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4.5 stars 32 totalReview Deanna Whitley
Posted by Nick
I am a transgender man who had lost all faith in the judicial system when I lost my daughter to the biological mother. The first lawyer I hired failed to prove a retroactive common law (same-sex) marriage existed. Thus, I lost all hope of ever seeing my daughter again. Everyone I turned to for advice would tell me it was a time-sensitive matter and impossible to prove.
I surely believed my world would end without ever having any rights to see my daughter. Just then, a good friend told me to seek out The Whitley Law Firm. As soon as I heard the voice answer on the other end of the line, I felt a sense of relief at how they asked questions that I had never been asked before. The reassuring and the thoroughness gave me the desire to fight full blast. Ms. Whitley sat with me and told me with such confidence that she was going to reunite me with my baby girl. After speaking with more of the law team members, I was very confident about just sitting back and letting them do their job. I have and continue to be treated with respect and my questions are always answered. The paralegal assigned to my case was always immediately available to assist me and I felt like a part of the family.
Ms. Whitley went into court and fought for me with experience, knowledge, wit, facts and a lot of determination to win my case for me in order to reunite me with my daughter estranged from me for over a year. There are no words to fully thank and describe what this win has done for my daughter and I.
Posted by anonymous
Divorce, especially from an abusive marriage, is a situation rife with numbing fear, indecision, and helplessness. Ms. Whitley's team gathered me up at a time of great weakness and nurtured the spark of strength that allowed me to leave. With great tenderness, Cait has continued to pull me off the ceiling as the power plays and mind games that she warned of have come to fruition. Sandy is my bedrock, expedient and professional; she never fails to keep me apprised of the proceedings and is a careful steward of my funds. And Ms. Whitley. She is my champion. She held out her hand to me and has never let go. She sees the person that resides inside the hollowed out form crippled by abuse. She uses her extensive experience and knowledge to create a shelter where your fragile wings can dry and when your ready, lifts you up so you can fly. I am so grateful to you all! Thank you!
Posted by Robert
When I made the decision to divorce my ex-wife I knew I'd need a child custody lawyer because my children were my priority. Yes, I could have searched for just a Divorce Lawyer but I knew my ex would fight me tooth and nail to leave the state in order to separate me from them. I needed a child custody lawyer who would fight for a father wanting to be equally in his children’s lives. I reached out to several lawyers leaving messages and that’s when a member of Ms. Whitley’s team called me. She easily convinced me to meet with her boss and after the initial sit down I knew Ms. Whitley was the right choice for my life changing event. I explained to Ms. Whitley exactly what I wanted because I had thought the whole process through for quite a while. I just wanted equal rights to my children and she whole heartedly agreed that I deserved exactly that. That being said, divorce isn’t easy and mine was no walk in the park. My ex fought with me as I expected and almost left the state, but Ms. Whitley quickly helped me file the initial paperwork preventing me from losing my children for good. My divorce took place a few months after our initial court filing but my ex drug the whole process out for months on end sending us back to court over and over again. However, Ms. Whitley, her associate and team stood by me through the whole process and I can finally say it’s over. It took time and took money, that’s how divorce works….. But I received exactly what I expected and what I wanted….I have my children 50/50. Thank you Whitley Law Firm.
Posted by anonymous
I hired this lawyer to represent me. We created a game plan, but then it was never followed. The very basis of a lawyer is to fight a legal battle on their client's behalf and I did not get that.
I was sent to the wrong location for a mediation session, then my lawyer was late and it was not even her it was her associate lawyer. From my point of view she was only reactive and showed no real proactive measures in my case. It as a divorce with Custody battle. I do not feel that she represented by best interest. The opposing counsel kept scheduling hearings and I would not find out until the day before at like 5:30 or 6 at night; then I was told not to come to most of them or I sat outside while it happened. In the end, we had a hearing that was scheduled by opposing attorney, and I again did not find out until late the day before. I had another important engagement with work the following day when the hearing was scheduled, so my attorney told me they would postpone. About 11 am that day I received and email stating my divorce was final and it was not favorable for me. I did not care about money or stuff, I only wanted equal time with my children and equal responsibility for my children.
Posted by Richard
With the professional, legal, and supportive help from Deanna Whitley, I am able to proceed with the adoption of my son. Deanna Whitley successfully met every challenge we faced.
Posted by anonymous
Initially hired her prior partner but after several emails and calls that were not returned I hired another attorney. Deanna lured me back with promises that she would do better and initially I thought that she would. On our first hearing she showed up without anything (thankfully I'd brought some documents that we were able to use). My case then lingered for a while (not entirely her fault) but whenever I asked for a status update or what the plan was going forward I never got a reply. After more than two years of waiting for the case to close I finally had enough and hired someone else to finish it. I would definitely not recommend or hire her again.
Posted by anonymous
My case was extremely unique and complicated. A lawyer prior to Ms. Whitley rushed me off the phone not even allowing me to fully explain my case, stating that it was way too complicated for him to even get into. That same day I called The Whitley Law Firm, P.C. and spoke with them about my case, my information was taken down and given to Cait. Cait listened, calmed me and assured me that my case could and would be handled. She also shared a story which made me feel that I wasn’t alone and that I could trust Ms. Whitley and her team. I’m a Christian, and prayed hard for God to lead me to an attorney that would know the law, not take advantage of me, and help me get through this battle and win. He led me to this Firm. Once forwarded to Ms. Whitley, she called and was just as calming and assuring as Cait; she listened to me, brought comfort to me at such a traumatic time and quickly jumped into action on my case. Throughout the entire ordeal she was polite, respectful, honest and trustworthy, not only to me but to my family. Ms. Whitley knows the law, she is thorough, tough and though small, she is mighty! Being in court four times (because of the many games my ex-husbands lawyers played) we walked away with a WIN every time. Ms. Whitley ended up getting my son back to me quickly, was able to get all the crazy attempts made by my ex-husband and his lawyer thrown out, getting me a settlement of documented primary custody of my son, everything in my favor and getting my child support in the works to be fixed and put back under FL jurisdiction. I am very happy and thankful for her services. If you’re lost, overwhelmed, scared, confused and don’t know what to do. Trust in The Whitley Law Firm, and let her fight your battle; No matter how complicated, call. Last but not least anything worth it is not cheap, they are extremely worth it and will work with you, just call. (I reiterate call, because being in that situation, seeing CALL would be the push I needed.)
The quick background to my complicated case: My son and I live in FL and have since he was 18 months old, as a family with his father up until he was four. The father of my son currently lives in TX. My son had long distance summer visitations with his father yearly. The father of my son decided (because TX was suing him for back child support) to withhold him, and stated he was not sending him back to FL. Trying to say that he was the primary parent and that he decides the residence of my son. The previous Divorce Decree was fraudulently gained in TX, although the father lived married in FL, although there was a FL support order (that his decree changed the amount cutting the support order in half and giving TX power over the support order-which is illegal), and although my son had always lived with me and he himself put the child would continue to live with me in the decree; this case should have never left FL. He placed in small print in the back of the decree that he decides my son’s residence, which in TX gives him "Primary" custody. Primary wouldn’t be granted to a person that has never had the child full time, a person that PAYS child support, and a person that receives long distance visitation of summers only. In a nutshell my case should have never been pulled to TX, yet it was and the decree was signed by a TX judge without me present 2013, this decree had many fraudulent levels and the DOA informed me that I really needed a lawyer to fix the discrepancies, now 2015-2016. The father of my son had also remarried, therefore throwing out the old decree would have caused more complications. All in all my ex-husband had a group of fraudulent lawyers that were wolves, that didn't know the law, and wanted to avoid the real problem of them committing fraud between two jurisdictions, in addition to lying under oath and fooling a judge into signing a fraudulent decree. The entire story will need a book to explain. Ms. Whitley and her team really took care of me and we won!
Posted by John
I had consulted with nearly a dozen attorneys over a 4 day period. All of whom told me that my situation was "hopeless" and basically a "losing battle." However, they were all very willing to accept my retainer to represent me?! I called attorney Whitley's office and had spoken with Kate over the phone the day before meeting with attorney Whitley. I told her I was ready to just give up, since every attorney I'd spoken with to this point was telling me to basically do just that. She encouraged me and gave me the first piece of good advice that I'd heard in 4 days. I was to meet with Mrs. Whitley the next day and almost didn't go, as I'd met with 3 attorneys earlier that day who did nothing but discourage me. I figured what was Mrs. Whitley going to tell that was different? Plus, a huge storm was hitting the area. But I remembered how gracious Kate was to me over the phone the day before, so I turned the car around & met with Mrs. Whitley. She reviewed my documents & asked me why I was so downtrodden? I told her what the other attorneys had said to me, and she actually took the time to go over my documents with me and cross referenced her explanation with actual law books to backup her explanation. She showed me that on the surface it may've looked bad, but she showed me, using the actual law, that I had a very strong case! At this point I had my first glimmer of hope. She also went on to tell me the following: "Your current attorney has put together a very strong case for you, and in my professional opinion, I think you should let him see it through. I feel it would be unethical for me to jump into your case right in the middle. If things go well for you in court next week, thank your attorney & continue with him. If things do not go the way you wanted and you feel like you still want to make a change, then I would be happy to represent you." I cannot begin to express how rare, odd and completely unheard of, this kind of honesty was to hear! Especially since I'd spoken with nearly a dozen lawyers before Mrs. Whitley! Attorney Whitley gave me a quick outline of how she would approach my case & told me not to lose hope, because I was fighting the "good fight!" Mrs. Whitley treated me like a human being who had been going through a very difficult time. We never even discussed a retainer! Kate called me the following week just to check on me and to see how things went in court? I went to court the following week & things did in fact go well. It's not over yet, but I will be contacting attorney Whitley to represent me in the next leg of my proceeding. And I will do this for the simple fact that she & her office staff showed me grace, honesty, ethics, caring and humanity.
Posted by Diane
Ms. Whitley and her team have provided me with excellent service during this traumatic time in my life. She was not only understanding, but she was also forgiving when I was an emotional wreck and went off on a tangent. Her experience in divorce matters surpasses all others. If you are unfortunate and have to use a divorce attorney, I would highly recommend Deanna Lynn Whitley and her team. Thank you for your legal expertise as well as always being there for me when I needed you.
Posted by Bridget
As a perspective client I was leery of attorneys after previous experience. The staff at The Whitley Law Firm immediately made me feel like a person instead of just a client. After my initial consultation and retainer were taken care of they were on the ball. They were very thorough and attentive to my needs and desires in my case. They listened and recommended the best course of action, took every step with care, caution and sincere concern.
After 5 years of being in the dark with my case they shone the brightest light and gave me the confidence needed to get the results I thought were out of my reach. I researched many attorneys before choosing the Whitley Law Firm and I am glad I did because they went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that I achieved the results I desired in my case. Being in a different state would usually be a daunting feeling for a client but for me it was very straightforward because of the abundance of communication that they provided. I would recommend them to anyone who needs a tough as nails attorney willing to fight for you and the best interest of your child(ren).
Deanna, Shelley, Cait, Lonie and the whole staff made my experience a great one. I appreciate all of their hard work in my case and could nbt be happier with the result in my favor. They are creative, have a great rapport fellow colleagues and take an active interest in their cases all while maintaining a high standard of professionalism throughout the whole process.