Posted by Lauren A Wolfe
Recently, I struggled through the most traumatic ordeal of my life--my former husband developed a severe and sudden mental illness. After unsuccessfully trying to get him help, I finally turned to legal representation, because on my own, I didn't know where to begin.
I asked a group of friends (via a private facebook group we all share to talk about lady stuff) who they might recommend to help offer guidance. *Eight* people suggested Nathan. From the very beginning, he listened with non-judgement and empathy; he immediately began to advocate for my family's wellbeing--helping me to choose a path that would help maintain my son's and my safety.
He also went out of his way to help mitigate my legal expenses, which almost seems counterintuitive, but is also very much in line with his character. For instance, when I needed to obtain a protection order, Nathan explained how I could file with the court for free using non-profit-funded DV advocates. He explained that he'd be happy to help, but that the advocates were very helpful and offered the service for free. I have so much respect for his willingness to sacrifice his own earning potential in order to suggest what was best for *me.* Plenty of people wouldn't have cared that I was a single mom trying to get my career started, but with Nathan, I clearly wasn't just another client.
At each step in the process, Nathan offered a number of potential strategies, detailing the risks/benefits of each. He was strongly invested in helping me obtain the best outcome for my family. I'm naturally a bit of an... optimist, I guess, and I needed an advocate who could be risk averse on my behalf. Nathan helped me make good choices at a time when I was far too traumatized to try to be my own advocate. He was definitely helping me to think about things pragmatically and proved to be a very strong legal advocate, in additional to being empathetic and ethical.
It helped so much, knowing that my interests were taken care of by a civil professional who could also be a firm advocate when needed. He's exactly what I wanted in an attorney, as it turned out!
This is the first time I've ever needed to hire a lawyer, and honestly, I hope it's one of the last (though it doesn't seem likely. So I'll end by saying that I'll count myself very lucky if my next attorney is as talented However, I'll be very luck , I hope that they're half as talented as Nathan.
Posted by Catherine
I needed legal help for something very difficult and in the balance was the most precious being in my life, my wee daughter. I walked into Nathan's office because I needed help with my Domestic Violence Protection Order, DV PO for short, for all of those who are not fluent in legalese. I had consulted three non profits and the outlook was grim. I was not a woman who would allow my situation to elevate to the point where I was hospitalized. Proving and working with my situation was compound fed by my having fled my home state. Nathan did not give me a prognosis of roses and honey, but made me aware of alternatives that others had otherwise overlooked. He was the individual perfect for the job. He would take the time to research what he didn't know and made all efforts to provide the best legal advice possible. I was also greTful for his accommodation of difficult family members and working with me through my choppy financial circumstances. If I had money for Christmas Cards I would of sent him one. Next year and the years after he is on my list. Thank you Nathan! I don't really think 'great' in every language will sufficiently describe his work and efforts, it just is not good enough.
Posted by anonymous
I came to Nathan when other possibilities had been exhausted and I needed a lawyer. The nature of my case was extreme. The other side was willing to stop at nothing to see they got their way and was using the courts in an, at best, questionable manner. There was an enormous amount of work to be done. Nathan's knowledge and diligent planning and execution, throughout the year or so my case went on, secured full custody of my child with protections in place. This gave us a buffer from the other party's harassing behavior. We are forever grateful to Nathan and his team!
Posted by Allison
Because Washington allows out of state divorces as long as at least one spouse is a resident of WA, I was able to file for divorce from my state of residence. Nathan helped guide me through the process with his proficiency, putting my mind at ease when I needed it most. His friendliness made it easy to approach him with questions, and he was always quick to respond even on opposite coasts! This process, regardless of how amiable both parties are, is never easy, but Nathan took away any additional stress so I could focus on other things. I'd definitely recommend him to others.
Posted by kristinmg01
Nathan, Ululani Akiona, and their team helped me resolve a multitude of issues in my extremely hairy parentage case. During my initial interview, Nathan and Ululani both grasped the whole scenario within minutes, and retained said information down to every last detail. They never forgot anything throughout my entire 2.5 year case.
Both Nathan and Ululani are wonderful attorneys who are responsive to their clients needs and are willing to strongly advocate for them. Both are very quick, intelligent, and really fight for their clients. On top of that duo, their team is extraordinary and when things are difficult, they are all there to keep you on track with next steps and what to expect.
Nathan and Ululani are very clear, remember everything, are extremely communicative, and never leave you confused or wondering what is going on. They even go so far as to CC you on emails with the opposing party; you are never out of the loop with them.
There are no questions when you’re represented by Nathan and/or Ululani. They keep you informed and help you know what is in the best interest of your case. If that wasn’t enough, they go above and beyond, and are always very thorough. Both will straight shoot information, but in a tactful manner.
In the midst of my really hairy custody case, it was Nathan and Ululani that really helped ease my fears and stress. Without their reassurance and knowledge, I would have been a wreck. It’s difficult to trust someone you don’t know to help make the best decisions for what will end up being your child’s (and yours) life. But with Nathan and Ululani, I trust them 100%.
They both are fantastic, brilliant and very easy to work with. I highly recommend them. I was for sure very lucky to have them representing me.
Posted by Aaron
I recently contacted Nathan about a bankruptcy case and he gave me good advice even though he does not do bankruptcy cases. He basically said he didn't want to waste my time or money and advised me to find someone who specializes in these cases. He was responsive and helpful and I appreciate his candor.
Posted by Michelle
Nathan is a compassionate and informed divorce lawyer. While my divorce was fairly simple and straight forward, it was still a very emotional process for me. Nathan was empathetic, helpful and very on top of the whole process. He answered all my questions, gave me lots of options, made sure I knew what the time line was and how it was all going to work. I was very happy with the services I received from Nathan and would highly recommend him!
Posted by Aaron
Nobody wants to get divorced but with Nathan's professional assistance I am sure anyone can get through the process feeling relieved.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Cliber worked with me on a convoluted and chaotic case for Child Custody. He was able to clearly communicate with me and did so with professionalism and an empathetic demeanor.
The opposing party tried to dissuade Mr. Cliber from working with me as a client and went so far as to threaten his career. Mr. Cliber responded in a firm but gracious manner and continued to represent me with admirable integrity that is rare in this day and age.
His intellectual prowess and eye for detail wonderfully compliment his excellent and expansive understanding of the law. I highly recommend Mr. Cliber's services and I fully intend to work with him again should the need arise.
Posted by anonymous
Nathan was smart, professional, prepared, and very responsive. I felt very comfortable in his hands, and he helped make the entire process very straightforward.