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Posted by anonymous
Nicole has joined a large firm and is very busy. I suspect that she is overloaded with too many cases. I hired her to handle my divorce in a fair and equitable fashion with my wife. She was often ill prepared and was using templates from other cases to cookie-cutter court submissions. I was directed by her into a single session mediation marathon with a retired judge. Never agree to this. I was quite capable of making quick financial decisions however it was very inhumane for my dear spouse. My spouse was not ready for this level of pressure. I felt sorry for the trauma. In addition while I was reading lengthy documents that I had never seen before, I was paying billable hours for a minimum of two attorneys and a judge to watch me read. While the other party was reviewing our counter proposal, we were twittling our thumbs - more billable hours. Nicole never was able to obtain a counter proposal prior to the mediation however opposing counsel provide 15-20 pages of documents at the start of the mediation. Quite frankly I thought Nicole spent more time driving down my position than acting as an advocate.
Throughout the process Nicole often put forward false deadlines for me to agree to positions in order to pressure me.
In addition when I asked for the documents in MS Word so that I could compare the documents with previous versions, Nicole resisted. I spend hours - billable hours - explaining to her that in the mediation terms we had successfully negotiated that opposing counsel was required to provide documents in MS Word. She finally got the documents.
Nicole is a nice person but she is just pushing cases through. She is more interested in bending her client into agreement than acting as a good client advocate. My most important advice is NOT to agree to a marathon mediation session. Break it up into several 1 hour sessions, where everyone can thoughtfully review the proposal - off the clock.
Posted by Joan
Nicole doesn't waste your time or hers. She knows her stuff inside and out. She handled my separation and subsequent divorce, and I think I got a fair and appropriate settlement. Nicole is great at thinking on her feet--she ran circles around my ex-husband's (well-rated) attorney during separation negotiations. If you want warm and fuzzy, she may not fill the bill. If you want brains and straight talk, Nicole is your woman.
Posted by Ed
I used Nicole in 1999 for a divorce case and again in 2010 for a spousal support modification. She is timely and I have no issues which is why I used her again.