|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Rhoda Lewis Award for Public Service||Hawaii Legal Women's Foundation||2001|
|Lead Attorney||Na Keiki Law Center at VLSH||1999 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Collaborative Law Hawaii Practice Group||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|California Western School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|University of California - San Diego||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
Posted by anonymous
I hired Annabel Murray to represent me in a non-marital/non-divorce involved strictly child custody case. The first thing she informed me was that ALL judges require their clients to go to mediation, so let us push to settle out of court. I wasn't looking to save a few dollars, and had informed her that my ultimate number 1 concern was the safety and security of my daughter. She completely disregarded my concerns, issues, evidence, etc. Did not even file any motions at my first hearing, but yet again told me don't bother doing anything just to wait until mediation and it will be handled. Well, surprise surprise...nothing was agreed upon at mediation. I could not even get a response from Annabel prior to our court date, she disregarded the documentation I wanted to submit into evidence, and there was barely any communication until the day of the court hearing 30 min prior where she informed me we'd just go in, request mediation, and that would be it. Wait, didn't she tell me the JUDGE would be the one to require mediation, and what about everything that I was asking for to ensure the safety and security of my daughter! I will not detail my private issues with my daughters father, but let me just tell you they are pretty bad. So much so that once I told Annabel I no longer wished for her to represent me due to all of the issues I have had with her, my new attorney was dumbfounded as to why so little had been done, researched, filed, consulted/discussed, etc. My new attorney has also had to file a motion to amend our original petition due to all of her shortcomings and neglect. Also, her petition documents are pretty much cut and paste that has you fill in, and is standard for EVERYONE. She does not draw up any original documents for each case as my new attorney did. I'm positive every case is different. If I wanted to file documents myself I would have done so. Would have saved the thousands of dollars I wasted using her to file petitions and set up mediation. Final warning; if you want an attorney to just file your petitions and set up mediation for a really high cost, hire Annabel; otherwise get a qualified attorney if you wish to achieve any of your petitions in your case, and see your case thru to court.
Posted by Dee
Highly respected by Family Court judges, the Children's Law Center (Annabel Murray and Stacy Fukuhara-Barclay) was selected as guardian ad litem in my divorce. They are strong advocates for children and always focuses on the best interest of the child. Annabel and Stacy are attentive, caring and exceptionally knowledgeable. They became confidant, protector and a friend to my son. I could not have asked for more during a very heartbreaking divorce experience. Always supportive and trustworthy, I give Annabel Murray and Stacy Fukuhara-Barclay the highest recommendation.
Posted by Judy
Annabel is just that! She has great strategic and negotiation skills. Thorough, meticulous and inclusive in her development and presentation of our case. Did her due diligence and left no stone unturned. We felt she totally met our expectations, overcame some huge unexpected challenges and we had a very favorable outcome. Most importantly, she cares! Rare these days. If you have Annabel you are in good hands.
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