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Elizabeth Stevenson Meneray

Adoption Attorney at New Orleans, LA

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Liz

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

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About Elizabeth

Learn Elizabeth’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Adoption
    60%
    In today's legal climate, same sex couples need legal guidance to ensure they are building their families in the strongest way possible. That means in most cases that intrafamily adoption of children - even those born during their marriage - is best

    14 years

  2. Wills and living wills
    20%
    End of life planning for small estates, including simple wills, powers of attorney and living wills, are essential documents for ensuring your family members know your wishes

    14 years

  3. Education
    10%
    As a parent of a special needs child, Liz has familiarity with the laws regarding educational accommodations for special needs, including IEP and 504 Plans and the Federal Laws governing them.

    12 years

  4. Probate
    10%
    Called "successions" in Louisiana, Liz assists clients in dividing a deceased person's estate among his or her heirs. In cases where the value of the estate is small, Liz can perform a Small Succession by Affidavit to save costs.

    14 years

I'm Liz, a solo practioner and mother of a young son.  I juggle a law practice, an active and community based social life, and my child's busy calendar, just as so many of my clients juggle and struggle to maintain their work and family obligations.  I get it, and I try to relate my personal understanding to my clients so that they feel listened to, understood, and ultimately, helped.  My clients and fellow attorneys recognize me as a compassionate but vigorous advocate. I care about my clients and that makes me a diligent representative.  My goals for client service are compassion for your needs, loyalty to your interests, and a deep knowledge and skill that comes from over 10 years of experience.  I look forward to working with you and invite you to contact me at or by e-mail at .

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Location

Domestic Hearing Officer
8217 Cohn Street
New Orleans, LA, 70118

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Reviews

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Posted by Rebecca | January 4, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely Satisfied Client
As a client, I highly recommend Liz and her staff. As naive, scared, impatient and much more; that I was Liz and her amazing staff were more than just my attorney. They kept me on course when I had doubt and they stayed the course. Liz, was fare and extremely upfront when it came to cost and to what "our" action plan would be. She was extremely professional, honest, and knew her stuff. She explained and educated me the pros and cons of each step we took "together" before we took the leap. I was well prepared for the good and the not so good. However, we came out way beyond I ever expected. We WON in the end. I, luckily haven't had to deal with attorneys much , but I would definitely refer, recommend, and continue to use Elizabeth Meneray Law firm. 5 ⭐️
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Response from Elizabeth Meneray January 18, 2023
Rebecca, thank you for your review. Your case was complex and contested every step of the way. It was a difficult, but worthwhile, path for you to take to make sure you can create the best possible life for your child. While I hope you do not have to use my services again, I trust you know that I am here for you at any time, to provide counsel and advice and take action for you as needed. Take care.
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Posted by Andrew | November 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Rare Find
Liz showed genuine human empathy and fought for the truth for me. I hired her seeking custody of my children and my ex dragged it out costing me a fortune. Liz did everything that she could to not only put me in the best position for my case, but also to help alleviate the financial burden of this process. She is kind and doesn’t throw fits to argue her points like most lawyers do. She also treated me like a fellow human being rather than just a client or a number. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Jennifer | March 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Reccommended
I hired Mrs. Meneray from Florida to represent me with my child custody modification case in Louisiana. I was very skeptical since I was out of state. She was not only honest but also gave me all my options prior to court. She made me feel very comfortable while facing my biggest fear. I would, without any reservation, hire her again. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING experience. Thank you for all you did for me.
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Response from Elizabeth Meneray April 12, 2019
You were a pleasure to work with, and I was happy to help you to reach an agreement with your ex husband in order to modify your custody and child support judgments. As children age, their needs change, and it makes sense to review the judgments in place for custody and support. In your case, you had changed a number of things informally, but because they were not in a Consent Judgment signed by the court, they were unenforceable, and your ex could go back on the informal agreement at any time. Now you know where you stand, and so does he. Glad I could be of assistance to you.
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Posted by Jennifer | March 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Absolutely amazing is two words to describe Mrs. Meneray. I hired her from out of state (Florida) to handle a modification of my child visitation agreement in Louisiana. Not only did she provide me excellent advice she was very knowledgeable with family law. She was always available if I had questions and supported me though my tough journey. I highly recommend her and can't thank her enough for her support!
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Response from Elizabeth Meneray March 27, 2019
Jennifer, it was a pleasure to work with you. I am pleased that we were able to correct what was a very out of balance situation for you. We were able to equalize your child support to make it more fair to both parents, and to benefit both children, and we were able to better secure your time with your children at various times throughout the year. The law favors close and continuing contact between both parents and their children, and the fact that you are out of state should never have been an obstacle to keep you from them. All the best to you and your girls!
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Posted by Bianca Bartlett | September 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very understanding and willing to help
Elizabeth was very understanding and willing to help me with the left issue I'm having
Posted by Joanne | November 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Highly Recommend Liz Meneray!
I would highly recommend Elizabeth Meneray to anyone in need of a lawyer specializing in Family Law. The issues surrounding Family Law can often be so intensely personal and emotional and it takes a special individual to give solid legal advice in both a sensitive and professional matter. Liz is a great communicator, promptly and personally returning all phone calls and emails. I have worked with lawyers in the past who would wait days to return my calls or worse have their secretary call me back, causing only more anxiety and uncertainty. I truly believe that had it not been for Liz’s attention to detail, great communication, and sensitivity to the issues at hand that my matter would not have been resolved to my satisfaction. Thanks Liz!
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Response from Elizabeth Meneray November 22, 2016
Thank you for sharing your positive experience. I do work hard to make certain the tough decisions that have to be made are weighed as carefully and thoroughly as possible. That means knowing what's important to a client, and presenting all of the options in a way that allows the client to be informed and advised. I am pleased you had a great experience working with me, and while I hope you won't need me again, feel free to contact me any time.
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Posted by Cathy T. | November 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Elizabeth Meneray is a fine lawyer, whose services I highly recommend. Ms. Meneray accompanied me to court where we were successful in obtaining a civil injunction for harassment. She gave me the confidence to proceed against a bully and the results are well worth it!!!
Response from Elizabeth Meneray November 22, 2016
Cases like yours are so emotionally difficult, and I feel the strain just as my clients do when someone is trying to take advantage of a situation or manipulate another's feelings. I am relieved when I can get a good result and help my client to feel more secure. All the best to you.
Posted by Heather W. | August 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate yet fiercely protective
Can't say enough good things about Liz! She is caring, genuine and way more approachable than some attorneys. She knows the law and works hard so she's always prepared. She's friendly and very likable yet tough and firm when she needs to be. Family law is so very personal that her style and work ethic are the perfect combination for it. I highly, highly recommend her! I've had to hire her twice and have not been disappointed at all!
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Response from Elizabeth Meneray August 15, 2016
I value what you've said, and I thank you so much for taking the time to let people know about your experience. I understand how intimidating these family law processes can be, and I don't want to part of the system that mystifies my clients. I want to be a guide through the process, and help as much as I can to ease the pain of whatever transitions a client needs to make it through. Thanks again. Take care.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recent Client; Great Experience
Friendly; Professional; Welcomed and answered all of my questions/concerns throughout the process; Pricing was clear and straightforward; Completed everything in a timely matter.
Response from Elizabeth Meneray November 22, 2016
Thank you for taking the time to post these thoughts. I appreciate the opportunity to work with you.
Posted by Jessica | June 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amicable Agreement
My ex hired Ms. Liz for our custody case. She met with both of us to come up with an agreement and I have to say she was amazing! Our child's best interest was the focus and not billable hours. I definitely recommend her, and she wasn't even my lawyer. She helped my ex to get what he asked for and helped us avoid having to go to before the judge.
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Response from Elizabeth Meneray June 9, 2016
I was so thrilled to see the two of you work together for your son's best interests. What I did pales in comparison to the commitment you showed as parents to make certain your son has close and continuing contact with both of you and enjoys the fruits of a healthy co-parenting partnership. Congratulations!
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer for the last 3 years
For the last three years Elizabeth have been my lawyer. She is honest and weighs all your options. She does not tell you what you want to hear. I recommend her if you need a great family law lawyer.
Response from Elizabeth Meneray March 23, 2016
Your endorsement means so much, thank you! I want the decisions made on every case to be made carefully, and with an understanding of all of the options, and all the consequences of each option. It's a complicated area of the law, and I work hard to know it well, so I can provide the highest level of advice and service to my clients. Thanks again.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Trained Collaborative Divorce Professional
  • Meneray Family Law, L.L.C.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Certified Family Law Mediator
  • Meneray Family Law, L.L.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney at Law
  • Meneray Family Law, L.L.C.
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of New Orleans
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bridges v. Noralez
  • Failure to permit child to see parent was considered contempt, punishable by having to pay other parent's attorney's fees and costs

Associations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary of Executive Committee
  • 2022 - Present
  • Collaborative Divorce Alliance of Greater New Orleans
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • International Association of Collaborative Divorce Professionals
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • The NOLA Project
  • Secretary, Executive Committee
  • 2017 - 2017
  • The NOLA Project
  • Chair of Marketing and Public Relations Committee
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers in New Orleans
  • New Orleans Magazine
  • 2022
  • Top Lawyers in New Orleans
  • New Orleans Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top Lawyers in New Orleans
  • New Orleans Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers in New Orleans
  • New Orleans Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyers in New Orleans
  • New Orleans Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Family Law Attorney
  • New Orleans Magazine
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Hero
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top Family Law Attorney
  • New Orleans Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Family Law Attorney
  • New Orleans Magazine
  • 2015
  • Women of the Year
  • New Orleans City Business
  • 2013
  • Scholarship for Outstanding Student Practice in Family Law
  • Association of Women Attorneys
  • 2010
  • Top Family Law Student
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Hot Topics in Family Law
  • 2022
  • Persons Course, Professor Monica Wallace
  • The Client Interview and 102 Divorce
  • 2020
  • Navigating the LGBTQ+ Journey
  • Adoption
  • 2020
  • Persons Course, Loyola Law, Professor Monica Wallace
  • Drafting the Divorce Petition
  • 2019
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section Annual Conference
  • Family Law Update
  • 2019
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Access to Justice Committee
  • Lawyers in Libraries
  • 2019
  • Lawyers in Libraries
  • Family Law
  • 2018
  • Lawyers in Libraries
  • Family Law
  • 2017
  • CLE
  • Professionalism
  • 2017
  • Student Film - Loyola Persons Course
  • Orleans v. Jefferson Parishes - Filing for 103 Divorce
  • 2016
  • Persons Course, Professor Monica Wallace
  • Interviewing the Client
  • 2016
  • Luncheon with Family Law Students and Professors
  • Family Law
  • 2016
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Moderator
  • 2016
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • Interviewing the Client
  • 2015
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Moderator
  • 2015
  • Persons Course, Professor Monica Wallace
  • Interviewing the Client
  • 2014
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • The 103 Divorce
  • 2014
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Moderator
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Elizabeth
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liz is a fantastic lawyer. Extremely approachable, caring and meticulous. I couldn't endorse another family lawyer more than her."
Marriage and prenuptials Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Liz Meneray is an extremely competent, thorough and compassionate attorney. It was a pleasure working opposite her on a complicated case, with difficult clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Liz and I were opposing counsel on a rather complicated case. I found her to be knowledgeable of the law. She fought aggressively and professionally for her client."
Family Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Liz is a great client advocate and leader in the family law practice area in New Orleans. She will make your case her top priority."
Family Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Liz is an amazing, conscientious, and compassionate lawyer. She is one of the first people I call when I have to refer a client for a family-law matter."
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New Orleans Adoption Lawyer Elizabeth Stevenson Meneray
Elizabeth Stevenson Meneray
Adoption Attorney
New Orleans, LA
Licensed for 13 years