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Athina Karamanlis Powers

Child custody Attorney at Indian Wells, CA

5.0   28 reviews

also known as ATHINA POWERS

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  • Licensed for 11 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2012
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Athina

Learn Athina’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%
    “Child custody” refers to the rights and responsibilities between parents for taking care of their children. In your case, you will need to decide on custody. In California, either parent can have custody of the children, or the parents can share .

  2. Divorce and separation
    25%
    A divorce lawyer helps you if you no longer want to be married. Whether you want a legal separation or the marriage ended, divorce lawyers assist you to arrange financial and family matters, typically in a negotiation with your spouse's lawyer.

  3. Domestic violence
    20%
    If you are involved in a domestic violence case, you may want to hire an experienced domestic violence (DV) lawyer. A DV attorney can help protect you if you or your family have been the victim of domestic violence.

  4. Family
    20%

  5. Child support
    5%
    Child support is the amount of money that a court orders a parent or both parents to pay every month to help pay for the support of the child (or children) and the child’s living expenses.

FRAUD EXAMINER & HARVARD LAW SCHOOL-TRAINED MEDIATOR WHO CARES FOR HER CLIENTS + SOLVES MATTERS FAST. SHE IS THE FOUNDER OF KARAMANLIS POWERS LAW OFFICES INC( LAW OFFICES OF ATHINA K. POWERS) FOR LEGAL REPRESENTATION AND LEGALDOCSTOGO LLC FOR SELF REPRESENTED LITIGANTS,

I am a California Attorney, Fraud Examiner (CFE)*, a Harvard Law School-trained mediator. I practice ONLY FAMILY LAW. I am not Jack of all Traits. I am the founder of a contemporary, boutique law practice in California that assists clients in the counties of Riverside, San Bernandino and Los Angeles. My mission is to provide clients with effective and efficient legal representation. My principal is "It's all in the Family Law" (copyrighted by Karamanlis Powers Law Offices)

For over 35 years, I successfully represented clients in cases ranging from divorce and restraining orders to white collar crime and fraud investigations. I represented clients in Europe  and in the United States. Thanks to my expertise as an attorney, Fraud Examiner (CFE), and economist, I analyze cases from a variety of different perspectives. My specialties include but are not limited to:

Family Law (Restraining Orders, Divorce, etc) 

Fraud & Identity Theft that happens as a result of Family Law Issues

Analysis of Data in Text Messages, Internet and emails

 

...and more!

(*California State Bar does not recognize Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE) as a specialty for California lawyers.)

 

 

 

 

Awards

Top Contributor 2016,2015,2014,2013
Top Contributor
2016 2015 2014 + 1 ...
Client's Choice 2015,2014,2013
Client's Choice
2015 2014 2013

Location

Athina Powers, Attorney, Fraud Examiner, Mediator
74900 Hwy 111 Ste 213
Indian Wells, CA, 92210

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by Mo Ga | February 17, 2013
Exceptional Advice: The Best CA Attorney
I've had my fair share of terrible experiences to overcome with my business, but none equalled to a mess that a new and unsatisfied client did to me last year when he refused to pay his fees but requested more work done. I had gone from lawyer to lawyer and spend thousands of dollars on advice and guidance only to get absolutely nowhere. I spent hundreds in consultation fees and hourly fees, and came to the final and dreaded conclusion that the people I'm paying to advise me actually don't care in the least about the outcome of my situation but rather about how much they can bleed me dry. Up until that point, I was still living in that "It can happen to anyone, but not me" fantasy. I was down on my luck and the problem with my client was increasing by the day. It wasn't until I found Ms. Athina Karamanlis Powers that my problems were resolved. This savior gave me her time and her advice and assured me that the end result will be to my benefit. And it was!!! The fees she charged were reasonable and winning the case was absolutely worth every penny I spent listening to her. My client paid me all the fees that he owed me for my work and there have been no complaints or comebacks from him for nearly a year. She's by far, the best lawyer I've come across in my days. I would definitely would go to her if a problem ever arises again and again, because I can trust her to give me her honest opinion and take me by the hand to resolve any issue I have. I absolutely recommend her for anyone experiencing legal dilemmas.
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Posted by William | February 21, 2013
Excellence at it's finest
In today's cut-throat world, an attorney of both honor and high caliber is a rather rare find. I would like to personally thank Attorney Powers for her council and expertise regarding my case. Considering my long experience with businesses and the troubles that come with them, I've had many attorneys advise me regarding various matters and each attorney has given me advice more confusing and more expensive than the last. I was on the verge of financial breakdown and the counsellors recomended to me only cared about how large a portion of my bank accounts would eventually be transfered to them. I was appalled and feared that one of these individuals would be standing as my legal advisor were my matters brought to court. On a rather ordinary day I met with one of my long time business partners and good friends whom had recently worked with Attorney Powers. He spoke so highly of her; he spoke as if she were a legal army of lawyers combined into one so I asked for her contact details. I am ashamed to say I assumed and belived she would be ridiculously overpriced and as cut-throat as the others. Usually during first time meetings with an attorney, one would have a strange atmosphere in the room where all sorts of doubts come up in your head and your wallet. Surprisingly enough, upon meeting her the room was filled with a wonderfully clear aura. It was not just another "ambulance chasing" attorney looking for their next score. I'd like to keep the matters of my consultation private, but needless to say there was no doubt in my head she HAD to be my legal counsel. Her retainer fee should have been much higher considering the wonderful work she did and I can not thank her enough for her help. She truly put my faith back into the legal system.
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Posted by Munisa | June 7, 2023
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The Best Attorney who will find the way to get the result you want.
Athina Powers is the best lawyer, who helped me to get the result I want within 3 days. I was hopeless, stressed and defeated in my case, called many lawyers, who couldn’t promise me the best outcome, she found the best legal solution not only resolved my case, but her legal solution, and her efficiency, her mindset to get things done quickly not only resolved my legal matter, but saved me from huge, coming legal issue. I was stress free within three days. She knew not only how to resolve it, but how quickly to resolve this legal matter I had. Her experience makes her unique, her customer service, her caring about her clients makes her special. She did impossible possible for my legal matter. And it was granted by judge and it resolved within three days. I was amazed, how she can turn around things in your favour to get you the outcome you want and very efficiently. Where many other some lawyers, don’t care about your time, they keep it longer to be resolved and make money out of you. She cared about me and my legal outcome more than she cared about the money. This kind of lawyer, you can trust your case and she will handle like her own matter. All I want to say Thank you so much Athina Powers!!!! The Best Lawyer, I have ever seen!!!
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Response from Athina Karamanlis Powers June 10, 2023
Thank you for your kind words
Posted by Jimenez | May 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney In town!
Athina got me visitation with my children something other attorneys couldn't do for me , I'm beyond grateful for her and her office they did a great job!
Response from Athina Karamanlis Powers May 26, 2023
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Kaila | August 24, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Our family is whole!
I hired Athina Powers to help me obtain custody of my 2 children. It seemed as though I was loosing my babies, the other parent had moved out of state and I needed counsel, I needed someone to hear my voice and understand the situation. I am FOREVER GRATEFUL I chose her. Athina is knowledgeable and personable, always staying calm and knowing exactly what to say. I felt as though I had an angel guiding me, every step of the way, ensuring through clear, constant communication that everything will fall into place. I cannot begin to explain the amount of confidence this wonderful woman was able to restore to me. Her and here team treated us like family, helping us battle some tough times, and seeing us through it all! We won the case-full custody granted to me! Your forever in our prayers, Athina.
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Posted by Nate | August 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
AWESOME!
Where can I even start with Ms. Powers and her team! Ms. Powers definitely took on my very complicated restraining order case. Her and Joanna worked tirelessly to get my case solved. At the end we won the case! It definitely was a lot of time on effort on everyone’s part, but she did not give up. She takes the time to understand her clients needs and basically become family! Thank you to her and the team!
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The last of the Genuine Honest extremely knowledgeable Attorneys in Family Law and Fraud
There are lawyers who look at you as their income and then there are lawyers who God blessed with the compassion and understanding of the law to defend those persons who don't know how to defend them them selves when they are thrown in the legal court system. Living in a No fault state of California I thought that I didn't' have a chance, until I met Mrs. Powers I have to be very careful on what I say about my situation on social media, but I had to post a positive review about her, She is a God sent. She is so smart, if you have a potential fraud case she is that person to hire. Mrs. Powers is Family law at it's best a bonus when she specializes in Fraud. I could see by our conversation that she takes every situation personal. Which is what you want when an attorney is representing you. I hated to go through this but I won't be manipulated any longer from my husband that abandoned our family and a restaurant business venture he got us involved in. I can see that she will truly fight for the kids and I and I would like to do everything possible to let other persons who find them selves lost in this whole legal system of trying to find the right family law attorney to know of her. After the first lawyer sent me before a judge without representation and told me to just read off an email he sent me on what to say and a lawyer that just saw me as just another income I was giving up hope. I prayed about it this time, I had looked on Aavo before but Mrs. Powers name never came up. She is clearly the one and I would recommend her to anyone. She knows the law extremely well and has ethics. I just feel like a heavy weight is finally lifted off of me knowing she is the one to represent me. Thank you Athina
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Posted by Juliet | November 9, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Very Kind, very helpful
I was helpless and tried the Avvo, Mrs. Powers is the only one replys me. She is so nice and patience, even if my case is confused. I was trying to tell her the problems I faced, and she replys me everytime with ideas and helpful informations. Thank you Mrs. Powers, my English is not very good, but thank you for your kindness and your strong spirit makes me see the dawn.
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Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2015
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Family advice session
Athina, Thank you! not only did you answer all my questions, you helped to motivate me re3garding the situation. Definitely happy that a service like Avvo exists and I will definitely have Athina on speed-dial :) Very happy customer, Christina Martinez
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2015
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Family advice session
Excellent!
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2015
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Family advice session
Athina's legal pedigree and personal demeanor far out-shined her peers -- and I've talked to more than my fair share of attorneys and firms concerning my legal matter. Her advice was spot-on.
Posted by anonymous | April 16, 2015
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Family advice session
Prior to my conversation with Athina Powers, I had never heard of her, in fact even before our call I didn't review her profile as I elected to allow AVVO to auto connect me with an attorney based on the nature of my situation in which case you're provided with the attorney's profile after the call. My phone rang less than 5 minutes after I paid the AVVO fee... and shortly there after I realized I was speaking to an attorney who was clearly extremely capable. Athina listened to everything I had to say and then responded with the kind of confidence that can't be faked. Not only was she able to very clearly addressed the finer points of my concerns (which I thought I hadn't done a very good job explaining to her in the first place), but she didn't miss a thing, and then went on to point out a few possibilities that I hadn't occurred to me as viable options (and this is a testament to her intelligence considering the caliber of people who had previously been assisting me with my legal concerns). She brought a rare balance of knowing when to emphasize important points of my situation while simultaneously bringing a very appropriate sort of levity and humor to the conversation that not only provided me with a sense of empowerment but also an overwhelming feeling that I'm going to make it out of this situation and can do with flying colors. A few minutes after we finished our call I got follow up email from AVVO asking me to rate my experience with Athina. Her profile was attached to the email which was impressive to say the least and certainly came as no surprise as my experience was the type you have when you're dealing with the Real McCoy. By the way I have never responded to these sort of follow up "rating request" emails only because in the past they've seemed like a complete waist of time .. but Athina and my experience with AVVO is a horse of a different color and was so impressed that I wanted to share my experience and opinion with others who might need some reassurance in making a decision. Amazing !
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2015
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Family advice session
She gave me some good advice and I've told my aunts to do the sane thing. Only question I forgot if she was a Colorado lawyer
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2014
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Family advice session
She was very attentive to my questions and provided sound and effective answers to my questions. She actively listened to me and allowed me enough time to ask every question I had. A+++!
Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2014
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Business advice session
Athena was great. Very helpful and knowledgable. I would recommend this service. Very satisfied
Posted by Georgiana | March 5, 2015
Helped me with my divorce. Wonderful attorney and wonderful person
I highly recommend this attorney for any divorce or family relating issues. I was hopping back and forth between lawyers saying one thing and lawyers saying another. After having gone through abut 3-4 different attorneys, I thought I might as well go for one more and I'm glad I did. She did everything I needed and at a fraction of the costs the other attorneys requested.
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Posted by Kaitlen | March 5, 2015
Eviction and identity theft, she was hired for both cases!
Athina Powers saved my family from being forced out on the street. Very trustworthy individual and I'll always look to her first in the future.
Posted by anonymous | August 17, 2014
Athina is 100% quality, superior judgment, experience, gifted
You will KNOW you are in the best hands with Athina Powers. She is brilliant, experienced, knows all aspects of the law for my case, argued effectively for 4 hours. In a different league than other lawyers I have worked with. Truly gifted and a gift.
Posted by anonymous | May 21, 2014
Trustworthy, Responsive, and Knowledgeable Attorney!
I wholeheartedly endorse Athina Karamanlis Powers. Her advice was integral to my case, which led to a dismissal. Rest assured you can trust Athina with Legal advice and or representation.
Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2014
Attorney Powers gave me a new life and saved me from certain destruction professionally and personally
Had a complicated fraud issue involving taxes,divorce and business malpractice which I had shopped around .No one had the professional experience Attorney powers had. She was quick to respond and gave me an in-depth explanation of her services and what i could realistically expect. In the end, I was free from any tax obligations, uncovered fraud committed by my spouse in divorce proceedings and walked away from a potentially damaging malpractice case. Attorney powers is a legal wiz and top of her game as a fraud examiner. God bless this woman.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney & Fraud Examiner
  • Law Offices of Athina Powers
  • 2012 - Present
  • Economist, Business Evaluation Expert & Fraud Investigator
  • Athina Karamanlis
  • 1981 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • SDMCDUFF
  • 2014 - 2014
  • General Counsel and Certified Fraud Examiner
  • SDMcDuff
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • SDMcDuff
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Expert Examiner Documents&Testimonies for Fraud & Deception
  • SDMcDuff
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Attorney - Greek and European law
  • European Law Firm
  • 1987 - 2000
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Education

  • Harvard University Law School
  • Harvard Negotiation Institute
  • 2016
  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2001
  • Ethnikon kai Kapodistriakon Panepistimion(National and Kapodistrian University Scool of Law Department of Law , Athens Greece
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Athinisin Ethnikon Kai Kapodistriakon Panepistimion (National and Kapodistrian University School of Law Department of Economics Athens Greece)
  • MSc Economics
  • 1981
  • Institute Francais D' Athenes
  • Diplome D' Etudes Superieurs
  • 1979
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Appellate Court-Robbins v. Deutche Bank at al
  • Employment Fraud- Hearman v. Yeaman
  • Family Law-Gloyd v. Gloyd
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Associations

  • American Bar Association, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
  • Chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association, Lawyer Referral and Information Service
  • Executive Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Pro Bono Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • California State Bar Association
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Membership Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2014 - 2014
  • American Bar Association (ABA) FY 2014
  • Member Business Advice and Financial Planning Committee
  • 2014 - 2014
  • American Bar Association(ABA) FY 2014
  • Member Solo Strong Task Force
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Athenian Bar Association (Athens Creece)
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1987 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Greek
  • Spanish
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Honors and Awards

  • Nomos
  • Greek American Lawyers Association
  • 2013

Publications

  • National Law Library
  • How to Start Your Business for Free: For Lawyers and Others
  • 2013
  • Oxford University Press
  • How to Analyze Written & Oral Statements for Fraud and Deception
  • 2010
  • Oxford University Press
  • New York State Consolidated Laws: Criminal Procedure
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • International Law and Ethics
  • 2001

Attorney endorsements

Received (37)
Given (28)
Endorse Athina
General practice Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Powers has an eye for detail and holds herself to the highest standards both ethically and with regard to results."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Powers works hard to get you results. This attorney gives an opinion based on Academics and Experience. Trust Ms. Powers, she has a solid background and knows the law! I strongly endorse her."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Karamanlis Powers is a great lawyer who will take the time needed to prepare your case. I highly recommend her to anyone who is searching for a detail oriented, smart lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Athina. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Other
"A highly experienced, well-rounded and compassionate attorney. I endorse this lawyer"
Consumer protection Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Consumer protection Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a knowledgeable and great advocate for her clients."
Business Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney and highly recommended as an asset to this community."
Business Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Powers spends a lot of time responding to questions posted on this website with informative and considerate answers which reflect a high degree of knowledge and expertise. She shows compassion and a willingness to help clients during difficult times. I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Powers provides excellent answers to client concerns on Avvo and donates her time to this needed service."
International law Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Athina. Her contributions are vast and local endorsements abound. Reviews are a great way to judge your future attorney. Read them. Give her a call for a consultation."
Business Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Consumer protection Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have read through many of Ms. Powers' responses to questions on Avvo. I am very impressed by her knowledge of the law and the fact that she has dedicated so much of her time to helping people with their legal challenges, by answering so many questions. I would not hesitate for a second to hire Ms. Powers if I ever need legal representation in one of her practice areas."
Business Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Solid legal advice"
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The time a lawyer spends giving back through sites like this show passion for the law and compassion for people. Kudos to you for helping so many people."
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Indian Wells Child custody Lawyer Athina Karamanlis Powers
Athina Karamanlis Powers
Child custody Attorney
Indian Wells, CA
Licensed for 11 years
Virtual consultation available