Outstanding credentials and experience don’t mean very much if they’re not backed by the accolades that matter most–results. As an attorney, nothing is more rewarding than a satisfied client. I’m proud of the positive feedback my clients have taken the time to provide.
However, please don’t assume that great results in one case will be easily replicated in another. Your case and facts are unique. Regardless of the attorney’s skill, outcomes will vary. I can tell you that while I’m proud of my overall record, I don’t bat a 1.000. Nevertheless, you will notice some consistent themes in my reviews
- I’m always prepared
- I perform well in the courtroom;
- I don’t gouge my clients on fees; and
- I represent my clients with professionalism and integrity.
Even if you don’t ultimately achieve the outcome you want, it is hard to ask for more out of your attorney.
If I have to sum up Ben Carrasco in a word, it would be ‘Exceptional!’
To begin with, I strongly believe that 5 stars doesn’t do justice to the exceptional and professional service that Mr. Ben Carrasco provided during my divorce and Child custody case. He is simply the best divorce and custody attorney in Austin! The divorce process is extremely hard and stressful in every way. I knew from my previous divorce case (with the same ex wife) that the whole legal system favors moms vs dads. In most cases, it’s an uphill battle for dads. And one of the biggest challenges involved in a divorce process is finding an aggressive, honest, knowledgeable, ethical, trustworthy, competent and intelligent attorney. Before interviewing Ben, I interviewed many big names/firms, read reviews – they all said what anybody in my situation wanted to hear. After speaking and interviewing so many attorneys in town, it was crystal clear that Ben was different in many important ways. He sounded honest, extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and there were no false promises or rosy pictures from his end.
He was aggressive and attentive from day 1. He works very hard. He always answered my questions within minutes/hours. There was not even a single instance where my email/text has taken a day to get his reply. To my surprise he works late nights/weekends/holidays.
We had our first temporary orders hearing in Feb, 2019 and I was very nervous as I had everything to lose. The stakes were really high. Temporary orders is an important part of the case because what happens there, particularly with regard to custody, can determine what happens at the final trial. I went into the hearing asking for primary custody of my kids. My wife and her lawyer were aggressive in presenting a false picture of me. I was very nervous but Ben was very calm, taking notes and paying attention to every small detail . When our turn came, opposing counsel/witness/ex-wife couldn’t stand Ben’s cross examination. He was brilliant. I was awarded temporary primary custody! A man getting primary in the state of Texas! My ex-wife was ordered to leave the home within few days. Ben was simply outstanding during this hearing.
My ex-wife didn’t stop here. She fired her attorney and hired a new one with a huge number of reviews and appealed the judge’s decision. For the second hearing, her new attorney subpoenaed everyone imaginable ( friends, family, day care staff, teachers, maintenance staff, etc)…the whole community that I knew was in court room. The second hearing lasted two full days. Ben was just brilliant during this process. They had a large number of witnesses and we just had two. The witnesses were no big help in front of Ben’s cross examination skills. Ultimately, the judge gave us 50-50 visitation, a win in my book given what was thrown at me.
I thought this was an end to this legal fight and that my wife would settle for 50-50. But my ex-wife had her own plans. She refused to settle, refused to respond to discovery and generally dragged out the process. Going into final trial, my ex just wanted me to have standard possession. I wanted to keep my 50-50. Final trial was on Monday and Ben’s birthday was on Sunday. He worked whole day and late night on Sunday for final trial. I was again awarded 50-50!
I couldn’t have asked for better representation. My case was very complex. There were false allegations of family Violence, CPS investigations, funds sent to, international bank accounts, involvement of family members from India and what not…Ben made this stressful journey easy for me. I just didn’t find a brilliant lawyer but a very good friend too.
If I have to sum up Ben Carrasco in a word, it would be ‘Exceptional!’
His courtroom demeanor is impeccable. His attention to detail is otherworldly. His ability to recognize and exploit inconsistencies in the testimonies of others is amazing.
I often joked with Ben that he was the best thing about my divorce. That turned out to be true.
I found Ben while searching for “aggressive” divorce lawyers. I am pretty mild mannered so I knew I needed someone who was going to keep me focused with an aggressive mentality and approach. As a man going through a divorce in the great state of Texas, I’ll admit, it’s pretty terrifying. But Ben is the lawyer that you hope your soon to be ex doesn’t hire, because you would never want to go up against this guy in the courtroom.
In a very wild and bitter divorce case that involved every allegation under the sun directed at me, police involvement, and meddling in-laws, this man defended me with grit unlike I’ve ever seen. My ex-wife’s (financially well-off) parents spared no expenses in paying for her part of the divorce. My ex was bent on taking my children away from me.
In my hearing for temporary orders, Ben absolutely embarrassed the opposing attorney. His courtroom demeanor is impeccable. His attention to detail is otherworldly. His ability to recognize and exploit inconsistencies in the testimonies of others is amazing. I ALWAYS felt like I was walking into the courtroom with a lawyer that was ready to fight for me and believed in me. He made so much of a fool out my ex’s attorney, that she fired and replaced her’s on the spot immediately after the temporary orders hearing.
After that, Ben guided me over the next 3 months leading up to a two day trial. In the meantime, he ensured that my rights were protected during a very peculiar/questionable 4 hour deposition that I was put through and he procured my home and my car for me in mediation.
In the final hearing which was, again, a two day trial over custody and child support, Ben defended me against the testimonies of 5 different witnesses who attempted to paint a picture of me as an uninvolved father and corroborate my ex’s story that I was a terrible husband who was both verbally and mentally abusive. I use the word “attempt” because Ben shredded every one of these witnesses’ stories to pieces casting considerable doubt on the validity of all of their accusations. He frustrated them with his cross examination, even causing one of them to lash out in a fit of rage and another to turn beet red and sweat profusely. It was vindicating to see their stories crumble under Ben’s scrutiny.
In the end Ben got me, A MAN IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, PRIMARY CUSTODY of my children. He also saw that I was awarded decision making rights when it came to my children with his effective arguments he made to the judge. The level of persuasion this man can convey is unparalleled.
Lastly, Ben is honest. He always told me the truth from the beginning, he always kept me up to date, and he never left me hanging through the entire process. He was efficient and fair with billing, which saved me money. I hugged this man, sobbing, outside of the courthouse because he pulled through in a way I never imagined. Ben OVER-DELIVERED in my case. I can’t say enough good things about him. –Shawn Johnson
His rare combination of brilliance and personal integrity make him a pleasure to work with.
Divorce is never easy, and mine was particularly nasty. I can unequivocally say that hiring Ben was the best decision I made throughout the process. Ben is an extremely intelligent, honest, and efficient attorney. He takes the time to explain everything, and his response time to emails and phone calls is absolutely stellar. I don’t want to set expectations high- but in my case it seemed like he never took a weekend off. Ben is brilliant in court. He made effective arguments on my behalf that I believe lead to a better than expected outcome for me. He even took the court granted lunch hour to do research to help bolster our case instead of grabbing a well deserved bite! Unlike some lawyers, Ben is not court averse. While he is extremely willing to work with the other party to avoid lengthy litigation, he is equally willing to stand up for his clients interest at trial. His practice also has a very lean and efficient billing system that does not look to find ways to inflate fees. You pay for the work he does, and it is well worth it! I cannot recommend Ben enough. His rare combination of brilliance and personal integrity make him a pleasure to work with. If you find yourself in the position of needing a divorce attorney, you can’t go wrong with Ben. – Nachi S.
I highly recommend Ben for difficult divorce and custody issues.
Ben Carrasco is an outstanding attorney. He worked diligently and intelligently on my behalf in a matter that was both complex and contentious. He was nearly always available to answer my many questions and did so clearly and concisely. I was particularly impressed by his attention to detail and his poise before the court. I quickly became quite myself confident that no matter the issue or obstacle Ben would be well prepared and mentally agile in his approach and practice. I highly recommend Ben for difficult divorce and custody issues. – Dr. R. Boone
I have never delt with an attorney with so much integrity.
Mr Carrasco is an outstanding Attorney and one of the most honest Attorney’s I have met. He has helped my family tremendously and changed our lives forever. Attention to detail is what he is good at and worth every penny. He will send you a receipt every month and charge you the correct time to the minute. I have never delt with an attorney with so much integrity. He is the man for the job and extremely professional. Thank you for everything and people need more men like you sir! – Chad C.
Several times during this process my husband complained about Ben being aggressive. I consider this to be a compliment to Ben.
I would like to express my gratitude to this outstanding attorney – Mr. Ben Carrasco. I am still in the middle of my complicated divorce case, but I am very confident and calm knowing that any outcome will be fair and in my best interest because I am protected by a highly professional, knowledgeable attorney – Ben Carrasco. My divorce process is very difficult because the initial phase of the case focused on the enforceability of a premarital agreement. The premarital agreement was initiated by my husband and was signed before our marriage in California. I am a foreigner. Unfortunately I was misled by my husband during the process of signing the premarital agreement. I was shocked when after several years of marriage my husband filed for the divorce. I met with several divorce attorneys in Austin, TX, and my case was politely rejected by every one of them. I was extremely lucky to send my e-mail – request to Mr. Ben Carrasco. Ben was very honest and did not give me unrealistic hope or promises. He always was very prompt and direct in answering my questions. We communicated mostly through e-mails. The fees I was charged for this complicated case were extremely reasonable. This case lasted for several months and ended with a two day trial regarding whether or not the premarital agreement was enforceable. During this very stressful process I fully relied on Ben. I was very impressed by Ben as a professional and individual. He is a very intelligent, logical, patient, knowledgeable attorney, who paid attention to the important details and with whom I was comfortable to share very sensitive private information which was important for the case. I trust Ben. He took the lead in my case and he won it! Several times during this process my husband complained about Ben being aggressive. I consider this to be a compliment to Ben. I am very thankful to Ben, and I would highly and without any hesitation recommend Mr. Ben Carrasco as great attorney and person. – Natalia M.
My divorce was over very quickly and he wrapped up all of the details just like a pro.
I did research before selecting Ben to do my divorce. Unfortunately, it was not my first divorce and I already knew how difficult and prolonged these matters take. I met with other attorneys before I decided that Ben would be the best to help me. His education and experience really appealed to me and I certainly am glad that I chose him. I was a basket case the entire time because I did not want the divorce, so he was forced to listen to phone calls with a crying client many times. He was very patient and just let me get it all out even though , of course these were things that he could not help me with. He then would have me focus back on the case and what we needed to do legally. Even so, he still answered the phone every time and was so attentive to my situation. When you call Ben he is always there and if not he returns your call within a few minutes. This applies to weekends and evenings. He is on top of everything steering the way to a quick resolution and divorce. He protected me during this process because he could tell that I was a mess. He did an AMAZING job with my outcome and many people are surprised when I tell them the final outcome of my divorce. They really do not believe me because it is so much more than the standard result. I received such an additional amount because Ben did such a wonderful job. He negotiated my needs, and DEMANDED that the other side respond in my favor, while at the same time keeping me out of a long court divorce. My divorce was over very quickly and he wrapped up all of the details just like a pro. Our divorce had many complicated real estate issues in it and Ben took care of all of them . He added extra documents to make sure that I would not have to pay any taxes now or in the future on what I had been awarded in the divorce. I have grown to really admire and appreciate Ben for everything that he did for me. He is smart, handsome, quiet, so educated and will catch anything that the other side trys to do and throw it back to them in double. I would tell anyone to use him for their legal matters because in the end you will be so happy that you did. He will take such good care of you because that is just what he does and he does it very well! I have two grown sons just about Ben’s age and he protected me like my boys do. In the end I have only great things to say about Ben. – Kathy
Ben is simply a great person that is compassionate, honest, and has your back at all times.
Ben is a remarkable attorney who is experienced, strategic in his approach and reachable and responsive at all times. Ben is simply a great person that is compassionate, honest, and has your back at all times. He is cost-effective as well and transparent by setting expectations well in advance. Ben helped me finalize my divorce after I decided to let go of my previous attorney who didn’t get the job done. Finding a good divorce attorney isn’t easy and I wish I would have found Ben when I started my divorce. It would have saved me lots of money and months. After seven months of making little progress with my prior attorney, I thoroughly researched multiple attorneys since my case became highly contested and no end seemed to be near but then, I found Ben. Ben took swift action right after we agreed to work together and he got me into mediation quickly and I got a divorce with an outcome that was just and right and met my expectations. I immediately trusted Ben after seeing how quickly he took action with outcomes that directly benefited me and moved towards finalizing my divorce. – Michael
In the courtroom Ben was more prepared than my husband’s lawyer and his arguments were more strategic and effective.
Being my first (and hopefully only) divorce I had no idea what I was doing. The first lawyer I hired was atrocious! He was part of the good ole’ boys club and I got billed when I called him to have him give me a report that he had done nothing in my case (several months strong!): true story. I thought for sure what people say about lawyers must be true…and then I found Ben. Ben was the 8th lawyer I interviewed and he isn’t like other lawyers and that’s a good thing. First of all, Ben is the ultimate professional: knowledgeable, honest, hard working, and straight forward. Ben doesn’t throw faces or provide drama that a client has to manage in addition to their already unfortunate situation. He also isn’t a lawyer who hides behind a fancy building with lots of support staff fielding interactions with clients: he is, however, responsive and because he doesn’t have the overhead, his rates are reasonable. Don’t get me wrong, the building he is in is nice, you just don’t feel like your payments are going towards the Italian office desks or cork flooring. In the courtroom Ben was more prepared than my husband’s lawyer and his arguments were more strategic and effective. There was absolutely nothing easy or straight forward about my case and in the beginning I never thought I’d say this, but my life is better now. Really, I’m telling you: do yourself a favor and just call Ben. – Hannah
His honesty and professionalism doesn’t afford him the luxury of giving you false expectations or hopes.
Both times, thus far in court, Ben’s presentation was confident, precise, and backed by facts. In my experience with lawyers, I can easily call this guy a ‘heavy hitter.’ His primary concern has been, and continues to be, the welfare of the children. If you’re looking for an attorney that is going to give you fluff, or blow sunshine up your skirt, Mr. Carrasco is most likely NOT the attorney for you. He deals in facts, hard evidence, and logic. His honesty and professionalism doesn’t afford him the luxury of giving you false expectations or hopes. You’ll always know what needs to be done, what is expected, and which angles to approach. Truthfully, I’m still in the middle of my battle, and the case isn’t concluded yet, but even if I were to lose my case, I can tell you with the utmost confidence that I am genuinely impressed with Ben’s performance, attitude, and his flexibility. – Jon
His closing argument was simply brilliant and inspiring.
Mr. Carrasco was my fourth lawyer handling my case. I found in him the one who I really needed after the first three lawyers failed to deliver in ten years what Mr. Carrasco was able to achieve in just a few months. First, I was quite pleased with his communication style. He didn’t just listen, but asked relevant questions and kept me to the point. From the beginning he was passionate and took ownership of the case even when at times I found myself with little time to interact with him. His exhaustive research and preparation showed during the trial. His closing argument was simply brilliant and inspiring. The outcome of the case was even better than I expected, yet from the start I was already pleased by his services for the way he communicated with me. In summary Mr. Carrasco exceeded the already high expectations that I had for a professional of his caliber. – Franklin
Ben clearly has a passion for his work and it shows in how he treats his clients.
I’m a seasoned tech executive with over 20 years of experience in my field. During my career, I’ve worked with many attorneys on a wide variety of issues This is my first experience using an attorney in personal matters. Ben has far exceeded my expectations on how an attorney works with clients. My expectations are that an attorney will be: knowledgeable, professional, responsive, trustworthy, experienced, and respectful. Ben is all those things, and more. Ben handled my divorce case expertly. He provided the information I needed to make necessary decisions without delay. He worked closely with me on strategy, giving his opinion on matters without being pushy or demanding — something other attorneys could benefit from emulating.Ben also helped keep me focused on the issues at hand. Divorce cases are clearly emotionally charged. Ben listened to my occasional emotional outbursts and refocused me on the critical issues. This was a pleasant, and useful, surprise! I really appreciated Ben’s ability to apply pressure to opposing counsel as well. During part of my case there was some unreasonable foot dragging. Ben applied appropriate and effective pressure to move things along.As of this writing, his rate is $250/hour. That’s quite a bargain from where I’m sitting based on his level of service. What makes this rate so competitive is how Ben manages his time. He bills just for what he does. I experienced no “padding” of the billable hours and everything he charged for was crystal clear to me. My ex-wife’s attorney charges a similar hourly rate but her fees far exceeded mine in this case. This is a testament to how efficient Ben is with his time.My time is extremely important to me. I don’t have the patience for wasting it on frivolous meetings or useless endeavors. Ben and I conducted most of our business online via. email. This was tremendously valuable to me. He responded rapidly both on and off business hours. Ben clearly has a passion for his work and it shows in how he treats his clients.What I got from my relationship with Ben in this case was a partner. Fantastically valuable. I’d give the highest recommendation for Ben to anyone without hesitation.” – Stephen
Ben performed better in court than attorneys with 20 years of experience
The time to trial was short, a matter of weeks, which made the challenge even greater. That notwithstanding, Ben was exceptional in comprehending and organizing our case and its presentation to the court…Ben performed better in court than attorneys with 20 years of experience and believe me, I know, having used those guys in the past and having paid their high fees, win or lose.” – Tony
The extent of his preparation in comparison to that of the opposing attorneys was obvious.
Ben Carrasco has my sincere gratitude and highest recommendation. When I saw that my marriage was unsalvageable, I went online to find an attorney. I studied a number of websites, but I really liked what I read on Ben Carrasco’s webpage for a number of reasons–his distinguished academic background, impressive work history and other clients’ reviews to be sure–but mainly, I liked his straightforward explanation of how he does business. After he began representing me, what came to impress me most is Ben’s work ethic. He worked hard on my case, frequently contacting me at night and on weekends to get my input, clarify facts and ensure he was accurately representing my expectations. When a foolish act on my part complicated what should have been a simple divorce, Ben took that in stride and worked even harder to help get my mess untangled.
On his website, Ben talks about lawyers who are afraid of the courtroom, and he tells you he is not one of them. Believe him. He represented me in an unusual dual hearing, simultaneously taking on a county attorney for one hearing and my spouse’s divorce attorney for another. The extent of his preparation in comparison to that of the opposing attorneys was obvious. Ben did a better job of getting ready for the hearings, and because he was ready, he did a superior job of presenting my side of the story logically, clearly and when necessary, forcefully. As a result, the judge’s ruling clearly favored my position. Ben was always up front with me. If I suggested a course of action that made sense to me but was not necessarily a brilliant move from a legal point of view, he let me know, sometimes bluntly, but always with my best interests in mind. What I learned from my experience is that the legal system speaks a different language. What seemed fair or just or obvious from my point of view was not always what the legal system has determined to be fair or just or obvious. In other words, if you’re compelled to use the legal system, you need someone who speaks the language. You need a smart, hardworking, legal-fluent advocate who will ably translate your needs and expectations into the language of the system and who will clearly explain what the system is telling you. Ben Carrasco did just that for me. I’m glad I asked him to represent me, and I feel fortunate that he agreed to take my case.” – Larry
He is a good man, and a good attorney.
Ben was a staunch ally, candid, committed to serving my best interests and kept me informed throughout the divorce proceedings, handling things promptly and representing me with steady conviction. I saw him in action both in the courtroom for a temporary orders hearing as well as in mediation, and he was articulate and moreover sincere.Ben is smart, and does not pad his bills with gratuitous fees. He works hard — often responding to emails of mine late at night, or taking calls when I really had a few urgent considerations and needed to communicate with him pronto. He is a good man, and a good attorney. – Dalya
Ben gets things done when they need to be done and, as a client, I never felt like I didn’t come first.
I’ve been meaning to write a review for a while now. The truth is that every time I come to write it, I don’t even know where to start! It’s been a long journey and Ben has done so much for my family. I am one of Ben’s longest clients and can tell you why you should hire him for any family matter.
Back in 2016, I interviewed several lawyers before Ben regarding an immediate need for representation for my high-conflict separation. I was initially impressed by the videos on Ben’s website. I was also impressed by his Stanford Law education, what others had to say about him, and by his obvious passion for what he does. I ultimately decided on Ben after speaking with him. He told me what I needed to hear regarding potential outcomes of my case, and not just what I wanted to hear in order to get my money.
From the beginning, Ben was responsive and ready to go. He responded to my initial inquiry on a weekend and had a TRO (temporary restraining order) signed by a judge within days. It was always this way – Ben gets things done when they need to be done and, as a client, I never felt like I didn’t come first. Just ask him about the time he answered my calls and questions from a hospital bed when he was sick – I’m not kidding!
My case was sensitive and complex – involving many hearings, expert witnesses, psych evaluations, a guardian ad litem appointment, CPS, a child therapist, etc. You name it, Ben took care of it for me. He never shied away from these complexities. As an attorney who will fight aggressively when need be, Ben thrived in these situations and always fought for my best interest when dealing with the many entities at hand. He is aggressive but not dirty – this will save you time, money, and sanity, while also protecting your best interest.
I could tell Ben had credibility with the judge. He was praised and clearly well-respected. He outclassed opposing counsel, won many key hearings, and his courtroom performance is unparalleled.
Billing was always fair and transparent. He was extremely efficient and I know this saved me money. I want to mention that in this business, you get what you pay for. I don’t think I’ve ever been so glad to give my money to someone! Cutting corners and hiring inexperienced or undervalued counsel shows. Save yourself and hire Ben. The results he provides are priceless.
In the end, the father’s rights were terminated and my husband is now in the process of adopting my daughter. This is not, nor should hardly ever need to be, the outcome most parents desire – Ben will tell you this himself as he is a very reasonable man – but it was necessary for us. Throughout this process, I learned that termination is next to impossible, but by the grace of God and a lot of hard work, Ben accomplished just that!
Ben is a great man and a phenomenal attorney. He cares about what he does and is the best you’re going to find, with the client testimonials to prove it. For any family matter, do yourself a favor and hire Ben.– Kirsten A.
Absolutely, hands down, the best family lawyer in Austin.
Absolutely, hands down, the best family lawyer in Austin. I cannot thank Ben enough for assisting me in a very difficult child custody case. He is honest, articulate, and really cares about his clients. I feel fortunate to have had him on my side through a difficult custody battle. When I started my search, I visited websites of many attorneys and it almost seemed like an impossible task when every website seemingly look the same. But just after spending few minutes on Ben’s website, I knew right away that I found an attorney who would be able to help me. I was really impressed by his straightforward explanation of how he does business, his credentials and reviews from other clients. I ultimately decided on Ben after speaking with him. Ben worked very hard on my case. He takes that extra level of care when you need it most, responding to emails and phone at night and on the weekends. This was very much appreciated. In my case, my ex-wife’s attorney used dirty & unethical tactics but Ben handled it with impressive aplomb. Ben did a superb job of presenting the facts in the courtroom.The extent of Ben’s preparation in comparison to that of opposing attorney was obvious during the hearing. His courtroom performance is unparalleled. Ben is a good man and a phenomenal attorney. While I realize I was not his only client, he made me feel like I was. I was impressed by his confidence and obvious capability to handle anything that was thrown at him. Ben was responsive, timely, aggressive when needed, and throughout the whole process I knew I was in good hands. While this was one of the toughest things I’ve gone through, I could not be more grateful for the results I got through Ben. Thank you so much Ben. -Simant A.