5.0 stars 28 totalReview Freddy Godoy
Posted by Lynette Perez
It is never easy to go through court battles. I am glad we chose to have Mr. Godoy on our side. He was knowledgeable, and patient throughout the stressful process. I would recommend him to others who are in need of representation. He is sympathetic and listens to what you have to say and provides his professional input to properly guide his clients. He is good at what he does and has earned my trust. I appreciate all he has done for us and all that he continues to do for us to help in our situation and hope he has the opportunity to help others too.
Posted by a client
Freddy Godoy has been my lawyer since I separated from my spouse in 2011. During the past five years, and throughout numerous custody, child support, and relocation battles, Freddy has continued to stand by my side and represent me, and my son’s best interests, in court. My divorce and custody issues keep me very emotionally charged, and Freddy is incredible at calming me down and helping me comprehend all of the possible outcomes while suggesting the most reasonable and unbiased ways to proceed. Freddy is able to listen to a call or read an email that can be full of subjective statements and personal dissatisfaction with my ex-husband. Yet, he is able to identify all of the objective concerns that deal directly with the case, and he is able to eliminate and discard the irrelevant details that do not concern the true dispute.
I have trusted Freddy for the past five years and will continue to trust him if the need arises. I have total faith in Freddy. He is well respected by his colleagues and court personnel . The amount of positive ratings he has already received on AVOO speaks as a true testament to his professionalism and dedication to not only his career, but to the sincere interest he has to fight for each one of his clients.
Posted by a client
As an attorney who has practiced criminal law for 34 years I must share my experience in the most important case in my career. ThAt case would be my court battle for custody of my little boy, a case that I needed to win for his safety and well being. First you must know the facts of this case. I raised the son of my ex-girlfriend as my son and paying for his parochial school education. When he entered the fifth grade his mother pulled him out of his school and enrolled him in public school. She had no reasonable reason for doing this other that want him to consider me his father. When my little boy asked me to take him to court so he could live with me and go back to school I knew I had to save him.
I interviewed several attorneys but Mr Godoy is the only attorney who said it would be difficult to win but we needed to save my boy. He explained he could not guarantee a victory but he promised he would to give me his best. But he made me agree that I had to follow his professional advise and not second guess him since I'm an attorney also. As his stressed that although I'm an expert in the field of criminal law he is the expert in family law. As hard as that was I hold to the adage that " a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a clientOnce I retained Mr Godoy he immediately got me an emergency hearing to allow me visitation. He went on the theory of "loco parentis" , a legal concept that most attorneys don't ordinarily use. He managed to get me an emergency hearing and had the judge issue a temporary order that I was loco parentis (which means I have acted in a parental capacity). Once he got that order he was able to secure me court ordered visitation.
Once we overcame thAt hurdle he had me give a mountain go documents, cancelled checks and photos. He sifted through all this paper and produced a trial/exhibit binder containing 30 exhibits we chronicled my relationship with my boy. I was so impressed ( as well as the trial judge who eventually heard the case) that these exhibits captured the essence of my relationship with the child and how my boy has thrived with my love and care for him. I was also amazed how mr Godoy, thinking outside the box, he obtained two years of texts sent boy the boys mother to me which showed how she allowed me as well expected me to be the child's father. The final hurdle in preparing for trial was getting live witnesses to attest that I have always acted as the child's father. He did this by obtaining school records but also getting rhe principles from three different school as well as all of my boys teachers. Doing this seemed impossible since the archdiocese initially had their legal department attempt to prohibit the school staff from appearing in court and testifying. But by his legal maneuvering, connections and perhaps his charm he had three school principles and two teacher in court ready to testify at the trial. He also had the rest of the faculty on call ready to testify by phone.
Just before the trial I remembered the opposing attorney laughing at me saying I didn't have a prayer because I was not the father. Boy hearing that totally devastated me but mr Godoy assured me that we were prepared that he was confident that the attorney would not be laughing after the trial. Well the trial was held on my boys birthday, April 22, and just after hearing two witnesses and my lawyers legal argue men the judge ruled that I had joint custody but most important I had sole and complete physical custody. Boy what a birthdate gift for my little one. I have had custody over a year now and every night when I kiss my son good night I thank God mr Godoy helped save my son. No words can ever express how thankful I am but please know you will forever be in my prayers.
Posted by a client
I hired Freddy Godoy as my attorney in an effort to see my two small grandchildren who I am estranged from. Unfortunately, Mr. Godoy did not provide the legal representation he promised and I expected. When we went to a court hearing, Mr. Godoy never spoke nor did he let me speak, as he ensured me that he would. I was very upset about this and, needless to say, quite disappointed as I paid him for representation for two hearings and only had one, since my case appeared to be extremely compromised and I had to request that Mr. Godoy withdraw his appearance.
Posted by a client
*A MUST READ* If you are searching AVVO for a Family Law Attorney, you have found yourself in a very difficult situation and need legal counsel. I know because this is exactly where I found myself last August, 2015. I was scared, no, PETRIFIED, stressed out and needing someone to help me. I read MANY Attorney reviews on this site trying to find someone I could trust to handle the most difficult situation of my life. After much research, I chose Freddy. Freddy Godoy. It was the BEST decision I could have made. My case was unique in that my child was an infant at the time of my legal custody procedures. From the gate, Freddy was not only compassionate and sensitive of my situation, he handled me AND it with kit gloves. I was so scared and had no idea what I needed to do or how to handle the situation I was in and Freddy put my worries at ease and did what he does best, work honestly and aggressively in the legal system/courts of Philadelphia.
I am NOT SORRY I chose Freddy Godoy. I AM 100% THANKFUL that I took a chance and chose Freddy to represent me. Throughout the entire process, and it IS a process, Freddy was responsive, informed, professional, educated in family law and how the system works, strategic and most importantly honest. Even when it was NOT what I wanted to hear, but what I NEEDED to hear. He gave it to me exactly how it was. There were bumps, minor in hind sight, but bumps no less and Freddy was diligent in handling EVERY angle or turn I found myself in or that the legal system threw at me. He was RIGHT THERE to support and guide me and get me thru the heart wrenching, stressful, legal custody battle I found myself in.
If I had to do this all over again, God willing that NEVER happens, I would call Freddy Godoy in a heartbeat. I would refer him to ANYONE that needs legal counsel. I feel so passionately about how well represented I was that I would refer Freddy 10 times over and again, if I could . Thank you Freddy for making one of the hardest and most difficult situations in one’s life manageable. Thank you for handling the Philadelphia court system with the superb finesse and confidence that you do and for doing it all so professionally, yet with a human touch. It is all of these things and so much more than make Freddy Godoy the amazing, phenomenal Family Law Attorney that he is. Top Notch, through and through. You search should end here. I am sorry you are in a position that requires a family law attorney, but you WILL NOT be sorry you chose Freddy!
Posted by Chantel
I knew I had get a lawyer because my child's father decide take me to court. My good friend of mine recommend find one in avvo and this is where I found him.. I was skeptical at the first but after the first meeting. The first thing he said is don't worry. It does ease my worries and guess what he is right.. I got what I want for the best for my child and so happy the result. I would use him again for future and recommend to friends/family.
Posted by Selena
The day that I called Mr. Godoy was the worst day of my life. I was told by my previous attorney that I would lose my three-week-old, still breastfed daughter because of my immigration status, and there is no way I could get medical support from my daughter’s father when I just paid out of pocket for my delivery fee. Mr. Godoy was really nice on the phone, he calmed me down, listened to my story, told me everything’s gonna be alright. He took over all my cases when I thought I would lose my daughter. He turned the whole situation around. My ex husband and his attorney tried everything they could to give us hard times and made a huge mess of everything. My ex tried to deny paternity, even directed his parents to harass/threat my parents in our home country in order to get what he wanted. Mr. Godoy was on my side the whole time, fought all my cases(Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce) with dignity. As an alien and new mom, being in Philadelphia with no support system, I still managed to study and pass all the exams thanks to him. He is a superhero, took care of all the mess and gave me peace of mind. Mr. Godoy is very professional, he knows exactly what he is doing and he CARES. He answered all my questions and explained the whole situation to me, kept me informed the whole time. The most important is the result he got for me. He protected my rights, secured my daughter’s future financially. Thank you Mr. Godoy for being an awesome attorney and being such a wonderful person.
Posted by Yarelis
I hired Mr. Godoy when my attempt to gain full legal custody of my twin girls took a turn. I was confident that I would get it, well, I was wrong. I was engaged to be married and in the process of moving to NJ to start a new life in a new home with my girls, and found myself having to find an attorney immediately to follow the proper procedure for relocating the children. I searched online and came across Mr. Godoy's website, after reading about his experience with Family Law, I was sold. He took the time to consult with me by phone almost immediately after my contacting him. I met with him that same week, hired him right away to continue my case and I am extremely happy I did. All went well, and the case was resolved without me having to step foot in a courtroom. I would absolutely recommend Freddy Godoy, Jr. to handle your case.
Posted by a client
I hired Freddy Godoy in July 2014 to defend me against a bogus contempt charge and a petition to modify custody order. This was my second time in court and my third time negotiating custody orders, with countless mediation sessions thrown into the mix over for many years. I needed better results. This was not an ordinary situation. My ex is borderline and bipolar and this can't be swept under the rug. Freddy listened to my plight and objectively, heard me out. He is smart, compassionate, objective, and trustworthy. I interviewed many lawyers and Freddy was the best for us. I wanted to wrap this up as quickly and as easily as possible. We ended up in court with the best outcome possible for my 13 year daughter. Freddy saved the day. For the first time in 12 years, I feel free...really free. The truth came out, finally!! My daughter said to me "I love Freddy. He saved my life". She still sees her Dad the same amount of time as she did before, but now it's on her terms, which is perfect. Thank you!!!
Posted by Sammy
Mr. Godoy was the best choice I could have made to represent me during a tough and out of control visitation/custody case. He was clear, concise to the long term objective and honest about all possibilities. His knowledge of the situation that I was under really gave me the confidence to follow his lead into the courtroom. His knowledge of the Judges is a tremendous help as to how he goes about handling the case, which is invaluable. His guidance and professionalism are unmatched if you are looking for legal representation in the Philadelphia area. He was consistent in all details and updated me as we went along the process up until the court hearing. Mr. Godoy kept me positive while making extraordinary attempts to work out arrangements and agreements with the other legal counterpart. I was extremely happy with my decision to obtain Mr. Godoy's legal services and would not hesitate to continue to use him for future cases if it has to come down to that. He is the type of lawyer you want on your side as he is honest, understanding, knowledgeable and hard working. Thank you Mr. Godoy for helping me and my family. To all reading this review, don't look any further for legal representation, Mr. Godoy is the best person to have on your side representing you and your loved ones.