I hired Stefan in an emergent situation: my abusive ex husband had accused my new husband of abusing my children (which he never did) and was unjustly granted temporary custody for around 5-6 days. Prior to this, I had sole custody of my two precious children, and their father was almost completely uninvolved in their care. Although Stefan came highly recommended, my time with him was an absolute NIGHTMARE. I worked for hours on a document, refuting the false allegations made against me and my husband; Stefan never even READ this document, let alone include it in any type of response to the court. As my court date grew closer, I was terrified about the lack of preparations, no witnesses, etc. He kept assuring me if I threw my new husband “under the bus” (which I was willing to and agreed to do), this would be simple, I had nothing to worry about, etc. He told me I needed to “come up with something” against my husband and instructed me to file an order of protection against my husband—so I did: I lied saying my husband had hurt me during a certain timeframe (when he hadn’t) and filed the order of protection. My one and only appointment with him was on the morning OF the court date, and he was absolutely terrible, even becoming vulgar with me at one point. After we were in the courtroom later that day, he asked me quietly if I’d be willing to say I was planning to legally separate from my husband and divorce him—I agreed, because I would have done anything to keep the CUSTODY OF MY CHILDREN!! (Even though, again, all of the accusations were lies—and there was never a single word of fighting for the truth, believing me and being on my side, etc.) The entire hearing was supposed to take 20 minutes—my exhusband’s lawyer had him on the stand for at least 15 minutes where he had plenty of time to paint himself as a meek, nervous, apologetic person (which he is NOT)...Stefan maybe had me on the stand for two minutes, tops. I had no witnesses—my ex husband had several. The fact that my exhusband had been abusive to me for 17 1/2 years never came up, the fact that he was uninvolved in their care never came up, the fact that he has a live-in girlfriend never came up... I wish I were joking when I looked over at Stefan’s phone during the hearing and saw him googling something about objections. I cannot begin to express what a nightmare this was...AND I LOST. If I would’ve had a more competent (or CARING?!) lawyer, I believe with all my heart I would still have custody of my children. NOT ONLY THAT—but when the other lawyer brought up that I should have SUPERVISED VISITATION, Stefan said NOTHING to try to fight this. Therefore, I not only lost custody of my children to my abusive exhusband (and his GIRLFRIEND, who shouldn’t even be living there but is basically raising my children), but I was also ordered supervised visitation. Not a single bad word was said about me—it was all about the new husband, whom I was willing to forsake—but this is the situation I am in now. This is my life, and I walk around feeling like I’m in an episode of The Twilight Zone. Immediately after the hearing, Stefan was extremely lacking empathy in ANY way. I actually reached out to a former lawyer (no background in family law), and even he told me how sorry he was about this situation. Stefan? Didn’t even HEAR FROM HIM. He wouldn’t return my calls or emails. When I finally spoke with him at the end of the week, he was rude to me over the phone—claiming he had been “busy.” He actually ended up YELLING AT ME and telling me he didn’t think I EVEN CARE ABOUT MY CHILDREN. Little did I know, he was one day away from quitting his current firm (without notice, maybe?) so he obviously wouldn’t have cared in any way about my case, regardless of the circumstances. I cannot believe I had to pay for this. If I had money, I would have already begun the process to try to take HIM to court. I honestly don’t know how he sleeps at night. DO NOT HIRE HIM.