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Female Family Attorney
updated: Feb 22, 2013, 1:50 PM

Need a female "bulldog" who will fight for me in court. Any suggestions on a strong female family attorney?


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Isobel MurrayJacqueline MishoJamie Raney

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 COMMENT 377550 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 01:54 PM

?? what is the opposite of misogynist?

 

 COMMENT 377553 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 01:58 PM

I'm willing to bet the "opposite of misogynist" is not what is in play here. I'm willing to bet that the OP is up against a strong female attorney and is just looking to nullify any perceived points that might get her by the judge and/or jury.

 

 COMMENT 377554 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:01 PM

A misandrist is one who hates or is prejudice against males.

 

 SBSURFERLIFE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:03 PM

Or maybe the OP just wants to find a tough female lawyer.

 

 COMMENT 377562 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:11 PM

Lora Brown - Hardin & Coffin LLP

 

 COMMENT 377563 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:14 PM

Jackie Misho. Her picture is in the dictionary under "bulldog" family law attorney.

 

 COMMENT 377566 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:17 PM

Petrovich

 

 COMMENT 377567 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:20 PM

JAMIE FORREST RANEY
(805) 963-0755
Fax: (805) 965-7237
Street Address: 222 East Carrillo Street, Suite 400
Santa Barbara, CA 93101- 2142

Great Lawyer, you'll love her

 

 COMMENT 377569 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:26 PM

I hear Jackie Misho is THE ULTIMATE bulldog family attorney that scares the heck out of everyone else.

 

 COMMENT 377572P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:29 PM

Forget the bulldogs-male or female. The bulldog portion of the program is because other more important skills are lacking. These bulldogs are only good at wasting their clients' money. And in the process they manage to alienate everyone they come in contact with. Just take a look at the court records to see how many times thes bulldogs have been sued by their own clients.

Mediation with realistic expections is the best way to settle a divorce.

 

 COMMENT 377573 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:37 PM

7572... while your point is well taken it is also a double edged sword. Clients who didn't get their way often sue their attorneys so as not to have to pay for their day in court.

 

 COMMENT 377574 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:39 PM

Fighting in family law equals big BIG money, long battles and heartache.

 

 COMMENT 377576P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 02:41 PM

Hopefully not the same poster who was looking for a "collections" attorney the other day. The later explanation offered was less than forthcoming, IMO.

 

 COMMENT 377595 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 03:10 PM

572P...maybe mediation has already been tried. I tried it and the other party always refused to show up right at the last minute.

 

 COMMENT 377598 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 03:11 PM

Tracey Rangel Cruz. 805-965-0752. She can be tough. For the most part, as someone who has been thru the family law gauntlet, I have to agree with 572. Getting all charged up in butt kicking mode will do nothing but cost you more money and your kids their future. You want someone who can be tough when it needs to happen, but more so, is fair and can work with the other lawyer. Because while maybe your family is breaking up, that doesn't mean all parties need to be destroyed financially. These words are hard to hear, live by during the emotion of it all, and I don't know the specifics of your situation. She was an outstanding attorney for me and cared about my case.

 

 COMMENT 377603 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 03:20 PM

Jamie Raney

 

 COMMENT 377610 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 03:25 PM

As a bulldog I'm offended. Now please scratch my belly.

 

 COMMENT 377611 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 03:30 PM

Petrovich is not a family attorney. And a good attorney will get you what you want without wasting time ($$$$) in court.

 

 COMMENT 377616 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 03:38 PM

Jamie Raney - she is the best.

 

 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 04:42 PM

Jeralyn Cox Ehlers Ehlers & Fairbanks, LLP 226 East Canon Perdido Street, #F Santa Barbara , CA 93101 Day: (805)845-1600 Eve: (805)845-1605 direc Fax: (805)845-1601 Cell: (805)403-4220 jehlers@ehlersandfairbanks.com

 

 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 04:43 PM

Nicole L. Champion Attorney At Law 1035 Santa Barbara St Ste 7 Santa Barbara , CA 93101 Day: (805)926-0211 Fax: (805)456-3816 nicole@championlaw.com

 

 EDHATBARBARA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 04:51 PM

Isobel Murray 315 East Canon Perdido B Santa Barbara , CA 93101 Day: (805)963-9044 isobel@imurraylaw.com

 

 COMMENT 377641 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 04:54 PM

Somehow I think this is my ex-wife asking this question.

 

 COMMENT 377655 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 05:41 PM

I would recommend Paul Capritto inspite of his misfortune of being male. He knows the law, knows how to work in the Santa Barbara Courts, and knows how to do his job...Im not sure why the op wants a female .... but if you want the job done right, call Paul Capritto.

 

 COMMENT 377656 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 05:50 PM

Jackie Misho hands down. No one else comes close. She even drives a Hummer!

 

 COMMENT 377676P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 06:23 PM

What you probably need is a good mediator who will talk some sense into the two of you.
A dog fight only results in wounds to both parties. Hope you don't parent with your ex.

 

 COMMENT 377684P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 06:59 PM

A female attorney I hired went to lunches with my "now ex-" husband on my dime (I was naive) and told me to collect my receipts from supermarkets because my "now ex-" husband didn't know what food costs and didn't want to be paying too much to "help" support our three children.

It took a male bulldog to achieve a bit of equality or justice. This male bulldog even took the case to the California Supreme Court and won. We would have made it into the record, but there was actually a worse "now ex-" spouse out there.

And, please don't assume mediation works for everyone. Some individuals are incapable of mediating.

 

 COMMENT 377695 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 07:33 PM

Family court is not suitable for an attorney of this sort.

Judge told me this as I was there fighting for my son...

 

 4358ED agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 07:44 PM

Jamie Raney - she really is the best. It's so nice to see other concurring comments. Her efforts were beyond that of an lawyer, If your reading this Jamie - Thank you.

 

 COMMENT 377726 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 08:43 PM

My wife she doe's it every night for free.

 

 JUKINJAY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-22 09:42 PM

I second Jeralyn Ehlers. Competent and thorough. Bulldog when needed.

 

 COMMENT 377751P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 12:10 AM

or 740 is a troll making stuff up

 

 COMMENT 377759 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 06:42 AM

Successful mediation results in a settlement with everyone unhappy with outcome.
Successful litigation is a scorchingly expensive way to get to the truth.
Eat your pride and stay married until the kids are 18....or hire Jamie Raney and end up with everyone broke, everyone unhappy with the outcome worse than a lousy marriage.

 

 COMMENT 377762P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 06:59 AM

If this is a custody battle, leave the kids alone! As much as the parents hate each other, children deserve to have both parents in their life! They did nothing wrong. If the OP is trying to "punish" the other parent, then the OP needs not a "bulldog" lawyer, but a "pit bull" psychologist who will deal with the OP's sadness, anger and hurt. Read about Parental Alienation - it is the saddest of outcomes from divorce.

 

 COMMENT 377771 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 07:37 AM

I do not recommend Jamie Raney for reasons of my own.

 

 COMMENT 377773 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 07:41 AM

after each spending over 100,000 dollars on expensive and well known female quote unquote Bulldog attorneys, in what was a terribly difficult and contested divorce, my ex wife and decided to go to mediation split custody 50/50 and split the little amount of money we had left.

I think if we had gone through with the entire contested settlement process with all the depositions, motions and court hearings we would have spent at least 500,000 dollars. Both my ex wife's attorney and my attorneys obviously advised against settlement, that's when we both figured out that they have their own billing and their own interests in mind more than ours or our childrens.

Long story short, don't expect the court system to help you get your way unless you have nearly unlimited financial resources. And even then expect to write off the year or 2 of your life which will be spent arguing alternately with your ex, with her attorneys, and with your own attorneys.

 

 COMMENT 377776P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 07:54 AM

Working full time at a professional job supporting two kids in SB, I have no money to even walk in the door of an attorney- my ex has been a total flake emotionally to the kids and financially in their support for 18 years (my daughter's entire life). I saw one attorney and he said "Life's not fair." true that.

 

 COMMENT 377777 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 07:56 AM

I am not an attorney, but I believe that California is "no fault" and that property settlement is a formula. Certainly the parties can agree to any variation but otherwise, it's just math. Leave gender out of it and get straight advice on the law from a specialist. I've seen some good names here, and at least one I would run from. Confrontation is not the answer. Solid legal assistance will get the job done. Don't focus on hourly rate: focus on # of hours. Peace.

 

 COMMENT 377778P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 08:00 AM

They're all as expensive as hell

 

 COMMENT 377782 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 08:10 AM

Misho. Capritto had my acquaintance do most of the leg work.

 

 COMMENT 377791 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 08:24 AM

Jacqueline Misho is not a 'bulldog,' who just fights for what is allowed under law, she ignores the law herself. She is entirely unethical and belongs in jail, minus bar card.

 

 COMMENT 377792 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 08:27 AM

Jamie Rainey helped one of my disabled clients in a divorce case and didn't charge a retainer for her services! My client was being neglected by her husband who was spending time with his mistress. Jamie was able to get substantial alimony for my client.

Jamie is very busy and is able to pick and choose from many who would like her to represent them. If she takes your case you won't be disappointed.

 

 COMMENT 377794P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 08:40 AM

Marlea Jarrett...very smart, strong, strategic, compassionate, and realistic as to outcome. Avoid bulldogs - they alienate everyone and swallow a whole lot of money.

 

 COMMENT 377800 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-23 09:01 AM

In Civil Court, even when you win, you can end up owing your attorney money.

Take a $100,000 settlement. Attorney takes 33-40% off the top. That might leave $60,000. Next comes the expenses. Expert witnesses run hundreds of dollars an hour, plus travel and lodging. Say, you had two of them at $30,000 each. That wipes out the $60,000. But you're not done yet. Photocopying, legal service, court reporters, rent on deposition location, etc. are all billed to YOU.

Just make sure you have a real case with a big payoff.

 

 

 

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