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  • I am grateful to Colleen Barberis for her attentiveness, her encouragement and positive demeanor, her fierce determination and her wise counsel.
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    “Divorce is a very difficult process at best. I came to the Barberis Law Firm emotionally compromised, and reeling from a sequence of events that turned my life upside down, and left me basically destitute. Colleen Barberis met with me, really listened to my story, identified several issues that I needed to address to protect myself, and assured me that if divorce became necessary, I would be well positioned and represented. I was hoping to reconcile with my wife for the sake of our children, however after “checking the box” on a month of counseling, my wife petitioned for divorce. I then retained Colleen as my attorney. She reviewed the case and immediately began working on my response with her staff. Colleen was always cognizant and concerned for my feelings regarding my family and my well-being, and her strong and constant encouragement was a huge help in getting through the arduous documentation and paperwork. This process is not easy when you throw in establishing a new household, work and trying to see your kids when they are made available. The whole time she worked to achieve my ultimate goal of 50/50 joint custody of my kids, all while keeping my legal expenses down and keeping an eye out for settlement as opposed to litigating in court. We ultimately achieved 90% of my custody goals, as well as most financial considerations - and we settled out of court. I have some friends who went through some of the most acrimonious of divorces, spending 4 to 5 times the time and money, are no better off, and have a completely poisoned relationship to show for it. My ex-wife and I are now civil towards each other and I believe that will reduce the damage this divorce has done to our kids. I recommend and I am grateful to Colleen Barberis for her attentiveness, her encouragement and positive demeanor, her fierce determination and her wise counsel.”

    Tom S.

  • Knowledge and preparedness that exceeded my expectations.
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    “My divorce was a long, ugly battle, and I can't imagine being in that arena with anyone else. I truly felt I am in the best hands, Patricia definitely knows her stuff, and knows hot to fight in what I consider a very flawed legal system. She is the kind of person/attorney that makes you feel like your her only client. She was always just a click away 24/7, of course that comes with a price, but you get what your you pay for. I feel blessed to have Patricia Barberis representing me and thank God for her.”

    Janet O.

  • They gave me and my daughter a miracle.
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    “I retained Colleen and her mother Patricia Barberis as counsel. I had a very difficult case. I asked for sole legal custody which I was granted right away. I also asked for a move-away. It is rare in the state of California to be granted that. My self and father had criminal issues. I'm not proud of that. I'm ashamed and always will be. I had 3 convictions for DUI.....one with my child in the car.....That resulted in a child endangerment charge. They dropped the DUI. The point is Ms. Colleen Barberis and her mother Patricia Barberis are very skilled at their craft. They gave me and my daughter a miracle. They were always thoughtful and there for me. I will retain them again if I need them”

    S.A.

  • Very well prepared and aggressive
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    “I could not have asked for a better outcome. Colleen did a wonderful job. Very well prepared and aggressive in the handling of all aspects of the case. Kept me well informed. The best endorsement I can give; I would not hesitate to use his services again or to recommend her to a friend.”

    Beverly

  • A force to be reckoned with!
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    “Colleen has helped me through a brutal custody battle that has been going on for years. Her empathy and compassion have gotten me through set-backs that seemed insurmountable at the time. She took me aside and hugged me and offered her shoulder, but didn't allow me to wallow in it or show defeat. With her help, I was able to pull it together and put the setback behind me and move on. Colleen is both passionate and compassionate, and the combination of her and her mother are a force to be reckoned with!”

    Maria

  • Immediately impressed by her attentive and caring demeanor, I knew I had come to the right place.
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    “I came to Colleen and Patricia Barberis, Attorneys at Law in November 2014 full of trepidation. I knew this was going to be a long and difficult road to navigate and I needed a team of professionals to help me through this. I had interviewed several attorneys beforehand and was becoming disheartened until my first interview with Colleen. Immediately impressed by her attentive and caring demeanor, I knew I had come to the right place. I was not disappointed. Patricia took me through the process one step at a time, making sure that I understood everything that we reviewed. I sincerely appreciated that she was there for me at all times, even returning emails and text messages on the weekends. Her timely response to my questions eased my mind immediately without me having to wrestle with a mixture of doubts and emotions. Providing a client with peace of mind is a highly prized commodity in any lawyer and desperately needed for those going through this trying time. Thanks to the team of Colleen and Patricia, this process moved along much quicker than what I expected and in a few short months, I will have my divorce. I would highly recommend Patricia and this law firm based on their professionalism, compassion and knowledge. I would like to thank the entire staff of this law firm for their kindness, attentiveness and diligence. Truly stellar.”

    Leslie

  • I have never felt so strongly that I mattered and that I was in capable and caring hands.
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    “I am in the throes of a now year-long divorce. Fortunately for me, I found Pat and Colleen Barberis to guide me through the very complicated process. I have never had such instant response to questions, and I have never felt so strongly that I mattered and that I was in capable and caring hands. Colleen handled my deposition with grace and competence. Patricia has had many years of experience in divorce and she LISTENS and cares. She knows the law and the legal system inside out and works extremely hard to secure my interests. While I do not recommend the experience of divorce to anyone, I definitely do recommend Patricia and Colleen Barberis as lawyers to help you through it. If there were more than 5 stars, I would give them 10!”

    Denise

  • Nobody in the South Bay knows family law better.
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    “Nobody in the South Bay knows family law better than Patricia and Colleen Barberis. They have dealt with every conceivable problem in family law and will be able to solve yours as well.”

    Gene S.

  • I truly enjoyed working with her and her staff.
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    “I was very satisfied working with an attorney like Pat. The office staff were always friendly and able to work with my busy schedule. I had no problem booking appointments and would always have a same day response by email from Pat. I truly enjoyed working with her and her staff. She always took her time during our meetings and I never felt rushed. She would thoroughly answer my questions and make appropriate suggestions. She has many years of experience and I would highly recommend her and her staff.”

    Amrita

  • An exceptionally well-qualified, experienced, and talented attorney.
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    “Pat Barberis is an exceptionally well-qualified, experienced, and talented attorney; moreover, she is prodigiously smart. Beyond that, she has strong principles, and is warm and approachable, qualities that do not negate how tough she can be when it comes to her cases. She has a lot of tools and tactics and subtle maneuvers, and it’s a tremendous thing to see her in action. She’s remarkably good at what she does. She kept me sane and on course during a very emotionally painful divorce, one the courts would designate as “high-conflict.” She always listened to my needs, while at the same time suggesting options I hadn’t considered. The end result was a generous settlement, much better than I anticipated and still within the realm of fair, fairness to my soon-to-be-ex an important factor for me. She is the consummate professional, and was respectful with the other side without giving ground. She was a staunch advocate, and her work shows how much she cares. She herself got back to me by phone or email on the same day every time I contacted her. Her staff was always available, discreet, professional, and friendly. Pat’s daughter, Colleen, also a lawyer, took a great interest in my well-being, though she herself had nothing to do with my case. Now that my divorce is finally complete, I can honestly say that I was in the best hands from start to finish, and the painful process was bearable because of Pat Barberis’ talent, intelligence, dedication, and deep empathy. She is a fine lawyer and an exceptional person. I recommend Pat Barberis and her staff highly.”

    Elizabeth

  • Her experience and expertise is unrivaled.
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    “You will not find a more caring and totally professional advocate. Her experience and expertise is unrivaled. As a former athletic coach, I know the importance of preparation and outstanding performance. You get both of these when Pat is handling your case. You also get the confidence that only years of experience can provide. From the moment of our first meeting I was absolutely sure that I was in very good hands. Her performance in litigation and mediation is nothing short of spectacular. I am so grateful that Pat Barberis was on my side at such a difficult time in my life.”

    Tim

  • Excellent in every way!
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    “Pat has seen me through my divorce, as well as the three times my ex took me back to court to reduce support. Thanks to Pat's expertise, I came out on top every time. Pat is professional, ethical, knowledgeable and positive in her approach. At the same time, she is personable, friendly, and puts you at ease. I have recommended Pat to many friends and acquaintances; and all who have worked with her have been very pleased. I highly recommend Pat to anyone who is in need of legal representation.”

    Joy

  • I have referred over a dozen men and women to Pat in the 20 years I have known her.
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    “I first heard of Patricia Barberis when a friend and I both agreed she should have had Mrs. Barberis as her attorney in her divorce. I should probably mention that I have referred over a dozen men and women to Pat in the 20 years I have known her.... and 100% of them have been extremely satisfied with her work. When I was faced with getting a divorce, I chose Pat Barberis. I was concerned I might NEED a really good attorney. She proved to be just that. Proven expertise, level headed and non-reactive. Interested in a fair outcome in a timely manner. There was no acrimony in the proceedings. I should mention, when my ex threatened a 2nd go-round several years later, Mrs. Barberis was able to convince his attorney (and the ex) that he would not benefit from that action, in very short order. Patricia Barberis is a very competent, reassuring choice as attorney. I recommend her without reservation.”

    Past Client

  • The degree of professionalism and knowledge of the legal system she exhibits is astounding.
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    “Through what I consider to be a ongoing, very messy, prolonged and difficult divorce, Patricia is there to guide, support, and even comfort me through the whole process. I feel that I receive the personal attention I couldn't have found with just any divorce attorney. The degree of professionalism and knowledge of the legal system she exhibits is astounding. We are in constant communication and I am informed almost immediately of things as they surface by her and/or her attentive staff. P.S. I can always contact her by email and expect a response within a reasonably short time frame .”

    Past Client

  • She put all her effort into the case, and had a clear picture of how the case was likely going to unfold.
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    “It was a joy to work with Ms. Patricia Barberis and her colleagues. I liked Pat the moment I sat down with her to discuss my case. She put all her effort into the case, and had a clear picture of how the case was likely going to unfold. She was also extremely supportive of me during the hearing process. She and her staff were very easy to communicate with. They responded exceptionally fast to any inquiry.”

    Venkat

  • She's still a tenacious pillar of strength, sweet as can be and surpasses the majority in LA and OC.
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    “She's still a tenacious pillar of strength, sweet as can be and surpasses the majority in LA and OC. She was there for me for 15 years litigating a paternity case against a criminal law attorney who abused the law at every turn. Now, after 10 years absent as a client, I came back after a horrible pick prior. She has taken the time to pick up after the mess I was left with. Again, Pat is here fighting for me in another high conflict case. I have no doubt she will do everything legally possible to right the wrongs my ex has done secretly over 23 years! More to come after the divorce.....”

    Mialisatyler

  • She was knowledgeable, experienced and very kind on top of that
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    “Patricia Barberis has done a wonderful job for me on a complex family law case. She was knowledgeable, experienced and very kind on top of that. At first I tried to handle my case on my own, but after the judge said to get an attorney, I did. Ms. Barberis had handled a prenuptial agreement for a relative and, on her recommendation, I called and hired Ms. Barberis to handle my case. She reassured me that I had a strong case and held my hand through the process when needed. I tend to be a big worrier, but she knew when to reach out and let me know things were on schedule. She is soft spoken, but don’t let that fool you. She knows when to be assertive.”

    Laurie

  • Pat was knowledgeable, tenacious and aggressive when she needed to be. I appreciate all they did to help me.
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    “Ms. Barberis and her staff were wonderful in handling my case. I did not have a lawyer at first (big mistake) and was given a recommendation from a relative about Pat. My case was concerning a divorce judgment and my ex was doing everything to draw the case out. Pat was knowledgeable, tenacious and aggressive when she needed to be and soft-spoken when she wasn’t. Since I was out of state, most of the communication was done by email, but when I needed to speak to Ms. Barberis or her staff, I had no trouble getting a response. She has been practicing law for many years and knows the court and the law. I have to say everyone in her office was patient and kind (it was an odd case) in dealing with me and all of my paperwork and evidence. She was honest in her analysis of my chances of winning my case and at each step discussed the possibilities and pitfalls. In addition, she was very kind to me, which can be difficult because I am a chronic worrier. I appreciate all they did to help me.”

    Laurie

  • From the moment we met Patricia, we felt as if we were dealing with a good friend rather than an “attorney.”
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    “Patricia represented myself and my husband on a completely false TRO placed against us in L.A. although we live 450 miles away! Patricia took the time to understand our case, met with us beforehand so we understood the process in court and ensured we had proper evidence to support our case. Her long time expertise and familiarity in the Torrance family law courts was a plus! From the moment we met Patricia, we felt as if we were dealing with a good friend rather than an “attorney.” We appreciate her support, her work and her results! We would highly recommend Patricia Barberis and her law firm!”

    Terri

  • Patricia Barberis knows family law and is very committed and makes sure the right thing is done.
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    “I am very pleased with this firm’s services. They are dedicated to my case, and go above and beyond. Patricia Barberis responds to inquiries in a timely manner and is up front with my case situation. She will work with you to save you money. Patricia Barberis knows family law and is very committed and makes sure the right thing is done. I highly recommend Patricia Barberis, especially when there are children involved. She always puts the children first. I am very thankful that I am represented by this law firm.”

    Lance

  • She is honest and forthright, a solid person and has the faith to move mountains! I would have her by my side if I ever need an L.A. attorney.
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    “I had a complex case, started with date rape, but at the time there was no such thing. I filed assault and battery. I hired an attorney prior to Pat, but it turns out that he was buddies with my abuser (a local criminal attorney), let’s call him SC. SC had me into court on trivial things via ex parte, he was trying to drain my finances and was acting out his bully personality. He threatened my life and my mother’s. By the way, she wasn’t just fighting for me, but now my 26-year-old twins! SC could never intimidate Pat. She is honest and forthright, a solid person and has the faith to move mountains! I would have her by my side if I ever need an L.A. attorney. I caught this review searching for a divorce attorney… married 23 years. Never be surprised at what people do! But Pat never did me wrong. She blew SC through to another county! She was with me for 15 years of steadfast litigation. SC was diagnosed bipolar, he exploited the system to his advantage, pulled every trick out of the hat. Pat was there to catch them and turn them into home runs for us! Bravo Pat! She is also sympathetic financially; I made over a decade of payments. My twins? Stayed with me all their lives, one is in IT Security, lives in San Francisco, the other (God bless him) is serving us under Special Forces. Pat was my worrier angel. I did spend the last two years watching her daughter in litigation; she was prepared and confident. I’m sure she has evolved into the spitfire her mom is.”

    Lisa

  • Patricia was very helpful in helping me understand the legal process and instrumental in winning my case!
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    “Patricia Barberis was my attorney representing me in a TRO case. Patricia was very helpful in helping me understand the legal process and instrumental in winning my case! I would highly recommend Patricia for Family Law representation!”

    Terry

  • She made me feel comfortable about my decision to retain her services and in the end, she followed through with our plan.
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    “Pat was very upfront with the information provided in our initial consultation; she made me feel comfortable about my decision to retain her services and in the end, she followed through with our plan. I would recommend Pat and her office to anyone needing services for Family or Divorce cases. Thanks again Pat!!!!”

    Darcy

  • Patricia is very dedicated to my case and she fights for my rights.
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    “I retained Patricia Barberis again since I have been in and out of court for the past 10 years. I previously hired 2 other lawyers and did not get the results I wanted. Patricia is very dedicated to my case, she fights for my rights. Patricia replies to all my inquiries in a timely manner. I highly recommend her services.”

    Past Client

  • She is the most trustworthy, fair, honest person I know. She is a true fighter in court to fight for you and your rights
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    “She is the most trustworthy, fair, honest person I know. She is a true fighter in court to fight for you and your rights. She has been our family attorney for over 35 years. You can’t go wrong with Pat as your attorney.”

    Bonnie

  • Knowing the law is one thing, but taking time to build trust and providing a higher level of service to her clients is a big differentiator.
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    “After firing a previous unsuccessful attorney, I hired Patricia Barberis to complete my divorce / child custody case. Not only was she and her team very helpful, friendly, and responsive, her “take care of business efficiently and timely” approach exceeded my expectations. She is “no nonsense” and a great advisor who always spelled out options to ensure I understood the impact of my decisions before proceeding forth. Though coming in late in the game, bringing Patricia on my case resulted in the most favorable results despite the poor representation from my prior attorney. Patricia is honest, caring, fights fiercely, and is well respected. Knowing the law is one thing, but taking time to build trust and providing a higher level of service to her clients is a big differentiator. My experience with Patricia was great and my only regret is that I didn’t hire her from the beginning.”

    Michelle

  • Pat was very supportive and understanding and pulled me out of the mess I was in and handled my case with class and dignity
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    “I am so glad I had Ms. Patricia Barberis as my attorney for my divorce case. Pat is very knowledgeable, full of wisdom, patient, and tough. Her whole staff was very helpful and accommodating with emails and scheduling appointments. The whole office was great and supportive. Because minor children were involved and Pat knew how much I was concerned about the kids, I had asked Pat to hold my case to try a professional Mediator, which made it a complicating case and the mediation was a disaster. But Pat was very supportive and understanding and pulled me out of the mess I was in and handled my case with class and dignity. I recommend Patricia Barberis law firm, they are family-oriented and knowledgeable about Family Law.”

    Daniel

  • Always kept the best interest of my daughter as priority number one.
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    “After researching online, I met with Pat back in July to discuss my case and options. She was compassionate, kind and very knowledgeable from the get-go, and I retained her to file a custody suit on July 29. Throughout the process of declarations, filing, serving, responding, mediating, etc., she was in constant communication and answered all of my emails within the hour -- if not just a couple minutes. By Sept. 13, we reached a wonderful custody agreement with my very combative co-parent and avoided a tenuous court process. Pat always kept the best interest of my daughter as priority number one and advised me as such. And though I (thankfully) didn't have to see the inside of a court room to reach the custody agreement I desired, I've heard that Pat has a reputation for fighting for her clients aggressively and professionally in court. I would highly recommend her services.”

    Happy Client

  • I am so grateful for having found them and enlisted them to represent me.
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    “If you want a law firm, that not only has the expertise needed to procure the best results for your situation, but to work with you in a compassionate and professional way, to go above and beyond your expectations, then Patricia Barberis is the one for you. I cannot list all the descriptors that apply as to why I think this law firm rates 5-stars. I can say, I am so grateful for having found them and enlisted them to represent me.”

    J.S.

  • As good as it gets. I was so lucky to have enlisted the services of their law firm.
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    “Colleen worked with me through a very difficult legal situation. Not only was she professional, her expertise was quite impressive. She was relentless in her drive and determination to secure the best outcome for me. When I was nervous, her personal touch and compassion eased my nerves and gave me confidence. Colleen is as good as it gets. I was so lucky to have enlisted the services of their law firm. I would recommend her law firm without reservation.”

    JoAnn

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