|Paralegal||Courdert Brothers||1998 - 2000|
|Legal Assistant||Glenn L. Robertson, Family Law Specialist||1995 - 1997|
|Secretary||Peter Dullea, Criminal Defense Attorney||1993 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||Member||2000 - Present|
|Santa Barbara College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of California at Santa Barbara||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
Posted by anonymous
I hired Ms. Staab to help me enforce a juvenile court order to protect my young child from her fathers substance abuse problem. He injured the child as a baby by dropping her resulting in serious head trauma to the child. At the $300 initial consultation Ms. Staab was pleasant and agreed to help me.
After then paying the non-refundable retainer of $2500 Ms. Staab called me into her office for a meeting (at $300 an hour) to tell me the court order had a mistake that the judge made and the father was entitled to visit with the child UNSUPERVISED and NOT be enrolled in a substance abuse treatment program.
Reluctantly I followed Ms..Staab's professional legal advice as she called it. My understanding was the outpatient treatment program of the father was my child's safety plan. Several times I would question her interpretation of the order and she became abusive. She called me into her office for another 'meeting'. (300 per hour) and said I could lose custody if I didn't comply and that her office had "70 years of experience".
I was concerned over the safety of my child and contacted the judge directly. When I told Ms. Staab she became defensive and said "she wont remember" and "don't mention my name." Well, I heard back from the Judge and the father needed to be in a treatment program to visit with the child all along. Thus Georgia was WRONG, counseling me to be in contempt of court and putting my child into danger..
In conclusion, I'm not sure if Georgia is incompetent, greedy or both. She never replied to my email about the Judges ruling but she charged me for reading it. I'm out almost $5000 for nothing, but I'm glad my child will be safe now cause that's what matters most.
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