3.0 stars 4 totalReview Elyse Butler
Posted by Tony
It was my first time to use a laywer. Other party filed for divorce with number of false statements. Ms Butler promised to reveal all those lies, even simulated on the phone how she's doing that before the judge. At that time, I later learned, she did not let me know that because a lie was used to obtain CA state jurisdiction over me, the jurisdiction is invalid. At the court hearing, instead going by herself and fulfilling her promise, she sent her assistant, who agreed to everything with the judge and other party, did not stand for me, even didn't mention about the false statements by the other party. It might be because didn't actually care about me, might also be a submission to the judge, because the other party might had friendly relations to the judge, can't know the reason. When I objected that she betrayed me and did not fulfill her promise to reveal the lies of the other party, she wrote back that judges have to follow the law, not to restore the justice. What's the point of law, if there is no justice? It is her job to fight for the justice by using the law, but she seems doesn't get it this way. The next thing she did is to charge my card without authorisation, even lied to AmEx that I authorized the charge by using an old authorisation for previous charges - I had to send a detailed explanation letter to AmEx and they finally reversed the charge. Because she failed me, I lost faith in CA judicial system, was not paying much attention at work, lost job, and had to take drastic turn in my life, I'm back to my native country now considering how to be doing further. When gather my mind again, I might write a complaint to CA state bar association about her deceiving practice. For her, a promise to a client is no more than a tool to get a client, it is not a promise to be fulfilled, not at least in my case. I feel now a fool for hiring her at that time.
Posted by Israel
I retained Elyse Butler with Contreras Law to assist with a family law issue I had, she was upfront, provided me with the best and worst case scenarios and there was no BS, she got it done, in the utmost professional matter. All her staff is friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Best attorney hands down in the area, will be going back with any other family and non family related issues that arise in the future. Highly recommended.
Posted by Katherine Masel
This attorney and her office did the worst job and was detrimental in my case. I had to get advice from several accountants, business and tax attorneys while she was still retained and when I mentioned to them what was going on, several asked "Are you sure this person has a law degree? What she is doing doesn't make sense." She is very unprofessional. She over promises, under delivers and blames the client when she does not work for them. It cost me two years and over a hundred thousand dollars to get... nothing. When I hired a new attorney, my files from her office were missing and tampered with. I have dozens of nasty and disrespectful emails from her I would be happy to share with anyone interested. Don't walk--RUN>
Posted by anonymous
I think all divorces are a nightmare. I was absolutely exhausted after meeting several attorney's that various co-workers and friends had recommended. I am sure they were great lawyers but I did not feel a sense of understanding throughout the consultations. I met with Ms. Bernstein on a whim after seeing her law firm while searching google. She spent time listening to my concerns instead of making promises about how she would destroy my ex (a nice change of pace). I felt that I was in good hands and had no issue writing a check to retain her.
As my case progressed I was impressed with the overall knowledge of case law and general divorce procedures that Ms Bernstein and her peers had. Everyone I interacted with was professional and seemed to know their jobs well. (The fact that they are all cute was a perk too, it was great to see my ex's expressions in court).
I had a few times when I was a little curious what was happening but never felt like I was not being kept informed, I was actually happy that I was not being phoned constantly because I am sure lawyers bill for that time. LOL
Thank you again for your help and hard work, I think a good divorce outcome is an oxymoron but my ex definitly "lost" which always brings a smile to my face.