When my wife’s violence turned from verbal to physical, I had to contain the situation, and Atty. Amber Channell was assigned to my case. She had the flexibility to handle both collaborative and adversarial cases. She is very astute, quick to respond to arguments and can assess the situation with minimal information. Not only then did I feel I was in good hands, but we made a good client-advocate team with our compatible background knowledge and similar train of thought. This was the ideal advocate relationship I wanted.
What complicated the case was the adversarial approach of the opposing party in demanding the highest settlement. I would caution anyone in assuming opposing counsel’s integrity and get everything documented and cross-checked before presenting papers, especially when it comes to the involuntary servitude of spousal maintenance. Cash flow is everything in a legal case. Opposing counsel’s validation of the consistency and credibility of his client’s testimony was rather unscrupulous and he was also non-compliant with the Case Management Schedule. In contrast, throughout the entire litigation process, Amber was very thorough and validated the consistency and credibility of my testimony and documentary evidence.
Amber played devil’s advocate in every situation. She upheld the truth, and was impartial in her judgment. She was also a stickler for complying with the Case Management Schedule imposed by the Superior Court. This required much timely work on my part to assemble the necessary and voluminous documentary evidence that marriage dissolution cases are so dependent on. I hardly had any rest through this entire Cause, but this schedule compliance became a competitive advantage, and the quality of documentation was essential to argue a very convincing case.
In contrast, opposing counsel relied on oral testimony, time-consuming dramatization in court with little probative value, and submitted very scant and questionable documents. Opposing counsel relied on non-responsiveness to drag this case to trial. Amber always kept her cool amidst the ridiculous challenges we met through this Cause. In spite of her case load with the inevitable emergency situations in family law, she managed to be very responsive to my needs.
When Trial was inevitable by non-response default, Amber assessed my financial condition and my ability to pursue this Cause. This was a very difficult decision, and Amber was very encouraging, even talking herself out of a job. She determined that in less than sixty (60) days, I would be able to gain enough knowledge to represent myself effectively. With Amber’s guidance and the deep knowledge of the Cause that she internalized, she effectively helped me prepare for Trial and be able to address the many situations that go wrong. Amber did mention that I was brilliant in learning this big body of knowledge in an extremely compressed time frame and the legal work I produced was better than what she has seen from most attorneys. I owe this to her guidance. I feel that I can now navigate through the legal system in representing myself.
Throughout Amber’s advocacy and counseling, she embodied my conviction “to dissolve the marriage with dignity, and the prudent stewardship of community resources for the good of the community.” She had the integrity to uphold these and the principles she espoused as a legal advocate. I greatly appreciate that in her and I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone. That is the greatest favor I can offer in a field of practice where repeat business is not the norm, with the exception of Hollywood.