I have had an ongoing custody battle for several years. Through this entire process I have always felt that the attorneys on both sides wanted to just find a resolution and settle the case regardless of what was in the best interest of the child. It's extremely frustrating when you, as a parent, know what is in the best interest of your child, but the professionals that you hire to represent you seem to be completely numb to your feelings and frustrations. It's just a bunch of expensive paperwork back and forth that, at the end of the day, gets you absolutely nowhere. I spent months looking online for a new attorney that I thought I may feel a connection to that would not just listen, but actually hear what I was saying and truly understand my concern. Late one night, I came upon Tessa's web page and read through her profile. There were so may things in her page that reached out to me. I was taking a huge gamble by switching to a new attorney that was unfamiliar with my case, but I called and met with her anyway. She was not an average attorney in a huge office that charged me hundreds to tell her my story that she's probably heard several times. I was very comfortable and felt as if I was talking to a friend right away. I immediately hired her and I felt confident in her. There were periods of time I did not hear from her but, instead of being concerned, I was more relived that it wasn't constant emails and phone calls so that I could actually go about my busy life and not be 100% consumed in this process that seems to never end. I have been through a trial before and I was by no means unsatisfied by my previous attorney's argument and the outcome, but I can honestly say that when Tessa made my argument and presented my case, she did it with everything she had heard me tell her and delivered the message just as good as I could have. There is no one that can argue a case better than a parent, but I'm here to tell you that Tessa did exactly what I have been searching for. She is easy to be around, but also has an aggressive side to her that I have been searching so long for. I wasn't looking for someone that acted as if they wanted to be friends with the opposing party; I was looking for someone to see what the real reason we were there for and to deliver that message to the judge. Tessa did just that. I cannot thank her enough for her hard work and, as ridiculous as this sounds, she is the only attorney I have ever had that I DON'T have an anxiety attack when I open my bill from her. She has been more than fair with me and she worked for every dollar she billed me for. She has a client for life and with the nature of the opposing party, it's exactly that. Thank you Tessa!