Posted by a client
I re-read my previous review and don't feel like I've done enough to voice my positive experience with Mr. Pittullo and his team. My divorce involved a restraining order, a post-nuptial agreement whereby community property was challenged, TWO trials because of unnecessary continuances, etc. I did a TON of legwork in data gathering with respect to my spouse and exposing his lies, but that doesn't undermine what he and his team (Jonathon Zitney and Jenn Heffernan) did for me. I fought for and walked away with a 5 year restraining order, sole custody of the children, the sole and separate property of my residence despite being in a community property state, my spouse was sanctioned for misconduct involving moving assets and purposefully dragging out the trial(s), etc.. I can go on and on about our success as a true team. Mr. Pittullo commands the courtroom, but give him the goods to fight with. I did and we prevailed. He was always very frank with me the odds of "winning" a motion and every decision I made was done with extreme thought and caution and I routinely evaluated cost vs. benefit. And with respect to what people say about him, he is a very, very wonderful person outside of his court persona and I have tremendous respect for him and his team. If your spouse is a fighter, Pittullo will aggressively fight for you and beat the opposition down. But if your spouse is cooperative, Mr. Pittullo becomes a true, positive mediator. He and is his team are the best.
Posted by a client
Mr. Pittullo is very effective when your divorce is litigated and if your spouse is a beast. He will quickly change who is "alpha"! I did much of the data gathering to make his job easier and so he and his staff didn't have to spend their time doing what I could do. That is very important. Some details can be overlooked by him and his staff so you need to stay on top of them....after all, it is YOUR LIFE. But I would highly recommend him if you are going to have a challenging divorce.
Posted by a client
I hired Tim Pittullo for my family law case. I let him go due to quality and performance issues.
I experienced the following:
1. Late to hearings and meetings
2. Not prompt in returning phone calls
3. Used vulgar language
4. Slurred speech
5. Sloppy follow-up case details
6. Missed details on OSC documents
7. Did not perform proper discovery
8. Double billed
9. Rude support staff
10. Yelled at the opposing attorney and displayed embarrassing behavior. I then distanced myself as I did not desire my case or reputation to be soiled by Tim's behavior
11. Advised me to do unethical things such as lying about my income and fudge expenses. I did not engage in his poor advice and that was the last straw.
I do not recommend this attorney or the Law Firm of P. Timothy Pittullo Esq.
Posted by Deron
I used Mr. Pittullo for my divorce 5 years ago. His office is impressive and he seems to know what he is talking about. Unfortunately I think he talks too much and doesn't listen enough. My divorce was pretty simple because my ex-wife and I were able to come to terms with almost everything. Mr. Pittullo basically had to write it up and make sure there were no mistakes and that he was protecting my interests since my ex had her own lawyer. After spening $13000 for rubber stamp divorce there were still important (to me) details Mr. Pittullo missed on my final divorce decree. Namely I wanted to stipulate that if my ex was going to get alimony she could not have her boyfriend living in the house with my children. Several emails, phone calls, and meetings with Mr. Pittullo I got the sense that he didn't put too much thought into my case and advise me about any of my rights. I subsequently stopped using him for any further litigation and have been all the happier.
Posted by a client
Prior to retaining Mr. Pittullo, I struggled to finalize my divorce and child custody agreements. Mr. Pittullo years of experience were evident as he guided me through a frustrating family court system. He was attentive to my questions and requests, ensuring that we were in agreement and aware of all actions occurring. It was apparent that he is well respected in his field as his advise is often sought by other attorneys. I’ve since referred Mr. Pittullo to others...he may be expensive, but well worth it. You may be able to find a more affordable attorney, but in the long run the cost will be greater as the time you spend trying to reach a resolution will be much longer and another attorney will attain far less favorable results.
Posted by a client
Mr. Pittullo has represented my children and I in a very contentious divorce and custody case lasting 7 + years. My case required aggressive representation not only because my ex had more than 10 attorneys as well as representing himself, but that he did whatever he could do to harm me financially, even if it reflected upon him poorly. Mr. Pittullo does not get intimidated (as crazy or stressful as it can be in the courtroom) and what I really appreciate is his realistic attitude and approach on dealing with issues. Throughout the years, Mr. Pittullo and his legal Secretary, Melinda, were responsive and detailed and we worked together well. If I had a question or needed clarification, I was informed of his schedule and availability so that we could coordinate a time to talk, including weekends. Perhaps every case doesn’t require Pittullo but if it is complicated or contentious, seek him out.
Posted by a client
Mr. Pittullo helped me with a child custody matter in the late 1990's. Before I hired him I went to the courthouse to watch another attorney (who I was contemplating hiring) perform in the Rancho Cucamonga court house. Coincidentally, Mr. Pittullo happened to be representing someone that day and they had a hearing. I was blown away by his performance. He commanded the court with his unbelievable knowledge and style. I said to myself, I have to have him for an attorney. After the hearing, I quickly followed him outside the courtroom and got his business card.
Later that week, I hired him as my attorney. That proved to be the best decision I ever made for my then 8 year old son. He helped get us permanent custody with supervised visitations for my son's abusive mother.
I have not spoken to Mr. Pittullo since then, but as I came across this page, I decided I have to let the world know how grateful I was then and still am today. My son was literally saved from a very dire situation, and all other attorney told me I stood zero chance to win. This man fought for me and won bigger than I ever imagined.
I hope he is today as good as he was then. I would definitely recommend him as a lawyer for anyone who needs a family law attorney. You can go watch him for yourself in court. You will not be disappointed.
Posted by Gidon
After a year of seemingly getting nowhere, in a drawnout dispute over custody and visitation, I hired the law offices of Pitulo Barker to take over my case. Having worked with a number of attorneys prior, I was acutely aware of the frustration at seeing my case handled In an incompetent matter. My previous attorneys filed numerous motions and racked up enormous fees while accomplishing little. From my first consultation with Mr. Pitulo, he spelled out, in no uncertain terms, The percentage of success rate that I had for the various aspects of my case. Afterwards we mapped out a clear strategy on moving ahead. Mr. Pitulo was truly brilliant in the court room and is certainly one of the best litigators I have ever witnessed. The result was that I was able to reach a settlement with my ex-wife in a very short amount of time for far less than I had expected. The law offices continue to serve me as any issues arise in the execution of the court order. I would most definitely recommend this law office for any family related issues.
Posted by steve
Mr Pittullo and his team are expert in their representation. They worked to help ensure 50% / 50% custody and a fair financial settlement in the face of unrealistic spouse expectations and opposing counsel that unscrupulously tried to drag out the process to his personal benefit. I would recommend and would personally use Mr. Pittullo and his team again if faced with family legal issues.
Posted by Becky
For the past 10 years, Mr. Pittullo has rendered me with an attorney-client relationship unparalleled in its broad scope and power. Due to the litigious nature of my ex-spouse, my divorce and associated legal proceedings have carried a high caliber of intensity over an extraordinary number of years. Difficult decision-making throughout my case with the accompanying stress in my current relationships has been forefront. Having experienced work with two other attorney firms at the beginning of my divorce, I can attest to the superior level of service and effectiveness of Mr. Pittullo’s practice. Mr. Pittullo’s quick intellect and unquestionable knowledge of the law sways even a difficult Judge. Yet, despite his strength in litigation, he is quick to offer advice informed by his vast experience, extending beyond courtroom concerns to anticipate the impact that legal proceedings inevitably have on other facets of my life. Mr. Pittullo readily offers unusual insight into legal situations, considering the client’s best interest at heart: he has counseled me regarding the best legal pathway for my specific financial situation and with regard for the stressful impact any legal proceeding has upon my personal life and relationships. In my experience this is where other attorneys fail to offer a rounded personable opinion, perhaps fearing to venture beyond the letter of the law to see the client’s broader needs. I continue to retain Mr. Pittullo after over a decade of service, having directly experienced the greater costs of retaining a lessor attorney in terms of higher overall costs with less effective service, combined with greater fatigue from less expedient outcomes. I highly encourage consideration of Mr. Pittullo for his abilities to get the job done with cost-effectiveness and stress-reduction in mind for the best of the client.