Best in the Area
After being served with a shocking divorce-related proceeding, we hired Eugene Cristiano after scheduling in-person consultations with six others attorneys in Covina, Claremont, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Tustin, and Upland. We took over a month to decide which lawyer to hire. In terms of experience, no other attorney came close. We got the sense that all the other attorneys were making a lot of B.S. up as we asking questions. But Gene seemed most knowledgeable with the divorce, child support, and real estate nuances that we needed help with. Gene explained many loopholes and discussed some potential strategies. In the end, we hired Gene because he seemed most articulate, savvy, quick-thinking, and was -- by far -- the most experienced lawyer.
Mr. Cristiano has 35 years of legal experience! Some other factors that helped our decision included the fact that Gene is rated as a 'Super Lawyer' by Thomson Reuters, 'Distinguished' by Martindale-Hubbell, and has a near-perfect Avvo rating. From a local search, there were no other attorneys in the local area with the Super Lawyer designation in Family Law. And there are few Family Law attorneys in the local area with any Martindale-Hubbell designation. Having both designations are a rarity for even non-Family Law attorneys.
In the end, we decided to overlook all the other newbie attorneys (with their fancy offices and gimmicky social media) and decided to hire Cristiano. Later on, when going to Court, it helped to discover that the Judge/Commissioner and Sheriff bailiffs knew Gene. Of course, YMMV. But in the end, everything worked out **much** better than expected -- thanks to Gene and his staff. We went through Mr. Cristiano's Covina office; but I do know that Gene's partner operates the Temecula office.
Nonetheless, if you ever find yourself in a dire Family Law-related predicament, Gene is probably your best bet. Good luck.