Posted by Annika
My experience with Mr. Symonds was a complete nightmare! He was found via text message by opposing council. Once in his office, I found out that they are close enough to know the opposing council’s husband’s birthday by heart. Clearly this raised some red flags right from the beginning. However, proving things like that are very difficult in Court. Mr. Symonds, who was assigned to be the minors attorney, did not interview the minor's therapist who was involved with the case for the previous 4 years! Instead he kept telling me his own story how he got full custody of his own kids via a 730 evaluation. He clearly, in my observation, is still very angry at his ex who now has passed away and was unable to disassociate his past history from my current case. He also showed bias towards my ex, who was a former Marine just like Mr. Symonds. In my opinion he prides himself in his fee of $150/hour and he told me that now, since he is a minors attorney, the Judges have to listen to him, where they didn’t before. Mr. Symonds did not follow up with me about the case at all. I prepared a binder to show all of the e-mail communication between me and my ex. Mr. Symonds did not even read it, he seemed to have already sided with my ex as soon as he discovered they were both former marines, completely unprofessional! At one point he told me that I did not “please him”, this was behind closed doors of course. I contacted a paralegal in regards to filing a formal complaint with the bar, she said that filing the bar complaint would only put him through some ethics classes. Thankfully he is off the case now. The 730 evaluation was completely in my favor. Mr. Symonds incompetence and bias caused many people to suffer. It took a 730 evaluator who had 30+ years to step in to resolve the case. Mr. Symonds has very little experience. Please save yourself heartache and stay as far away of him as possible.