Posted by anonymous
I hired Thomas for a prenuptial agreement, including the writing. He knew that I was in a hurry and everything went smoothly, without any issues. Thomas and his coworkers always replied to my emails fast. Couldn’t have asked for more.
Posted by David
Now that a few years have passed since my divorce was finalized, I wanted to thank Tom for his work on my case and give him the credit he deserves.
Background: I am an attorney and Tom came to me as a referral from an attorney/mentor of mine who’s opinion I trust implicitly. My situation was particularly unique and unnecessarily complex due to my ex-wife’s personal and familial relations within the domestic relations division of the courthouse. Accordingly, I needed the “right” attorney who would command the respect of the court. I chose Tom because he was that person.
Process: As an attorney, I had my own opinions about how I thought the case should be handled. This probably made me a “difficult” client (as attorneys usually are). Tom complied with my reasonable requests, but did -- approprately -- draw the line on other matters. He understood the situation and refused to play the “games” his opposing counsel did. Further, as an attorney, I know without doubt, may other attorneys would have gladly played these “games” and it would it would have only cost me time and money. Tom refused to do unnecessary work on my case which is a not what may other attorneys would have done. However, all necessary and appropriate work was done professionally, timely and competently. I personally attended almost every court date and witnessed the respect he was given by the judges who served on my case versus the way the judge reacted to my ex’s attorney. My assessment is that the judges knew opposing counsel was playing around and Tom was not. While some attorneys will try and “showboat” before their clients, I never believe such antics played well to a judge.
Result: In the end -- as in most cases -- my ex and I settled our case. Neither of us were “jumping over joy” with the results, but that’s what settlements are all about. There is no “winning” a divorce case. Divorce is the dissolution of a partnership and it costs money. Since there were no custody issues in my case, the only issues were financial. I paid more money than I wanted to, but certainly less than my ex wanted. Could I have done better at trial? Possibly, but the stress, time, energy and cost of trial would far have exceeded the benefits of settling. Tom did his job well, efficiently and respectfully. Most importantly he was well prepared and much more so than my ex’s attorney (which was obvious to the judge). While some attorneys are “fumbles and bumblers”, Tom is not. Comparing my situation and result with the “horror” stories I so often hear from others regarding their divorces, I am certain Tom was the right attorney for the job and I would suspect my ex, at some point, realized her attorney did not have the same qualifications..
Finally, I would be remiss not to thank his paralegal, Penelope Parkes, and associate, Jessica Winkler. Penelope was kind and worked hard in organizing voluminous documents I had to produce in discovery. Jessica did much of the drafting and appeared in court along with Tom at most, if not all, court appearances which saved me attorney fees, because I was billed at Jessica’s lower hourly rate rather than Tom’s higher one.
Posted by Robert
I did a lot of research on Tom before hiring him. I spoke with my peers, reviewed cases in which he was involved, and scrutinized his credentials carefully. When I hired Tom I made it clear to him that my expectations were high, as achieving my goal of maintaining a decent lifestyle and retiring comfortably rested in large part on Tom's ability to obtain a favorable result. I told him what I considered to be the optimal outcome, while being well aware that it was too much to expect.
Tom performed masterfully, negotiating a settlement with terms that were more favorable. He even returned phone calls promptly and provided regular updates along the way. I recommend him without reservation.
Posted by Mike
Tom and his team are the best divorce attorneys out there. I can honestly tell you that there are a lot of attorneys out there that don't have the client's best interest in mind when dealing with such a difficult, life altering experience, but my experience with Tom was first class. After firing my first attorney and wasting a boat load of money doing so, Tom helped me move the needle quickly and was able to take me from start to finish in a very quick time frame. Tom and Jennie make a great team and are two of the very best that Beermann Law has to offer. I highly recommend Tom and his team to anyone out there that is going through a divorce. I will recommend Tom to anyone I know that's going through this process in the future!!!
Posted by anonymous
Tom and his team are outstanding! Tom helped me with a prenuptial agreement - something I knew very little about. Tom took the time to give me his personal attention by walking me through every step of the process and ensuring I was comfortable with and understood every part the agreement along the way. He is extremely professional, responsive, and of course got me results I was extremely happy with. He also made an obviously uncomfortable situation between my fiance and I a very comfortable sitation. I was very happy to have Tom on my side and would highly recommend him.
Posted by Jill
Tom and his associate Jennie were professional, accessible and compassionate. My divorce was somewhat contentious and it was wonderful to have their guidance and support throughout this process. Tom's knowledge of the law and confidence in court made him an outstanding advocate. I would highly recommend Tom and his firm to anyone in need of family law matters.
Posted by Kathy
My CA divorce attorney consulted Thom on my prenup trial. The prenup was written in IL so we needed to follow IL law on the matter. He was prompt with his replies and was helpful with us getting prepared. He was willing to fly in for expert testimony, which we fortunately ended up not needing since we settled at our pretrial conference.
Posted by Mike
I worked with Tom and one of his associates (Grace) for about a year on a custody dispute. Tom operates with the utmost professionalism, tactful approach, attention to detail, and knowledge of the subject. I was very pleased with the outcome and would recommend Tom and his team for anyone interested in looking for a family law attorney that will get you what you deserve.
Posted by anonymous
Tom is a pro! He's knowledgeable and focused. He has the insight and experience to put together a great team of people to help represent you through the duration of your case. Each person specializes in a different area of expertise, and contributes as your case warrants. His support staff is exceptional. I couldn't have asked for better representation. I would highly recommend Tom without hesitation.
Posted by LSB
Tom and his team were exceptionally professional and detail oriented throughout my divorce process. It was an extremely difficult time in my life and yet Tom and Jennifer made it as bearable as possible in both a direct and efficient way.