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5.0 stars 31 totalReview Ophelia Bernal-Mora
Posted by Morgan
I hired Ms. Bernal-Mora Nickolaou and Mr. Nickolaou for my divorce. Her and Mr. Nickolaou are a husband and wife family law firm and provide a great unique experience since they both use that to actively work together on their cases. At any given moment, i feel like I could have talked with either of them about my case as they both were completely involved and aware of the current status. Their firm is a very hands on and team focused firm where they work together to help which I liked. The other great thing is that I essentially got two highly experienced family law attorneys for the price of one as they never "double-billed" me for both working on the case. I have worked with law firms in the past (not for family law) where was billed for the time of every attorney in the room. They both were with me at mediation which lasted all day and we were able to get a great resolution. I am now newly divorced and very happy with Ms. Bernal-Mora Nickolaou and Mr. Nickolaou. Highly recommended for anyone that is in the unfortunate need of this type of attorney.
Posted by Harry
Hiring the Orlando Family Team for my divorce meant not just getting one partner, but two working on my case and being fully invested. Attorney Bernal-Mora and her partner Attorney Nickolaou are a husband and wife team and worked together on my case to get me the best result I could have imagined. They are both as down to earth people as they come and do not nickel and dime their clients. The value that you get with this firm is incredible, as you are essentially getting two highly skilled family law attorneys for the price of one on your case, and their rates and retainers are probably lower and more reasonable than they really should be given their experience.
I am very satisfied with the services I received from this firm and the incredible settlement agreement we were able to reach to resolve my divorce case relatively quickly. Their staff is also top notch. Brittany the paralegal is excellent and Bianca is wonderful to speak with and ever so patient when answering questions.
Definitely recommend the Orlando Family Team, you will not regret it.
Posted by Katie M.
Ophelia and her firm handled my divorce and several post-dissolution issues after the fact. She is always honest and direct. I love that about her and the firm since they don't sugar coat things like many other attorneys do. She is very realistic as to outcomes of my issues, is reasonable with her fees and is always looking out for my best interest. This is an attorney that cares. And her staff is amazing and always there to help. I completely recommend Ophelia Bernal-Mora.
Posted by Martha Espinel
Worked with Ophelia has been a very good experience, she was able to help me to go through these process of child support and custody with the best explanation and advise that I need to keep going in life.
Thank You for all your help.
Posted by anonymous
I hired Ophelia for a family case and she was amazing. I was going through a modification with my kids dad and she was able to get the results I was wanting and did it in a quick and efficient way. Ophelia paid a lot of attention to my case and was always there for asking questions. We were able to resolve my case at mediation which took 6 hours but was worth it in the end because we had a full agreement and she was on my side the entire time.
her assistants are great and very helpful and her office is nice and convenient. I would definitely recommend using Ophelia for any family law type of case as she is great at what she does and cares about her clients.
Posted by Ryan
Ophelia Bernal-Mora is a fantastic lawyer. I hired her for my divorce case and it was hands down the greatest decision I could have made. From the beginning, she was attentive to all of my questions and concerns I had, answered all of my questions, and went to work immediately.
Her staff is on top of everything and always available to assist. Going through the financial discovery was definitely frustrating, but Ophelia's staff makes it much easier. Going through a divorce where it is not exactly on good terms is not fun, but Ophelia's firm made it more bearable. She is also very personable and easy to relate to. At mediation, she was able to calm me down and keep me level headed. In court, she was a bulldog when needed and it shows that she knows the judges and other attorneys well and is respected.
Everything was done in order like she had told me would happen months prior at our initial meeting. She clearly knows her stuff and has been doing this for a while. Yet, with someone so experienced and in demand, there was never a time that I could not get an answer from her, a return call or email. Most importantly, for a father going through divorce with two kids, she was reasonably affordable.
At the end, I was able to get the results I was seeking and then some. I am extremely happy with Ophelia's representation and would recommend her to anyone looking for a divorce attorney for themselves or family or friends.
Posted by anonymous
I interviewed about 5 and contacted almost 10 different attorney firms with specialty in divorce law, and upon my initial meeting with Mrs. Bernal-Mora I knew that it would be difficult to find a better selection. I even interviewed a few other attorneys after meeting with Ophelia just to make sure, and still I selected her as my attorney. She is very confident in her knowledge and ability, and she will tell you. Believe it, she is great! I am happy to say that upon selecting Ophelia Bernal-Mora, I immediately felt very confident in her experience, her demeanor, and fast response. Mrs. Bernal-Mora is likely one of the sharpest individuals I have met. She knows her field very well, is intelligent, diligent, and straight to the point, which is what you expect out of a great attorney. She will tell you what will work and what will not work. You will not hear stories about all the magical things she can do for you, which many other attorneys will tell you in order to prolong the process. Even in our dealings with the opposing party and their counsel, who were not very professional nor diligent, I never doubted, Mrs. Bernal-Mora and her staff's ability to handle it in an efficient manner. I recommend Mrs. Bernal-Mora to anyone in search for a great attorney. Only if there were more like her....
Posted by anonymous
I hired Ophelia for a divorce case that I thought would be uncontested. Well it turns out that my wife did not want to be as cooperative as I thought she would. Ophelia never backed down and was steadfast in obtaining what I wanted out of the divorce. Ultimately, after 3 months of going back and forth, her aggressive representation and legal expertise made it apparent that I made the right choice. We finally were able to resolve our "differences" and came to an agreement, which Ophelia promptly handled getting entered and getting me divorced soon after. I highly recommend her services to anyone!
Posted by Tyler
Ophelia Bernal-Mora was an aggressive, fair and honest family law Attorney that was able to get me excellent results! Her fees were reasonable, and her staff was very responsive and professional at all times. I would highly recommend Ms. Bernal-Mora for any family law needs. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by anonymous
The reason I initially retained Mrs. Ophelia Bernal-Mora is I found her offering to have the best potential for exceptional impact on my particular case. I had done extensive research of Central Florida area attorneys, interviewed nine attorneys over the phone, and down-selected to the OBM legal team based on several factors. These factors included percentage of clients falling in each law category, expertise in family law, previous client reviews of OBM family law cases, answers to my specific questions on fathers seeking a fair shake in court, legal fee payment options, experience with blended families, experience representing fathers, the attorney's personal life as a parent, general flexibility in representation, and other critical factors I felt contribute to the judgment of an attorney representing my particular case.
I felt the need for a thorough attorney screening process for the simple fact that my opposing party was an attorney herself, as well was her close circle of friends. My opposing party had very little, if any, attorney fees due to these close friendships; therefore, could afford to put up a bigger fight just on shear volume alone. I knew this intimately well because I was railroaded in court during prior proceedings on child paternity where I did not have any legal representation due to unemployment.
Fast-forward to my most recent case where I retained Mrs. Bernal-Mora, our son was turning school age and we needed to resolve on where he would go to school. After two years of legal proceedings of fast evolving circumstances from mediation, timesharing, parenting plans, relocation petitions by opposing party, and ultimately my own SUCCESSFUL relocation out of the state of Florida with the child, it all reaffirms that I made the best decision for my case in retaining Mrs. Bernal-Mora. I doubt that anyone else would have navigated this terrain quite as astute and professionally nimble.
Here are some factors you may want to know about:
1. Proficiency and Mastery of the Law: No worries here. Both in consulting sessions and litigation, it was clear that Mrs. Bernal-Mora was always well poised and researched. Even when talking to judges and opposing counsel, others would concede to her factual legal points. The only non-positive thing I would say is that Mrs. Bernal-Mora should probably make sure that the client also understands at least the spirit of applicable statutes or laws in order to achieve optimal outcomes in a case.
2. Integrity of Legal Practice: From Day-1, it was self-evident that Mrs. Bernal-Mora was sincere about helping people and children, and was a genuine person. She did not over-sell herself, and insisted upon realistic expectations. She seemed more interested in doing the right thing rather than just taking any case walking through her door.
3. Litigation Effectiveness: The proof is in the outcomes. There were three separate court appearances over the two years, and ALL THREE resulted in the Court ruling in my favor. One thing I think is worth noting is her litigation posture comes off as cerebral and aggressive; and to an opposing party that was often dishonest it made Mrs. Bernal-Mora, with her Mastery of the Law and great Integrity, quite formidable. So formidable, in fact, that opposing party suffered apparent mental anguish (needing brief recesses) when Mrs. Bernal-Mora merely stood up to cross-examine testimony.
4. Communication Quality with Client: I always felt that I could reach Mrs. Bernal-Mora by phone or email within a reasonable amount of time. Email responses were slow at times, but the practice was always flexible in scheduling even quick 10-15 minute phone conferences with Mrs. Bernal-Mora if need be.
I am mostly pleased with the legal representation I received from Mrs. Ophelia Bernal-Mora.