a client
I was served by my ex wife for full custody due to false allegations of abuse. My ex obtained a retraining order and took our kids from me, despite our agreed shared schedule for the last 12 years. She managed to keep our kids from me for over a month. I could not find anyone willing to help. I finally talked with Mr. DiNenna's office and they were great. They listened and cared. We went in immediately and the restraint was dropped. My ex then filed again for me to have every other weekend. We responded with the facts and despite my ex being represented they came back and agreed with our shared schedule and no child support. I have no doubt that if I did not retain Mr. DiNenna I would be without my children and deemed a monster by the courts. He always kept me informed and worked hard to make sure the outcome was fair and what was in the children's best interest. I would use him again anytime and recommend him to anyone. He even got my case done without using the whole retainer and I was refunded the rest!
Posted by Chris
I met Paul after my ex-wife apparently stole my 15 year old son's muscle relaxers. I wanted to know how to protect my son and ensure that he gets the medication that he needs. I asked Paul if I needed to go to mediation as Washington State Law and my parenting plan states. He said this was an exception and that I should retain him immediately to get this dealt with swiftly. My case was continued four times, one time because Paul had scheduled vacation when my hearing was scheduled. The Friday before my Monday hearing, Paul called me to tell me that he had another case and that we would have to continue my hearing date or I would have to allow his associate to represent me. He assured me that his associate was capable and knew the case. I reluctantly agreed to allow it. When I arrived for the hearing, his associate was still reviewing the case. She was not familiar with the case at all. There were major points that she was unaware of. She did not know what the medication was, any of its side effects, or that it would not show up in the UA's that my ex-wife took. The commissioner pointed out that the medication was a muscle relaxer and not a pain medication as she repeatedly stated. The commissioner and my ex's attorney pointed out that resolution should have been attempted in mediation. The commissioner decided that there was no merit for a hearing on adequate cause to change the parenting plan. She also ordered that I pay my ex-wifes attorney fees and if I pursued it further in mediation, I would be responsible to pay for the mediation.
I am unhappy that I lost, but I am disappointed in the lack of preparation and dedication to prepare my case and protect my son.
I paid $3000 to retain Paul and I constantly had to call his office to find out where my case was and when the next hearing date would be. I asked him specifically to keep me informed on any changes and he assured me that he would. Time and time again, he has failed to. Paul used all of the $3000 retainer, I had to pay $500 in attorney's fees for my ex-wife and I had to pay for mediation.
I would have been better off to go to mediation as I originally thought and save myself $3500...
Posted by a client
This attorney will take your money, even if he has little or no time for your case. Doesn't promptly return calls or emails, seems unorganized, his paralegals are inexperienced and he does not understand equal property division (especially real estate) even in this 50/50 State of WA. I felt he was bias in my husbands defense, little compassion for woman who raise families, he knew the other attorney, he even talked me into using "a pre-arranged" property appraiser which who way overpriced. In my case, I was pressured to sign incomplete final documents before I was comfortable with the details, and electronically no doubt, there was no final documents re-written as promised to fill in all the other attorney's loopholes, this attorney never even gave me a copy of "our/my rebuttal in writing" or showed me my final agreement in my terms. "Oh we can fix that"....don't ever believe it. He stood before the judge and lied that I didn't get back to him and then he dropped me right there in court. I lost spousal support, he got the cabin and all the toys...etc. Nothing was accomplished in my favor, with this attorney the divorce was far from fair. Now I have to appeal and hire another attorney for thousands more $$ (which I don't have) months more grueling paperwork and emotional trauma.
Posted by a Child Custody client
I hired Paul to work on a case that seemed impossible. it was to get my children back from their abusive and neglectful mother but she was so good at hiding and charming her way out of everything. My children told me about all the things that went on and how they had no food despite my $800 a month child support payments. I brought the case to Mr. DiNenna and he had so much compassion and professionalism. He knew the law and knew what I had to do. I had my children back within the month. I agree that he can be hard to get a hold of but most attorneys are, at least if they are good. These attorneys are constantly in court or with clients and cant be on the phone all day and expect to get anything done. Mr. DiNenna kept me informed of all the important dates and what we needed to do, that's all that mattered to me. As long as I knew where we were going I was fine. I do not think a lawyer should be in contact everyday with a client, only when needed so they can utilize their time working on your case. I would and have recommended him to my friends that are in need of help. He is extremely knowledgeable and does whatever he can to make sure the outcome is just.
Posted by a Family client
Although I found Paul to be a very nice and easy going individual I was very disappointed with his service. He is nearly impossible to get a hold of. Emails or phone calls went weeks with out getting a response. I believe hiring Paul was one of the biggest mistakes of my life.
Posted by a Divorce client
Paul was most helpful in representing me in a very tough divorce. He is an excellent researcher and his knowledge of the law gives a person comfort knowing that a qualified, intelligent, conscientious, and caring person is handling the case. He was honest, gave me great advice, and kept me well informed at all times.
Posted by a Divorce client
I put my faith, and money, in to this man. He and his staff failed to keep me informed properly throughout my case. Not once did he and I have an in depth discussion regarding my case. Every thing was rushed, pleadings were filed untimely, he failed to follow the time line set by law which lead to areas of information not being provided for my case. His staff is less than professional. There was a child in the middle of this and he completely dismissed that fact. His concerns revolve around money and not doing his job in a proper manner. If you need a lawyer who will make the time for you, care for your case in a proper and timely manner, this is not the lawyer for you.