5.0 stars 57 totalReview Carlos Lastra
Posted by Satyan
I hired Mr. Lastra to represent me and petition for attorney's fees for a previous family matter I had prevailed in. He did a superb job. I was very impressed with his strategy, knowledge of the law, responsiveness and court room presentation. His persuasive legal arguments and trial tactics resulted in a sizable award of attorney's fees for me.
Posted by Roberto
Carlos helped me a great deal as I was going through a divorce at later stage in my life. Being so knowledgeable about divorce law in Maryland helped me understand my legal rights and what my options were to either mediate, settle, or go to court. The best thing about Carlos was his emphasis on preparation from day one, especially my financials. We continuously strategized about different options which helped me a great deal since simultaneously I was going through mediation with my former wife. I was not very hopeful that mediation would happen so I always kept Carlos as my backup option. To my surprise, I was able to mediate in large part to the fact that Carlos gave me a sense of confidence and knowledge that allowed me to take some strong positions during the mediation process. I highly recommend Carlos not only because he is a great lawyer but because he is very approachable and has a good sense of humor, something that you need as you are going through a life crisis. If it had not been for him, I seriously doubt that I would have been able to develop strong arguments to agree on a mediation in my best interests.
Posted by Sofia R.
I had an attorney prior to Mr Lastra and i was not getting positive results. Mr. Lastra initially appeared knowledgeable, when in fact we went beyond knowledge. The preparation of my case was exceptional, his experience contested his knowledge, the application of the law and the understanding of my situation. Mr. Lastra is a professional, who's determination in my difficult divorce case showed me hope of a final resolution. Before i consulted and hired other attorneys, but his strategy showed me that i could win my case as i hoped. A zealous defense is what I needed something that Mr. Lastra provided for me, he is friendly, treated me with dignity, i dont know how i would have coped without his support. For me it was important feel understood; understand my witnesses, my evidence in my native language spanish; with Mr. Lastra i did, he is fully bilingual, and his fees are reasonable consider the caliber of representation that i received. I’m a lawyer with license in my native country and i must say that I deeply and truly admire him I would recommend Mr. Lastra to my close friends, family, to anyone, i cannot imagine another attorney representing me in the future than Mr. Lastra.
Posted by Robert
Divorce is never easy. In Maryland, the process is extraordinarily complex and difficult, particularly when it is contested and the other party challenges almost every legal point. In my case, I did my homework and requested Carlos' representation. It was one of the smartest decisions I ever made. Carlos' thoroughness, attention to detail, and comportment in court was simply outstanding. I felt totally prepared and represented in every situation that the process and the Maryland legal system demanded. There is no question that Carlos' abilities and talents are top notch. But he wins cases because of his compassion, his preparation, and his understanding of his client's needs and situation. I would have no other attorney.
Posted by a client
Mr Lastra has been my attorney for several years for the simple reason that he seeks and delivers the best possible outcome for my case every time. As his client, I observed and benefited first hand from his extensive knowledge of the law, his impeccable professionalism, his complete command of the courtroom, and his negotiating savoir-faire at the mediation table. Highly ethical and sensitive to my financial situation, Mr Lastra's professional skills and efficiency ensure that his fees are money well spent and utilized in the most effective way to ultimately accomplish the best results. Above all Mr Lastra is a brilliant strategist. And that in itself is an asset that is priceless. When it comes to the welfare of your children or your assets, you simply can't afford not to hire Mr Lastra and you definitely can't afford your ex to hire him before you do.
Posted by Lyat
During the enormous stress of my legal case, the one consolation I had was knowing that I was in the best hands possible. I have hired two previous family law attorneys and Carlos's intelligence,experience and interpersonal skills are incomparable. I really hope I will not need an attorney again, but if I do- I would would never work with anyone other than Carlos. I am very grateful for Carlos's depth of knowledge of the law, and his communication skills. Once again, his intelligence- for which there is no replacement in the court of law- really allowed me to sit back and put my faith in him during an incredibly stressful trial.
Posted by Lisa
Carlos Lastra guided me though a non-contested, no-trial divorce which was my desire and was to the benefit of all parties. His professionalism was impeccable. He was well organized, thorough and responded quickly. He was an attentive listener and communicated clearly. Obviously, going though a divorce is an extremely personal and painful process. I found Carlos to be kind, very respectful and never judgmental. I give him my highest recommendation.
Posted by a client
I hired Carlos Lastra to represent me in a simple custody case significantly based on the reviews provided on this web site. To make a long story short, his fees exceeded $100,000.00 and for a case that was estimated, by Mr. Lastra to cost about $20,000-$30,000. To put this in perspective, opposing council’s fees, who charged about the same hourly rate, came in at about the original estimate that Mr. Lastra provided to me in his original estimate ($20-30,000). Not only were his fees off the charts compared to his estimates, his performance in the court room was extremely disappointing. He appeared to know very little about the case even after charging for countless hours of reportedly working on the case. In the end, the judgment was as expected but at what cost? There a hundreds of other attorneys out there and hopefully this review will make the next victim think twice about hiring this person to represent them. I only wish I could provide the specific facts related to how poorly I was represented and how significantly I was overcharged by this man but doing so would certainly result in years of litigation with Mr. Lastra and his team of lawyers. Do yourself a huge favor and avoid making the greatest mistake I have ever made in my life and hire someone, anyone else, for your case.
Posted by Laura
I engaged two other lawyers before I found Carlos Lastra, and I am so thankful that I made the change. Mine was a complicated divorce, with an uncooperative, volatile and verbally abusive spouse, and Carlos put a lot of thought into strategy, while maintaining the flexibility to adapt to the constantly changing events as they unfolded. He was compassionate in working with me, and I could tell that he truly cared about me and fought hard to get me the best possible outcome. He also did an excellent job preparing me and my witnesses for our testimony and had full command of the case in the courtroom. His knowledge, experience, hard work, and strategy ultimately paid off and he was successful in obtaining the best possible results for me. I cannot endorse Carlos highly enough; he is truly an exceptional attorney.
Posted by a client
I have worked with many attorneys since my separation and divorce, ten years now.
Most recently, I had a different lawyer for a modification that Carlos could not assume because he moved to a new firm, where my ex had been a client.
I really missed Carlos' absolute excellence and strategy. Carlos will defend YOU and what you are looking to obtain. He will not play judge (which is something many lawyers do, to lower their clients expectations).
Carlos is a magnificent lawyer and has the skills to get you as far as you can go, within the context of your own case and circumstance.