To simply review one person at LaMonaca Law is inadequate, because the firm doesn’t work as just one person. And to simply give five stars without amplifying context is inadequate, because five stars doesn’t do the stunning quality and exceptional performance of this family law firm sufficient justice. While this is written for Alicia Fastman, interested parties can also find public reviews of Melissa Towsey Rich and Greg LaMonaca on their profiles, as they were also involved with my case.
I came to LaMonaca Law by referral after receiving a negative custody evaluation six weeks before a scheduled trial. Because the trial was the culminating event in a three year custody battle, the custody evaluation’s results had convinced my former attorney that my cause was hopeless. To the evaluator, I was a selfish, aggressive person who couldn't put my children's needs ahead of my own. Saying I faced an uphill battle is an overwhelming understatement.
From our first call, Alicia believed in me. She saw the evaluation’s fallacies, and understood I was striving to be a loving, caring Dad and willing to fight for my children. At the same time, I also was committed to the LaMonaca Law process, which, first and foremost, obligated me to acknowledge things I genuinely needed to work on to be the best Dad and co-parent I can be. In six weeks, the LaMonaca Law team mobilized for trial, and made me the firm’s priority. This time frame is almost impossible, but LaMonaca Law made it happen.
The Team concept is critical to understanding the value LaMonaca Law provides. As the lead attorney, while Alicia had team support, she represented me directly at trial. The result was phenomenal. Although as a team we prepared extensive evidence identifying the custody evaluation’s flaws, the judge essentially observed the same flaws in the report our team was prepared to present. The judge then disregarded the custody evaluation and refused to consider diagnosis or conclusions. The result was a favorable custody order that achieved our team goal: obtaining fair custodial time and a custody schedule to enable me to be the best Dad and co-parent I can be.
Although LaMonaca Law works as a team, ultimately there’s only one person who stands before the judge and argues, objects, submits, presents, closes and takes all the necessary actions that achieve the team’s collective goal. In my case, this was Alicia. She gave the team voice, advanced forward, and got the result we wanted. During our trial prep, I coined her the “Supreme Counselor in action”, and I was later told the moniker stuck. If so, it’s very well deserved!
While the trial result was as much of a best case scenario as any of us had envisioned, LaMonaca Law is not just about winning, but instead about becoming team members for the long run. Custody matters rarely stop at one trial or hearing, and often go back to court many times before children turn 18. As such, the foundation LaMonaca Law and I have formed allows me to go forward as a Dad and co-parent with commitment, resilience, and strength.
I’m a combat veteran, and when writing letters of recommendation for people with whom I served, one of the lines I often use is: I would trust this person with my life and the lives of my family. With LaMonaca Law, I did exactly that, and more.
For me, this custody battle was as much of an equivalent to combat as I’ve experienced since leaving military service. The difference was that while combat measured what I would willingly die for, pursuing a fair custody order defined what I want to live for: being a father for my children. While I certainly hope I am not obligated to enter this arena of strife again anytime soon, if compelled to do so again, I will go with LaMonaca Law in a heartbeat. I cannot recommend LaMonaca Law highly enough!