Posted by Denise
If you are looking for a family law attorney, look no further - Kermisch & Paletz is the right choice, for whatever your family law needs are!
I have used Daniel Paletz and his associate, Lauren Lookofsky, throughout my very contentious divorce and both of them have been absolutely amazing!!! Not only are they extremely knowledgeable in family law and know their stuff as well as being dependable, reliable and always get back to me promptly when I need legal advice on a matter or need them to handle a matter, they are also personable and easy to talk to and explain everything which was very important to me. What has also been great in working with them is that pretty much everything could be done electronically which has been great and very time saving so that I don't need to drive to their office for all the paperwork, etc.
Most importantly, Daniel and Lauren have been able to negotiate with my ex (who I am certain has been their most difficult opposing party ever), but when negotiation was not possible, they kicked my ex's butt in court! Daniel represented me throughout my trial. He is an amazing and impressive litigator who remembers all the facts of the case and cites all the case laws from memory. He is a very aggressive advocate, which is what I needed in dealing with my ex who has been very difficult and harassing. I can't tell you how many times other parties came up to Daniel as we left the court room, told him what an amazing job he did and asked for his business card.
I am very grateful to Daniel and Lauren for the successful outcomes they have achieved for me throughout my divorce process and thereafter. I am certain I would not be where I am today without them.
I highly recommend Kermisch & Paletz for any of your family law needs. You won't be disappointed!
Posted by Inez
Daniel Paletz was my lawyer in a very contentious divorce for two and a half years. He is intelligent, has extensive experience with family law and he can relate to young children advising what would be best for the family. He was fair, kind and caring with me during the process. My ex was obstreperous and continuously tried to harass me with endless and frivolous ex partes in court. I trusted Daniel completely throughout this difficult journey and he guided me when I was disheartened and unsure.
After a long and arduous journey, I received a successful outcome and I am grateful for Daniel's unwavering expertise and knowledge of the courts, the law and the process.
Posted by anonymous
I hired Daniel on the recommendation of a friend (another attonery). while being faced with an extremely high conflict divorce. I went from having my ex wife try to remove my child from me entirely to having legal custody and primary physical custody. None of this would have been possible without Daniel Paletz.
Posted by francis iacovelli
My wife and I had spent thousands of dollars with a previous attorney and there was no end in sight. Daniel was introduced to us by a local public defender. My step sons father was filling countless law suits against us and we could no longer afford the Yale/Stanford attorney who had made zero progress in 3 years. Daniel came in at a much more affordable rate and wrapped the case up in a years’ time. I was very impressed with his ability to negotiate and cut through all the bull that we had experienced in the past. Daniel saved us. Thank you for all your help.
Posted by Lawrence
I was married for a very long time and planned on staying that way. So as one can imagine, I never had any reason to look for a divorce attorney. However, things don't always turn out as planned...
My ex and I initially intended to work out the details of our divorce with a mediator. We did our best to be civil in settling our differences. But even in the best of circumstances, divorce is a difficult and often painful process. So when the mediator didn't work out, she referred me to Daniel Paletz and his firm, Kermisch & Paletz.
I work in a creative industry and my brain cowers and aches when I need to read over long, dry documents, contracts or spreadsheets. From our first meeting Daniel put my mind at ease. I felt he had a thorough understanding of my situation. He was patient with my questions, compassionate about the history of my marriage and concerned about my needs moving forward. He instilled confidence that the job would get done right and immediately went to work.
Because of the long duration of my marriage it was a complicated process. People say a lot of nasty things about lawyers, but at every step of the way Daniel distilled the legalese, procedures and processes into a language I could understand and he did it without being patronizing or condescending.
My divorce is now finalized and I am writing this review as small token of appreciation to someone who advised and counseled me though a long and often arduous experience. Daniel Paletz was my Obi-Wan Kanobi in the journey. He is not only an excellent attorney, he's also one of the smartest people you will ever meet. I'm happy to give him my highest recommendation.
Posted by Sad Parent
I saw Daniel for a consultation after a heartfelt conversation with his staff member Brittney. Daniel doesn't sugar coat things and he doesn't mince words. He's compassionate and honest. He didn't press me to hire him. He wouldn't let me settle for less than what I'm due regardless of my pleas to settle for nothing other than child custody and a paltry support. After I left his office, I still had concerns. He didn't dismiss me since I didn't hire him. He elaborated a response with consideration and assertiveness.
Budget is my issue as I was originally supposed to work with his junior partner at a more affordable rate. I met her too and realized that everyone at his office is competent. There is no you get what you paid for.
I know this is the law firm for me. Now I have to work on what I want for me.
Posted by Jazz Daddy
My ex is an attorney driven to cause conflict even after the divorce had been done, using finances and the children in a desperate attempt to "win". My original attorney and I had hoped that the constant RFOs would cease once the divorce was done, but if anything, that just ramped up the litigant drive of my ex. Once the ongoing conflict was understood, my first attorney suggested that I needed an attorney who would be able to not only be ready to compromise, communicate and mediate as he was, but also be ready to fight.
That attorney is Daniel Paletz.
In the face of lies and misrepresentation from my ex, along with a false report to DCFS, the judge was predisposed to believe her story and reduce my time with the children. Daniel advocated like a champ and was able to get a PPA2 ordered. The PPA2, in conjunction with a finding of the DCFS report as 'Unfounded' resulted in a continued 50/50 custody arrangement.
Daniel worked with me personally, putting in the time, making sure that I understood how to explain the situation to the Evaluator in the language that they would understand. My ex's plan may have been successful if it were not for his understanding of how to navigate the legal system - I had no clue as to what to do.
Daniel is a realist with a good heart - although he may deny the latter part of that statement.
Hire him and let him know who you are. He will help you.
Posted by Mike
My son wanted to move in with me. We needed a ruling before he started school in the fall, six months. This is impossible to do with a slow court system. Originally my case was with Lauren, one of the less expensive attorneys at this firm. Unfortunately she had an accident and was unable represent me in court. Daniel, the full partner, called me and told me that he would be representing me. I worried because I felt in that Lauren was on top of case. She is sharp and managed to get a court date that I thought impossible. My first surprise with Daniel was that he would be charging me at Lauren’s significantly lower rate. The judge in my case was going to request an evaluation with my son. Doing this would have prolonged my case months after my original court date. On the morning of my court date Daniel was able to find minor’s counsel to represent my son and get the other side to agree. My second surprise with Daniel was that the judge on my case accepted the minor’s counsel in lieu of an evaluation. The judge ruled in my favor on my first court appearance.
Over the years I have become hardened and distrust lawyers. Daniel told me that he is selective of his cases and only takes the ones that should be fought. I thought ya right. Daniel told me that I had a good chance of losing my case. Other firms told me that I had the highest chances of winning. After spending lunch with him I truly believe he is decent person. Every week the partners take the entire staff out to lunch just to bond and catch up. In one of these lunches someone mentioned that they should every have a company Starbucks card. Now the entire staff has free coffee from the Starbucks next to their office. Several times Daniel said bless you to people sneezing nearby that day. After spending the day with Daniel, I truly believe that he cares and will tell you like it is. He will not tell you what you want to hear just to make a buck. If I lost my case, I would post this same review.
Posted by Emily
Daniel Paletz has been our attorney for the past year out of the 7 years I've had to rely on relief from the family court. In that one year, he accomplished more than had been accomplished by our previous attorney in the six years she represented us. The first time I knew of Daniel, we were in court (being represented by our previous attorney). His clients case was called before ours and we were SO impressed with his ability to command the proceedings, while still giving all due respect to the court. My dad and my current husband got his card that day, without knowing the other had asked.
Daniel is an AMAZING litigator, when we needed to litigate, but was able to successfully negotiate several issues before we even stood in front of our judge. His office staff (Jillian and Eddie) are amazingly helpful, professional, and always responsive. I also had a wonderful experience, considering the circumstances, with Daniel's associate attorney, Aja. Daniel knew money was an issue for us, and therefore had Aja handle most of the pleadings for us because she charges a lesser fee. Aja is EXTREMELY competent, attentive, and responsive. Daniel and Jillian were extremely flexible with payment arrangements and retainer fees. But above all else, Daniel was able to keep focused on the end result and fought extremely hard for our children. His firm is the best thing that has happened to us in our extremely difficult family court experience. Family court is an emotional experience, and Daniel was able to keep us calm throughout the entire process. When you are called to stand in front of the judge, things happen VERY quickly - he never missed a beat. He is beyond impressive and worth his weight in gold.
Posted by Mindi
Daniel is my 3rd family law attorney. He is amazing. He gave me a free consultation before hiring him.
He really knows the law, and the Judge in the Van Nuys Court, know that he knows the law. Strong powerful in front of the Judge. If Daniel was my 1st attorney, I'd probably be $25,000 richer.
He is there for you.