Posted by anonymous
Ceila Harned is the most incompetent, biased, untrustworthy and unprofessional "lawyer" I have ever had the unfortunate displeasure to meet.
Ms. Harned was assigned to my case as a CFI to help to reach an accord with my extremely difficult ex. She promised that she would be fair and professional, however after my experience with her its apparent that she has no idea what those words mean.
From the beginning she showed favoritism towards my exes version of events. While she showed him sympathy I was met with aggressive disdain and disapproval. When I was honest with my concerns about that she rudely told me that she couldn't be "bamboozled". After that she was openly hostile during our interactions.
She told me to leave the room while speaking to my young children, however I could hear her talking to them. She completely discounted their concerns about whate was occurring with their father, practically calling them liars and then leading them to answer her questions in a more favorable way towards my ex. Afterwards she flat out accused me of telling my children what to say, which I did NOT do. She put that in her report anyway.
She constantly refused to answer my phone calls or return emails, but when she did her responses were short and scathing. Meanwhile my ex bragged that he had her "eating out of the palm of his hand".
As a "unbiased" lawyer, she showed up to court and hugged my ex and laughed and joked with him. When we remarked how unprofessional that was she tattled to the judge that my side was harassing her.
Ceila's report appeared to have been written by a middle school student. There were misspellings, run on sentences and even smiley faces included! She couldn't even get the names of my children correct in her report. It was ridiculous.
This woman is a danger to your children. If she is assigned to your case immediately request another person. RUN! She has zero interest in the truth and most importantly she has no interest in your children. She is one of the worst, most dishonest people I have ever met in my life.
Posted by anonymous
I'll be honest, when Ms. Harned was assigned to our case I saw the bad review and was concerned. Yes she's overworked and sometimes details or typos happen - BUT she CARES about understanding the family dynamics and about doing what's best for the kids. She was very thorough and listened carefully to all sides and looked at all the documentation as well. Things were extremely high conflict and ugly but she maintained a pragmatic approach that was very helpful. I appreciate that she didn't make "assumptions" but rather took the time to learn the background and talk to both parties repeatedly to get a real understanding of things. While the outcome of my case wasn't ideal from my perspective, Ms. Harned was extremely thorough and fair and reasonable.
Posted by anonymous
Mrs. Harned was appointed to my case by the Denver courts. I had read the reviews and considered the negative ones as anyone would; but everyone should be given a fair chance and a person should never be condemned based on what others say. Unfortunately, in this line of work, one person is going to be the "winner" and the other the "loser". I was the " loser". So, as others on here, I could have an axe to grind...or I could be fair and appreciate what she did do. My ex LEGALLY kidnapped my children and the laws prevented me from getting them back. Basically, my children were smuggled out of state without my knowledge or consent, AFTER I had filed for divorce AND she refused service of divorce documents.(all documented and filed with court). My wife and I had zero contact and I spent 2.5 months without any contact with my kids. But Mrs. Harned was a shining star in a dark world. She was the only one who listened to me, and didn't judge me because I'm a black male accused of horrible stuff. Over a 6 month period fighting for my children and 100% of my motions were denied, but my wife was granted almost anything she asked for. I felt helpless because I'm poor. And my demographic makes some folks uncomfortable and subconscious biases dictate decision making. Mrs. Harned got us to finally communicate and I was rightfully put back into my children's lives. She recommended in her plan that I get to talk to them a few times a week, I'm to get weekly updates, and be involved in ALL decision making for them. Plus, very liberal visitation. It couldn't have been a better plan given the situation. Mrs. Harned realized I'd been railroaded and that fathers matter too. Her plan was fair and honest, because it was inclusive. I was/am not a monster and the plan reflected that. All one had to do was follow the evidence and the truth was obvious. My ex is terribly dishonest, conniving, controlling, and very mean. I believe Mrs. Harned saw some of that throughout this process and she helped me when nobody else would. To this day, my ex has faced 0 consequences for her actions and was considered a good person and credible from the judge. Talk about not paying attention and bias. He saw me, but didn't see me. Declaring me indigent on one hand, but takes 82% of my income in final orders is hardly fair thus destroying the helpful plan Mrs. Harned put forth to involve me in my children's lives, but its just another example of a long list of unbelievable rulings. I also have to give her some money for the time she disappeared with my kids and refused to let me see or talk to them for 2.5 months. Can anyone else live on $300 a month in Colorado?? Didn't think so. But that's for a different forum on another day. I'm proud to have had Mrs. Harned on my case! Too often folks will complain about bad service or voice displeasure but we rarely give thanks. Thank you Mrs. Harned for everything you did for me and my children. Thank you for realizing children need dads too, even the really poor ones. And to those who bashed this woman and wrote mean things- shame on you. Maybe things didn't go your way because of the judge, or you weren't entirely truthful or the laws just suck. I was the "loser" too, but i tell it like it is, and she is deserving of 5 stars. She represented what our legal system is supposed to uphold!
Posted by Courtney
Please do not use this woman as a CFI for your case. The fact that her title says she cares about the kids is so far from the truth. I personally hired Celia for our custody case. She met with the opposing party first and was against me from the start. Every member of my family she spoke with said she was rude, interruptive, and very unprofessional. Someone in this position should be able to take out the emotions from the case and look at the facts. She did none of this. My daughter, who was 10 at the time, said that the entire time she spoke face to face with Celia, Celia seemed very disconnected and wasn't really paying attention. She would interrupt her and almost guide her to certain answers. My daughter was in tears from their meeting.
Celia's recommendations for our case were so far from what either party were even going for. She planted these ideas in the opposing parties head that had never even come up in the case. After submitting her recommendations to the court, there were so many grammatical errors as well as false information. It seemed like she didn't even take the time to carefully write things out and review them.
Since the case, my life has been flipped upside down and my daughter is now facing so many challenges in her young life that were never there before. She is facing things that she should never have to face. She was a happy and vibrant child and is now struggling day to day. We are now having to look at therapy to help her face some of these struggles.
Posted by Curt
Celia is firmly aware of how to work a case. She is known by the professionals in my county and is trustworthy enough for them to recommend her. She treated my case with extreme fairness and listened to all of the facts. She cares about the truth and fairness for all. Working between battling parents and quarreling ex's must be near impossible but she treated me and my ex with great concern FOR OUR CHILDREN! That is an important FACT. You do not want a lawyer who will side with one person or another you want one who will do WHAT IS BEST FOR YOUR CHILDREN!
I needed her during a family crisis and she stopped what she was doing on a Sunday and drove literally across town to meet with me.
Posted by anonymous
y'all sound like some bitter ex's who didn't get their way in court probably because what you wanted want's in the best interest of your child. Celia handled a difficult case for our family and was able to shift through the hurt, hate and bad intentions to act in accordance with the child's best interest. in hindsight she was 100% right and fair and our family as we know it owes her a debt of gratitude.
Posted by anonymous
I have worked with some very amazing attorneys in the past as well as have quite a number of friends that practice in all different areas of law. I would recommend any and all of the attorneys I have worked with in the past except Ms. Harned. She is too busy for you, always brushes off any questions, does not follow through or respond to emails or voice messages, she is not thorough, she makes A LOT of mistakes AND submits them in her reports to the court. Ms. Harned is deceptive and will say whatever you want to hear. She is primarily looking out for herself and is spineless and when push comes to shove, as it often does in court, she does NOT fight for what's right, she will give in to what makes her life easier. I was extremely disappointed in her legal ethics and integrity, she is clearly just doing a J.O.B. and unfortunately even that, bare bones doing the work wasn't even done well or accurately. If I did my work at her standards I would have been fired a long time ago.
Posted by anonymous
I'm going to echo what other reviewers have already said. It saddens me that Celia Harned is still practicing law based on her bias, unprofessionalism, and incompetence. She misspelled our child's name, her report looked to have been done in a haste and full of run-on sentences and grammatical errors. In fact, her final report included a smiley face which I found to be very unprofessional! Her emails were also unprofessional. Her emails read like text messages, words like "you," "through," though," and "okay" were spelled "u" "thru" "tho" and "k." Emails never included a subject, capitol letters, or any punctuation. She is a professional and her communications were far from it.
Posted by anonymous
This is the most clueless "attorney" I have come across ever! I was appointed her by the courts and I literally laughed at her recommendations. The CFI report that she produced had misspellings, fragments and run-on sentences. I laughed at the report and just could not take it serious though it was unfortunately. It's no wonder this person works solely as a court appointed attorney. She certainly would not make it on her own. She is a very incompetent person. She was so subjective against me in the report, it was like totally from the other person's perspective. She left out important details that had significant weight for the court to consider. She download very important matters dealing with the child's health. She twisted the details of the report to push the agenda she wanted to convey. She was very unprofessional and is a disservice to all those in the field who believe in objective reporting in important matters such as family law. I wanted to post this as an avenue to help others and I will also be filing a formal complaint with the Colorado State Bar Association. I suggest those who have experienced this woman's ineptness to please do the same. Her state license is the following:
I can't allow her incompetence to influence another court's decision.
Posted by anonymous
Celia Harned was assigned by the Denver District Court as a CFI for my case which, iniitially, was a minor dispute between co-parents. The court ignored their own order for mediation and proceeded to assign Celia Harned as CFI.
The reports are true, the only thing Celia Harned is concerned about is the money. She refused to talk with me until she had received and cashed my retainer fee. When she finally granted me an initial interview, she shuffled me out of her office after 45 minutes, yet her final bill shows that she met with me for 2.4 hours. In her home visit with me, she arrived 1 hour late, only stayed for 50 minutes, yet she billed me another 2.4 hours. During her home visit, she watched my children eat dinner, then played "hide and seek" with them for 10 minutes while I was required to leave the house. The only billing she was correct on, was the final conference with me, by phone only. Yes, I was only allowed 3 conferences, and this took 6 months.
At no time did Celia Harned inform me about issues that were brought up from my ex, nor did she investigate issues that I had brought to her attention regarding the children. The issues brought up by my ex were never brought up in the original motion that brought Celia Harned into the case, so I had no idea about them. The most important thing is, Celia Harned did NOT even interview the children regarding any issues, nor did she spend the time necessary to find out what the children's wishes were, or what problems they were having. This "IS" what it's all about, right?
Celia Harned's report to the court and recommendations were completely biased and based soley on issues that were never discussed with me. On top of furnishing an incompetant report, she overstepped her own orders by issuing recommendations regarding issues not requested in the original motion.
Overall, if you end up using Celia Harned, you will find that she is unable to remain neutral and is easily swayed. She will not discuss, equally with both sides or share problems brought up. She is not concerned about what is in the best interests of the children, nor will she consider their wishes.
Celia Harned has no business acting as an attorney let alone a CFI, and if she finds it necessary to continue in this line of work, she should at least attend some form of formal training. She needs it.
Celia Harned has done more harm and created more conflict in my children's life then they had before her arrival. This will take years and thousands of dollars to resolve.