Posted by anonymous
My ex decided he was entitled to reduce spousal support and filed suit against me. Mr. Gardner was not my original divorce lawyer, but spent some time reviewing the initial case and identified plenty of areas to target. We even made my ex a fair offer with minimal reduction to support; it was refused. With Mr. Gardner's targeted questions, the judge ordered against any reduction in support and even ordered my ex to pay attorney fees.
Posted by anonymous
Douglas was my first lawyer I've hired and it wasn't a wonderful experience like some of these other reviews. He is patient and I can tell he knows a lot since he's been doing this for a long time but throughout my year or so with him I felt like he didn't know who I was when I would call. Then I would remind him about my case and he would try to answer my questions but was regularly very fuzzy about what was going on in my case. I also didn't feel like he was fully invested in my case and I felt on a few occasions that he downplayed my concerns and would just try to tell me something else to soothe my issue. I finally got to a point where I couldn't afford him because it was taxing my family, even though that's exactly who I was trying to protect. I've since been left to take care of things that he said he took care of (like finding out the arrearages). I also asked him to help me to be VERY specific in my final court order for parenting time with my ex (I warned him that she was nasty and he's been helping me deal with her for the past year so I figured he would understand and help me) and he, once again, downplayed my concerns and I feel like we got an order that he pulled from him template folder and added a few details to. I was also charged exorbitant amounts of money for him to look at all the drug tests my ex had to take. I wanted her to take hair follicle tests after the first one came up positive (which she would have to take every 90 days) and he suggested we have her to urine analysis every week. I unknowingly agreed to this. So I had to pay for him to look at a test once a week when I could have gotten the same answer for looking at something she would take every 90 days. I really felt like this was just another way to "make a buck." Douglas and his staff have never been mean to me or unprofessional. I just feel like he may have too many cases under his belt to properly give attention to each one.
Posted by Robert
Douglas took my case after my 1st lawyer dumped it the day before documents were due to the court 1 month before the trial. He went through the documents and found a defense the other lawyer didn't even see. This saved me $100,000s.
He told me when he started that he didn't have much time and a lot of water had already passed under the bridge so don't expect too much, but he actually defended me! My other lawyer was just going to negotiate the amount of alimony, but Douglas looked for a defense.
I am very impressed with is competence and intelligence. Had I used beginning with my case would have been settled 4 1/2 months earlier and for $20,000 less. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Doug
The Firm was very thorough and didn't miss anything. The communication was great . My goal was accomplished to meet my expectations. I would highly recommend Douglas Gardner. You get what you pay for and if you want the best he would be my choice.
Posted by Ayleen
Mr. Gardner always had my best interest in mind, I was always informed about the most important details, procedures, and outcomes of my case. During the time Mr. Gardner was my attorney I always felt like I was in very good hands. He never missed a scheduled meeting and he always took my calls. Mr. Gardner had the ability to help me remain calm in crisis situations by keeping me informed with relevant information and options. I owe a debt of gratitude to him for his services.
Posted by NICK
My case is probably the most unique case in Az. History. Mr. Gardner and his team of lawyers and assistance worked very hard in all the research to get the law to hear me out. I had a child that was secretly kept from me from birth until 4yrs old. Another man put his name on the birth certificate and took on the role as the father. My rights as a father were violated in everyway human. My fight took 1 I/2 yrs to finally get the justice me and my child deserved. Mr. Gardner was the most professional Lawyer. Excellent with his wording and talking to the judge. When Cross examining difficult witnesses, he was very prepared. The other party fought us just as hard. But we won every hearing and every request. Then when the other party took us to the Az. appellant court, Mr. Gardner was calm and knowledgeable. He went in using only the law and facts. Even though plenty of times I had doubts on the outcome, he always was straight up and tell me we have a chance but there is never guarantees but we are going to do our best. And our best is what we did. I now have my child and I am the happiest father in the world. I would highly recommend Mr. Gardner and any one of his team members for difficult cases. This case was expensive and Gardner always told me it would be, because of the nature of what was to fallow ahead. Fathers have rights too!
Posted by Charles
Mr. Gardner is an attorney that I've used on two separate occasions. This Gentalman and his amazing staff are prompt,professional and hard-charging. My son was taken from me and Mr. Gardner was able to find my son and get him returned to me, without this man and his fine team I would not be the great father I am today with a beautiful son I get hold everyday. I thank Mr. Gardner for knowing the law executing the law and being the person that not only I needed but I know other people will as well. Please take the time to work with this man and his team and they will get the job done for you. Once more I would like to thank Mr. Gardner an his team for everything they've done I will never be able to return to you what you've given to me all I can do is say thank you and I hope you never stop what you're doing because you truly have change lives.
Posted by Mark
Don't walk away, run. I'm a Legal Shield member and with my membership I'm supposed to get a 25% discount. With my discount, my consultation was $395. My wife's lawyer didn't charge her anything. When I hired Douglas I paid him $3,750 and he said "if we came to an agreement and not go to court I would get some of the money back. But if we go to court it would cost $5,000." Quickly he blew through $2,000 on "preparing forms" that I'm sure are generic and are sent to everyone of his victims. When I asked Mr. Gardner about this he told me that's how "he forces people to come to an agreement, through attrition". Meaning he spends all your money till you have to give up. My wife and I were only separated about 45 days and when I informed Mr. Gardner that we were trying to work things out he sent out more forms to use up the rest of the money. If you want to talk to him on the phone he charges $95 for 12 minutes. If you call and it goes to his voicemail, he charges $95 dollars to listen to the message and another $95 to return your call. He now claims I owe him another $800 for nothing. When I was considering getting a divorce, I was more concerned with him than my wife's attorney. There's nothing worse than that feeling of being on your own against two lawyers. My wife she could call her attorney multiple times a day and never get charged. As a matter of fact she got back over $1,400 of her original $3500 that she paid her lawyer. I don't see how Mr. Gardner became a certified family attorney. It must not have anything to do with having your client,s best interest.
Posted by Nick
Mr. Gardner was extremely helpful getting me through my divorce. He was always prompt in responding to my phone calls and emails. I always felt like he knew my case well and that getting me a fair result was important to him. His guidance on what I should expect and what my rights were through the process were essential to getting the result that I wanted. I'd thought about not getting an attorney but I'm very happy I did. I would highly recommend Mr. Gardner to anyone who is going through a difficult divorce.
Posted by Asem
The process is still in progress, however, Mr. Gardner is very responsive and efficient with his time. My needs as a father are well attended to and he is well versed in his trade. He also does his research on the opposing counsel. He knows what battles to fight and which ones to avoid.