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Does anyone have experience with the following attorneys,
focusing on 1. their sharp legal knowledge, as well as 2. their
willingness to mediate rather than go to court? Positive or
negative experiences solicited ~ thanks!
Robert A. Goodman,
Steven Peter Small,
Christina Bemko Littlefield,
Vivian L. Holley,
Stuart I. MacKenzie
Need bright attorney; not necessarily for court appearance
Eva Herzer is a keenly intelligent and straightforward yet
sensitive mediating attorney. She does not do traditional
contentious litigation at all, but works solely in mediation. At
the same time, she is well school in the ins and outs of the law
and makes a great adviser, speaking from a position of strength.
She also has a lot of experience in the areas of divorce and
mediation. I would recommend her.
I've had experience with Vivian Holley. I imagine her legal
knowledge is good enough, though my attorney told me that she was
incorrect about three statements made. As to her willingness to
mediate rather than go to court, well, mediation is Ms. Holley's
niche. My input is to try someone else first though. I was extremel.y
unhappy with her manner, her methods and her results. She could
also cost you a bundle bc she talks *so* slowly, laboriously, and
repeats things - really! My attorney always couldn't wait to get
her off the phone. Also, possibly in her efforts to appear fair, she implicitly gave
some legitimacy, encouraged the continued behavior of my vexatious
plaintiff. She actually recommended a *ridiculous*, patently
expensive and unworkable solution that both I and the plaintiff
A friend and I are currently sharing a duplex and are looking
for someone who can help us create an agreement regarding
repairs, remodeling and possibly changing the division of
ownership. Who can work with us on this?
We used Frederick Hertz for our tenants-in-common legal agreement
(we also have a duplex) and I recommend him. We had already
discussed and written out a bunch of stuff on our own and came in
with many ideas and notes, but he asked us the right questions to
pull even more details out. He was very professional and clearly
experienced in this type of legal agreement. He's in downtown
Oakland and his office number is 510-451-4114.
We chose Frederick Hertz after speaking with 2 other people who
do these agreements. Michael St. John (845-8928) says he's the
founder of tenants-in-common agreements in Berkeley but is not a
lawyer, and John Gutierrez (644-1904) who is an attorney and will
actually come to your house to survey the property to make sure
you're getting everything into the agreemment.
I'm very happy we chose Hertz. Our agreement seems great (though
fortunately we've never had to use it in any legal situation) and
his fee was lower than it would have been Gutierrez, who talked
about a minimum of like 5 hours or something. I will use
Frederick Hertz for future legal matters as well.
Does anyone have experience with the family mediator Mary
Duryee? Any positive or negative feedback would be most
we had mediation with mary duryee. We had a particularly difficult situation, and
process was painful, as I am sure it may be for any divorce. Part of what was
frustrating was the communication, as she was not quick about getting back to us
about questions, and the custody schedule took her almost a month longer than she
had said it would. After much deliberation, and finally receiving the schedule, I
found out that our schedule is almost exactly the same as another set of parents
who used her, which has me questioning how personalized our schedule actually is.
Re: Mediation for mom and 14-y-o in turmoil? (May 2004)
Dear Mother of the 14 Year Old Girl,
Mediation Services, 22227 Redwood Rd. Castro Valley,
offers FREE Parent-Teen Mediation. Mediation is a safe
space for both parents and youth to express thier point of
view and work towards a mutually satifying solution. We
will team up a youth and adult mediator for Parent-Teen
Mediations. Issues such as respect, trust, expectations,
and independence are issues that we see arise in Parent-
Teen Mediations. Please call Shana Subelsky,Youth Services
Director, at 510-733-4940 x 224. Thanks and Good Luck!
Mediation Services www.mediationservices.org
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