"Make this process a little bit easier on everyone."
When it became clear that my ex-wife & were divorcing, fortunately we were able to agree that mediation made the most sense for our family. Dennis helped us navigate the legal/financial process in a swift, neutral, affordable manner by offering a calm demeanor and deep knowledge of the law. If anyone out there is convinced that divorce is the answer, don't let your egos get in the way and waste thousands of dollars on separate lawyers only to have them get rich while your children ultimately end up suffering. Hire Dennis and he'll help make this difficult process a little bit easier on everyone.
Edward.B. - March 2020
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart"
Anyone can tell you divorce is never easy. That is, unless you are both willing to put your trust in the exceptional hands of Dennis Cohen and Settlement Works. Ours appeared like an eerie phantom rollercoaster one dark and unexpected night and Dennis respectfully handled both "parties" - the shocked and the shocker. Really, truly not at all easy when temperaments take hold and the surreal rules.
There was a calm kindness in every interaction which encouraged us to find some safe spaces for ourselves and do something strangely difficult - just hold hands. Where love once existed in all things we were encouraged to find it again, remember that we do care for each other and offer up the best possible outcome for two lost people. I found that I could give and take kindly around the arrangements with Dennis' help and the same was happening for my adversary, the man I still loved but was willing to let go. In this loving space I mostly kept calm but even at moments of panic Dennis kept us both on track right through to the final signature. Though divorce is difficult this was the swiftest operation any "Marriage Hit Man" could bring to culmination! It took us less than a month over 2 meetings and many emails and all that bitter sadness was in the past. We are now both ready to move forward and be excited for our futures. I could not be more grateful for the service and attentiveness I received and the encouragement and balance Dennis brought to us, every step of the way. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Kara N. - August 2019
"Dennis is a great mediator"
Dennis has both parties at interest and helps to find an amicable and respectful solution for everyone involved. His background as a lawyer certainly helps and supports getting things done in a timely matter without needing other legal advise and expenses. I would definitely recommend Settlement Works, as Dennis is a great mediator, knowledged lawyer, and kind human being.
Nicole S. - October 2018
"Thank you, Settlement Works"
I wanted a reliable, caring attorney that would handle everything simply and swiftly. And Dennis more than delivered! He was there for both of us, didn't take sides, answered every question and charged a very fair price for his work. He helped me through the very painful process of divorce by making things so much more manageable than I ever could have imagined. I recommend him very highly!
Melody F. - July 2018
"I couldn't have asked for better lawyers"
Dennis and Daya are simply amazing. I couldn't have asked for better lawyers when getting divorced. This was a very peaceful experience with the two of them and I would suggest them to any couple who is looking to "uncouple" in a peaceful way.
Britta R. - February 2018
"Everything was transparent"
Not once did I ever feel the costs were excessive or unreasonable, everything was transparent no hidden agendas. I believe he genuinely wants to help couples through divorce. A lawyer by trade he skillfully helped steer us through divorce, which was somewhat complex and involved. He allowed us to make our own decisions and then guided us on the law based on what we wanted to achieve rather than impose his own judgements. He is a very patient man, insightful and his experience comes through as he helps you to navigate the choppy waters of divorce. I sincerely believe he is fundamentally good person doing his best to help couples get through divorce as best he can. Divorce is a difficult situation by its very nature and would have been alot more expensive and painful had we battled it out in a confrontational manner with lawyers in court as so many do. Meet with him, he can help.
Tra C. - December 2017
"I highly recommend Settlement Works"
Dennis helped us through a challenging and painful divorce. We came to an amicable agreement and made it through to the other side with his kindness, patience and expertise. I highly recommend Settlement Works and Dennis Cohen for anyone who wants to end a partnership with kindness and respect.
Suzanne R. - April 2017
"He was the best fit for us"
Dennis Cohen is a fantastic mediator. I am very grateful to have found him. After all of my leads for mediators fell through I decided to check Yelp. After reading the reviews I decided to call Dennis to ask about how he works with clients. He was so helpful and clear even in a short 10 minute conversation. After calling a couple other people I was sure he was the best fit for us.
His background as an experienced lawyer (and he still currently does do some litigation) was also very helpful because he could provide a legal point of view with a mediators balanced way of looking at things. I think he has a gift for this work. During such a difficult time it was especially helpful to work with someone who was both empathetic and pragmatic. I highly, highly recommend him.
Aloka S. - March 2017
"My worries were quickly settled"
Wasn't sure about not choosing my own mediator but my worries were quickly settled. Not only is Dennis very knowledgable but more importantly I felt he never took sides, he always informed both of us well and in the end, things got settled with less damage and lower cost than any other route. So in short... HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Robert S. - November 2016
"You don't come out of it as a ruined person"
I found Settlement Works out of desperation. I knew that I did not want a nasty divorce, and my ex felt the same. We worked with Dennis to come to an agreement, and part ways amicably. Dennis was very kind, and understanding. If not for him, I believe my divorce would not have been as smooth. Don't get me wrong, divorce is a painful thing, but going with Settlement Works helped me to begin to heal and make changes for the better. For those who don't know, Dennis also holds "MeetUp" groups to help you get support from other people going through the same thing. I participated in the group while I was in Los Angeles, and they were very helpful to move me towards a better understanding of what was happening, and how to cope with it. I recommend Settlement Works, and Dennis Cohen for any couple who is looking to divorce, but in a way where you don't come out of it as a ruined person (both mentally and financially).
Eric M. - November 2016
"Dennis was just what we were looking for"
My husband and I tried to work out a divorce settlement on our own, and we quickly realized that we needed a mediator. We had many divorce law related questions and needed someone who could answer our legal questions and mediate for us. Dennis was just what we were looking for and he helped us reach an amicable settlement very quickly.
We both felt Dennis was very fair in the way he approached our disagreements. He would look at both sides of the picture and would explain the pros and cons for each of us. He has a calm demeanor and a generous spirit. I would highly recommend him!
Adino O. - July 2015
"Dennis far exceeded our expectations"
Dennis' mediation skills really helped make my divorce progress much more smoothly than I anticipated. When my former spouse and I walked onto the boat for our first mediation session, there was a lot of tension and animosity, but Dennis spoke with us together and individually to explain our rights and things we should consider when coming up with our settlement agreement.
In the end, we were able to compromise and remain on friendly terms thanks to Dennis' guidance. In terms of the amount of work done for the money we paid, Dennis far exceeded our expectations and took extra time to answer our questions. I would definitely recommend Settlement Works!
Amanda B. - January 2015
"Dennis was fast and accommodating"
I searched pretty thoroughly for someone to help with mediation and legal advice in my divorce. Dennis was very friendly and has a calming demeanor over the phone and in person. We only needed one meeting to get everything rolling in the right direction. After the first meeting we took some more time to come to an agreement we were happy with.
When we were ready to write it up, Dennis was fast and accommodating. Just a few emails back and fourth and we had all we need to finish. Dennis was also very fair in his charging. He wasn't keeping track of every minute and in fact I know he gave us some of his time with no charge. Dennis definitely went above expectations and I am very glad we chose to work with him.
David H. - December 2014
I would recommend Dennis to anyone who wants to save a bunch of money and time on a divorce. Dennis is fair, balanced and very honest. I have been divorced several times and this was by far the easiest and straightforward.
Michael B. - September 2014
"He had my best interest at heart"
My ex and I used Settlement Works (Dennis) to help us hammer out an agreement to address child and spousal support arrearages in lieu of battling the matter in a contempt proceeding. Dennis was highly effective, despite having to deal with challenging personalities, and issued "reality checks" in a kind and gentle manner. Throughout the entire process, I found Dennis highly knowledgeable, empathetic, and compassionate, and felt he had my best interest at heart. Overall, Dennis provided top-rate mediation services. If I ever require mediation services in the future, I will go definitely return to Dennis and Settlement Works.
CL G. - April 2014
"He really knows how to deflate an escalation"
I hired Dennis to help me with a mediation with my now ex husband. We were trying to save money and did the divorce ourselves, and not only did Dennis Cohen give us a gentle win-win mediation, but he also consulted in my filing my divorce papers.
I found Dennis' service to be gentle and caring, and extremely helpful during that very stressful time. He really knows how to deflate an escalation and had both of our best interests at heart. The setting was spectacular too! It's hard to be angry when you're on a beautiful yacht on the bay!
Holly M. - February 2014
"He was happy to help us save money"
Dennis Cohen of Settlement Works did a great job in our divorce. His mediation skills were especially helpful. He was able to create a settlement between two people who couldn't even attend the mediation meetings together. Using Dennis to mediate instead of hiring individual lawyers to battle it out saved us an enormous amount of money, time and heartache. Our issues were complicated and there were custody, support and property issues involved. Dennis gave good advice about which issues were worth focusing on and which weren't. I also felt that his advice about what the court would and wouldn't accept in a settlement was useful and accurate.
My experience was that he was happy to help us save money and showed us how to fill out forms and file them ourselves so that we didn't have to pay him to do it. I also found him to be more than reasonable and generous about what he did and didn't bill for. I would highly recommend trying mediation with Dennis before wasting money on individual lawyers who will just drag it out and cost lots of money. He is smart and helpful and can manage even the most volatile of situations.
Sophia A. - December 2013
When my ex and I were deciding what to do and separating last year - we were not sure how to do it amicably, cost effectively or how to divide time with our then 3.5 year old. Dennis offered us the most useful, cost-effective advice and we ultimately ended up doing "exactly" what both of us wanted without it costing a fortune, using lawyers and wasting time and energy. Our now 4.5 year old is sharing time with both of us and we couldn't be happier! THANK YOU DENNIS and Settlement Works!!!
Cristina S. - August 2013
"An expert at conflict resolution"
Dennis Cohen of Settlement Works is undoubtedly the most amiable, kind hearted and patient attorney I have ever met! He makes saving his clients time, money and energy a top priority! He is an expert at conflict resolution no matter how emotionally charged the parties may be!
Suzi F. - August 2011