|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2000||05/16/2017|
|Partner||Reed, Centracchio & Associates, LLC||2005 - Present|
|Clerk||Bp Amoco||1996 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Chicago Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|John Marshall Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|Lake Forest College||N/A||N/A||1995|
Posted by anonymous
Words can't begin to describe how Nicole has impacted my (and my son's!) life. Not only does she have all of the skills and qualities you typically want in an attorney -- expertise, efficiency, honesty, compassion -- but she brought something that no one else seemed to get. Something I tried to explain to other attorneys, but either they didn't get it or took advantage of it.
When you are divorcing a certain type of person, one of their most powerful tactics can be to abuse via the legal system. Endless discussions, delays, negotiations, costing thousands of dollars per month for years, but never bearing fruit. Aside from the financial pain, the emotional and psychological pain of constantly being in court, constantly updating paperwork, missed work, providing the same info over and over and over, knowing nothing good was going to happen and thinking I would never get divorced and wondering why my attorneys kept allowing this, and how could this happen in this country? Took me 4 years to get divorced!! One attorney actually billed me over $100,000 in one year, and I am not a wealthy person. He kept saying "you still have your 401k to use!".
The others did not seem as callously greedy, but didn't understand that negotiations with this person were fruitless, no matter how I tried to explain it. Day after day after day ridiculous expensive negotiations about where to pick up the child that day, etc. Nothing ever bore fruit, it was just ridiculous, costly daily squabbles via lawyers that I couldn't escape!
I actually had several attorneys, don't even want to say how many, but so many don't understand, care, or know how to handle this type of opponent who use the legal system to abuse. Or they take advantage of it to line their pockets.
Most of all no one seemed to understand how scared I was for both my son and myself, and that the wrong move on an attorney's part could seriously jeopardize both of us. They did not take this seriously, but Nicole did and was empathetic and careful in how she handled things, understanding if I was too afraid to pursue this or that and heeding my requests.
When I decided to try yet another attorney and found Nicole, I begged her to be wary of the delay tactics that my ex (who was getting discounted legal service due to sudden income deficit syndrome) used to torture me. Of course she said no problem, they all do. But lo and behold this amazing woman GOT IT and stuck to it! Off the bat she told the other attorney, negotiations haven't worked for years, put it in writing and we'll handle it in court. !!!! Of course most of the time the other party didn't put it in writing and bring it to court, knowing they wouldn't fare well.
And when we did land in court a few times Nicole's preparation and skill were beyond impressive. I cried in court that first time with her, partly due to fear of ex, but honestly partly joy that this woman was representing me so well. After all these years, I had someone who had my back. As I sat down in the courtroom afterward, a woman leaned over and asked "who IS that? she is amazing!". And Nicole is.
She is extremely efficient, detailed, and made sure things happened as she said they would. She remembered details I told her, she was organized. Her co-workers and staff are compassionate and also very capable.
And she was unflappable in her kindness. No matter how upset I got, stressed, she was supportive and positive and knew how to address my concerns. Honestly, this is a woman you would love to hang out with in your spare time, she's sweet and funny and kind.
I feel this all sounds quite sappy, but after years and years and years of legal torture and abuse, I almost can't believe I have such an amazing attorney now, and hope that others in the same situation as I was find this amazing attorney and experience the difference she'll make in your life.