Dan Baldwin 2013-10-25 12:22:44
“My practice differs from others in that I really try to educate clients,” says Dorian Eden, founder of Dorian Eden Law Office, P.L.L.C. in Phoenix. Eden’s practice areas are family law, which included dissolution of marriages, divorce, post-decree custody and support, paternity and maternity, prenuptial and premarital agreements, and appeals. She also handles personal injury cases. These two practice areas have been the focus since 2003. She has been licensed to practice law in Arizona since 2002 and is licensed to practice before all Arizona state courts and the United States District Court for the Districts of Arizona and New Mexico. She is a member of the Arizona State Bar, American Bar Association and Maricopa County Bar Association. Educating her clients is a serious commitment. Eden believes that a wellinformed client, who understands the process or why something happened, is a more satisfied client, even if he or she does not agree with the outcome. “Attorneys need to be trustworthy and honest. All of my clients hear me say that I will tell them what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. I will be honest with them and I think clients genuinely appreciate that,” Eden says. “I will not make a decision for a client,” she says. “I regularly tell people what their various options are in terms of approaching a case or a particular issue. I go through a cost benefit analysis with clients.” She encourages her clients to think about where their actions or inactions might lead their case, their children and their lives, especially aft er a family law case. She invests a considerable amount of time simply talking with clients. Family law attorneys learn more about their clients than most people – details about their finances, their marriage and their children and about other key areas in their lives. Eden was attracted to a legal career from an early age. Her father is a retired judge and business attorney. She remembers being enthralled as a child with his legal briefs and legal pads spread out on the dining room table. “I loved hearing him talk about his cases. I think I was about 9 years old when I decided I would become a lawyer.” Her dad was a powerful influence who told Eden and her sister that girls had the ability, drive and skills necessary to become anything they wanted. “To this day, I still ask his opinion on cases, difficult issues and running my practice,” she says. Two of her pet peeves in practicing law are unnecessarily aggressive attorneys and attorneys who take on the emotions of the cases they represent. “It is better to be polite and firm to achieve the best possible result for my client, rather than yelling or being rude. Attorneys should not be enemies. We are not our clients, we did not make their problems and we should work together to resolve their case for them, as opposed to taking personal shots at one another,” Eden says. Outside of work, Eden enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family. She is also an avid reader. She is a member of the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board of directors for the American Heart Association, Phoenix-Metro Division. She has presented free monthly seminars for people contemplating divorce. She also writes a monthly article for Ocotillo Living Magazine. Eden graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She stayed in the Midwest for law school, attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she graduated cumlaude. Eden is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. “As cliché as it sounds, I really love helping people. I have a people practice as a domestic relations and personal injury attorney, so I am constantly interacting with and dealing with individuals. Most of my clients are good people going through a difficult situation. I try to make it a little easier for them,” Eden says.
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