You will not find a better attorney -- tough, honest, tireless, smart as they come and kind.
After thirty-five years of marriage, my husband decided he wanted a divorce, a situation that has brought me much sadness. This divorce case involved initially actions in two states and, after my out-of-state attorney spoke with Tony at my request, he recommended moving the venue entirely to Dayton, saying to me, "This is the guy you want. He knows the law, is well-connected locally, and I can tell he will fight for you." His words have proven true many times.
One case became two, and complicated, so I thank God that I found an attorney who is both exceptionally intelligent and tenacious. A decent-sized estate was involved, and attempts were made to avoid disclosing some of it, but Tony persisted in his investigations and found the money. I have no doubt he will continue to track assets to which I am entitled as time goes on.
There are other plusses. Tony is a patient, strong communicator, always accessible, and supportive emotionally. He is so attentive when answering questions and keeping you informed that you will think you are the only client he has. He is also a great cheerleader, able to keep you focused on a big picture when, at times, you may feel like the system at large is out to get you.
Of particular importance to me was his adherence to my wishes that he not do anything to exacerbate an already sad situation. I happened to have loved my husband, so I wanted someone fearless and tough but not destructive, and Tony struck the perfect balance. Tony has fought passionately for that to which I am entitled by law, never letting up, but he has done so by building arguments based in law and by conducting himself honestly. Tony knows domestic relations law maybe better than anyone locally; he does not need to resort to some of the "fluff" or smoke-and-mirrors tactics one can face in litigation and which serve only to waste the court's time, alienate the parties senselessly and result in unnecessary expense.
Tony can also read people like books, even the chapters that are not written. This is important because it results in your protection, at times from your own blind spots, and at times from unkind or even deceitful motives of others. He will help you situate a lot of shifting feelings as well as practical concerns within a larger context than you will be able to envision as a layperson who is likely to be in shock and/or depressed initially. I would recommend that you trust his experience, let yourself be guided by his advice and be assured by his assessments of your particular bigger picture.
I also wanted an attorney whose standing amongst his peers was high. Tony's skills are respected and even sought after by other attorneys, and he is liked by his super nice staff and the courthouse personnel. He speaks well of the judges and magistrates so that you know he has no axes to grind. His affability and sincerity inspire cooperation; people want to get things done for Tony, and this could make a lot of difference at times in the pace and face of your proceedings.
One of Tony's traits I most like is that he never devalues me. He has made vigorous efforts to assert my worth and prevent others from discounting me. Tony respects the contributions we make as dedicated wives to our marriages. He has always taken my worth as a team player within my marriage as seriously as I did. From the outset, he has sympathized with all I stand to lose, materially and emotionally, and he has worked to minimize my losses on all fronts.
In short, Tony Comunale is a very strong litigator and a great guy. You will not find a better attorney.