4.5 stars 27 totalReview Mindi Lasley
Posted by BAnchery
Mindi, Yanna and Gloria were the answer to my prayers. Divorce is already a frustrating and painful process, and having to deal with lawyers who don’t return calls or emails or just don’t care, can make it worse. My divorce lasted 2.5 years and Mindi was the 3rd lawyer on my case. When I wasn’t getting anywhere with my first two lawyers and they kept billing me, I wished that I had a lawyer in my family or a close friend who could represent me sincerely and wholeheartedly. When Mindi,Yanna and Gloria took on my case , it felt just like that. They are able to understand a clients pain involved and work above and beyond to make sure their client gets justice. Mindi and team were able to get me child support from my ex-husband before even going to trial, which I wasn’t able to do with my previous two lawyers.
My case went to trial and focused mainly on my sons (3.5yr) out of country travel to a non Hague convention country, and timesharing. Mindi was extremely prepared for trial and got me well prepared as to what to expect also. She researched several case laws of children who were taken to that specific country and not returned, and the negative impacts it had on the children. Both the judge and even opposing council commented on the amount of time and effort she must have put in to research the case laws. Also, because of her keen attention to detail, she was able to catch my ex-husband in a lie he said during depositions that took place 3 months before trial. My husband was asked to read from his deposition transcript, his own lie aloud in court, which even embarrassed me. During depositions, if she had overlooked, ignored, or failed to research those few sentences that my ex-husband uttered about his immigration, I would have had to let my son go to Hague convention countries at the very least, and fear him not returning bc my ex is not a US Citizen. Because of Mindi’s ability to pinpoint this and all her case law research and her absolutely amazing closing argument in trial, the judge ruled for my son to not even leave the country!! She also got me the timesharing that I desired. There were a few times during the process leading up to trial where opposing council tried to threaten and manipulate her from proceeding to trial altogether, but she was not intimidated at all. She stayed cool and composed and maintained her professionalism while responding back.
Some other points about Mindi, Yanna and Gloria: they are organized, they always keep you updated on whats going on in the case, they send you copies of everything, they will return calls and emails within 24 hours, they always give their honest input but ultimately lets the client decide, always listens to everything you have to say, never interrupts or cuts you off when speaking, makes you feel that you’re their only client, makes time for you, prepares you for the worst, sincerely cares and is very reasonably priced.
Lastly, I walked away from this experience not only as a satisfied client, but also a better person by just dealing with them. I see how their hard work positively impacted my life by saving me from a potentially disastrous future for me and my family. I work harder in my own line of work hoping that I can be a blessing in someone else’s life just like Mindi and team have been in mine.
Thank you Mindi, Yanna and Gloria!!!
Posted by Ian
I hired my first attorney and fired him due to his lack of progress on the case. I found Mindi and she immediately fixed all his mistakes. She listened and actually cared about my family and the case. It's very hard to find a lawyer that cares about the client and not the money.
Posted by Jason
In July 2015, I was served a supplemental petition to modify final judgement by my ex-wife. This marked the third time she had served me since 2010. As one would expect, I have become pretty familiar with the family court system, so I had a good idea of the type of lawyer I wanted to retain. After my consultation with Mindi, I was confident her goal was to serve my best interest. Mindi immediately started gathering facts and information and used this data to turn the tables with a counter petition of Affirmative Defense: Unclean Hands. This really stirred up my ex and her attorney. They began dragging their feet and sent a ridiculous number of emails to Mindi containing no real substance. Mindi did a fantastic job at handling these emails and calls without burning through my retainer. Additionally, one emailed response from Mindi to opposing counsel sealed the deal. Her response to accusations made against me were so cleverly crafted and precise that my ex-wife literally begged me to drop the case. That’s right, my ex-wife tried to modify the final judgement and then begged me to not “take the children away” from her. After some discussion with Mindi and my ex, we decided to settle out of court. Mindi and I were both confident we would win the case, but she was empathetic to my thoughts and I didn’t feel any pressure from her to continue the case. It’s also worth noting Mindi’s paralegal, Yanna, was fantastic as well. I had many conversations with Yanna and always felt that she was looking out for my best interest. If I ever need a family lawyer again I would hire Mindi without a second thought, however, I don’t think I will because my ex-wife knows this as well.
Posted by J
Mindi recently negotiated and finalized a prenuptial agreement for me, and we just had the wedding as planned without a moment of doubt or misconception. It was a huge help to me to have her represent my interests and provide guidance with such integral decisions as I begin this new chapter of my life. She really stuck to our demands to insure this was not some one-sided winner take all sort of deal. We obtained a fair agreement due to her ability to be reasonable and poised when proposing our counter-offers. It eases the mind to know that you are protected no matter what the future may hold, and I’m certain I obtained only the best due to her services.
Posted by Bryan
I found Mindi on this site, and believe I would be doing other AVVO users an injustice if I were to not recount my experience with this attorney.
My experience with Mindi started around AUG of 2013. My divorce would not be finalized until APR of 2014. In my opinion; she continually pushed to take the case to trial, was poorly prepared during the mediation, did a poor job of preparing me for what to expect throughout the process, and misrepresented the costs I would incur.
During mediation, I felt like she hadn't taken any time to familiarize herself with the case. I was prepared to pay alimony and child-support. However, when the opposing party presented their "offer" in mediation they were so far from what Mindi had said I would be paying, that it was simply infuriating. I ended up agreeing to a lesser amount. After 6 hours of sitting in a closed room with Mindi, where I never felt like she was the least bit prepared, or doing anything more than pushing to take the case to trial, I was over the mediation. We had come to terms on everything. I asked the mediator (whom Mindi had selected), "Is there anything I need to sign before leaving?" She said no. I asked Mindi, "Is there anything I need to sign before leaving?" She also said no. I had the mediator run my credit card and I left. Months later, Mindi was continuing to bill me for a variety of matters, even though everything should have been finalized that day in mediation. She did send threatening emails saying that she wasn't going to take any more action until the retainer was replenished. At one point, when I was refusing to pay her more, she called me and assured me verbally that this would be the LAST time I would be asked for another retainer. She did not honor what she said and a few weeks later she was billing me again. When I confronted her about the bill, and reminded her what she told me on the phone, she told me the reason the case was dragging on was because I left the mediation too early. I left the mediation when she said I could leave, and when her hand selected mediator told me I could leave. Mindi blaming me for the case dragging out was unprofessional, dishonest, a mis-representation of the facts, and the bills that were generated post mediation -- in my opinion -- where unfair.
When the divorce was finally being signed off on, the opposing counsel found some loopholes in Mindi's paperwork and encouraged my ex-wife to fight for more money.
The county in which we had the case is firm believer (and has a track record to show) that both parents having an equal time share is in the best interest of the children. Mindi never mentioned this, all the while knowing that a fair time share was the most important thing to me. I thought that I wouldn't get more than every other weekend. My research afterwards, and the experiences of friends going through similar matters, indicated that I didn't get nearly as many overnights with my children as I deserved, or was entitled to.
There are more discrepancies that I would share, but one of the most important messages I can relay is this; I am in a situation now where my ex-wife is wanting to move the children out of state. Obviously, this will require legal representation. I will not be working with Mindi on this, or any other future legal needs.
Posted by anonymous
It’s easy for anyone to find a lawyer these days with so many on the internet, but if you want a serious and qualified attorney look no further than Mindi Lasley. Beginning with the initial consultation and hiring process she was honest and upfront about all possibilities and prospects, and her and her staff, Yanna and Gloria, continued to deliver the same attention and professionalism to the very end. I was provided with copies of all documents as they came in, clear instructions on the proceedings, and prepared for all court dates. She runs an intelligent practice and does not hold back when it comes time to be aggressive. These are the qualities you want in the law firm that handles your custody case. Thanks again for all of your help and hard work ladies.
Posted by anonymous
I recently finalized my divorce case and could not be more pleased with the work and effort made by Mindi and her staff. Of course this process was not easy for me and I am thankful to have had this team representing me and by my side every step of the way. It was clear throughout the entire process that they run an esteemed, organized, and professional law practice and I would highly recommend them to anyone going through these same hard circumstances.
Posted by anonymous
I reached out to Mindi Lasley about an unusual situation that, frankly, does not fit into any standard area of law practice. Several other attorneys would not even meet with me for a consultation. Mindi took the time, listened to my situation, asked all the right questions, and offered solid guidance. She is very direct and to the point, yet simultaneously demonstrates genuine care and concern for her clients. Her advice gave me a little more courage and a lot more confidence to address my situation going forward.
Posted by Bryant
Mindi is truly among the best lawyers in Tampa/St. Petersburg area. Her rates are reasonable and is she is willing to work with you for the payment. Her staff sends an electronic copy of the bill so that you can see exactly where you money goes. She returns all phone calls as soon as she possibly can and is honest about everything. Mindi’s staff is extremely professional and can usually answer questions without having to contact Mindi. They are very experienced which is very good for the consumer. If there is any question as to why call Mindi and ask. My case started in 2009 as a child relocation case and had evolved into multiple other cases concerning my child due to situations between my child’s mother and me. Our final case was setteled in Feb 2015. From approximately Aug 2010 to Feb 2015 I have not had a decision that did not go my way. My son’s mother has had approximately five lawyers in five years. The most recent lawyer was considered to be one of the best appeals lawyers in the area.
Mindi is remarkable in the courtroom and has a very commanding presence when making her arguments. I have seen her literally leave the opposing council speechless or on a spiraling mumble to nowhere. Mindi is very well prepared and shows an extreme amount of attention to detail, which on one occasion lead to a decision in my favor. Over a period of five years I have never had a mistake on any document that Mindi has prepared and there has never been a mistake on any that was presented to the judge. I could tell that she is very well respected in the lawyering community by the professional courtesies and respect that she was given by her peers and also the respect she garnered from the courtroom staff.
Mindi really cares about her clients and gives you all the tools you need to succeed. If you are honest with her and more importantly with yourself about your expected outcome there really is nothing to worry about.
Posted by Judy
I hired Ms. Lasley to help me with my divorce after my husband and I could no longer communicate. Ms. Lasley went into immediately went into action. She sped up the usually drawn out process of divorce. Even with all the issues with our house and the time share of my kids, she was able to win my time with my kids and I am so grateful. She was always available when I needed to talk and really took the time to help me through the worst event in my life. I felt so loss without my kids and without Ms. Lasley's diligent work I don't think I would been able to get such a great result. She is the best!