I had several recommendations for attorneys and at the time Kerri was an unknown to me. She came as a recommendation from another good Divorce attorney who could not commit to the time and the complexity my case was likely to involve. As I talked with and consulted other attorneys, Kerri's reputation for resolving and diffusing difficult cases convinced me she was the one I needed. Though Kerri was also busy I was pleased when her group was able to balance new clients to fit me in. I was pleased Kerri took point on my case. I knew it took a team so as it turned out I got a great Attorney with an awesome team behind her. I am so glad she took my case because through the three years of my complex and difficult case she always balanced her cases to ensure she and her team could do their best for her clients. I would like to think maybe I was special and though I hope so, I think all her clients feel the same way. Even if she wasn’t as good as she is, I would hire her for her experience, personal qualities and character. In the end I know she and her team did their best and are the best.
Dear Mr Hittleman,
At this time of the year when we all connect in heart and spirit, I write this letter to THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for your help and advice you provided me in times of need, when I was lost. And I am so happy to know that there are still good people out there that truly care and support each other such as you did to me when I needed help the most.
I am blessed to have you representing me. I was impressed with the way you started our hearing, after clearing the court room of potential witnesses! The summary you presented and case law regarding what Casey wants and why the judge should deny it was spot on. While the issues were not adjudicated today, I felt that the hearing was favorable to me (and to Liam) across the board. Thank you! Please let me know whom to thank for offering the forensic accounting Pro Bono. I am sure that it is because you are so highly regarded that someone, who does not know me, was willing to offer their time and services at no charge. I am grateful. Again, thank you for today!
Today I received the email invitation to join in the celebration of your having been named as 'Lawyer of the Year' for the Orange County Women Lawyers Association on October 23, 2012. Let me say a hearty 'Congratulations' for this grand honor. I have watched your professionalism over the years with great pleasure. This recognition only burnishes your outstanding career! I am very pleased for you!
When I was looking for a Family Law attorney, I wanted one that knew the law, would aggressively represent me and would fight to protect my interests. When I met Kerri Strunk, I knew I found the person I was looking for. She offered me great legal advice on how to deal with my case and actively pursued settlement offers. When these offers were rejected, she argued my case in court and did not stop until she had what she wanted and subsequently won. Although my relationship with Kerri has always been professional, she makes me feel like a friend after each and every conversation.
The entire HSLG firm has been so wonderful and I am so appreciative of everything you have done. This week is the third week of the new custody arrangement and if you could see how happy the girls are, I am SOOO thankful. It was all worth it and it would not have happened without you.
Kerri was the answer to my prayers when my husband left us. She was very professional and always sensitive to my needs. Thank goodness for all of her help going through such a devastating situation. I will recommend Kerri and her firm to anyone that needs a family law representative.
Steve is knowledgeable, upfront and personable; he gave me the confidence to settle my divorce case. I had a great rapport with him immediately and knew he was secure, capable and could handle my case and represent me well.
Divorces are unfortunate, but I was incredibly fortunate have to found Kerri to be my attorney. Although my divorce was relatively low in assets, it was extremely high when it comes to the logistical complexity and emotional fraughtness of the issues to be resolved. In time I came learn that divorces such as mine are increasingly common as the byproduct of modern lives and families. And I could not have been in better hands. Kerri was incomparable in the depth and breadth of her knowledge and understanding of family law, her strength and finesse in legal representation, and most of all her personal character and integrity. She was as strong and eloquent in taking a stand in court (where she seemed to be universally liked), as she was patient and skillful around the negotiation table. And she worked absolutely tirelessly: even though she had many cases to deal with she always responded promptly and thoughtfully to my queries. Because of all this she successfully tackled a wide range of problems such as complex and unusual financial situations, international custody, extreme emotional and physical stress, and an erratic opposing counsel all at once. Looking back, I realize that Kerri somehow accomplished the seemingly impossible task of keeping us focused on the most critical issues at stake, while at the same time staying perfectly in tune with the various "moods" of a divorce as I experienced them. I was badly bruised at the onset of the divorce. Kerri and her team got my mojo back.
Most stellar, competent attorney in Family law I have ever retained. There must be thousands of family law attorneys who practice in Southern California. I found that Steven knew all aspects of family law including his knowledge in other legal specialties. This was an added bonus. …He knows the right strategy to implement that will yield what his client has requested. He is powerful in a courtroom, commanding respect not only from opposing counsel and his client, but also presiding judges and courtroom staff. If you're going through litigation, this is what you want.
I found Steven' demeanor always to be professional. My case was definitely complex and highly emotional. Steven literally unraveled most of the mess resulting from a previous situation. You will be in awe and amazement for all the thorough work and execution HSLG provided. They always kept me informed and made sure I received all copies of case related documents, filings, etc. They never ignored my and were consistently patient throughout this difficult 2-year process.
I highly recommend. Steve, Kerri, Lynn and his HLG staff. They are intelligent, hard-working, patient, professional, courteous and experts in Family Law. I am very satisfied with how they've been handling my divorce/child custody case. I needed a strong team of lawyers and they did not fail me. They stood their ground and protected me and my child from my ex's abusive nature and the opposing counsel's bullying tactics. Thank you Steve for representing me and fighting for my child's safety.
Words will never express my gratitude for your outstanding representation! While I have what should be a "simple" family law case addressing custody, visitation and support issues, my ex has a different perspective. Steve and his amazing team have been a protective barrier for all the harassment and nonsense. They keep me informed and act swiftly on my behalf. When issues came up at the end of the day on a Friday, Steve is on top of it and has even called me over the weekend to assist. My case is not about someone "winning" and Steve and his team always keep that in perspective for me. I respect his integrity and that while Steve is my attorney, he keeps our son's best interest in mind at all times. Thank you Steve, Lynn, Melissa, Jenna and Hittelman Law Group!
I was incredibly fortunate to have Kerri Strunk as my divorce attorney. Throughout a process that ended up taking two and half years, more than 15 appearances in front of the judge, and a three-day trial, Kerri provided me with the best possible legal representation.
Kerri and her team were always well-organized, and well-prepared, commanding the respect of both the judge in my case and various opposing counsels. More than that, they represented me according to my values, so that although I had to go through the painful experience of litigation during the already painful experience of a divorce, the process didn’t break me. Not only did I emerge with the financial settlement to which my children and I were entitled, I also emerged with a public acknowledgement of the truth in my case, and the confidence that I acted with integrity throughout a process which compromises so many.
My children and I are now safe and happy in our home and in our lives. I could not have imagined this was possible 2 years ago. Kerri Strunk and her team created this positive outcome through their expert handling of my difficult legal situation, through their incredible work ethic, and through their uncompromising professionalism both in and out of the courtroom.
You don’t want to get a divorce, particularly when children are involved. If you have to get a divorce, you want it to be amicable. If you have to get an attorney, you hope you’ll be able to settle and never have to set foot in a courtroom. If you have to go to court, you hope that your legal representation is smart, honest and ethical, and that the process is over quickly and fairly. If you have to go to trial, you want your attorneys to be the most capable in their field and to reflect your values as well as your financial interests.
So Impressed I retained Steve twice! I originally retained Steve for a child custody/support issue. I found him to be extremely HONEST, knowledgeable, personable, realistic, and most of all, caring during this very difficult time. I was so impressed with his professionalism, I retained him a second time for a divorce/child custody issue. As with any legal counsel, fees can be a deterrent from representation. However, I believe Steve and his staff were fair and cautious with their hourly billing. I would not hesitate to retain Steve’s services again or recommend him. You do get what you pay for!
Steven is not only very knowledgeable about family law- he is ethical and a good man (not always easy to find in an attorney). Unfortunately my case had to go to trial, and he was very specific and actually caught my ex in some lies on the stand. Though my ex was a bully- not once did Steven attack his character. He instead, though his questions, let my ex's character speak for itself on the witness stand. He was also able to turn around things I was accused of and disprove them- both through my testimony and my ex's.
After having a horrific experience with a first divorce attorney, Steve agreed to take my case only 3 months before the final hearing. I got 100 times more out of Steve than I did my first attorney. He is extremely knowledgeable about child custody, financial issues and the entire divorce landscape. He was able to get exactly the outcome I hoped for -- both with child custody and financial issues -- after taking my case with only 3 months to completion. What Steve (and his wonderful staff) did for me and my daughter was actually a small miracle. I couldn't recommend him more.
Thanks to Steve's opinion and advice my children and I are safe. His determination to do what was best carried me through. I know that by this time next year I will have a new appreciation for life.
What does one want to know when it comes to an attorney? Will this attorney protect me? Protect my kids? Protect my home? My money? Will the other attorney get bounced for attacking me? Steven did all these things for me and my family. Because of Steven we were able to stay together and in our home. Steven provided me and my family a sense of security in a very insecure time.
- Ana, June 2015
- Krista, Child Custody