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  • Professional Attorney

    “Mr. Seidel handled all aspects of my divorce case from discovery and custody disputes, the enforcement of orders, as well as a lengthy appellate court process after the other side lost after a lengthy trial. Mr. Seidel was professional, prepared and a tremendous advocate throughout the entire process. We prevailed at trial and on appeal.”

    Anonymous (reviewed on Avvo)

  • Experienced and Kind

    “During a very difficult time in my life, I was very lucky to work with Joel Seidel and his team as I navigated the turbulent waters of divorce. Not only were Joel and Kristine knowledgeable and extremely good at their jobs, but they were also kind and respectful throughout, explaining each step of the process, and making this scary time in my life less terrifying. I would recommend working with Joel to anyone facing a family law need, his experience and expertise are only matched by his understanding for his clients situation and his kindness.”

    Jennie (reviewed on Avvo)

  • They were also kind and respectful throughout, explaining each step of the process, and making this scary time in my life less terrifying.

    “During a very difficult time in my life, I was very lucky to work with Joel Seidel and his team as I navigated the turbulent waters of divorce. Not only were Joel and Kristine knowledgeable and extremely good at their jobs, but they were also kind and respectful throughout, explaining each step of the process, and making this scary time in my life less terrifying. I would recommend working with Joel to anyone facing a family law need, his experience and expertise are only matched by his understanding for his clients situation and his kindness.”

    Jennie (reviewed on Google)

  • Joel was great in court.

    “Joel was great in court. He strategically knew that the other side had failed to meet their burden of proof on a key issue (about which they would have lied) and kept the hearing and Judge focused on their failure to present evidence on this key factual issue. Because of this, we prevailed. While Joel argued for one-half of the time as the opposing counsel, we blew the other side away.”

    Former Client

  • Lawyer with integrity

    “I have handled cases in the past where Joel was the opposing counsel; the attorney who represented the ex-spouses of my clients. I would place Joel high on the list of the rare attorneys in L.A. who are honest and moral; and who have integrity, while ensuring that he advocates for his clients diligently and zealously. While we have argued many times, and we have differed drastically in our respective positions when fighting for our respective clients, I respect Joel as an experienced, cordial attorney.”

    Rita A. (reviewed on Avvo)

  • They coached me through and incredibly difficult custody battle that ultimately ended in my child and my favor.

    “Joel and his team are incredible. They coached me through and incredibly difficult custody battle that ultimately ended in my child and my favor. They are thorough and accessible at all times. I was not able to pay in full the fees so they allowed me a payment plan that I could manage without stress. Joel was very direct with me and helped me navigate the emotional extremes of divorce and custody issues with an ex partner who was a narcissist and addict. I can not recommend this team enough. I was so lucky to have found them. He was incredible in court and actually offered advice to my ex that changed the entire course of events. So grateful.”

    Viola C. (reviewed on Google)

  • THE MOST AMAZING ATTORNY EVER!!

    “I am beyond elated!! We retained Joel with a history of one bad attorney after another. We were hopeless and couldn't find anyone that actually knew what they were doing because our case was so complicated and had previous attorrnies cause more errors then you can imagine... some attorneys didn't even want to take my case because it was a mess with horrible orders already made by two judges! Finally, when Joel came on board, he found ways to change our judge and fought hard- he had the court room under his finger tips!! His level of professionalism, knowledge and confidence was a breath of fresh air! Our last hope was Joel! Forr him to have won this case for us, it was literally a miracle! I was fighting a custody battle for 18 months in dependency court without success. Then moved my case to family court and the disaster of terrible court orders continued until Joel worked his magic! This man fought so strategic, professional and passionate that we won and had orders made in our favor that would have never been possible without him!!! I won full custody of my children and finally had the hands of an expert work the court room like nobodies ever seen! I have my family back because of Joel!! I cannot find enough words to thank this man for his hard work and determination! He is a miracle that turned our greiving into joy!!! I will refer this attorney to any person I come across that needs the best possible legal advocate there is out there! I will forever be grateful for all of Joel's hard work, brainstorming, professionalism and expertise. This man literally took a case that was doomed for failure and pulled us out of the worst possible situation you could ever imagine. I highly recommend Joel and know that anyone he represents, he will do so with such a high level of ethics, honesty and dedication that they will succeed with him by their side. Thank you so much Joel, you have given me the happiest outcome possible!! Joel... our family loves you and will never forget what you have done for us!!!”

    Atianna (reviewed on Avvo)

  • Joel has not only been a great lawyer but also a trusted friend and advisor.

    “Joel has been my ONLY lawyer for the last 6 painful years of my dissolution and divorce and brutal custody battle. Joel has not only been a great lawyer but also a trusted friend and advisor. He always sought to settle the myriad of issues that arose in the course of the divorce in a peaceful way. It was only that all other options were fully exhausted did he opt for the path of litigation. During the vicious custody battle – he stood with me as we eventually won full custody. And when the opposing side took the matter to the court of appeals, Joel handled that with equal skill and fortitude and we were victorious in the Appellate decision. In a nutshell, Joel has been a skillful, kind, honest, affordable and persistent counsel at every step of the way. I don't see how I could have handled this sad situation and arrived to where I am today without Joel as my attorney. I would recommend Joel (and have done so many times) to anyone facing the challenge of divorce and custody.”

    Shimon Lesserson

  • You need this man/team in your corner

    “Joel and his team are an incredible force both in and out of the court. His calm, friendly and reassuring demeanor did much to alleviate our anxieties in areas we knew nothing about. No question or concern was ever too small. In the courtroom, he was amazing to watch. He is professional, skillful and knowledgeable of the law. His cool confidence, knowledge, and skills in the courtroom have earned him respect from colleagues, judges as well as court staff. He is a powerhouse who is not intimidated by opposing counsel nor judges. He can articulately explain the law to opposing counsel or judges in that cool, professional, polite demeanor while defending his case leaving everyone's self-esteem intact. He is never condescending, belittling or unrealistic. The compassion, drive, and legalese of Joel and his team gave us tremendous peace of mind in a very tumultuous time.”

    Kris (reviewed on Avvo)

  • The Absolute Best!

    “I have never felt so confident going into court as I did this time around knowing I had Joel on my side. Joel and Kristine are the absolute best. Joel's confidence in the court room really made me feel at ease. From the moment I met with him for a consultation, I knew I needed to hire him. He really took the time to listen and get every detail of my situation from start to finish. I love the fact that Joel and Kristine want to get all the details on the history of your case so they can find the best strategy when preparing your paperwork and for court. I appreciate them always being an email or phone call away whenever needed, for all their knowledgeable advice on how to deal with my ex whom was constantly harassing me and micro managing every situation, for always answering every single one of my questions and guiding me. After court, it felt strange having to say my "goodbyes" to Joel when he and Kristine have been my go to people for the last few months. Haha. But Joel, is honestly very caring and wants the best for his clients, he made sure to let me know that he is still around and available if I ever have a question or need them. Thank you so so much for caring and never making me feel like I was just another case. Although you guys are extremely busy, you always made me feel like my case was a priority and that is truly remarkable. If and when I ever need to go back to court, best believe I will be reaching out to Joel! Once again, thank you for your keen attention to detail in my case that did not allow my ex to manipulate the system this time around. For that, I continue to have sole custody of my daughter and making sure she continues to remain safe.”

    Crystal (reviewed on Avvo)

  • “In my family law case, Joel Seidel did an extraordinary job and got a good result. My concern and my priority from the first day was the wellbeing of my children. Joel recognized that, and from the first day took that on as his primary objective. Joel knows case law, and he knows it well. He is a quick study......assesses the opposing counsel quickly, gets a clear view of their strategy , then devises the most efficient, deliberate response based on his vast knowledge and experience.. He is not a fancy guy , he is a "get it done " guy. He is always prepared , presumes the challenges before he is confronted with them and never takes his eye off the ball. In terms of listening well, accumulating discovery, preparing a position and performing in a courtroom , I cannot imagine any better family lawyer. Although, I am struggling my way back to financial stability, he is the first guy that will be paid in full......every cent....because he more than earned it. I give Joel Seidel my highest recommendation.”

    Philip (reviewed on Avvo)

  • I would highly recommend Mr. Joel Sidel as he will zealously represent you

    “I can't begin to express my appreciation and gratitude to Mr. Joel Sidel and his staff! My case was not a simple one at all. I have waited to reunite with my 4-year-old son for over 2 years. Despite injustice...justice prevailed with Joel Sidel's efforts. His first court visit with me gained my visits and I was finally reunited with my precious son! If anyone were to ask me, I would highly recommend Mr. Joel Sidel as he will zealously represent you, and if you are a victim of abuse, you will no longer be victimized by the system and will see your child sooner than you ever expected!!”

    Esther Y.

  • “Extremely professional and diligent, Really caring to the situation at hand and very Thorough, yet To the point. I'm extremely happy with the outcome and Joel always made himself available when I needed him.”

    J.G. (reviewed on Google)

  • A true Family Law Attorney you can count on to get the job done

    “There are many divorce attorney who are skilled out there, but to find a skilled Family Law Attorney who is highly ethical as well as reasonable in his billing practice and willing to listen to your wants and needs is a rarity. Mr. Seidel has all of these qualities and frankly much more... he is a skilled negotiator and focuses on the children's' needs and his clients goals. I was involved in a very high conflict divorce extending for several years and after going thru a half dozen Family Law Lawyers, I found Joel as the legal eagle who understood the complex issues and fought vigorously to attain justice for the kids and certainly for me as an alienated parent. Go With Joel to save your sanity and savings, specially after a nasty divorce!!”

    Ramin (reviewed on Avvo)

  • His nickname is The Sniper

    “Joel Seidel’s office was very responsive to my questions and attentive to my case. In my case, Mr. Seidel assisted me primarily with custody issues. While the case had the potential to become a bitterly contested matter, with Mr. Seidel’s guidance we were able to settle the case on very favorable terms that also allows me to have non-confrontational communications with my Ex. I had consulted with other counsel who advocated a very hardline approach. Then I was referred to Mr. Seidel by one of his former clients. After much consultation between us, we took a different approach that better fitted my particular situation. Mr. Seidel was very comfortable in strongly advocating for me, but also understood that settlement and compromise were options also to be explored. I would definitely recommend Mr. Seidel to other individuals who need assistance with a family law matter.”

    Anonymous (reviewed on Avvo)

  • Joel and his team are an incredible force both in and out of the court.

    “Joel and his team are an incredible force both in and out of the court. His calm, friendly and reassuring demeanor did much to alleviate our anxieties in areas we knew nothing about. No question or concern was ever too small. In the courtroom he was amazing to watch. He is professional, skillful and knowledgeable of the law. His cool confidence, knowledge, and skills in the court room have earned him respect from colleagues, judges as well as court staff. He is a powerhouse who is not intimidated by opposing counsel nor judges. He can articulately explain the law to opposing counsel or judges in that cool, professional, polite demeanor while defending his case leaving everyone's self-esteem intact. He is never condescending, belittling or unrealistic. The compassion, drive and legalese of Joel and his team gave us tremendous peace of mind in a very tumultuous time.”

    Former Client

  • I saved thousands of dollars in legal fees.

    “Mr. Seidel assisted me in my divorce case. After receiving horrible advice from a different attorney, Mr. Seidel explained the law clearly to me as well as the factual problems that I faced in litigation. I did my own independent research and confirmed Mr. Seidel's advice. As a result, and Mr. Seidel's efforts in resolving my case, my wife and I were able to come to a fair settlement that resulted in not only my receiving what I was entitled to long before the litigation would have ended, but I saved thousands of dollars in legal fees. In addition, because we were able to reach an equitable settlement, my wife and I have remained on cordial terms which benefits our two daughters.”

    Former Client

  • His calm, steady representation turned the case around.

    “When Mr. Seidel took over my case, it was in a state of chaos. His calm, steady representation turned the case around. Initially, Mr. Seidel sought to settle the case on fair terms. Unfortunately, my ex, and her attorneys, refused all settlement overtures, insisting that I owed my ex hundreds of thousands of dollars. After five days of trial, we prevailed on every issue, doing even better than our settlement offers. I wish that we did not have to incur the emotional and financial toll of a trial. Fortunately, I was well represented at trial.”

  • The best out there!!!

    “From the moment I met Joel I knew I was in good hands. I came to him full of anxiety and stress due to my 8 years of dealing with an abusive ex husband who made my life, and most importantly, the lives of my little girls a complete nightmare. Joel and Kristine provide a level of integrity, support and utmost professionalism that is hard to find. Joel's experience in the court room made me feel at ease and the human touch before and after is life saving. I can't say this enough - I wouldn't trust anyone else but Joel to fight for me.”

    Dolores (reviewed on Avvo)

  • Mr. Seidel's courtroom demeanor was professional and effective.

    “Recently, Mr. Seidel represented me in a difficult custody matter that resulted in a trial. His representation was excellent. He was well prepared, anticipated the information that the Judge actually wanted to hear, and anticipated the legal arguments that the Judge wanted addressed. Calmly, without denigrating my spouse, we prevailed. While I wanted to get the custody result that we got, I did not want to harm my ex-spouse with whom I still have to co-parent for many years. Mr. Seidel's courtroom demeanor was professional and effective.”

    Former Client

  • Smart Professional Attorney

    “Joel and his wonderful team helped me in my divorce and recent custody issues. I was referred to Joel by a highly respectable Family Law Firm. Little did I know on what results he would achieve for me. Throughout the last 4 years of my divorce and custody battle, I finally made progress in my case thanks to Joel. He guided me in the right direction and set a strategy. He worked hard on my case and fought very hard on the issues of custody. After my divorce was finalized Joel then set a direction towards custody. Battle for me has not been easy, it has been an emotional and financial challenge for me. Joel and his team made sure to be there for me and my family and made the journey through this difficult time smooth for me. Everytime I walked out of his office after meeting with him, I felt confident, secured, and trusted. I could write all day long and it still won’t be enough to praise the countless hours of hard work that Joel and his team put into my case. Just recently I won the majority of custody of my child. This could not have happened without Joel and his teams hard work and efforts. If you are looking for an attorney who is smart in the area of family law, dealing with divorce and custody, there is no one more efficient and articulate than Joel Seidel. Thank you to Joel and his team for all of the hard work they put into my case. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a Smart knowledgeable family law attorney.”

    Anonymous (reviewed on Avvo)

  • GREAT ATTORNEY FOR ALL FAMILY COURT ISSUES

    “Joel has been my ONLY lawyer for the last 6 painful years of my dissolution and divorce and brutal custody battle. Joel has not only been a great lawyer but also a trusted friend and advisor. He always sought to settle the myriad of issues that arose in the course of the divorce in a peaceful way. It was only that all other options were fully exhausted did he opt for the path of litigation. During the vicious custody battle - he stood with me as we eventually won full custody. And when the opposing side took the matter to the court of appeals, Joel handled that with equal skill and fortitude and we were victorious in the Appellate decision. In a nutshell, Joel has been a skillful, kind, honest, affordable and persistent counsel at every step of the way. I don't see how I could have handled this sad situation and arrived to where I am today without Joel as my attorney. I would recommend Joel (and have done so many times) to anyone facing the challenge of divorce and custody.”

    Shimon L. (reviewed from Avvo)

  • Joel's style is to-the-point and I found that he looked out for my best interest .

    “I came to Joel Seidel after unfortunately incurring huge fees under the guidance of previous counsel. Seemingly, there was no end in sight for my case. Joel quickly recognized the legal basis for my separate property claims, provided direction so that I could prove those claims, and presented them to other side in a convincing way. He simplified my case. My case also involved custody issues. Joel was honest and realistic about the prospects and helped assess the risks involved so that a mutually beneficial settlement was reached. He was both realistic and practical and provided guidance on what was best for everyone involved. Joel's style is to-the-point and I found that he looked out for my best interest at every step and minimized the damage that the case was taking. Through his honesty, realism, knowledge, and practicality, Joel gave me a chance to move on with my life, as my case was heading in a direction that would have been devastating. And as an added plus, he and his team are very pleasant to work with. I highly recommend his office.”

    Former Client

  • A professional problem-solving attorney

    “Mr. Seidel assisted me in my divorce case. After receiving horrible advice from a different attorney, Mr. Seidel explained the law clearly to me as well as the factual problems that I faced in litigation. I did my own independent research and confirmed Mr. Seidel's advice. As a result, and Mr. Seidel's efforts in resolving my case, my wife and I were able to come to a fair settlement that resulted in not only my receiving what I was entitled to long before the litigation would have ended, but I saved thousands of dollars in legal fees. In addition, because we were able to reach an equitable settlement, my wife and I have remained on cordial terms which benefits our two daughters.”

    Anonymous (reviewed on Avvo)

  • Greatest of All Time!

    “I have interviewed and worked with dozens of attorney's in the family law field, however Joel is hands down the best there is! My girlfriend had some very bad attorney's represent her and received a devastating order awarding custody of her children during the week to her ex-husband. After this order was put in motion, we had an exceedingly difficult uphill battle ahead which seemed almost hopeless at the time. We spoke with many attorneys, of which some weren't even willing to take the case and was referred to Joel by one of the most prominent family law attorney's in Los Angeles. After interviewing Joel and another attorney, I asked Joel why we should go with him. He very humbly and confidently said "because I'm at the top of my game". We took a chance and made what turned out to be the best decision and hired Joel. He went completely out of his way to meet us late in the evening because we lived 70 miles away. He was very attentive and in the first meeting we realized that he really cared. We came to really appreciate and admire Joel's no nonsense approach and ability to keep us focused on the real issues. Throughout the process, he provided excellent advice, was very calming for my girlfriend and was able to help navigate the land mines being thrown at her. We provided Joel with all of the information he requested and showed up to our first court date. There were some curve balls thrown at us, but Joel shined like a star. The Judge had already made her ruling and Joel did what he does best. He presented some overwhelming facts convincing the Judge to reconsider, which she did and changed the whole momentum of the case. We had another court appearance where another curve ball was thrown at us. Joel again calmly and confidently made his case and illustrated to the Judge the importance of the serious issues at hand. This resulted in awarding a final court date to take testimony from both sides and decide if this terrible order would stay in effect. Joel was able to see and focus the attention on what the real main issues were. He provided excellent guidance and discipline to keep the focus on these main issues when we were diverting off the course which was frequently. The day of the trial came and Joel was extremely prepared. He truly is "at the top of his game" and tried an amazing case resulting my girlfriend getting custody of her children. We will forever be grateful to this amazing man that was able to get justice and custody of her children. He truly is the most ethical, moral, honest, straight forward and caring attorney I have had the pleasure or working with. I would recommend ANYONE to work with Joel, as in my opinion he is the best there is!”

    Brett (reviewed on Avvo)

  • We prevailed at trial and on appeal.

    “Seidel handled all aspects of my divorce case from discovery and custody disputes, the enforcement of orders, as well as a lengthy appellate court process after the other side lost after a lengthy trial. Mr. Seidel was professional, prepared and a tremendous advocate throughout the entire process. We prevailed at trial and on appeal.”

    Former Client

  • Mr. Seidel was the first lawyer to actually help me.

    “Mr. Seidel was the first lawyer to actually help me. While I have been represented by other lawyers previously, and they had charged me a lot for their time, at the end of the day I was worse off. Mr. Seidel, on the other hand, prevailed for me where the other attorneys had failed.”

    Former Client