Five minutes into my initial consult, I knew I had found the right lawyer. Neal combines a no-nonsense, direct approach with warmth, tact, kindness and sincerity. These winning traits are underpinned by impressive credentials and experience, and incisive, effective litigation skills.
Neal does not tell you what you want to hear. Hire another attorney if that’s what you want. Rather, he distills his firm grasp of the law, extensive experience with how the system works, and sharp instincts to deliver expert, realistic, and wise advice. After deviating from his recommendations a few times and regretting it, I learned to trust him implicitly.
Before the judge, Neal shines. I marveled at his preparation, eloquence, passion, and effectiveness in advocating for me at every court appearance. The petitions, responses and pre-trial memorandum he composed for the court were convincing, substantiated and accurate. Neal prepared me well for every court appearance both in terms of what to say (or not say!) and what the range of possible outcomes might be. His results exceeded my expectations in every instance. To say I was grateful to have Neal protecting my interests is an understatement.
In collaboration and negotiation, Neal is perceptive, insightful, creative, and savvy. After failed mediation, failed collaboration and multiple petitions in a case that spanned 4.5 years, two mediators and my ex’s succession of four legal teams, I fully expected to end up at trial. I didn’t want that. Neal charted a course that culminated in a crushing pretrial conference during which the judge ruled in my favor on nearly every issue. I credit Neal with averting trial and drawing a reasonable settlement from the opposition. This was a huge success as well as a relief because I especially didn’t want to involve my son in a trial.
Neal told me in our first meeting that because Ventrelli & Simon LLC is a boutique firm with a small staff, there might be times when another client’s critical juncture would require his full attention. He said during those times he might seem unresponsive to non-critical items. But he went on to reassure me that whenever my case would heat up, he’d be dedicated to me. He was true to his word. At every surprise grenade lobbed by my ex, gearing up for every court appearance and especially as we accelerated toward settlement, I felt like I was Neal’s only client. He kept in constant contact and continually pressed the opposition to move forward until we had signed agreements and a decree in hand.
Finally, in spite of my ex’s frequent flip-flopping, recalcitrance, and parade of legal representation, Neal was a class act, always taking the high road. He never said a single inappropriate or disrespectful word about her, publicly or privately. That’s the caliber of the man. He is the complete package. I feel VERY lucky that I happened to be referred to him. I am a client for life and can’t recommend him highly enough.