My decision to use Shannon was based upon three criteria: my familiarity with the winning reputation of her law firm (I went to law school with another lawyer in the same firm); the exceptional reviews of her by esteemed local attorneys in this field of law; and, to be transparent, her reasonable rates. Before meeting her I expected worthy legal skill, but upon hiring her she well exceeded my already high expectations.
I was the non-custodial parent of two young children accused of emotionally abusing them as well as a physical assaulting the other parent, for which a FAPA was in place. The allegations were serious, completely untrue and understandably upsetting. I was scared I would lose my children and my freedom to a troubling degree. I met with Shannon, explained my circumstances, and she agreed to take my case. From the beginning she was professional and genuine. She did not promise victory, and in fact made clear the possibility of loss. She did, however, offer a route to legal victory, without promising one, and she always maintained a professional demeanor. She never resorted to petty barbs or easy attacks in her communications with the other party, unlike opposing counsel. She did not waste money or time and remained laser focused.
Shannon’s intellect, preparedness, thoroughness, comprehension of issues, legal knowledge and her commitment to advocacy, were all on display in her representation of my case. Her trial memo for my case was stellar. She skillfully wove my circumstances into the applicable statutory and case law. She did not write too little nor too much. She explained similarities and differences, invited discussion and provoked questions at the right point. Another notable skill, the issues and evidence to review and consider were overwhelming, and she chose the right facts and issues to present to the Court-this is a particular area where trusting her proved wise.
Regardless of whether I prevailed in trial, I knew I would be writing this review. Trusting Shannon and following her advice was the best thing I could do, and am I glad I did. To be sure, it is not victory which motivates this review, it’s all her work and counsel up to victory-and her overall character.
In the end, I prevailed in every category-thank you Shannon. The FAPA was dismissed, I was awarded a 50/50 parenting plan, makeup days, and the Court ordered a Parenting Time Coordinator – everything I requested.