4.5 stars 12 totalReview Jennifer Payseno
Posted by a client
I hired Jennifer when I realized my ex was an out of control narcissistic lying Pro Se who would stop at nothing to crush me financially and emotionally. I needed a tough and experienced attorney who could protect and defend my interests. Jennifer was just perfect. She caught on with every little detail of my case early on and never stopped to amaze me. She is the right mix of tough and compassionate and was simply magnificent in court, with so much ease and poise. I did not always listened to her or liked what she had to tell me, but I realized early on that she was very realistic with potential outcomes, knowledgeable, very bright and relentless in her pursuit of justice for her clients. She was always right on. I was an emotional wreck during my 15 months ordeal, but Jennifer always sorted through feelings and facts gently and had my best interest at heart. She was available via email during business hours, but also at night and in weekends. Her team Kristina, Jessica and John were just wonderful to work with. My case got complicated with a bankruptcy filed by my ex, Jennifer never skipped a beat and was able to use it to my advantage. We went through numerous motions and hearings and even though there is never a real winner or loser in a divorce, Jennifer won every battle for me. The finale will always be unforgettable to me: After Jennifer finished a magnificent presentation while digging deep into the complex laws of bankruptcy, the judge scolded my ex, attacked his credibility, threatened him of sanctions and awarded me the house he had been trying to steal from me for years. This was just priceless. I ended up settling my case a week before trial due to financial reasons, but there is no doubt in my mind, that had I gone to trial, Jennifer would have won that last battle for me and the ex would have got what he deserved. I was in great hands through this painful process and would definitely recommend Jennifer and her team to anyone finding themselves in a highly contested divorce. She is simply the best. The downside is that her firm is very expensive, I did cringe at the 6 figures I had to spend, but I really got what I paid for, the best representation. She gave me my life back.
Posted by a client
Jennifer and her team did an excellent job on my case. It was a very complicated case that required much time. Jennifer had been recommended to me by a friend. After reviewing her and the firm, I determined that it would be too expensive to go with her. I went to another attorney first, that wasn't getting me anywhere so I went to another and another! After three attorneys and a serious mistake made by the third, I reached out to Jennifer. She was compassionate, knowledgeable and in the end we were more successful in saving my family and my hard earned assets than I could of hoped for. The costs were extraordinary but I believe if I had gone with Jennifer from the beginning it would have been more manageable. I highly recommend Jennifer and would have gladly given five stars except for the high cost of the litigation.
Posted by Eric
I was in a difficult position with an attorney that was not representing me well and was actually undermining my position. I met with Jennifer. She agreed to take my case, which ended up being much more complicated and convoluted than it should have, through no fault of hers. She represented me very well, always trying to achieve the best outcome for me. In one hearing, the word "poised" came to mind while watching her address the commissioner. It was obvious she knew her facts, supported them with appropriate case law and was fair. She tried on several occasions to save both me and my ex-wife attorney's fees by educating opposing counsel but was unsuccessful.
Jennifer and her team (Jessica and Kristina) work well together and definitely know their stuff. I would not hesitate to seek their counsel again if I had a difficult legal matter. The only thing to be aware of is this firm is not inexpensive. Although expensive, throughout the entire matter I always felt like I was well-represented, and I was being heard by my attorneys.
Posted by a client
I can't recommend Jennifer Payseno and I can't recommend this firm. She is unresponsive and outrageously expensive. I spent the vast majority of my time communicating with her paralegal, who I happen to like, but nevertheless is not worth the $2,500 I paid in less than one weeks time for setup fees. For her part, I basically just got generic information and pleasantries for $1,200. When I figured out my ex-wife was spending about 1/3 on her attorney who was a lot more proactive in filing the initial divorce (that I kept asking to be filed first) and more aggressive, I knew I had to get another attorney but not before the firm collection person started hounding me for more money even after little work has been done.
Posted by a Divorce client
Twenty months ago, devastated by the sudden end of a long term marriage, I sought legal counsel. I met with and retained Jennifer Payseno. I was impressed by her ability to sort through my emotional issues while highlighting all of the important legal concerns that would be affecting my case. As my spouse was in the legal profession, she understood the need for me to have an advocate that could “level the playing field.” I found her advice to be straightforward, clear and calming. This was especially important at a time in my life where I found decision making difficult. She was responsive to each and every one of my concerns. Jennifer and her team mastered the complicated components of my family business that confounded easy solutions in settlement. As additional life changing events occurred during this process, Jennifer had continuing compassion for me and a strategy for all the new legal issues these changes presented. I have known her during the most difficult time of my life and found her work for me to be thorough, strategic, professional and compassionate. I would recommend her and her team of Jessica Moore and Kristina Zimmerman to anyone who finds their marital life compromised and who needs a strong, clear thinking advocate.
Posted by Josie
Jennifer and her team went above and beyond for me. Jennifer exudes a combination of compassion and strength which gave me a sense of peace in an otherwise extremely stressful time in my life.
i am thankful for Jennifer and her team for their diligent and honest work ethic.
Posted by Mark
I worked with Jennifer Payseno at McKinley Irvin on a child custody modification. Some words that describe here are: professional, knowledgeable, and most importantly, realistic. Her passion for her profession became obvious as she made the effort to know me and to understand my situation. I provided volumes of information that would be difficult for most to read past the first page. It became apparent through the process that Jennifer and her staff took the time to not only read it, but become very familiar with it so that they could better help me through my situation. I very highly recommend Jennifer and McKinley Irvin to anyone in need of a family law expert and highly competent advocate.
Posted by Albert
Jennifer was extremely professional and handled my case with class. I did better than I expected going in to my divorce and can't thank Jennifer enough.
Posted by Dave
Undergoing a divorce as a reluctant defendant...particularly after a long term marriage with complicated business, contractual, estate, and childcare-related issues...is a brutally emotional process that most of us have no experience in navigating. The terminology, the invasive nature of inquiries, and the prescriptive legal requirements are all foreign. Having someone representing you that can maintain a rational discourse with you as well as opposing counsel is essential.
Jennifer Payseno and her team, specifically co-counsel Jessica Moore, did exactly that for me. They presented the hard realities of my case, the law, and early-on set my expectations. At the same time they developed solid defensive strategies built on facts, events, and chronology to counter the bombastic theatrics of opposing counsel. This was a protracted roller coaster ride and at times, Jennier and her team served as both legal counselor and therapist. Her style is both collaborative and strategically offensive; a nice mix.
During nearly a full year of support and hand holding with enough twists and turns to make a long running soap opera, Jennifer was not only able to pull my emotions off the ceiling, but steadly educate opposing counsel on the rational weaknesses in their case. Despite our defendant status, Jennifer and her team took the lead in nearly every filing and proposal to ensure that plaintiff's counsel reacted to our templates, ideas, and requirements. This is not the cheapest way to go, but the only way when facing a wave of unrealistic and marignally logical thinking from opposing counsel.
I didn't always like what Jennifer was telling me...and at times didn't even follow that advice...but her counsel was dead on accurate. She and Jessica always had my interests at heart and were extraordinary in their knowledge of the ever-changing details. There was never the need to revisit issues or bring them up to speed...they were nearly aways acting, not reacting.
At times I bristled at the McKinley Irvin business model of prepaying for a six-figure legal defense ahead of the services provided, but the exceptional quality of that defense is unquestioned.
Posted by a Divorce client
Jennifer represented me on 2 occasions as the relationship with my wife fluctuated. The second time resulted in a court ruling following my wife's attempts to get me removed from our property. The build up to this was extremely stressful but the guidance from Jennifer and her team was exceptional, leaving nothing to chance and providing me with reassurance that the best possible argument was being prepared. Jennifer was always contactable, always responsive and always provided sound advice. On the day Jennifer took the opposing council to the cleaners, her preparation totally overshadowed the opposition and the moment the Judge ruled in my favor I had to ask Jennifer if I'd heard him correctly, He required my wife to move out and gave me almost 50 -50 custody of my daughter. It was quite a moment.
In hiring Jennifer I took the approach that legal costs were secondary to what I wanted out of this so was prepared to pay. My decision to select Jennifer was based on research, reputation and reading reviews. I couldn't have got it any better. I would recommend Jennifer in all cases