5.0 stars 38 totalReview Lisa Zeiderman
Posted by anonymous
At some point in your divorce, you will reach a point where, emotionally, you are breaking down and can't fight anymore. This happens even in "good" divorces (mine was not a "good" divorce!).
This is why you need a lawyer like Lisa. Professionally speaking, Lisa DOES NOT HAVE A BREAKING POINT. She will fight for you until the fight is done and you get everything squared away and get the best possible deal you can get. There were many many times during my divorce when I was really ready to give up, and told Lisa as much, and she totally got it but just kept fighting for me anyway, until everything was squared away and I got everything I needed. She is the best. She is tough, she is smart, and she thinks ahead for you. You are in good hands with Lisa!
Posted by anonymous
Lisa handled a post-divorce custody dispute for me and was absolutely amazing and got results for me that I never imagined. She is a strategic thinker and an experienced litigator who knows how to win over a long period of time. She is honest and dependable and never afraid to tell the client both the good and the not so good aspects of a particular situation. Lisa made herself available at all times including nights and weekends. She was a strong advocate, but maintained a professional approach at all times. I often felt like she was the only one around me who truly "got" the big picture. I trusted her implicitly, and as a lawyer myself, valued the service and dedication that I was receiving. Lisa was determined and detail-oriented, but she was always conscious of not having fees get out of hand. As a mother who had gone through an expensive divorce, I appreciated that as well. She has a keen understanding of all that makes a good divorce/family attorney - human nature, parenting, children and, of course, the law. She knows it inside out and is confident in her approach. All of this led me as the client to feel like my child's needs as well as my own were being fought for in a thoughtful and smart way. I would never have imagined such a result and having Lisa guide the very difficult process made it happen.
Posted by anonymous
Finding Lisa Zeiderman was nothing short of a miracle, and no one believes me when I tell them I found her on Avvo. Three years ago, scrolling through the web, feeling desperate and beaten down, I read the reviews on this site. They came from men and women, plaintiffs and defendants, those in the right and those in the wrong. All of them said the same thing: she is without peer. Up until three weeks ago, when she got me a better settlement than I had any right to expect, Lisa was my avenging angel, my Amazon warrior goddess, my Suze Orman. She held my hand when necessary, helped me to confront reality and get my financial life in order, and ultimately to become the woman I should have been long ago. At a time when I felt alone and helpless, she always had my back. Although my husband could never reach his extremely expensive attorneys, she took my phone calls on the weekends and at night.
A general always in command of the field, Lisa is a strategist par excellence—
tough, creative, shrewd, and a fantastic negotiator. Liked by judges, feared by opposing counsel, and beloved by her clients, she is truly extraordinary. She is not an Old Boy; she does not want to wrap up your case so she can meet up with your spouse’s attorney on the links later. She doesn’t care about being liked. During motion hearings and depositions, she always has her wits about her, and I have often seen her hoist another attorney on his own petard. It was quite a sight to see a lawyer’s jaw drop and a look of horror dawn as he realized he’d just been entrapped by his own words. An attorney she had recently beaten in a case once took me aside in the courtroom and told me how lucky I was to have her as my lawyer. He shook his head ruefully and said, “She’s a pitbull in a skirt.” “Yes,” I replied, “but she’s my pitbull.” Like many attorneys before and after him, he had discovered the hard way that she never gives up. When it seemed like my case might have to go to a long and costly trial that would be difficult for me to afford, Lisa told opposing counsel, “I am not abandoning her.” He knew she meant it, and it was the first step on the road to a final settlement. Amazingly, her fees are more than reasonable. My final bill was less than a third of what my ex-husband paid his very expensive lawyers—and he ended up footing most of my bill as well! I hope everyone reading this has the good sense and good fortune to make the choice I did. I found Lisa at the low point of my life, and I am about to embark on a future that seems incredibly bright—because of her.
Posted by anonymous
I first started out in mediation but quickly became nervous with the way things were going. I didn't feel comfortable I would be taken care in a fair manner and that I had someone in my corner with my best interest in mind. I was a stay-at-home mom, I hadn't worked outside the home in over 10 years, and I was scared.
After reading all the wonderful reviews about Lisa (and she was not the first attorney I contacted), I decide to meet with her and I'm SO thankful I did. She is everything in every great review written about her. She absolutely had my back throughout the entire process. Lisa defended me to the best of her ability and always did the right thing down to the smallest of details. I felt very comfortable confiding my concerns, thoughts and issues. She always listened, talked through the details with me, and came up with a strategy. Realizing I needed more than legal advice and support, Lisa even introduced me to a fabulous therapist who has been a tremendous help to me (and still is). Had I not met Lisa, I would be in a completely different (horrible actually) situation. She worked hard (evenings, weekends and during her vacations) to ensure I would be able to get through the years ahead, reinvent myself, and create a real future that suits me and my children, on MY terms.
There is much satisfaction in looking back to the beginning remembering my ex saying he's going to "bring in the bulldog" to fight me, and it was QUITE the opposite as I was the one who ended up with the bulldog! A bulldog in fabulous outfits, but none the less, a bulldog! ;)
Thanks to her, I feel secure, excited, and ready to begin my new life! Thank you Lisa!!
Posted by Jessica
After spending time & money on Mediation (which helped move my X out of my house but didn't move the divorce along), more time & money on an attorney who wanted to set up a battle field (that would have bankrupted me and caused irreparable damage) I was referred to Lisa Zeiderman by a dear friend. In a short space of time, with little stress and heartache, Lisa helped me craft an agreement that my X was able to sign and allowed us both to preserve our good will and our spirit. Qualities so often lost in hideous battles. Lisa was a voice of reason and of hope. I would recommend her to anyone entering into the painful, heartbreaking process of severing their marriage. She will help you make it as painless as possible.
Posted by anonymous
Lisa is a focused, direct, strong, honest and effective advocate. She was particularly forceful and intelligent during depositions. She did everything possible to advance my case at each step of the process, and was always clear with me if my expectations were unrealistic. Because of her hard work we were able to avoid a trial.
Posted by Elaine
From the very beginnig, Lisa instilled a feeling of confidence in me. During tis very difficult time, Lisa was a great support and assured me that things would turn out well. They did. Lisa looked out for my best interests and was tireless in her efforts to do everything in order that I would have a secure future.. She is not only an outstanding attorney, but one who cares extemely well for her clients. One could not ask for a better attorney.
Posted by anonymous
My divorce was very high conflict and lasted five and a half years. I could write volumes on all the mistakes I made and fill a book with all kinds of emotional and legal advice to sustain you throughout the process. HOWEVER, the absolute best advice I can give you is to RUN, not walk (as I initially did) to Lisa Zeiderman. I went through two attorneys and three years of divorce, including a year and a half in the Collaborative Divorce process (big mistake), before retaining Lisa Zeiderman. Do not be naive like me! Please realize at the onset that divorce is war and that you need to enter battle with the biggest guns you have (AKA Lisa Zeiderman). My spouse is highly aggressive and manipulative, and my prior counsel did not have the wherewithal to stand up to him and thus rendered me so unprotected, I had all but lost custody of my three children. My spouse was also well on his way to dissipating all our assets in his attempts to leave me with very little to nothing. By the time I retained Lisa my divorce was a huge mess. Lisa was straight forward with me from the moment I hired her, knowing how complicated my case was she assured me that she would do all she could but at the same time did not make any promises. However, in the end, Lisa delivered beyond my expectations! She carefully untangled my very complicated case like a ninja and got my three children rightfully back in my home. She also recouped hundreds of thousands of dollars my spouse dissipated during our long divorce process. Prior to hiring Lisa, my spouse was giddy with power as he carefully schemed blow after blow in his attempts to strip me of everything I held dear. Then I retained Lisa and the buck stopped with her. My case then shifted drastically for the better. Not only was Lisa able to predict my spouses' every move, pinpoint the issues most important to my case, but also counter my spouses' never ending manipulations. Lisa just gets it! It was such a relief to have an attorney that finally had the wherewithal to stand up to my spouse - calling him out on his multitude of manipulations and prompting him to finally settle our case in a fair manner. Lisa may be tiny in physicality but never doubt how mighty she is; she does not back down!! In all sincerity, retaining Lisa was one of the best decisions I ever made; I would have lost everything otherwise. On the other hand, my biggest regret is that I did not hire her at the onset of my divorce. Please do not be naive like I initially was - RUN, don't walk to Lisa Zeiderman.
Posted by Jean
My daughter lived in NYC at the time her baby was born. She and the father were living together but not married. After the baby's birth, it became evident to my daughter that she was in an emotionally abusive relationship. She had known that the father was mentally unstable soon after she had gotten pregnant, but he was getting medical help and was on appropriate medicine so she thought, with her support, that they could stay together. Unfortunately, like so many others with mental difficulties, he thought he was better and didn't need to continue taking his medicine. It became a very bad situation.
My husband and I live in another state, but, fortunately, we have a good friend who is an attorney here. She made several phone calls for us and spoke with several lawyers in New York, and she felt that based on her conversation with Lisa that we should contact Lisa. We did and were very impressed with Lisa's knowledge and professionalism. My daughter filed immediately for custody.
Now someone not familiar with the court system might think that this would not be a complicated case since the father was mentally unstable. I don't know if all judges in NYC are as liberal as this judge was, but Lisa had her work cut out for her. I don't know what we would have done without her wise counsel helping us every step of the way. Lisa was always on top of things. She would explain everything clearly to us. She listened. She could anticipate happenings and would prepare us for all of the variants that we could encounter. She was extremely kind and understanding, especially with daughter who was emotionally distraught and fearful. My daughter bonded with her immediately, which was, of course, crucial. She felt she could really talk to Lisa and Lisa would understand. Lisa was always responsive to our Emails and our questions, even when she was on vacation (which is when things always seem to happen!) Lisa earned our trust and our respect. She is little, but she is mighty!
We thought we were finished when my daughter got full custody of our grandson; but the day after we won the custody case, the father's mother filed a Grandmother Petition, and, so, another round began. Lisa showed her exceptionalism once again. With the custody case settled, my daughter was finally allowed to leave the State of New York, so she moved near us. The Grandmother lived in yet another state, but we all had to return to New York for the hearings because that was where the child had resided 6 months prior to the filing of the petition. Lisa had to research the law of the state where my daughter now resided as well as the law of the state where the Grandmother resided in addition to, of course, knowing the laws of New York regarding Grandmother Petitions. Again, her skills were invaluable. Once again, Lisa prevailed in preventing the father, who is allowed supervised visitation, to skirt the law and see the child without supervision in his mother's home, where he resided. Lisa was able to see through the veiled attempts to manipulate the court and the misrepresentations of the facts. Her intuitive agility is remarkable and is one reason she is in a class by herself. We feel that Lisa's abilities saved our daughter's son, our precious grandson, from much mental turmoil and possibly even unintentional danger to his life (if the father were to have an episode in his presence and were not constrained). Release from this situation has also given my daughter a chance at a more stable life and a healthier and brighter future. Lisa saved all of us, and she will always have our unbridled respect and admiration, as well as our sincere and deep appreciation. We would highly recommend Lisa, without reservation.
Posted by anonymous
It was 4am and I was on Avvo looking for an attorney when I came across Lisa Zeiderman's reviews.......I felt an immediate connection with the people she had helped previously. Divorce can be one of the toughest experiences someone can go through. After trying hard for a long time to keep my marriage together for my kids and the sake of the relationship my spouse and I once had, my wife filed for divorce with the objective of setting herself up as if it was a career move. I guess it kind of took me by surprise but the person I trusted and loved was out to drown me.......Lisa Zeiderman was my life raft!
At first I chose a competent attorney with a low retainer, thinking we could settle out and move on......but then I found out that my wife's attorney was part of a group of attorneys trained long ago to make false, sweeping accusations and distort the truth in an effort to back their opponents into a corner and scare them into making hasty, short sighted settlements favoring their clients. I knew I needed help and someone that would not only act as an advocate for me but guide me through a process that often does not make sense. There is no doubt that the best decision I ever made was having Lisa Zeiderman represent me.
My wife quickly positioned to take all the money and the kids, and was looking to set herself up for years to come by tossing me aside & sacrificing me for her own financial benefit. Lisa is extremely good at reading the situation and adjusting as you go through the process to whatever is transpiring. She is very smart and never ever gives up. She is kind, fair, firm, understanding and I always felt protected......even when it seemed like the walls were closing in. Lisa's teammates were fantastic as well; her whole office and her partners were always there to help me.
In the end I got the custody deal I wanted; which was the most important part to me. I also was able to get to a financial settlement that allowed me to get on with my life and retain just about all that was rightfully mine. There is a reason Lisa is rated so highly; its because she is consistently good at what she does. While there is no magic wand and every case is different, I wouldn't have made it through this very stressful time without Lisa.......I am forever grateful to Lisa for my sake and my kids! THANK YOU LISA!
Do not hesitate any further; it's all true, Lisa is the best attorney you can retain and you want her on your side not sitting across from you on the other side!