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We have been providing sound legal guidance during difficult marital transitions for over 25 years.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Service Award||Central California Legal Services||2016|
|10 Superb Rating||AVVO||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Northern California Super Lawyers||2013|
|Judge Pro Tem, Award for Outstanding Service||Fresno County Superior Court||2006|
|Judge Pro Tem, Award for Outstanding Service||Fresno County Superior Court||2005|
|Judge Pro Tem, Award for Outstanding Service||Fresno County Superior Court||2004|
|Judge Pro Tem, Award for Outstanding Service||Fresno County Superior Court||2003|
|Judge Pro Tem, Award for Outstanding Service||Fresno County Superior Court||2002|
|Commendation for Outstanding Contributions to Pro Bono Service||State of California||2002|
|Special Congressional Recognition for Pro Bono Service||United States of America||2002|
|President's Pro Bono Service Award||State Bar of California, 5th District||1999|
|Attorney of the Year||Central California Legal Services||1999|
|Firm of the Year||Central California Legal Services||1997|
|Cum Laude||Loyola Law School||1989|
|Member||Saint Thomas More Law Honor Society||1989|
|Member||Order of the Coif, Loyola Law School Chapter||1989|
|Attorney/Partner||Lerandeau & Lerandeau, LLP||1998 - Present|
|Attorney/Shareholder||Mount & Lerandeau, Inc.||1993 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Institute of Certified Public Accountants||Forensic and Valuation Services Section (Associate Member).||2012 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member, Family Law Section||2001 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member, Family Law Section||2001 - Present|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Member, Board of Directors||2006 - 2007|
|Child Custody Program Advisory Board||Director||2002 - 2003|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Chairman, Family Law Section||2001 - 2002|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Chairman, Pro Bono Section||2001 - 2010|
|Fresno County Bar Association||Vice-Chairman, Family Law Section||2000 - 2001|
|Fresno County Superior Court||Judge Pro Tem||1999 - 2008|
|In re the Marriage of Mikelle Karamardian (Brough) vs. Gregory Brough||Prevailed|
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|Fresno County Bar Journal||Pro Bono Spotlight Series||2011|
|Fresno County Bar Journal||Pro Bono Spotlight Series||2010|
|Fresno County Bar Journal||Pro Bono Spotlight Series||2009|
|Loyola Marymount University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor (cum laude)||1989|
|California State University, Fresno||Business||BS - Bachelor of Science||1985|
|Supreme Court Justice Recognition, Justices present at engagement||Pro Bono Service||2010|
|Law Day||Pro Bono Service||2010|
Posted by LOYCE
I came to the realization that just having an attorney is not enough, but having the right attorney is everything. Finding myself at 54 and being faced with the most devastating journey of my life, i.e., the demise of my 35 year marriage, I did not know where to turn for professional help. The first attorney I chose was definitely not the right one for me as he wasted a lot of my money and accomplished very little. Out of frustration, I asked an attorney/friend of mine who did not practice family law for a recommendation. He stated, and I quote, "[i]f you have a difficult case and you want to make sure you receive everything you are entitled to, Lerandeau & Lerandeau are the only family law attorneys I would consider."
The truth of this statement was quickly confirmed after retaining Lerandeau & Lerandeau. They handled my case as a team making sure that everyone understood the game plan, knew their role and when their tasks were to be completed. This approach caused my case to move forward quickly and decisively. FINALLY I saw the light at the end of the tunnel and on our first court appearance, I was more than thrilled with the results and was able to get everything I was asking for and more. I now have peace of mind and can sleep at night knowing my case will be handled by someone I completely trust.
What I appreciate from a financial stand point is that I am not always billed at the full hourly fee of my attorney. Often I am charged much less per hour depending on which member of the team is working on a particular aspect of my case. Hmmm, an attorney that tries to save you money. What a interesting concept! As a 54 year high school educated, stay at home Mom, with no real marketable skills, I was very concerned and frightened about my future. I do not have those concerns any more because the Lerandeau & Lerandeau team has surpassed all of my expectations during this most difficult time in my life.
Lerandeau Team members-
Jennifer has been wonderful to work with, she is extremely knowledgeable and was assigned specific aspects of my case. I worked very closely with her to answer all of her questions so the firm could move forward effectively. Jennifer was always patient, and gave me some wonderful suggestions which helped me to make sure the legal team had everything they needed to fight for me and insure a good outcome… I really appreciated her patience with me and her willingness and ability to answer my questions in a way which enabled me to understand many of the aspects of the case which would have otherwise been way over my head.
Kimi and I worked closely together in getting documents gathered and signed and lists complied. These items were essential to my case. If I was struggling with completing a needed task, because I am facing a process which is new to me and I don’t fully understand. Kimi would patiently help to get me back on track and make sure everything they needed for the process and to insure a positive outcome for me was completed and in their hands…
Posted by Female Client
I have read all of the other reviews and could not agree more with all of the positive comments. In response to the individuals who did not post positive reviews, with all due respect, I'm inclined to think there is more to you and your case than what you are revealing.
I was totally blindsided when my spouse of 15 years served me divorce papers. He had a young girlfriend & had already moved in with her unbeknownst to me. I had no family on the west coast, no money & no resources. I had three young children and had been a stay at home mom for 10 years. I was distraught. I immediately asked around for the name of the best divorce attorney in town. Two names kept coming up again and again. I went to a consultation with the first attorney. I told him that I was from the east coast & had only moved to Fresno 10 years ago for my husband's job. I had no family, no job & I wanted to go home where I would have a better chance with employment & help with my children. He informed me that a "move away order was next to impossible," I would never get it, it was messy and expensive & he didn't want to get involved with it. I met Paul the next day. He was amazing. He listened, helped me figure out where the money was going to come from & most of all, he gave me hope.
Paul and Jennifer (Byers-Lawton) walked me through every step of the process. The most profound thing Paul said to me was, "Tell the truth. Do the right things. Always do what's best for your children no matter how you feel." Paul has integrity and always encouraged me to take the high road. Paul was very honest and straightforward. He fought hard to get me a fair support order. He and Jennifer prepared me well for court and mediation situations, letting me know exactly what to expect. Paul knows family law & it was obvious that he was very well respected in court. His office staff was extremely courteous and efficient. The lines of communication were always open. Jennifer always responded in a very timely manner & was my lifeline during a very dark time. She really knows her stuff but approaches things with warmth and humor. She is the kind of person you would want to be friends with in real life. This is the kind of person Paul chooses to be his associate.
Like all good things, Paul is expensive. I won't argue that, but really, you get what you pay for. This is you life and the lives of your children we're talking about. He is worth every penny. It was a long and painful process but I know I would not be where I am today without Paul Lerandeau. I am writing this review from the east coast where my children and I now live.
Posted by David
Paul very ably handled my complex child custody dispute involving three jurisdictions (including one in a foreign country), an appellate angle, and a very deep-pocketed ex. He was accessible when I called, his staff were unfailingly polite and capable, and ultimately the matter was sent to the jurisdiction where it belonged. I was impressed, and I'm a lawyer myself.
Even more importantly, he knew what his strengths were as well what he needed to defer to outsiders. He found a superb expert for me, and brought a subpoena against a branch of government that I frankly wouldn't have thought would result in a reply--but it did. That was great work.
Paul's fees were quite reasonable. And he impressed me as a fundamentally decent person who works his way through the family law courts by dint of his outstanding knowledge of the law. But also because other people--judges and opposing counsel--respect him for his forthright, fair, and results-oriented outlook.
Often family law litigants feel compelled to engage a jerk for a lawyer, which is ultimately counterproductive. Paul is not that; he is tough, and certainly not a pushover, but he was always conscious of what was in the best interests of my child (who, as it turns out, is the same age as his). The result was certainly good for me and for my family. I recommend Paul to other family law litigants without reservation.
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