In a perfect world, a divorce would be amicable with both parents focusing on how best to protect the interests of their children. Clearly, this is not a perfect world and my divorce was the opposite of that.
In 2002, I needed an attorney to represent me in my divorce and to defend against false allegations my wife was making about domestic violence and child abuse. Linda Haspel, Gwendolen McLeod, and the members of their team, all seasoned attorneys and a wonderful support staff, worked hand in hand to address all the issues in my case. They also developed a road map to help protect the most important part of my life, my children. For 9 years, Haspel, McLeod & Drawbaugh, P.C. stood by and believed in me and did what they needed to do to protect me and my sons. For 9 years, Haspel, McLeod & Drawbaugh, P.C. has been my family.
Linda and Gwen have very distinct styles of practicing family law, and these styles act in a powerful and wonderful way to complement each other. Gwen and Linda empower you and tell you realistically what you can expect, helping you make the right long term decisions, which will affect the rest of your life. This is a dynamic team of intelligent, savvy, passionate attorneys that will fight for you.
Despite the fact that I had a difficult road ahead of me, Haspel, McLeod & Drawbaugh, P.C. took on the challenge of representing me, using their more than 60 years of experience, and network of court recognized experts, to fight for me and my sons. I was facing potential prison time for false accusations of domestic violence and child abuse and the loss of everything I’ve worked for all my life, including my children, my home, my job and my reputation. Haspel, McLeod & Drawbaugh, P.C. tenaciously navigated the judicial system bringing about the best result possible for me and my sons. I’m elated to say that I currently have custody of my children and all the false allegations of domestic violence and child abuse were dismissed long ago. I also receive child support monthly. I have an iron clad separation agreement that ensures my children and I will be protected in the future too.
Haspel, McLeod & Drawbaugh, P.C. may not be the cheapest attorney’s in Montgomery County, Maryland, but they are the best! Remember, you always get what you pay for … If you’re looking for a firm to stand by you, support you and fight for you and your family look no further than Haspel, McLeod & Drawbaugh, P.C.
I would highly recommend Linda Haspel of Haspel & McLeod as a divorce attorney. Her expertise as well as guidance throughout this very long process proved invaluable in finalizing the outcome. The final conclusion was a direct result of her experience, diligence, and communication with all interested parties.
I can never thank you enough for today and the many, many, many days previously.
You carried that mess of a woman, that first day in your office, through this whole process.
I felt totally powerless and blind-sided and yes stomped on (an excellent description btw) – but somehow you righted things – and you restored balance to a world, that to me was upside down.
I don’t want to sound too heady or maudlin :-), but at least in my world, the universe got righted today, because I found you!
David S. Goldberg, Esq.
Linda Haspel combines all of the qualities you would want in an attorney. She is experienced, knows the law, and is well respected by her colleagues and by the Masters and Judges before whom she appears. She is sensitive to the needs of her clients and to the emotional pain of divorce, and is known for her concern with the best interests of her client’s children. She can adapt her style to the case – bringing a gentle touch when appropriate, but willing and able to be aggressive when the circumstances require it. I have no hesitation in recommending her.
I would highly recommend Gwen. She is an excellent lawyer in terms of her knowledge, as well as her compassion. She fought for everything I wanted and won!! I’m very glad that she was my lawyer and not my ex-husband’s!
A lioness of the Bar: If you are a potential client with concerns about children, there’s no better attorney in Maryland than Gwen McLeod. She is friendly, confident (but not blustery), trustworthy, ethical and accessible. Before trial, you don’t want to be the subject of one of her depositions and I was certainly glad I wasn’t being cross-examined by her! I appreciated most that she won’t offer or promise anything she can’t deliver and during the most stressful moments (and there were many), she would remind me of what was most important and bring me back down to earth.
Thank you all for the hard work you did to bring my case to completion. I am very pleased with the no nonsense, clear handling of the situation and your willingness to answer all my questions concisely. Your staff is consistently polite and helpful.
Rebecca Nitkin, Esq.
Ms. McLeod is a strong advocate in the courtroom and where it counts the most. She fights hard for her clients, is organized and effective. I have seen her in court and I have represented her clients when they have been charged criminally; they LOVE her. Ms. McLeod is a domestic attorney; however, she knows how to protect her clients when it gets dirty. Unfortunately, false accusations are made and clients get arrested. She will not let her clients down. She is a criminal attorney’s dream with respect to being prepared, available and having done what was necessary to protect the client who has become a criminal defendant. She grabs her successfully argued Protective Orders, transcripts of contempt hearings, depositions – everything needed to assist her client who is now enduring the added burden of criminal court. As tough as she is, and as strong as she sounds, she is also a kind and compassionate attorney. She deserves the respect she has earned.
Stacy Talbott, Esq.
Gwen McLeod is a smart, aggressive and caring attorney. She is responsive to the needs of her clients and a strong advocate on their behalf. I highly endorse this attorney.
It has been three years since I originally retained the legal team at Haspel, McLeod & Drawbaugh, P.C. to fight on my/my children’s behalf in a difficult international custody case. I am a divorcee who had moved internationally for my federal government employer; my ex-wife was making visitation (both when visiting Silver Spring, Maryland and in my home abroad) difficult. The team at Haspel, McLeod & Drawbaugh, P.C. were diligent and communicative in managing a balanced approach to the case that ultimately landed in court. I was successful in my bid to spend increased time with my children thanks to the deft litigation skills of the team as a whole.
Because I live abroad accurate and timely communication with my counsel is important, and the team at Haspel, McLeod & Drawbaugh, P.C. have always demonstrated a flexibility and understanding in getting at the essence of the case at hand, and managing it to successful resolution. I have additional custody issues looming to be resolved upon my return to the US in Fall 2012; I place my trust in the team at Haspel & McLeod, P.C!
Mr. Thomas Weschler was very instrumental in legally guiding through and organizing my financial papers. He worked with me with patience and cordiality. Most of all, he refused to let me get away with anything that could impact the results of the case. This tall fellow (wearing the best ties at all times) worked hard with me in order to get all the information needed to get the case moving in the proper direction. He truly helped me stay focused including in the courtroom. I truly needed that type of discipline.
Adding to the mix are three other individuals from your law firm, the support staff, Ms. Tripp, Ms. Manning, who were always ready to help me whenever I showed up in the firm or whenever I called for information. They are courteous, cordial and very respectful. They never rushed me and have always gone out of their way to address any issues I have. Ms. Manning and ensured that I received all correspondence about my case, and was always on top of her work. Ms. Tripp never pressured me and has always worked with me to get caught up with my payments owed to your firm.
Overall, I feel fortunate to have found your law firm. Their hard work paid off. Please accept my sincere compliments on their behalf. I was delighted with the presentation and especially appreciated the outcome of the case.
Your legal abilities and concern for me make a simple thank you seem an understatement.
I deeply appreciate the excellent service you provided in connection with my divorce. Your services have remained outstanding throughout this divorce.
I want to thank you for all the help during my divorce. Things have worked out quite well and I’m enjoying a comfortable post-divorce life.
I just wanted to thank you for all the hard work you’ve put into my case, I want you to know that I appreciate everything you’ve done for me and the girls. You’ve been a great lawyer.
I was very happy with how you represented me and the counsel you provided.