5.0 stars 59 totalReview Carlos Lastra
Anonymous review posted on
Carlos Lastra is a member of Paley Rothman’s Family Law and Litigation practice group. He represented me throughout my divorce and child custody arrangements. I had never had to go through this before, and a situation such as this can be very emotional at times. I was very nervous, but Carlos was able to reassure me that everything would be OK and put my mind at ease, which is not easy to do if you knew my personality. He has always been straightforward, honest, presented me with every option possibly available, has been very creative in his legal strategy by thinking outside the box as opposed to taking a cookie cutter approach as most lawyers do, and has always provided me with confidence that I was in good hands and everything would work out. He was always very thorough with his legal preparation and prepared for every possible outcome. Additionally, he made sure that I was fully prepared and that I knew what to expect during each phase of the process so there were no surprises. Through his representation and strategic tactics I was able to negotiate a great settlement to my fullest satisfaction. Even when it looked like things were not going my way, Carlos was able to negotiate and strategize creative ways of making sure I was protected as his client, reassure me and give me confidence, and eventually everything worked out in my favor. His legal strategy was impeccable as was his presentation in front of the court, and I can truly state that his knowledge of law and legal strategy is only surpassed by his skill, professionalism, and presentation in the courtroom. I hope to never be in this situation again; however, if I ever am, Carlos will be the first person I call. I enthusiastically recommend him to anyone who ever has to go through this ordeal and can personally let you know from experience that you would be in the best hands possible with Carlos Lastra.
Anonymous review posted on
After my divorce M. Lastra recovered my attorney’s fees and made it happen in record time, Mr. Lastra, he is bright, clever, a truly strategist, responsive, extremely proactive, and aggressive when is appropriate, he handle my case in the best interest of me, financially and emotionaly, he never created unrealistic expectations but delivered excellent results. His expertise and skills in the courtroom are outstanding, I strongly recommend that anyone facing a family matter consider hire him, he exceed all my expectations.
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.
Anonymous review posted on
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.
Anonymous review posted on
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.