Lauren and Amanda,
Thanks so much for today, your help in getting me through this was needed. Feeling like a weight is off my shoulders now and feeling the best I have in ages.
Chris...I want you to know that you did a great job handling my case. Getting divorced is a confusing and stressful process. I always felt comfortable that my situation was being managed well by you. There was so much going on and it was all new to me and you were always there with the right answers.
At the end I feel that I did better than I expected, which is a wonderful feeling. I'm happily divorced now and my kids are doing great. We all thank you for your hard work and thoughtfulness.
You are winners in my eyes...This process has been painful, but you have made it much less so...
From the start, I knew we did not stand a good chance, but I had to try and you were Mighty in your efforts. You are gallant fighters. Keep at it.
If I had to recommend lawyers, you top the list. Smart, savvy, and kind. You have more than my vote. You have my gratitude.
I still see the look of concern on Lauren's face as I first met with her and Carol to share my story. I treasure the encouragement Stacy gave me as she looked at the paperwork I had collected...The paperwork Lauren and produced! What a job. Carol's presence at the courthouse and look when I handed her the jury summons. Even Emily at the front desk who generously laughed at my jokes when I showed up hauling a suitcase of paper...Those little things mean a lot. You are fine women I am proud to have known.
...I will owe you my gratitude forever.
Dear Carole and Andy,
I am just getting home after the day of mediation with you...You have both been so unbelievably kind, patient, caring and honestly had my best interest...I cannot express my gratitude enough, and the amount of respect I have for all of you to be able to do this each day....
Everyone worked together to make an awful situation into something we could all walk away with and be able to sleep at night knowing it is fair and just.
Carole, I feel as though I have known you forever, so I thank you again, and know that you honestly had my back even when I didn't have the courage to stand alone. I left your office today thinking that I spent the day with two unbelievably smart, confident and more importantly strong women that understand the value of a woman that chooses to stay home and raise her children. So I thank you for reinforcing that to me...
Andy, again I have to thank you for always listening to me and answering all my crazy questions. I only wish that every woman had to opportunity to be represented by both of you.
Dear Eric and Sarah,
Wanted to thank you both for all of your help, support, patience, sensitivity and time thus far. Eric was super prepared and did a phenomenal job today- both in terms of negotiating well for me in the Parenting Plan, as well as keeping XXX in his place and taking the lead. And of course, Sarah was key in getting Eric updated for today's meeting, has made herself very available to go over every little detail to ease my anxiety...and has been extremely instrumental in allowing our progress to date to get to this point today!
...at least if I have one thing to be grateful for (aside from my health and my kids), it's that even in this utmost vulnerable and scary situation, I feel confident that I'm being represented by the best! ...Should the need arise, I would definitely highly recommend both of you, as well as your firm (please thank Stephanie, too... know it truly takes a village, and without her meticulous notes and organization, we would not get very far!)...I can feel proud of how it's been handled, and at peace that I am truly in great hands.
... I also wanted to let you know with words how amazing, professional, helpful and "gentle-yet-assertive" your whole team has been to me...
Andy, I want to thank you so very much for all you have done and are doing...this morning I thought of the many times you helped me maintain the right perspective...Especially when I was unable to do that for myself. Needless to say, but I want to, your work on my case is changing my life and climb ahead for the better.
Carole...I thank you with all of my heart for your professional work on my behalf. I know that I could not have been better served. Thank you for taking me on as your client. My future is much brighter than I could ever have imagined it would be...
Dear Eric...I am very grateful to you. I am impressed with you and appreciate your expertise throughout a process I had no real prior experience with...I know that you both got the best deal for me that probably I could hope to get. I can't thank you enough...I look forward to recommending you as I have all along this process-you are a total gentleman attorney. I chose you because I feel you are kind and care about ethics in these situations...
"Amanda, Thank you for your support and hard work during a very difficult time in my life. You brought me strength on days when I thought I had none. I could not have done this without you."
"Just wanted to say thank you. You guys have been very professional and made a painful process less painful. Thank you and stay in touch..."
"Eric: You're a top notch attorney - Thank you for all your efforts on my behalf"
Your input and involvement in our program was invaluable and so important for us therapists! You always present your ideas with such grace! And, I agree with you about the need for continuing the discussion of how we can best work together for the better good of families!
Thank you so much again for donating so much of your valuable time to spend the day with us!
Dear Mr. Broder & Ms. Orland:
Just wanted to pass along a compliment to both of you for the assignment of Chris DeMattie to my case. He recently oversaw the last part of the settlement which included a tax payment from my ex who had moved to South Carolina. Professionally and thoroughly he pursued this important bit of the financial puzzle.....
Over the course of the months of the original litigation and the brief period we were in court in Stamford, Chris was always there explaining the process and what I needed to bring to the party......He was pretty unflappable and was always there reminding me emotion did not have much of place in all this and to think with your practical side to get to the end of the process in the best possible shape. Not sure how much of the psychological part goes along with the job, but he has that in his toolkit.
Wanted to let you know using a sports cliché, you have a player on your team.
I'd like to start by saying how deeply I appreciate all you have done, along with your team, in working with me during this nightmare of the past several months beginning with my [ex-husband's] rehabilitation stay. When I had nowhere to turn, you offered me your legal expertise and seasoned professional judgement, both of which have been of incalculable value to me.
From opposing counsel to our office:
I always tell my clients "The better the lawyers on BOTH sides of a case, the better result for both sides." Our getting [XXXXX] and [XXXXX] to a negotiated settlement of money and parenting issues proves that adage. Thank you from our office to yours for your professionalism.
To Attorney Orland:
You really did an amazing job for [your client]. I hope she recognizes that. I am guessing she does. I know it's hard for clients to sometimes understand the differences between good lawyering and not so good lawyering, but you were truly exceptional. I was really impressed and [she] was really fortunate to have you.
From Court appointed psychological evaluator
"Chris: Sincere thanks for your guidance and efforts over the past several months. I appreciate your candidness yesterday. It is refreshing to know that even though you are in the business of making money, you still have the clients' best interests in mind before deciding to just make a dollar. Very admirable."
BRODER & ORLAND LLC is AV® PreeminentTM rated by Martindale-Hubbell ®, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, earned through a strenuous peer and judicial review procedure. Below are comments submitted to Martindale-Hubbell® anonymously by their peers and the judiciary during the review process.
"...In addition to her tremendous depth of knowledge and experience in matrimonial and family law, Carole is a focused and pragmatic problem solver. Her legal acumen and good judgment, together with uniquely strong interpersonal skills, make her an especially effective advocate for her clients. Carole's growing firm is now the second largest matrimonial firm in Connecticut - a well deserved distinction."
"Pleasure, courteous, well prepared."
"Eric Broder is one of the finest attorneys that I know, in relation to both his representation of his clients and professionalism towards his peers."
"Excellent judgment and responsiveness."
"Ms. Orland is a highly skilled attorney who is universally admired and respected by fellow practitioners. She subscribes to the highest ethical standards... I recommend her without qualification."
From former divorce client to Attorney Orland:
.... I will always appreciate your warmth and strength and professionalism in helping to make all my happiness possible. You walk with folk through some very dark times. So glad to be back in the light.....
Attorneys Broder and Walker guided me through [the drafting of my prenuptial agreement] with a calm and rationale manner...They worked expeditiously. They have a good grasp of the law. They thought of countless things that never had crossed my mind until they brought to my attention. They clearly had my best interest in mind but I also think they approached the issue in a manner so as to not be confrontational despite the other lawyer¹s demeanor. I was able to reach them whenever I needed to. I am pleased with the end result. I would have absolutely zero hesitation in hiring them for anyone looking for family law lawyers. Naturally, I plan on never needing such services again as I am now happily married!
"Chis: I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work these past 6 months, and especially the last 2 weeks. I feel a huge sense of relief today for the first time in nearly 2 years. I just hope we can all move forward peacefully and [ XXX] gets stability back into his life. You talked me off several ledges and listened to my endless ramble through anger, fear and tears. THANK YOU!"
"Thanks for your help with my agreement. Wendy did a great job . . . especially with my inclination to overcomplicate things. You guys are pros and it shows."
"Lauren and Chris: I want to take this time to express my sincerest thanks for your hard work, dedication and diligence on representing me at the divorce trial this week! Although the process is grueling, stressful and so full of gaps, I believe your firm did a phenomenal job for me. No doubt our side out-performed [the opposing side] and I'm confident we did everything we could to hopefully influence [the Court] to decide the case in my favor. We will see, but please know that I am extremely pleased with your skill and performance!"
"Mr. Broder: I want to thank you for spending so much time looking into my case and meeting with me. I'm sorry this was in vain, but am very grateful that you did all this for me and pro bono . . . Do you know, when I got home the day of our meeting and looked at Ms. Murray's page, I realized it had been hers of the associates' that had really blown me away earlier, and I said again, Holy cow. You, she, and Ms. Orland are very impressive and you three and everyone at your firm were fabulous, consistent with your reputation. I hope someday we can meet again when life is more peaceful and I am more sane."
"Eric and Chris: As we come to the end of [XXXXX] v. [XXXXX], or to what I sincerely hope will be the end of it, let me thank you for your counsel, perspective, and professionalism. At trying times like these, the client truly gets to take the measure of his team, and I could not have felt in better hands.
Please know that I will be glad to serve as a reference should it ever be helpful and that I will not hesitate to recommend you and your firm as the opportunity arises - and history suggests it will. Again and again!"
"Chris and Eric: At the risk of being cheesy, I just wanted to say that both of your guidance has been amazing to date. Just really appreciate it. I feel like I'm in good hands during this impossible time and I'm sure you guys don't hear that often enough."
Tears of joy certainly continue. I had resigned myself to not being awarded the suspension of visits so I was stunned when this was granted along with the stipulation of supervised visits if he complies with the therapeutic process. Clearly, the judge had doubt and was certainly concerned for [XXXX] safety. You are both passionate and compassionate and I can't thank you enough.
I do think we need to wait and see how [XXX] reacts to all of this but for now, I am just beginning to wake up in a whole new world thanks to you and your firm.
[ client in case ]
"Sarah: Just wanted to say thanks again for your help yesterday.
I am convinced that we would not have prevailed in obtaining the contempt citation if you had not questioned [XXX] on paragraph 18 at the uncontested. And given [the judge's] critique of the way it was drafted, this was especially important. Anyways, well done. It raises the bar overall for indirect civil contempt citations."