For a dissolution case, I found who I thought to be a bulldog of an attorney. She was generally average in responsiveness, and maybe a bit below in knowledge after I was able to compare her knowledge against several other attorneis I hired for limited scope representation after I was no longer working with Ms turner, but she seemed a like good litigator.
I consider attornies to be employees of mine, who they technically reepresent, and as such should not make decisions or take steps without consulting me.
I used her as a sounding board for ideas, and the paralegals for pulling together my documentation to try to closely manage my case and costs. However, I worked with my ex-wife to determine overall custody goals, thereby avoiding a SENE or trial over custody.
The SENE was scheduled for 3 hours in the morning about a week after the ex and I agreed on overall custody, and due to agreeing to the time split, we both wrote in to cancel the SENE to our individual attornies. Well, without consulting me, Ms Turner set up a meeting with oposing counsel, that was then relayed to the ex wife, with a court status due a couple of days later.
I had told Ms Turner that I wanted to work out the issue at hand with my ex wife, and have her review the documentation once it was completed, and was disappointed that she set up a meeting without consulting me. However, since there was a court status check coming up the end of that week, I felt compelled to atend the 'settlement conference' for no other reason than to not looking obstructionist to the court. The 'conference' was just as long as the SENE would have been, and on the same day the SENE was originally scheduled for, resulting in the same billable hours.
I would not use her or her firm (Turner & Johnson) again. They are to work within the framework of what the petitioner/respondant requests. I get that some people know little about the divorce process, and therefore are pulled along with the case and attorney. However, I knew what I wanted, and was working both with and outside of my attorney to get the best result, and yet Ms Turner stepped into an area and set up meetings and took actions without talking to me first, against my requests.