“I came to SK&H several years ago, seeking information on the divorce process. I wasn’t certain that I would need a lawyer, but was ignorant to the process, and having heard horror stories from others, felt it might be prudent. I was recommended to SK&H by a co-worker who found out too late that you should never go to a gunfight with a knife, or maybe more appropriately, being protected by a Chihuahua when a Rottweiler is needed.
I met with Laurel Hook, the managing partner of the firm, who took me through the process. At the end of the meeting, I felt that I was better able to make decisions regarding my legal representation, but held out hope that I wouldn’t need it. I will never forget the last thing that Ms. Hook said. She stated that my circumstances were such that mediation was the best path should a divorce actually be the right choice. She stated that while SK&H would be happy to represent me, the better path (cost and time-wise) was to mediate a solution. In other words, she was talking herself out of a client. Frankly, I was taken aback by that, having grown up with all of the usual biases regarding lawyers.
When it became apparent that mediation wasn’t going to work, I returned to SK&H seeking representation. At that time I was assigned to Arthur Saito. Thankfully that was the case as Arthur and I hit it off from the start. I found Mr Saito to be honest, almost brutally so, hard working, and committed to protecting my interests at all times. There were many nights where it was obvious that he had been working all day, but met with me late, accommodating my work schedule. Numerous times he went out of his way, meeting with me at 7am, again accommodating my schedule. As the divorce proceeded, and as things began to devolve into levels of nastiness that completely overwhelmed me, Arthur stood tall, providing solid footing for me to stand on. As the threats became more personal, and more outlandish and dishonest, I began to contemplate giving in. It was at that point that Arthur truly showed what an incredible advisor he was. He basically protected me from me, relying on his many years of experience, seeing what the threats really were, just empty accusations from a desperate person. The stronger he stood his ground, the more I took to defending myself. His defense of my character, and my rights, ultimately made the difference when the divorce was finally approved by the court. Arthur then went on to shepherd the QDRO process, ensuring that the necessary information was given to the lawyer handling the QDRO process.
I could never have known just how ugly the divorce process could be, having tried to live my life as positively as possible, never thinking that people who professed to love you would then resort to such ugliness for the sake of money. I look back on the process I followed and know without a doubt that I make the right choice of representation when I hired Arthur Saito to take my case. I’m thankful that, when push came to shove, I came to the battle (as it truly was one after two years) with the right person. I will say this, the original advice I received was only partly right. You need more than a Rottweiler. Yes, you need someone capable of fighting the good fight, but you also at times need someone to tell you what you need to hear, even when you don’t want to hear it. You need someone to protect you from you. You need someone who is going to tell you the tough stuff, and that person needs to have created a relationship where that trust is possible. Arthur Saito did that for me, and I’m 100% convinced that my situation is the norm, not the exception, with Arthur.” — D.F.