Posted by Lyn
She made a difficult time for our family much easier. She answered all our questions and told us what to expect from CPS and the courts. I would highly recommend her to any one needed a CPS lawyer.
Posted by Mark
After two other attorneys allowed the court to continue pushing out court dates without making decisions and forcing one sided concessions, Jen Ani entered my case.
My original attorney refused to fight for my daughters, allowing the mother to keep custody after 4 mental health professionals stated she was a danger to our daughters and should not maintain custody as well as a danger based on her alcoholism. The judge allowed her to maintain custody until a trial was ordered. A week prior to the trial, she killed our two year old baby daughter.
Jen Ani is not afraid to tell the court that there will not be any concessions with the family that allowed this to occur without recognizing dangers to my daughters or with the mother who was convicted of killing our child and almost killing our other daughter.
Jen will not play nice with the court because she has to deal with them on other cases. Jen will fight for your children as if they are her own.
Should you hire Jen Ani? Definitely. If you do not hire Jen Ani, your children may be at risk from other attorneys not caring about them.
Do it for your children.
Posted by Lynda
Not only is Jen passionate about what she does but she genuinely cares about her clients.
She stood by my side during a very difficult time in my life. I will never forget that.
Thank you Jen
Posted by Enrique
I found Jennifer Ani when I was blindsided by false accusations and at a complete loss on how to proceed. She skillfully guided me to get the truth out, and to reunite me with my children. I now have the best custody arrangement of anyone I know. Unlike her sweet Rottweiler, Jennifer's reputation for tenacity and assertiveness is well earned. She is shrewd, strategic, extremely knowledgable, and effective. I continue to rely on her to clearly explain my options, and to advise the best course of action. I trust her absolutely.
Posted by CedricL.Anderson
I have had the lucky chance of having Jennifer mentor me concerning my own case, with the corrupted Court-Appointed system in Los Angeles County and am very glad to see how she is effective with her 388 petitions arguing for the return of children to parents. She uses the Constitution, which is very rare for many attorneys, to validate laws before the court and will call DCFS out on their game. She is NOT an attorney that will let DCFS run all over you. That is a fact as i have had 9 attorneys and hope this is my last.
Posted by anonymous
I am pleased to write a review for Jen Ani, my family's attorney in what was an incredibly complicated dependency court case. I came to know Ms. Ani in February 2014 after my children were removed from my care. Our involvement with CPS began with their troubled father and domestic violence. We managed to do as much as we could to keep him away, including a restraining order. But living in rural West Marin County was difficult in its geographical isolation, as well as its notoriously high rental prices, low employment opportunities, and limited childcare. Yet, we did not have the money to move either. Without family in the area, we were really struggling. On top of the dire circumstances, I have struggled with depression and anxiety since I was a teen. Mental health is very overlooked by child welfare workers, the court system and much of society, and when it is micromanaged by social workers in Child Protective Services it is incredibly frustrating. Jennifer Ani acknowledged my mental health by reaching out to my doctors and providers and sought their professional advice and opinions. She was also sensitive to it as we moved forward in our case. Her encouragement and urging me forward when all hope seemed lost was paramount in our relationship.
She was not my first attorney. I had been dealing with half-hearted public defenders who were unwilling to look at all sides of my case and see my family as the strong bonded unit that we were. Instead we had been treated like a case number, and I was treated punitively and shamefully by many in the legal system. Ms. Ani on the other hand, looked at and treated me as a woman and mother, with dignity and respect. She examined thoroughly, my children and my past and present circumstances and took the time to learn about our family. With her vast working knowledge of the law, she was able to counsel us based on her taking time to know us, and thus deciding what would be the best strategy. She was always straightforward, realistic and incredibly honest when devising a plan. She knew both my limitations and my strengths. She was able to help our family by keeping their well-being at the forefront of the plan. Her legal advice was sound and based on best practice. If not for her loyalty as a family and her competency as a specialist in family law, our family would not be reunited as it is today.
Today, with Ms. Ani and my successful filing of a 388 petition, I have my children back. One unique aspect of my case is that my children became very close to their foster parents. And since they have returned we have maintained continuous contact with the foster parents with weekend visits and family outings. They have become our extended family and my daughters have so benefited from this arrangement. Ms. Ani facilitated this arrangement and it has exceeded all of our expectations. Jennifer Ani has an intuitive and deep understanding of the meaning of family. We went from a single mother family to a three parent family, all with Ms. Ani's suggestion and help!
I highly recommend Jennifer Ani to anyone looking for quality representation in a family law/dependency case. She has strong ethical standards and is always willing to fight for children and family's rights. Her reputation is outstanding and her knowledge of the law and personal insight into our family's situation enabled our family to be reunited. I have so much respect and gratitude for this amazing woman, fighter, lawyer and advocate!
Posted by anonymous
We have adopted kids. Adopted kids have their own histories of being in difficult situations before they are adopted, and sometimes act out through role playing as a result of their early childhood experiences. Our kids did this, and one of them spoke about it in school which led to a CPS investigation. Although the investigator said she "completely understands" our situation, she didn't know what her supervisor would do. CPS did not tell us what they had in mind, we found out when Jennifer got the police report for us. CPS decided to push for a prosecution of the older child, who was abused in the birth home and acting out, and to push for a charge of parental neglect against us for not reporting the incident to the police. We were floored! The two children both willingly engaged in the activity, it only happened twice in two years, and the kids are still like any other siblings who fight sometimes, and get along just fine most of the time. Jennifer was ready to fight it out in court! She said this was one of the most ridiculous cases she has seen, and she counseled us in negotiating a settlement without exposing our kids to the intimidating process of going to trial. She is someone you can talk with on a personal level. Thank you Jennifer!
Posted by CB
Jennifer Ani was my Ex-husbands attorney during our Dissolution/Custody case. I was terrified when I first met her since I was in Pro-Per, but I learned quickly that her goal was to find resolution for our family. Jennifer was able to get through to both of us with her no nonsense approach and made good on every promise she made. Jennifer Ani is a true professional and her dedication is unmatched.
Posted by anonymous
Jennifer Ani is a top-notch attorney. In a situation where I was in danger of losing my kids, she was able to turn my case around and help me earn the recommendation of the mediator. In trial, she was nails. I couldn't ask for a better attorney.
Posted by Savanah
Jennifer Ani is a forceful and stimulating writer- unambiguous and witty. In the courtroom she is tactful, remaining assertive while maintaining respect. Jennifer is always prepared with a strategy, but be flexible because she also thinks on her feet. Also, if you insist that things have to be a certain way, she will let you call the shots. In my case, we worked together on everything. My case was dismissed. In retrospect I realize that except for the gory details of a grueling battle, the outcome of my case was exactly what she described the first day I spoke with her, and I was right to trust her.