Dave made my highly-contested case a big win!
Do not be deceived by the two negative reviews in the past month. Dave Wolkowitz is top-notch. When a reviewer has to resort to name-calling and has no details to his/her case, you have to suspect that something is more wrong with the reviewer than the attorney.
From the very beginning, I came to Dave with a case that proved to be quite challenging. Unlike any normal uncontested case, this one proved to be highly-contested and lasted for over 2 years. Throughout this process, there were two trials; an extended order of protection; supervised parenting; financial settlements; property-separation settlements; a court-appointed psychiatrist for custody evaluation; a guardian ad litem; expert witnesses; court transcripts; and hours and hours of testimony. Through it all, Dave was patient, attentive, kind and effective. Dave knew what to do and how to go about doing it, even before the opposing counsel acted.
This divorce could have easily costed over hundreds of thousands of dollars. Dave was so cost-conscious that this divorce cost well less than even one hundred thousand dollars! My ex-spouse spent an estimate of three times as much, using four to five lawyers who threw everything but the kitchen sink at us, in court. Dave handled these motions, seamlessly, and with a disciplined fiscal responsibility that would make any member of Congress envious.
Dave not only saved me heaps in the divorce, he was highly effective in neutralizing the opposing counsel (OC). One of the OCs tried to steer the case to a different court and by a different process. Dave was not fooled and fought to keep everything on track. Another OC literally tried to belittle him before the Judge, but Dave remained calm and determined. A third OC tried to justify a part of the law in an inaccurate manner, but Dave immediately retorted the correct interpretation. Dave knew the section and subsection of the law right away and brought this to the Court. Folks, this is what makes a good lawyer! Dave knows the law and he is quick on his feet.
Dave also knows where to get good resources to back him up. In my case, Dave consulted with a psychiatrist and successfully discredited not one, but two of my ex-spouse's psychiatrists! This was a key battle in my case that I believe ultimately won me full custody of my child and everything else I wanted from the Court. And, because he is quick on his feet, Dave was able to discredit the major positions of both psychiatrists by simply demonstrate how they conflict their own logic and conclusions. Bottom line, if you want a lawyer with a quick wit and an in-depth knowledge of the law, then Dave is your man.
Let's be honest, going through a divorce, especially a non-contested one and for the first time, can be emotionally exhausting. Dave made the situation comfortable, with his sense of humor, kind rapport and reassurance with a battle plan. He is open-minded; continuously asking for my input; without requiring me to take time off of work to go to Court every time the OC thinks of something else to falsely accuse me of doing. Even when one OC tried to get me in trouble with my job by involving Human Resources, Dave was there to reassure me and keep me focused on the end-goal. Every OC tried to provoke me in some way (hey, it's what lawyers are known for, right?), Dave showed compassion and understanding - something you normally do not expect from a lawyer. All of this, while keeping general costs low and offering discounts, helped making this divorce yield the best results one could ever ask for.
It was well worth retaining Dave Wolkowitz.