|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Northern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2010|
|Certified Family Law Specialist||State Bar of California||2010|
|Northern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2009|
|Top Family Law Attorneys||San Jose Magazine||2007|
|Top Family Law Attorneys||San Jose Magazine||2006|
|Northern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2006|
|Northern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2005|
|Female Super Lawyers||N/A||2005|
|Top Family Law Attorneys||San Jose Magazine||2005|
|Female Super Lawyers||N/A||2004|
|Top Family Law Attorneys||San Jose Magazine||2004|
|Northern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2004|
|Top Family Law Attorneys||San Jose Magazine||2003|
|Top Family Law Attorneys||San Jose Magazine||2002|
|Top Family Law Attorneys||San Jose Magazine||2001|
|Top Family Law Attorneys||San Jose Magazine||2000|
|Top Family Law Attorneys||San Jose Magazine||1999|
|Stanford Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|Santa Clara University||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
Posted by anonymous
I would not hesitate to recommend Marilyn and her team at the The Moreno Family Law Firm. Marilyn and her team are outstanding. They're the perfect combination of tenacity and pragmatism. I always felt confident that they would go full throttle when the situation required it but would not be needlessly adversarial when there was nothing to be gained or a lot to be lost. As a team they work efficiently which means cost savings for you as a client. For example, Marilyn would work on the elements she needed to and for other things I'd work with Virginia (a fantastic junior attorney) and Cary (quite simply one of the best paralegals I've ever seen). The team are professional, efficient and most of all caring. They get the job done. Well. And throughout this difficult process, they never let you forget that you are their number one priority and they're going to get the best result they can for you. I honestly can't thank them enough for getting me through one of the most difficult chapters of my life.
Posted by anonymous
Marilyn started working with me in 2009 and we've been handling the chaos of my ex ever since.
With the divorce, she immediately instilled a lot confidence in me. She guided me and supported me in realizing that I should not be backing down on some of the obvious things, but just important, could understand that my ex and I wanted to keep the divorce cordial. We used a mediator and the divorce proceeded smoothly. I had a great settlement and we all walked away feeling like the right thing was happening. Following the settlement, things have been difficult with my ex and we have done great work making sure all the bases are covered.
Her best strength is her experience and extremely sharp assessment of the issues involved. I really really needed someone to prop be up after all the abuse I had sustained and she did that. As well, she did a lot of things I feel were above and beyond. An example is when she confronted my ex after court to remind her of all the actions we were holding back just so that she could have one more try to shape up. Another is getting in her car personally to meet someone to plead her into doing a deposition.
I have every confidence in her and her partners to keep my kids safe and keep me ready for what might be next.
Posted by anonymous
"RUN, dont walk.... in the opposite direction!" is the warning that comes to mind, when I think of the Moreno Family Law firm.
Marilyn is an incredible sales person. Having been in the legal field for over 25 years, she comes across as knowledgeable, caring and truly empathetic..... unfortunately, only the knowledgeable part is true. The part about caring and showing empathy were both farces.
We did a lot of research on family law attorneys before choosing to go with the Moreno Family Law firm. We met with 3 other attorney's in person, and spoke with another 2 via phone. Marilyn seemed to be exactly what was needed! She presented herself as someone who would go to bat for her client. In our meetings, she reassured me that she would personally be managing my case, should I decide to go with her firm.
After a $450 consultation fee, an $8K retainer ( which was used up in the first 2 weeks of my case) and a second $8K retainer, which was used up in the next 3 weeks.... I found myself out of pocket $48K iin 4 months, with no resolve on my case. Marilyn handed my case off to an Associate Attorney in the first 2 weeks. Looking back, I feel her practice is to incite fear in her clients ever step of the way, allowing her firm to rake in the dough with increased hours of billing on activities that generated NOTHING. Once I stressed the fact that I was tapped out financially, their stance changed, pushing me towards giving my wife sole physical custody and myself having visitation only. This is after they had repeatedly told me that there was no way I could lose, as my wife had a criminal record.
I was one of the fortunte ones, who had an attorney in the family (albeit of out state) who reviewed all documents and actions taken by the Moreno Family Law Firm and advised me every step of the way. If it were not for this family member, I would have conceded to the settlement Marilyn and her Associate Attorney were pushing me towards.
I have since switched attorneys and it was the best thing I could have done. I now have 50/50 custody of my children and my divorce will be final this month.
I cannot stress this enough... Do not use this law firm. If you are anything like me, having equal timeshare with your children is incredibly important. The Moreno Family Law Firm is more than likely going to suck you dry and leave you with nothing