OUR DIFFERENCE

AFFORDABLE. AVAILABLE. ACCOUNTABLE. That is ATHERLEY LAW.

All law firms are not created equal. We recognize that success of our law firm depends on the success of our clients. When selecting the right law firm, it is extremely important to have trustworthy legal representation on your side that will look out for your best interests. At the Atherley Law Firm, we listen to our clients needs, explain the complexities of the law in a way our clients understand, develop an individualized plan of action, and place an emphasis on delivering practical and effective legal solutions.

THE ATHERLEY LAW DIFFERENCE.

Why are we different? The Atherley Law Firm is a hybrid of the traditional brick and mortar law firm and a virtual office. While we maintain a physical office as well as a satellite office, our systems are constructed around the sophistication, mobility, and flexibility of a virtual law firm. We embrace the use of technology and avoid unnecessary overhead, while passing on the savings to our clients’ by providing modern, cost-effective, and individualized legal services. The Atherley Law Firm was established on the principles of affordability, availability, and accountability.

AFFORDABLE…

The Atherley Law Firm recognizes the importance of affordability. No one enjoys receiving unexpected or unanticipated bills or invoices. While it is no secret that attorneys are generally not inexpensive, as a small boutique law firm, we strive to provide our clients with affordable legal services through upfront billing, various payment method options, payment plans and document review services. No surprises. No gimmicks.

Upfront Billing

At the Atherley Law Firm we can arrange flat fee, retainers with an hourly fee, contingency fee, and in rare cases – hybrid fee agreements. Generally, the type of fee arrangement offered depends on the practice area.

IMMIGRATION FEES

Our immigration cases are usually flat-fee rates. We generally can accurately estimate how much time we will need to spend to assist you in certain immigration matters. We offer flat-fee rates with no guesswork or hidden fees for you. You will know exactly how much our legal services, fees, and government related filing fees will cost and won’t pay a penny more – even if we end up spending more time than expected on your case.

FAMILY LAW FEES

The family law cases we accept are on an initial retainer and hourly fee schedule. If you decide to hire us after your consultation, we require an initial retainer (advanced fee) based on the level of complexity of the case. This amount is not a flat fee. Once you pay your initial retainer and provide the signed fee agreement, you are then billed against that retainer held in a trust account at an hourly rate that corresponds with the work done on your case, as well as any fees incurred. If and when the retainer is exhausted, you are required replenish the amount as specified in your signed fee agreement. If there is money available at the conclusion of your case, we will refund the balance to you.

PERSONAL INJURY FEES

Personal Injury cases are based on contingency fees. When we take a case on a contingency basis, you pay nothing upfront and are not charged an hourly rate. Rather, you only pay a percentage of your monetary award if your claim is successful via trial or settlement.

Multiple Payment Methods

  • We accept various forms of payment including credit cards, cashier’s checks, money orders, and PayPal.
  • We encourage our clients to pay directly through their emailed invoice or to utilize our convenient, and secure client payment portal on our website. However, we accept in-office payments, as well as credit card payments processed over the phone.

Payment Plans Available

In our current economic climate, we understand that in certain circumstances attorney fees are not always readily available. The Atherley Law Firm offers payment plans on a case-by-case basis. The decision to offer a payment plan is generally based on the complexity and type of case.

Document Review Services
  • With affordability in mind, the Atherley Law Firm offers a flat-rate document review service for specific immigration applications where full service representation is not needed.
  • Following the initial phone consultation, we offer our flat-rate document review service that allows an attorney to review your self-completed immigration documents by an immigration attorney. This service is only for those clients that prepare and file their own immigration applications but still may need guidance as they navigate through the difficult immigration application process.  For more information on our document review services click here.

AVAILABLE…

Availability is important in every law practice. Realistically, between court appearances, consultations, and meeting with other clients and staff, an attorney may not always be immediately available.  However, the Atherley Law firm has implemented several systems that streamline our practice and allow our clients to schedule specific times to speak with their attorney and stay informed about the details of their case 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our online scheduling system and our client portals.

Online Scheduling System

Potential and current clients can now schedule meeting times, phone consultations, or in-person case evaluations directly on our website. The Atherley Law firm has implemented a do-it-yourself  online scheduling system that allows our clients to easily schedule a specific time to speak directly with or meet with an attorney based on schedule availability, instead of playing phone tag, leaving voicemail messages, or sending emails. Through our online scheduling system our clients will be sent emails and/or text reminders of their upcoming appointments.

Convenient Locations & Hours

The Atherley Law Firm locations and office hours are as follows:

Downtown Orlando Office
390 North Orange Avenue
Suite 2300
Orlando, Florida 32801

Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kissimmee Satellite Office
1101 Miranda Lane North
Suite 121
Kissimmee, Florida 34744

By appointment only
Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • The Atherley Law Firm’s main office is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Orlando, across from the Orange County Courthouse on the 23rd floor of the Bank of America Center Building.
  • Finding parking downtown is sometimes a hassle, but for your convenience, we have an attached covered parking garage that alleviates the stress of finding parking.
  • Our downtown location is seconds from the Sunrail and LYNX Central Station and less than 5 miles from the Orlando Immigration Court.
  • Our Kissimmee satellite office is located across from The Loop shopping area on the border of Osceola and Orange County.
24/7 Case Updates

Through our client portal, our clients can securely check on the progress of their cases 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from anywhere. Our cloud based, interactive client portal allows Atherley Law Firm clients to easily and conveniently access important case information, view files and documents related to their case, pay their invoice, and communi cate directly with attorneys through secure messaging by using the web or their smart phone.

We offer two client portals, one specifically for our immigration clients and the second secure client portal for all other Atherley Law Firm clients, including our family law and personal injury

Evening & Weekend Appointments

With busy and hectic schedules, sometimes it is necessary to have access to your attorney to discuss or handle your legal matters during non-traditional hours. Understanding our clients’ needs, the Atherley Law Firm will accommodate your schedule during evenings or weekends by appointment.

ACCOUNTABLE…

Accountability is a critical component of successful relationships between clients and their attorneys.  The Atherley Law Firm is accountable to our clients by meeting our clients’ needs effectively and ethically. The Atherley Law Firm prides itself in open communication with our clients.  We believe the key to our client’s success stems from building solid relationships through teamwork and open communication.  Our attorneys and legal staff work closely with our clients throughout a sometimes intimidating, complex, and challenging legal process to ensure a successful and seamless outcome.

Honest Case Evaluation

We believe that everyone deserves straight answers to their legal questions. The goal of the case evaluation is to give an upfront and realistic legal case analysis so that potential clients are equipped with enough information to make an informed decision. Every potential case is not necessarily a good case and that is why an upfront case assessment is necessary.

The Atherley Law Firm believes in sitting down with potential clients and providing an honest case evaluation to determine whether your case has merit, what risks and challenges are associated with pursuing your case, and whether we are able to help you pursue your case.

Individualized Plan of Action

No two cases are alike. The Atherley Law Firm aims to provide the best possible result for each of our clients through an individualized plan of action that addresses your unique circumstances and goals. We recognize the importance of listening to the goals of our clients, and providing efficient, practical solutions to maximize those goals. When developing a plan of action we like to work with our clients as a team. As a team, we collaborate to develop and implement a strategy best suited for your unique case.

Commitment to Your Case

Sometimes what seems like a simple and straightforward case can turn into a complicated and complex case. At the Atherley Law Firm, we are committed to working closely with our clients to help them feel more comfortable throughout the legal process. We are committed to your case, which means keeping you informed of case details, explaining changes, and providing detailed information on case developments.

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Marisa Atherley, Esq.

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A Dedicated Orlando Attorney Focused on Meeting Your Needs

Bar admissions:

  • Florida

 

Areas Of Practice:

  • Immigration
  • Mediation
  • Family law
  • Personal injury

 

Certifications:

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator
  • Florida Notary Public

 

Professional associations:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • American Bar Association(ABA)
  • Orange County Bar Association (OCBA)
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL)
  • Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (CFAWL)
  • Paul C. Perkins Bar Association, Inc.

 

ORGANIZATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (ΔΣΘ)
  • Toastmasters International
    • Competent Communicator Award (CC)

 

Education:

  • Florida State University
    • Bachelors of Science, Criminology
  • Florida A & M University College of Law
    • Juris Doctor Degree
  • Howard University College of Law
    • Comparative & International Law Program
      • Cape Town, South Africa – Study Abroad

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • Guardian ad Litem
  • OCBA Legal Aid Society Volunteer

 

PAST EMPLOYMENT:

  • Law Enforcement
    • Former Police Officer
    • Former FDLE Agent

 


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