WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
Mark Martella and Tara Cummings
My husband and I are so blessed by Mark Martella and Tara Cummings at Icard Merrill. We are currently going through a major trial and needed legal assistance. Mark and Tara got us speedy results and treated us like human beings. My husband and I were astonished and deeply touched by their love for people and concern for our situation. I recommend that everyone use Icard Merrill, but I highly recommend that everyone speak with Mark and Tara. They are the kindest, most competent people who will do everything in their power to get you victorious results! My family has added them to our daily prayers, and I know they’re continuing to pray for us!
Jordan was very knowledgeable and always responsive to my needs. Even though the case was small, I felt like Jordan always treated me as if I was one of his biggest clients. Thank you for your prompt and professional attention!
Jessica, I am grateful for your intelligent strategy and professional help. I have learned a lot from you. You gave me renewed energy and confidence in people, justice and the American law system… I am pleased with the outcome. You made a great effort to gain the most for me. I would like to deliver my sincere thanks to you again for helping me. Your professionalism and intelligence made the process go smoothly with a successful outcome. I enjoyed working with you and learning from you.
I am originally from New Jersey and we truly believe in lawyers. The beautiful thing about Mr. Martella is that he is as honest as the day is long! Always for the small man! He is always going for the small business guy! Mr. Martella is a great guy! Most beautiful quality is his compassion.
What an amazing, dedicated, and talented firm! I have a lot of experience using several law firms for various issues over the last three years, and I was very impressed with this firm. I had the pleasure of working with Patrick Seidensticker on a complicated and scary issue with one of my properties. The issue was resolved as quickly as possible, limiting my legal fees, while also being extremely thorough. I highly recommend Patrick and Icard Merrill.
Jaime Wallace and Staff
I worked with Jaime Wallace for a year on my case. She provided me hope and an educated plan through her expertise, experience, intellect, and compassion. Her advice and plan of action was always in the best interest of me and my future. Jaime and her paralegal Ginnine exceeded my expectations and brought me calmness during the storm and I highly recommend their services as you are treated with respect and compassion during a very difficult time.
Jaime Wallace recently handled my extremely complicated divorce case. Without reservation, I will say Ms. Wallace performed with outstanding professionalism, exceptional expertise, and kind understanding over a long and arduous process. Every expectation was communicated accurately and as promised.. She identified and utilized available resources both inside and outside the firm. Her knowledge of family law gave me comfort that I was well represented. A fair and equitable result is proof of her outstanding performance and high standards. Ms.Wallace was recommended to me by a lawyer at another firm. Needless to say, I owe a sincere thank you for pointing me in the right direction. I highly recommend Ms. Wallace to anyone requiring family law services and Icard Merrill for all of your legal needs.
John Waskom and Staff
This firm is really great!! John Waskom and his assistant Gulim (Bugayev) have been just awesome. My mother passed away and I found myself in need of a probate lawyer. My mom’s lawyer that drew up her will wanted right at $4,000. I was devastated as there wasn’t money in the estate for that and personally didn’t have that kind of money. I, myself, was going through some very tough times. I had to reach out for help through legal aid. Mr. Waskom responded and took my case pro-bono and has done everything through the mail because I didn’t have a vehicle. I could never thank him and Gulim enough.
Michael Foreman and Staff
Mike and Cindy (Burke),
We can’t begin to tell you how much you meant to Mom, and to us all, for your help and kindness. You are more like family to us and Mom treasured your friendship. We just wanted to let you know how much you are appreciated! Again, thank you!
Mark gave a wonderful presentation to my condo group about “Staying Solvent During Retirement.” It was concise, interesting, and delivered in layman’s terms so it was easy to understand. He even shared real life stories of situations he’s come across that were pertinent to the discussion. Everyone enjoyed learning the pitfalls and remedies and gave high praise for the content as well as for Mark, the presenter! Thanks so much!
Thank you for being you. This is the best Christmas present in my life and I appreciate your support in getting this chapter of my life in the past. You are a 1st class gentleman and professional. An inspiration to us all that makes a difference in the lives of many. Your leadership and support are a blessing to both your clients and colleagues. Words cannot express my gratitude to you and Tara to be there and help me get back on solid ground. God is good and very present.
The City recently had a need for attorney representation in a human resources matter that involved Florida’s Firefighter Bill of Rights. Jessica worked closely with staff to resolve the issue. The outcome was excellent, especially in light of the fact that the firefighters and paramedics are represented by a powerful and aggressive union.
Ms. Farrelly’s role in this process included guiding City staff through the full process of conducting an interrogation, including ensuring proper notifications, the interrogation itself, and necessary actions that followed the interrogation. We found her ability to navigate this complex process to be thorough and correct. She led us through drafting the findings and action to be taken, accurately summarizing the issues at hand and ensuring that disciplinary action that followed was appropriate and commensurate to the charges.
We heartily endorse Ms. Farrelly’s commitment to ethical and competent outcomes, and ensuring that any decision that is reached is compliant, not only with the law, but also any agency guidance that may be part of a process. The City is grateful for her guidance and active participation in a process that could have had a much more negative outcome had Ms. Farrelly not been involved.
Jordan Riccardi and Staff
When my Mom died unexpectedly, I turned to Icard Merrill, as they wrote her will. While I knew nothing about them and had no prior contact with them, I was impressed that Jordy and and his assistant Cindy (Burke) were able to retrieve the will and a living trust filed over 10 years prior from their archives. Given there was essentially nothing in my Mom’s estate, I needed someone to work with me to efficiently guide me on a viable do-it-yourself approach to apply for small estate probate. I was impressed that Jordy was willing and able to that. As a former mediator, I’ve worked with many attorneys and can attest that Jordy and Cindy went above and beyond the norm with their compassionate yet practical approach, well-tailored to my specific needs. They are the kind of attorney I would most want to recommend to my mediation clients seeking competency and fair treatment. If I have need of an attorney for estate planning in Florida, I would definitely consider contacting Jordy before I’d consider anywhere else.
Tony Manganiello and Staff
I highly recommend my attorney, Anthony Manganiello, at this law firm! Your issue or problem is their top priority and you will always receive prompt and knowledgeable responses. Attorney Manganiello and his staff (Renee & Lauren) were extremely kind to me, they always listened, and they delivered 100% on their promise. I felt fortunate to have this kind of representation and do not hesitate to contact their office. Thanks to all these amazing people!
Robert Messick worked with me on a real estate transaction and I cannot say enough about his professionalism and efficiency. He does what he says and completely exceeded my expectations. I was well appraised and his assistant was wonderful. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Thank you for everything!
My husband and I contracted Jordy Riccardi for estate planning. From the moment we met with Jordy, he was very thorough and made sure to cover everything we needed. Estate planning is not the most enjoyable process and can be overwhelming, but Jordy made it super easy and answered all of our questions. We were able to ask him any question or ask him to revise something over e-mail and he changed and responded promptly! He made time for us when we both could make it to his office after work and stayed late for us on several occasions. My husband and I were very happy with Jordan “Jordy” J. Riccardi and would recommend him!
On behalf of the Nokomis Fire Department, I want to thank you so much for your effort in helping resolve this ordinance issue for us. It is very obvious you were the right person to handle this for so many reasons including your knowledge of Sarasota County ordinances, helping write the interpretation, and knowing who to work with in the County. Your intimate knowledge of fire service workings and effort for our Department did not go unnoticed.
Thank you for the letter that you sent. Our condominium association board members felt the tone matched exactly how they felt about the incident. The results were equally satisfying to the board. We all feel that you have helped us eliminate a potentially dangerous situation in the building with the least amount of difficulty.
We recently contacted Jordan Riccardi for estate planning, in part based on posted reviews. Our experience with him was excellent. He is warm, friendly, and clearly well versed in his field. He immediately put us at ease and made the rather grim prospect of estate planning almost fun. He was also able to set up an LLC for our rental property. He discussed his fees openly and up front so there would be no surprises. We were very pleased with the experience and the resulting documents. We would strongly recommend him to anyone.
Thank you very much for the effort you put forth in getting my deposit back from the construction company. The check has cleared and I am relieved. I will certainly contact you again if I am ever in need of legal services and am pleased to recommend you to others.
My husband and I had a long, two year, exhausting guardianship battle in probate court. Over and over we were dragged back to court and through the mud. We were powerless but our Attorney, Tad Drean, from Icard Merrill was our hero! He was continuously impressive, professional, respectful and well spoken. He got the job done against all odds and we are happy to report it ended in our favor. Thank you Tad! You’re the best!
Jordan Riccardi and Staff
Attorney Jordan Riccardi was highly recommended to me by a friend. At our first meeting I was immediately put at ease. Jordan is a very personable, kind, and knowledgeable young attorney. He clearly explained (in detail) every legal document, paying attention to my wishes, many questions and concerns. Attorney Riccardi and his office staff (Cindy Burke) provided a pleasant experience through the entire process. My estate planning and appropriate legal documents were timely prepared exactly to my expectations and wishes. Jordan makes himself available for further counsel, questions and concerns. I definitely recommend Attorney Jordan Riccardi for legal counsel and legal needs in his field of expertise.
We originally met with one of the senior attorneys at Icard Merrill. After our initial meeting, we were told our information would be reviewed by one of their young associates as there appeared to be some debatable areas which needed to be addressed and researched. This young attorney was Jordan Riccardi. Jordan exceeded our expectations for our legal needs in every way. His correspondence with me was carefully thought out and articulate. The final documents were exceptional. They stated exactly what we hoped to achieve. Should we have any legal needs in the future we would not hesitate to ask for Jordan.
I would like to acknowledge with gratitude and respect, the assistance afforded me by Jordan Riccardi. The unexpected loss of my husband left me with the daunting task of settling an extremely complicated estate, as well as assorted business and personal matters. Much to my benefit, Jordan was given my case. I found him to be kind and sensitive to my situation, and the consummate professional. Emails and phone calls were returned in a timely manner. His knowledge of the law was evident from the outset, and Jordan always explained things in a way that cut through complicated “legalese.” Jordan was a tireless advocate on my behalf, undaunted by any challenge that arose. With persistence and talent, he was able to resolve all matters and grant me peace of mind.
Jordan Riccardi and Staff
My husband and I just completed our trust/estate/wills and powers of attorney with Jordan Riccardi. His advice and assistance were professional and knowledgeable. He listened to all of our concerns and helped direct us to the final portfolio. We are completely satisfied and grateful. This can be a long and tedious process but he managed to make it simple.
We are currently working with him and a member of his firm on an agricultural designation for our farm. Again, we are confident that it will be handled professionally.
I will continue to contact him in the future for any of out legal needs. Even if it is not within his realm of expertise, I know he will direct us to the appropriate attorney. For several years we had worked with Tom Hopkins who retired. We were very satisfied with Tom and were worried about the change. Jorddy stepped up and has risen to the occasion and has made a very seamless transition for us.
Attorney Jordan Riccardi has been wonderful! I previously had a very unpleasant experience working with an out-of-town law office and was cringing at the thought of working with another attorney, but Attorney Riccardi was such a breath of fresh air. He is extremely personable (feels like you are talking with an old friend) and he explains the legal process in simplified terms without talking down to his clients. He returns phone calls and emails in a very timely manner and he filed all the necessary paperwork quickly and accurately. A family member of mine also used Attorney Riccardi and was very happy as well-you won’t be disappointed. If all businesses were run like Attorney Riccardi runs his practice, it would be a much less stressful world. Thank you, Attorney Riccardi!
Mr. Riccardi did my probate when my wife died. He explained everything that I needed to know. Did it quickly and did a very good job. I was very satisfied with his work. I would recommend him highly.
If you have a legal problem and need assistance, this is the place.
Jordan Riccardi and Staff
We were so very pleased with the knowledge and professionalism of Jordan Riccardi! He always took his time in explaining the complexities of wills, trusts, and power of attorney to us… while doing this in a time manner and being very friendly and understanding. The office staff was very accommodating with all of our needs as well. We would highly recommend him to any that would need his professional services!
Real Estate Group
Had our house closing done by them, and was really impressed. They are strictly by the book (which is exactly what you want when closing a house sale), but they go our of their way to make a rather scary event comfortable.
Our closing was supposed to start at 10 and be done by lunch, and due to repeated errors by our mortgage company, it dragged out until 5pm. Throughout the time in (Icard Merrill’s) office, they were open, honest, and put so much effort into our closing, leaving no doubt that it would have fallen through without them.
Thanks so much for everything you did for us!
Jordan Riccardi and Staff
Mr. Riccardi helped me with a summary administration after my dad’s passing. It was clear from the beginning that Mr. Riccardi listened to my specific situation and was giving me advice that would benefit me based on what I told him – he treated me like a person and not just a faceless small client.
All of my dealings with Mr. Riccardi were pleasant and on an appropriate time table – in fact there were a few times when he just reached out to advise that he was still working on things. All of our interactions were on the phone or via email because I am out of state but that didn’t make it seem at all like my issue was less important to him.
His assistant (Cindy Burke) is also really kind. I was super happy with the service I received.