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Mario Raynald Theodore

Family Attorney at Tallahassee, FL

4.6   18 reviews

also known as Mario R. Theodore

  • Licensed for 17 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mario

Learn Mario’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%
    We concentrate in Family Law. Family Law includes but may not be limited to: Divorce (contested and uncontested), Child Custody, Child Support, Timesharing, Domestic Violence, Pre and Postnuptial Agreements, Temporary Guardianship, Relocation, etc.

    16 years

  2. Estate planning
    30%
    Estate Planning or wealth preservation, includes but may not be limited to: drafting or creating a Will (written, video, or combination), Trusts, Life Estate Deeds (Lady-Bird deeds), Power of Attorney, Healthcare Surrogate, Real Estate Trusts, etc.

    13 years

  3. General practice
    20%
    Immigration (visas, waivers, removal proceedings, etc.), foreclosure defense, contracts, administrative hearings, real estate, some criminal defense.

    17 years

"Fair because it's the right thing to do!" Fair Price Legal focuses on providing the best and most aggressive legal representation available for a reasonable fee. We believe our law firm is different from others because we concentrate on trying to keep client fees and costs low, as opposed to focusing on billable hours. You may be asking, "okay, since Fair Price Legal isn't legal aid, pro bono, free or budget legal services, what's the catch? How are their fees or costs lower than other attorneys? The answer is simple, but uncommon among most other attorneys and law firms. If Fair Price Legal can keep its costs low, then it can pass those savings to its clients. Fair Price Legal changed the way it assists its clients and the community. Fair Price Legal is 21st century law firm. Unlike traditional lawyers and law firms, we modified our office to work mostly off-site and virtual. That means costs associated with operating a brick-and-mortar full time office are low or non-existent, and we can pass those savings to you. Fair Price Legal uses state-of-the art secure software, programs, and apps, that allow us to represent our clients efficiently and securely in a virtual setting without compromising quality and effectiveness.

Our 21st century law firm allows us to help people throughout the entire State of Florida not just within a limited area close to an address of a building. We represent clients from Key West to Pensacola and everywhere else in this wonderful state of ours. Clients and prospective clients can upload forms, fill out forms, have forms notarized, make payments, face-to-face meet with us, within minutes, not hours.

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Marlene has decades of experience in practice management and supervision. She speaks fluent Spanish and is an integral part of our practice and devotes time and attention to clients' needs.

Location

Fair Price Legal
113 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL, 32301
Fair Price Legal
109 N. Madison Street
Quincy, FL, 32351
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Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by Vonda | July 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I HIGHLY recommend Fair Price Legal and specifically Mario Theodore. He represented me (I live out of state) and WON! He pays attention to detail and went over everything with me and was very upfront and transparent about fees and the court proceedings. My case was related to family law and my former spouse missing alimony payments! You will not be disappointed. Mr. Theodore works quickly and has excellent customer service skills. If needed again this is my go to attorney!
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Response from Mario Theodore July 31, 2022
Thank you for the kind words Vonda. It was our pleasure assisting you. Take care and all my best!
Posted by anonymous | January 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Instrumental in keeping children safe.
I am very grateful my family went with Mario Theodore for our representation. He was able to respond to a very time sensitive matter (read: a few days notice!) concerning children and custodial matters, a complicated case. He's been able to provide us with more time to gather more evidence and he's been instrumental in making sure all of the relevant information is submitted through the proper channels. Mario has given my family a peace of mind while being realistic about the circumstances.
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Response from Mario Theodore January 7, 2022
Thank you so much for the confidence you placed in myself and firm to assist you and your family through this difficult time. I/we appreciate the time you have taken out of your schedule to leave an honest review.
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Definition Of Excellence,Empty And Proffessilisim
In desperation ,I reached out to The Fair Price Law Firm of Tallahassee Florida .As The legal circumstances I was facing needed action ASAP. I needed a person who would grasp my plight and act swiftly on my behalf . Mr R.Theodore was this person . Mr Theodore Of Fair Price Law is the personification of professionalism and he offered the exact portion of empathy anyone in the dungeon of despair could have… Mr Theodore was Candid ,completely honest ..in presenting the positives and negatives in pursuing my case.Giving me my options every step .He went into accelerated mode immediately To access files etc in case we needed them depending on my decision .His understanding ,empathy and concern .The speedily manner he employed to advance my case against a day’s deadline showed the Character of Mr Theodore and The Firm Of Fair Chance. These characteristics are the vital essentials for any success in a legal matter .Integrity is as fine Gold .Especially in this current period of History. The experience of relief, trust, empathy and knowing my cause,worry and pain .Was real to a lawyer .Not the monetary aspect .No .Justice Was the call Just Mr Theodore’s attitude,his assistant’s .His absolute transparency was already a win for me .I highly recommend Mr L.Theodore .Of The Firm Fair Price .Tallahassee Florida .To any and all who are seeking an Honest lawyer .Who is guaranteed to give His utmost best on behalf of Justice for you. I thank God for The Firm Fair Price and Mr Theodore..
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Response from Mario Theodore October 4, 2021
Thank you M.C. (maintaining the anonymity). I wish you all the best going forward. Take care of yourself.
Posted by Kebarr | August 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family lawyer
Mr. Theodore helped me in a family division case. He was up-front and knowledgeable about family law. He was able to help me in a timely manner and the outcome was outstanding. I would highly recommend the use of Fair Legal and Mr Mario Theodore services. Thank you !
Response from Mario Theodore August 25, 2021
On behalf of the office and myself, thank you Mr. Miller.
Posted by Anna | December 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Ever for my family/DV case
I can't say enough about Mario. I have been fighting a high conflict post divorce Domestic Violence against a minor child case. Mario is the epitome of professionalism, knowledge and caring. He must never sleep because he answers any question at all hours. I always knew our plan, never once did I question what he did. He literally saved my child's life! I recommend him to anyone in a situation where you've exhausted all options and have no hope-he IS the hope, the answer, the attorney you need. He is so kind, understanding and extremely well versed, yet so humble. I would need 5 pages to describe my wonderful experience as his client. I've been fighting for my daughter's safety for 10 years. I've paid 3 times as much for a high profile lawyer, I tried representing myself (do not!) I will praise him for the rest of my life. I would even talk to anyone still unsure if he is right for you-he is. I put my daughter's life in his hands and as a mom there is nothing more important. I will use Mario for anything and everything I need. On a scale of 1-10 I rate him a 20plus! Stop searching! He is the attorney you need!
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Posted by Alain D. | October 18, 2014
Against all odds...
I retained Mario Theodore in 2013 for a child custody battle I was dealing with regarding (at the time) my two year old son. I took the legal route because my son's mother was heavily influenced by her mother who was actually a paralegal for a Family Law firm for the last 10 years and they agreed to represent her pro bono. I was flat out told by her very vindictive mother that they would bury me in court and exhaust my funds if I continued retaining a lawyer. They did this to purposely try and get me to fall victim to the court system due to my lack of knowledge in family law and I almost did. From the day I retained Mario I had several things already against me. My son's mother filed a frivolous retraining order against me and got a protection order for my son because she claimed I went to her residence intoxicated and forcibly grabbed her and knocked over my son in the process. That never happened but she did that to gain leverage in court (to which she later admitted was her mother's suggestion and doing once the case was over). This protection order prevented me for seeing my son for 17 days which caused so much pain you wouldn't believe. To get to the point of my review of Mario, he was a phenomenal lawyer. I would recommend him and actually have been recommending him to everyone and anyone who could use his services. He's literally a pitbull in a suit. I must have seen 4 or 5 lawyers prior to selecting him but from the moment I met him, I just knew he was the one and you'll get that same feeling after meeting him. He not only lifted the nonsense protection order against me on my son but he immediately got me temporary shared custody until we went to trial all within the first 17 days of me retaining him. Like I said, he's a pitbull in a suit. The case continued on for another 13 months but that again was my son's grandmother's doing on his mother's side. She was purposely prolonging the case by not providing responses in a timely fashion, having their attorney file countless extensions and made sure Mediation was a complete waste of time all in an effort to exhaust my funds by continuing to retain Mario. Of course enough was enough and Mario put a stop to it by getting direct access to the attorney representing my son's mother and reasoned with him. Although Mario is an animal while dealing with the courts, he's an extremely likeable guy. Him reasoning with the other attorney didn't take long once he put his foot down. Within a matter of days, everything was finalized. I went from having a domestic violence case/restraining order, my son taken away from me with an active protection order and me looking like a "horrible father and drunk" in the eyes of the court to getting primary custody of my son. Mario exposed everything. There were no grounds for a protection order and no evidence of any abuse. With Mario's advice, I was able to capture video of the torment, threats and verbal abuse from my son's grandmother during the pick ups/ drop offs throughout the entire hearing. I was awarded 4 set days scattered throughout the week and weekend (every week) and I was even awarded child support from my son's mother but later declined it to keep peace among us. I know this is a long review but I felt compelled to write it. The reviews I read of Mario prior to retaining him all seemed to be one or two paragraphs about how good he was but it's still a far cry of who he is as an attorney and as a human being. I kid you not, retaining Mario was the best decision I ever made. I hope you take my review seriously because trust me, you won't regret retaining him if you do.
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Posted by Joe | October 16, 2014
My attorney
Unfortunately in my life I n an attorney quite a few times I have to say Mario is the hardest working attorney I ever used his rates are the lowest and he tells it like it is
Posted by Karen | October 15, 2014
Wonderful Attorney
Mr. Theodore, gave me excellent legal advice. Everyone in his office were very courteous and always responsive to my requests. His respresentation of me during my motion to dismiss for lack of subject and personal jurisdiction was perfectly on point. I was very impressed with his thoroughness in his written motion and his representation before the court. He was AWESOME! Could not have retained a better attorney to represent me. I whole heartedly and without reservation recommend Mr. Theodore.
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Posted by Manuel Guerra Casas | September 5, 2013
A very good lawyer.
I was in deportation proceedings and he help me with the necessary steps to gain more time in the United States. Eventually my case was admistratively close by an immigration judge and I was able to state in the United States. I was also pull over for driving with an expire driver license and he was able to dismiss the ticket.
Posted by Marklene | October 12, 2012
Remarkable
I have had the wonderful opportunity of working with this law firm and was very impressed with the level of professionalism, open communication and frequent updates about my case. Mario himself was very calm and easy to talk with allowing me time to express myself even at times when I became frustrated. His expertise allowed me to be favored at the completion of my case.He delivered what he had promised and then some.....
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Posted by ancar526 | August 16, 2011
We thank you for your honest answer.
he was the only one that us a honest answer. We thank him for that. Respectfully, Ralat
Posted by Alfred | January 25, 2011
Peace of mind that my case will be handled Professionally and Promptly
This lawyer has help significantly in me being able to stay in my home. He took on our foreclosure case when the default summary judgment was to be enacted. He was able to get that reversed as well as get a favorable outcome in mediation. We hope that this will be resolved in the coming months. We had a flat fee for our foreclosure (I am not sure if he continues to offer this), but has always taken my calls that needed urgent care in the matter of minutes. He is a very professional lawyer and look to use him if needed in the future.
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Posted by Gail | January 24, 2011
Integrity and wisdom
In a child custody case, the first instinct is to sling mud in the attempt to make the other parent look bad. Right from the start Mario made it clear that that was not how he practiced. He focused on the law. What a novel idea! He handled our case with integrity and wisdom! Ultimately, it was his thorough knowledge of the law and his wisdom that won our case. He is the man that you want in your corner!!!
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Posted by Nicole | January 24, 2011
Child Relocation
Mr. Theodore is currently working my case for a Florida to NY child relocation matter. As a parent himself, he maintained genuine care, concern and understanding through this long, difficult journey and "proved" our case with dignity rather than bashing or mudslinging the respective party, as they so chose to do. There is never an ideal custody battle, but I truly feel, Mario fought for what he believed was right based on principle rather than paycheck. I am honored to have had the opportunity for such a respected, knowledgeable, sincere attorney to represent me and would recommend him, regardless of the outcome of my case, to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2011
Honest and Genuine
Even though the outcome of the case Mario handled was not in our favor, Mario tried his hardest and we believed really did fight for our cause.
Posted by Dorran Russell | January 20, 2011
The High Road
In an unfair divorce, the natural reaction is to make the other person bleed. There will be however a clear day in the future when you will have to look back at yourself and say," was I honorable?" Mr.Theodore won my case with ease and grace. We took all the nasty hits from the opponent and they fell away ineffective. We never responded in like kind. We took the high road. We finished with honor. Dorran Russell
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Posted by June Walker | September 7, 2012
You Decide!
Mario Theodore helped me with my Foreclosure and kept me up to date with everything. However, I had a second mortgage which turned into a judgement and when I sought help from him several times it was completely ignored until it turned into a wage garnishment and then I was charged $1500. I declined because I felt if he was more knowledgeable about the law he would have advised me earlier so I could avoid the wage garnishment and he wouldn't have charged me so much when I was already paid him a retainer and a monthly fee to defend my foreclosure. I believe he is a nice person but would I recommend him as an attorney, knowledgeable about the law? You decide.
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Response from Mario Theodore September 10, 2012
Ms. Walker came to my firm as a referral from someone at a litigation support company. On many occasions I informed Ms. Walker that she retained us solely for the first mortgage and that I would need information and a new retainer regarding assistance with the second mortgage. She did inform us of the wage garnishment and I advised her that I would be more than happy to help but that it was a totally different issue than what we were retained for and what we would charge to try and resolve her second matter. She was also instructed on many occasions that it appeared the litigation support firm which she had a relationship with stated they had her file and would refer her to a different attorney. There was nothing more that we could have done other than what we did. We never ignore anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worst decision I ever made
The most childish attorney I have EVER met! Cost me thousands of dollars and did absolutely nothing for me! I thought limited appearance would save me money, he acted like he was doing his job and I kept seeing motions filed but OPENLY AND WILLINGLY IGNORED IMPORTANT ISSUES AND PROCEEDINGS THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY CASE. He is unprofessional, useless and a thief. Someone should report him to the board
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Response from Mario Theodore April 18, 2024
Unfortunately, this "review" is made anonymously. Consequently, I have no idea who or what matter this is related to. Neither myself nor this office have been described as "childish" or ever conducted ourselves childishly, which is evidenced by numerous positive reviews by actual named clients and colleagues. That aside, I understand that all matters may not resolve as someone may like them to. However, for almost 2 decades we have consistently kept clients informed of their case, applicable law, possibilities, and probabilities surrounding their goals. Based upon the lack of description of what "important issues" were ignored, coupled with the anonymity of this "review." I can only conclude the review is disingenuous. Lastly, the "review" specifically states that I am unprofessional and a thief, and that "someone should report [me] to the board." Indeed, if there has been any perceived impropriety on my part, I encourage this alleged client to initiate whatever report they believe necessary to the Bar, so their concerns can be heard in a more official capacity. Moreover, if this person believes I have stolen from them and was dishonest about anything, I am more than willing to address any perceived issues to attempt clearing up any misunderstanding.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Fair Price Legal
  • 2008 - Present
  • Senior Attorney/Shareholder
  • The Law Office of Mario R. Theodore, P.A.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Injunction for Protection Project Attorney
  • Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • 2018 - 2018
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Florida Police Benevolent Association
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Assistant Public Defender (Attorney)
  • 19th Circuit Public Defender's Office
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Deputy
  • Cook County Sheriff's Department
  • 1995 - 2004
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Education

  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Columbia College (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelors
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Florida Division of Administrative Hearings-Professional License Revocation
  • Agency case against client dismissed

Associations

  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • National Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • 2009 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Creole
  • Spanish
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Cum Laude
  • Columbia College
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Endorse Mario
Unknown Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mario is a dedicated, passionate, smart and hardworking attorney, who truly cares about his clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He was very professional. I was able to amicably resolve a matter due to his prompt attention to the matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mario. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Fantastic lawyer and a better person."
Foreclosure Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. There are few lawyers with his character and integrity. He knows what he is doing and is extremely personable and charming. I'm sure he uses those skills effectively when trying to cut the best deal possible with the other side, or when representing your cause before a judge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mario is very confident in the courtroom is is not afraid to push your case. I recommend him for other areas of law as well, such as family and immigration cases. If he says he can handle your case, he can do it."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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