I met with Astrid after attempting to file for full custody of my child pro se for about a year. The only reason I felt I needed to hire a lawyer was because my son's father decided - right before he defaulted on the case - to hire a lawyer of his own. Suffice it to say that I was angry, bitter, and distraught when I went to see Astrid for the first time. However, in less than an hour, I immediately felt comfortable. She was knowledgeable and straight-forward, telling me what I needed to hear, not necessarily what I wanted to hear. My first impression of her was right on.
Although I liked Astrid from the start, I was really impressed when we had to go to mediation. She may be tiny and look unassuming, but she was a pit bull - and I mean that in the most flattering light possible. For a client, that is exactly what you want in a lawyer: someone who will fight to get you what you deserve. Astrid did just that. Not only did I receive legal custody of my child, which was the main thing I was worried about, but she got the other party to agree to terms that never even crossed my mind to ask for: back child support, a time-sharing agreement 100 percent in my favor...she even thought to make the father take out a life insurance policy with my son as the benefactor! I didn't even realize that was a thing! Even my parents, who witnessed the struggle I went through since my son was born. were floored by the job she did. I can't say enough about her.
If I had to do it all over again, I would only change one thing: I would have sought out Astrid sooner. Yes, she has the experience, and that's a huge plus. But if you're seeking a lawyer that is in tune to your needs and wants, is confident (yet civil) enough to go toe-to-toe with anyone, and will actually spend considerable time and effort to win your case, I would recommend Astrid in a heartbeat.