J.S. and D.S. 2010
Ms. Hirvela Russell is intelligent, alert, a superb listener, and above all, responsive to the needs of her clients. She guided us so well that the dissolution did not take place, and we are now in the third year of our post reunion honeymoon. As a community activist, I have worked with many attorneys over the years both in and out of court. Ms.Hirvela Russell is at the top of the list. She knows the law; she knows how to apply it; she knows how to make the process eminently clear to her clients. If this review seems to be laden with superlatives, it is because they are earned.
T.P. and S.P. 2009
The professionalism you displayed during our Mediation process is to be commended. You made a difficult situation more tenable and provided insights and suggestions helpful to all parties, while keeping us focused on the task at hand. Thank you for all your efforts on our behalf.
Thank you for you help and guidance through this tough time in our lives, and I will recommend you to anybody who needs to go through the same process.
L.S., Ventura, 2008
Thank you for representing me during my recent Collaborative Divorce process. I want to thank you for always being responsive to my questions and concerns. If I had a question, I didn't have to wait more than one day to hear back from you; many times it was only a matter of hours. There was so much I didn't know about the divorce process; knowing you were always available helped me get through it with less stress. I also want to thank you for always remaining calm and professional in the face of my sometimes-very-emotional times. You are a true professional.
John S. and Dolores S., 2008
Any couple seeking to dissolve their marriage is a couple in crisis. We were no exception. However, from the first moments that we spent in Ellen's office, we sensed an aura of calm, concerned professionalism blended with kindness, and a genuine caring for us as two human beings. That feeling continued as we worked our way through the process, and we both believe that it is at least in part because of her, that we were able to avoid the hostilities and animosities that inevitably seem to occur when attorneys battle attorneys in a divorce situation. We completed all the necessary negotiations and paperwork under her guidance, and we were simply waiting for the decree to become final when we reconciled. We seriously doubt whether we might have come to such a positive conclusion had we chosen the conventional adversarial route. Thank you Ellen for all you did for us and for all you are.
Leo S., 2007
Having been through a Collaborative Divorce process with much complexity left me very impressed with the guidance and mentorship of Ellen Hirvela. I was able to stay grounded and focused while Ellen with patience and knowledge, explained the options and next steps in the process. Honoring the rules of collaboration is a key that Ellen truly made work.
Christina and Michael M., October 06
Thank you for your help in this emotionally difficult matter. I know that we both appreciate it and you were professional throughout and I would recommend your services to anyone who has enough sense to use a mediator and not turn a divorce into an ugly mess. You helped us avoid that and again we appreciate it.
Renee F., (6-14-06)
Thank you so much for all your help, advice and support for the last nine months….obviously this is more than a job for you, you sincerely care about your clients. I really appreciate everything you have done for me.
K Family, May 06
Thank you so much for everything. Your help and understanding for both of us has been a God send. God bless! A. K. (Wife). Thank you for your help and making this process easier everyone should go through a Mediator at the very beginning it will save a lot of stress and heartache. E.K. (Husband).