A friend and colleague recommended Lisa. I cannot thank her enough. Lisa was the third lawyer to represent me after two years of a difficult and wrenching divorce process. By that time, I felt disillusioned and demoralized and only wanted "it" to end.
From the moment I sat down with Lisa at her round consulting table to discuss my case, I knew she "got" it. My spirit immediately lifted from the depths of despair. I knew I found an ally, someone I could trust to give me good and sound counsel, and someone who could help me complete my divorce. No small feat.
Lisa has the winning combination of intelligence, compassion, kindness, strength, integrity, grace, humor, common sense and boundless energy. She was always available when I needed her. Her fees were than reasonable and if she charged double her rate, she'd be worth every cent and (But, thankfully, her fees were lower so I was lucky enough to be able to retain her).
Beyond being a superb and savvy lawyer, I want to emphasize the human dimension here. As a psychologist working regularly with others' pain, I know first-hand how important this quality is. Amidst the pain and loss inherent in divorce in general and my divorce in particular, throw into the mix parental alienation, and the pain can feel unbearable at times. In all this, Lisa proved to be a rock, a kind and caring rock that I could lean against when I felt dizzy, confused, and at a loss for what step to take next. She led me by the hand, guiding me to take one step after another, until I found I walked a mile, then two, and before I knew it, a marathon. She remained calm, steady, level-headed and forceful, qualities I have gradually internalized as we worked together this past half year.
My ex-husband decided to represent himself, pro-se, after the collaborative process collapsed a few months earlier. When I went back to my first lawyer who I used before the collaborative process, he asked me to share every email my husband sent me with respect to the divorce. Before I knew it, there were constant flurries of email exchanges between my ex-husband and my attorney. Needless to say, his billable fees soared, and my plea that I not share every single email given the mounting legal fees, fell on deaf ears. When I shared this with Lisa, explaining that my ex-husband was happy to write endless emails to her as he acted pro-se, and my fear that once again, I'd be paying huge fees each month, she said not to worry. She would not be so engaged and highly selective in her responses. And she was.
My divorce stipulation was signed in November about two months after I retained Lisa. My prior attorney had drafted a divorce agreement that was filled with gaping holes and that did not protect me in many ways. Lisa not only filled those holes but rewrote the entire agreement starting from scratch. Best of all, she crafted an agreement that was beneficial to me in so many ways and one that had built in mechanisms to protect me. She anticipated actions my ex-husband might (and did) take and each time he has tried to breach the agreement, her advice to me to follow the agreement and not deviate from it in any way has proven to be very sound advice.
In sum, I cannot recommend Lisa highly enough. if you want a mensch of a lawyer who is bright, energetic, filled with integrity and compassion and an absolute joy to work with (see earlier adjectives as well), then Lisa is the attorney for you.