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Erika Rae Scheideman

Family Attorney at Pasadena, CA

4.7   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Erika

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I strongly advocate for my clients while minimizing the financial and emotional impact of family law matters.

Erika R. Scheideman has practiced exclusively family law over 10 years, since passing the California Bar Exam in 2009. In 2019, she became a Certified Family Law Specialist. She has valuable experience handling a wide variety of family law issues including dissolution of marriage, legal separation, contested child custody and visitation matters, including international and inter-state move-away requests, three parent custody arrangements, division of marital assets and debts, child and spousal support matters, post-judgment modification proceedings, preparation of premarital and postmarital agreements, domestic violence restraining orders and step-parent adoption.

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Location

Lagerlof, LLP
155 North Lake Avenue
11th Floor
Pasadena, CA, 91101

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Posted by Tom | November 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can't Say Enough Great Things
Erika was my second attorney during my divorce, which was not easy and lasted several years to resolve. She is very knowledgeable, well prepared, and is familiar with anticipating the Judge. I really got the feeling that she truly wants the best outcome and to resolve the situation with the best outcome as quickly as possible so as not to burn through my money needlessly by "fighting" with the other side and filing needless filings. She even was very amicable and professional to my X, who, also an attorney, was pleasantly surprised. I went from essentially no custody of my children to practically sole custody. I would recommend her in a heartbeat. And she's a nice person boot, making an already emotionally challenging and difficult situation, bearable. She is not inexpensive, rather she is worth it. I'm sure I would have paid much more for someone not as skilled, who just wanted to keep things going with the other side, instead of resolving things quickly and efficiently, while keeping my best interest in mind.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Amazing consultation
I couldn’t afford to hire this brilliant lawyer, however, I invested in a consultation that provided me with the knowledge, straight forward information I needed after hiring the wrong attorney who was over litigating, blowing smoke, and over charging. Erika understood the importance of trusting and having confidence in an advocate. She knew I was unhappy and she listened to my concerns, my situation and brainstormed a legal strategy that I was able to take to my new counsel. She is a fast thinker, a fluid speaker and highly knowledgeable all the while remaining sensitive knowing that family law can be a nightmare. She’s sensible and gets it and she’s not someone who backs down or is easily intimidated by opposing counsel. Thank you Erika for your guidance
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Keeping it real
I needed to begin the very cumbersome process of terminating paternal parental rights/obtaining full legal and sole custody of my daughter. I did a bunch of research on my own and had a healthy understanding of the laws and practice in California. When I began to look for legal representation I called 10 family law lawyers, 6 from large firms and 4 as referrals. More than HALF didn't even know you could terminate parental rights, a quarter told me it was too hard and to not even try, and the rest gave inappropriate advice to further their own business objectives. My final call was to Erika who was referred to me by a family friend, and was she a breath of fresh air! Not only did she know what I was talking about, she had experience in the matter AND was very matter of fact of the challenges, the opportunities and how she could represent me. I immediately put her on retainer and could not have been happier. She was always responsive, tactful, and just plain good. Her "tell it how it is" approach is refreshing, and when you are paying her a (well deserved) dollar, you want your interactions concise and informative. Erika does just that. When you are going through scary, uncertain, and such daunting matters as your child's well being you have to fully trust in the person representing you. She has been such a blessing that I have refereed her to my network and she has been hired by a friend in another case. I cannot say enough good things about her!
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Posted by Shushan | February 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Sharp but kind - excellent attorney
This review is long overdue. Erika helped my very close family members with their divorce. Their previous attorney had passed away, leaving the dissolution incomplete. Erika took care of everything so quickly and smoothly- it was the most seamless process I’ve seen. She’s absolutely lovely and a true pleasure to work with. I witnessed her work first hand and have recommended her to several others since. As an attorney, we tend to be particularly critical of colleagues and their quality of work. I have no hesitation in telling clients and friends that Erika will take care of them.
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Posted by Imelda | March 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
To Erica
Erica is an amazing attorney. I was in a very complicated divorce/child custody case. She went above and beyond and did a super job to protect my children and I. Erica and her assistant Christin truly care, I am pleased with the support and help I was given. I highly recommend this phenomenal woman. Erica I will forever be thankful, you are the miracle I needed to get my life back. Thank you
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Erika is an amazing lawyer!! A very dear friend of mine recommended her to me while going trough a very hard time battling for child custody. She helped me in every way she possibly could. She was very caring and understanding. I dont know how I would have gone trough what I just did with out her. I went to her a shattered women broken and devastaded in every way. She helped me finish this chapter of my life in ways I wouldn't have expected. Thank YOU soo very much Erika!! I will defenetly reach out to you if anything ever goes down a different road. Defenetly recommend her!!
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Posted by Jason | November 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended!
Erika is everything you could possibly ask for in a lawyer. She was exactly the support my wife and I needed during our difficult custody case. She is extremely supportive and caring, while at the same time being a strong advocate while working on our case and representing us in court. Her competence, professionalism and sincerity gave us peace during a very trying time in our lives. We are so grateful that we met Erika and cannot say enough about the job she did for us. She goes above and beyond in all aspects of her profession. Highly recommended if you need a family lawyer.
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Posted by Rachel | October 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Heartfelt
Divorce is never a pleasant situation in life. From the first day I had met Erika she made me feel comfortable with her knowledge of the law and put me at ease. There were days I wasn't certain that it was going too well but Erika made sure I understood what exactly would be coming next . She makes you feel like you are her only client when you indeed know she has many but nevertheless always there for you. Although it was a difficult part of my life I am very happy to have had Erika by my side. Truly a dedicated Attorney.
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Posted by Ziggy | September 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impressive!
Erika is an amazing lawyer and a wonderful person. I was very impressed the first time I met her. She was very supportive, caring and understanding. She is also extremely knowledgeable, professional and efficient: I do not have enough words to express my gratitude towards her. She helped and guided me all the way throughout my divorce and the outcome ended far better than I had expected. She also found ways for me to save costs. Overall, I was extremely glad she was there to represent me throughout this difficult process. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Chris | July 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very happy with Erika and my outcome
Erika is amazing. When I first divorced, I signed the judgment without an attorney (big mistake). Years later, when my ex asked for more, I found Erika. Over many months, she patiently and knowledgeably guided me from initial advice on my rights all the way through a three hour court appearance that ended in a decision far better than what I had offered on my own to avoid court. The entire time she was incredibly considerate about being as efficient with her time (low cost) as possible. I have had other attorneys bill me for time they spent talking about their childhood - Erika is the opposite of that, but at the same time absolutely answered every question I had extremely thoroughly and promptly. The entire process was very stressful, but Erika went above and beyond providing support and motivation to keep going. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing!!
Erika was amazing from the first call through the court dates and till the end. She was able to provide sound advice and direction for our sticky custody case. She went above and beyond for us, even when the other sides attorney left to tend to another case she managed to navigate an agreement. Drew it up right there and had it filed for us. Talk about amazing!! After everything has come to a close for us, we can't praise her enough. A truly hard working, honest, caring attorney. We would recommend you call her immediately!
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Posted by Brandon | July 3, 2014
Great job
Erika literally jumped through hoops to make my divorce happen smoothly. I was unable to find my wife (as she had moved off with another man to another state), and Erika diligently found her, served her, and closed out my divorce in record time. She responds very quickly, handles everything right away, and kept me informed every step of the way. I hope I never require her services again, but if I do I will be going back to her.
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Posted by Kaitlyn | June 6, 2014
Sincere and Competent Lawyer
Erika is an exceptional lawyer. She was so helpful throughout my divorce with her expert advice and professionalism. I felt she turned this unpleasant process into a positive experience. I am very thankful I was recommended to her and I will continue to recommend others to her in the future. I'm extremely grateful to have met such a sincere and competent lawyer. I endorse Erika!
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2014
Two thumbs up
Working with Ms. Scheideman made a pleasant experience out of an emotionally difficult process. She was patient, understanding, efficient and knowledgeable, and helped me to feel confident while proceeding through the process. I highly recommend choosing her, and working with the law offices of Makupson & Howard.
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Prolonged Divorce Procees and Charged $55,000
This attorney will prolong one's divorce because she wants to get paid and this is how she does it. The opposing council asked..."why haven't we terminated the marriage "? She said.. "I think its convenient for me and my soon to be ex-husband to continue to be marriage ". This way she will continue getting paid. She would tell me..."I working for you so, that you walk away with as much money" but this is when I realized that she was charging so much money and I was not saving any money. When I told her what she was doing to me, this is when she would be upset and would threatened me...."I think that we are not good fit and you should find yourself another attorney". Or whenever I would forget, or didn't understand, or would tell her that she was not doing what I was paying for her to do. This is when she would threatened me with dropping my divorce case after being with her for a year and half. She would do this throughout this whole year and half. She was a FAKE and would PRETEND to CARE about my SUFFERING. I regret the day that I hired her and the bad thing also is that she also has my name. We parted ways on May 21, 2021.
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Response from Erika Scheideman October 6, 2021
The assertions made by this former client are not accurate. Divorces are emotional and difficult times and while the attorney-client privilege prevents me from responding fully to the assertions made, what is accurate is that I deeply understand the importance of the attorney-client relationship and when I believe a client's position to be unreasonable or unrealistic, I first try to align with my client's goals in an attainable way. When that is not possible, I will indeed recommend that the client seek different legal representation which is what happened with this client. I have no interest in continuing to work with a client, for any amount of money, when it is clear the client is unwilling or unable to work cooperatively in a realistic way to reach conclusions in their matter. I do care about my clients, I know who this former client is, and to this day I care that she obtains a result she is happy with. I took this client through to the very end of her matter with the exception of a few issues that we did not align on and, in good faith, I let this client know I was not comfortable continuing to represent her any longer for a variety of reasons related to her expectations and a general breakdown in communication that the attorney client privilege does not allow me to elaborate on. At the conclusion of our working relationship I offered to communicate with a new attorney, at no cost, if she chose to retain one, to bring that person up to speed on her case, to ensure seamless representation for her, and to ensure that she incurred as little in attorney's fees as possible for her new counsel to understand the remaining issues in her matter. While this client did not pursue that offer, she continued to reach out to me with questions after my representation concluded, which I responded to kindly and professionally, and directed her to her new attorney, as I no longer represented her at that time. I understand that she has found new legal representation and within months of doing so has posted a similarly negative review about her new attorney. Unfortunately it seems she continues to be dissatisfied with the legal representation she is receiving no matter where it comes from. I continue to wish this client well, I stand by all of the work and representation I did on her behalf, and am sorry to see she is still experiencing a difficult time. I hope that the process comes to an end for her soon so she can move forward with her life. I welcome any potential client's questions about my process. I am transparent about my process and work with all of my clients, including this one, and remain committed to representing people with integrity.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Education

  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Pacific Union College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Pasadena Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Attorneys
  • Pasadena Magazine
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (15)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erika is a great family law attorney - her practice areas include contested divorces and child custody issues. Erika is knowledgeable and responsive. I've sent many clients her way over the years and they've all been extremely impressed with her work."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Erika is wonderful...she truly works for her client's best interest and is a tireless advocate...can't recommend her to my clients highly enough."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. In working with Ms. Scheideman on a family law matter, I have found her to be very intelligent and skilled in the area of family law. The consummate professional, she has always advocated for her client in aggressive, yet appropriate manner. She is receptive to settlement, while still advocating her client's interest. She is certainly a worthy opponent."
Family Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Erika is a bright, passionate, professional, and courteous family law attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you are looking for a trustworthy, dedicated family attorney, Erika is the attorney you are looking for."
Family Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Erika is a a knowledgeable family attorney who genuinely cares about her clients cases."
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