Ms. Papadopoulos-Vlantes seemed very knowledgeable, caring, and passionate during consultation, and I retained her for a custody/visitation matter. She drafted and filed a petition for custody in advance of our initial appearance, but when the day came, she sent an associate in her stead who was unfamiliar with the case. In the courtroom, the referee stated that nothing had been filed, and an adjournment was requested.
Matters continued downhill from there. She continually e-mailed me at an address that I told her I did not access often, and complained about response times. She sent me proposals to review, I replied with corrections, and she disregarded the corrections, stating that opposing counsel could protest during negotiations. I advised her that I no longer thought a positive outcome was possible in trial, and I wanted a settlement. She continued pushing things I didn't want, until the matter eventually went to trial.
Once there, she embarrassed herself and me and disrespected the court with her behavior. She openly argued and insulted the referee and was completely outmatched by opposing counsel. Afterwards, she dismissed it by saying "oh, that referee is just like that." She mentioned checking on the petition, which still had not been filed, and I repeated that I wanted a settlement, not a trial, especially now. I told her that I would negotiate on my own.
A weeks later, I was notified by her office that she checked on the petition after the appearance, and that it had not been filed, but was now filed. I reminded her that I did not want it filed, and that I would be proceeding on my own. I negotiated an agreement and we settled at the next appearance. Both the referee and opposing counsel openly laughed at her behavior and ineptitude, and I was congratulated for deciding to move on without her.
She seems very nice, but accept that at your own risk. She is an absolute horror show in a courtroom, incompetent and disrespectful.
Aglaia Papadopoulos-Vlantes’s response:“Mr. Martinez, Please be reminded there is a scheduled Fee Arbitration conference scheduled for today at 2:00 pm. for non-payment of legal services to my office. I am assuming your feedback Avvo is posted timely. Thank you.”
Simply the Best!
Posted by Charles
Without hesitation, I strongly recommend Ms.Papadopoulos-Vlantes. She is knowledgeable, experienced, thorough, and personable. But, beyond that, she leaves one with the sense that she not only loves and understands the law, but also enjoys her work and wants to provide you with the absolute best legal service.
Ms.Papadopoulos-Vlantes represented me in a court case which was rather unusual due so some personal matters. During that case, my impression of Ms. Vlantes was most positive. First, she asked relevant questions to further her understanding of the details of the case so that she could best represent me. She took the time to truly become familiar with my case - not something that many lawyers will do. Second, she walked me through the entire process which she knew in and out and kept me well-informed as the case progressed. She was patient and answered any questions I had. Third, she took care of all the details (court documents, public notices, subsequent paperwork, etc.) with ease and in a timely manner. Finally, she prepared me for each phase of the case and her thorough work ensured the matter was resolved successfully.
I have since had the luck of being represented by Ms. Papadopoulos-Vlantes for a real estate closing with very difficult sellers. She proved to be the best – making sure my interests were well protected, anticipating issues, and skillfully negotiating terms. She was incredibly responsive and time after time, went the extra mile. I’m not sure any other attorney would have had the patience, foresight, experience, and resolve to effectively manage with all the challenges that came up. While at times it seemed the deal would fall through, thanks to Ms Vlantes' advice, guidance and tireless work, we were able to close. My confidence in her capabilities and judgment only grew during this deal.
Ms. Papadopoulos-Vlantes has earned my absolute trust. Needless to say, she will be the attorney I turn to for any future legal dealings.
Over the past few years, I have used Aglaia Papadopoulos-Vlantes for a number of legal matters from wills, to a court case, and to a most difficult real estate transaction. In all matters, her expertise across a wide range of legal matters shined through. She prepared us, advised us, was able to answer any question we had, and ensured our interests were well-protected.
Most recently, she represented us in a home purchase where the sellers did not have a clue about the process and were very unprepared (e.g., it took them months to just find an electrician to make some necessary repairs). Further, there was also no real estate agent to usher them through the deal. Solely as a result of issues on the seller’s side, the deal took almost 1 year to close. Through it all, Ms. Papadopoulos-Vlantes remained our pillar of strength – being firm and clear in negotiations, ensuring our interests were well-covered in contracts and riders, and foreseeing and steering us clear of potential mine fields. As an example, when the seller’s attorney suggested an escrow deal, she immediately knew the lender would have issues which such a proposal (which was absolutely accurate). She listened to our concerns and adeptly found workable resolutions when numerous challenges arose. She also ensured issues that were identified during the inspection were addressed and handled in riders so that our interests were well covered down the road. As a result, there were no questions regarding the work that the sellers were obligated to do prior to closing. She was always responsive to our questions and her advice and support during a most difficult home purchase were invaluable.
Ms. Papadopoulos-Vlantes has my highest recommendation. She is a superb attorney with broad knowledge and experience. She has masterfully represented us in multiple dealings – all with very successful outcomes. We feel very fortunate to have found her and look to her continued counsel in any future legal matters.