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Your Legal Team at Ayo and Iken PLC


Attorney Howard Iken

Attorney Howard Iken

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alberto ayo

Attorney Alberto Ayo

Partner

jeana vogel

Attorney Jeana Vogel

Partner

Attorney Jason Ponder

Attorney Jason Ponder

Associate

Attorney Claudia Blackwell

Attorney Claudia Blackwell

Associate

Attorney Howard Ellzey

Attorney Howard Ellzey

Associate

Attorney Crystal Phillips

Attorney Crystal Phillips

Associate

Attorney Michael McGinn

Attorney Michael McGinn

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Kevin Fuller

Attorney Kevin Fuller

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Attorney Jeremy Simons

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Reviews for Our Attorneys – From Past Clients

Client Reviews for Ayo & Iken

A sampling of client reviews for our legal team. Each review has a link back to the original source, so you can get a more balanced view of client reviews for each of our attorneys. Where the review contains results – prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results.


While I was living out of state, I was extremely fortunate to have Attorney Iken in my corner during my recent divorce. My first two lawyers were somewhat intimidated by the opposing lawyer and consequently my case suffered because of it. Attorney Iken proved to be a very competent, compassionate and consistent defender of my best interests. He was a good listener who offered accurate and comforting advice. He was accessible and replied to my many question and concerns. He was always professional, protective, polite and honest. Mr. Iken is extremely wise and very strong – a rare combination indeed. I would highly recommend Mr. Iken to anyone who is seeking solid legal support.

Anonymous – Lawyer Ratingz

August 6, 2015

Jim helped me navigate through a bitter child support case. The most fair result was achieved.  Also he persisted even i myself failed in returning communications for a period of time. He reengaged me and kept the case on track.  The final outcome was the one desired.

Russ – Avvo

June 13, 2018

Compassionate Attorney – Crystal helped me with a very messy post-divorce trial. It was a very dark time in my life without her expertise and compassion I could not have gotten through it. I will forever be grateful for her
kindness and the ethical way she handled my case.

very important for the lines of communication to be open with both parties.

Jacqueline – Avvo

August 27, 2019

Mr. Ponder was excellent in helping me with my case. Was very knowledgeable and understanding would recommend his service to others with similar situations. Would definitely use him again if need be.

Anonymous – Lawyer Ratingz

November 22, 2015

Jennifer Schulte and Jason Ponder are both empathetic, knowledgeable and professional. From our first meeting, I was told what to expect, and how they were going to proceed with my case. I am very proud to have had Jennifer and Jason as my attorneys. I can not thank you enough for the superb representation you provided me.

Mayra – Avvo

December 26, 2017

I hired Jason to represent me in a custody situation. He was more than willing to listen to my circumstances, and offer the best legal recourse possible. He returned my phone calls, kept me informed, and guided me very well throughout the process. The judge ruled in our favor, and I’m sure it was due to Jason’s knowledge of family law and the strategy in which executed. I would recommend Jason to anyone who is looking for a quality, thorough , knowledgable attorney. I was very satisfied with his performance.

Anonymous – Avvo

December 26, 2017

Attorney Blackwell has been handling my family law issues for a few years because of several complex matters. Claudia is not only professional and knowledgeable, she provides a human connection that gives her clients reassurance during emotional and stressful times. I have and will continue to recommend Attorney Blackwell to those seeking a family law professional.

K. RICHARDSON – Avvo

December 26, 2017

Jason Ponder was able to answer my questions on the initial consultation. I
hired his services to expedite a court date for my final dissolution. Once he sent paperwork to court my court date was scheduled within 3 weeks. Now I have closure and can move forward with life.

Debbie – Avvo

December 26, 2017

Ms. Claudia Blackwell is a new attorney on our case, from the same law firm of Ayo & Iken, due to our current attorney being on maternity leave. My case is a couple of years old, and Ms. Blackwell has only been on this case for a few weeks. However, the way she represented me in court yesterday, is the exact way I wanted to be represented. She showed the same passion and tenacity me and my family feel towards this case. From the day we met, to the communication in the interim, and finally her representation in the court room. The services from Ms. Blackwell are superb to say the absolute least. Thank you, Claudia!

Gerry – Avvo

December 26, 2017

Best attorney I ever met

My business and personal life suffered during the down economy. I was forced to consider business and personal bankruptcy, the loss of my business and the loss of my home. I met with Mr. Ellzey and was surprised he was not mostly interested in taking money. He took the time to listen to my problems and asked a lot of questions about my and my business and my family. After he got the big picture of not only the facts but also of my values and priorities, he suggested to take some action on some things, to wait on other things, and to make good choices as we worked a plan. I worked with Mr. Ellzey over a few years to get out from under a lot of business debt, to keep our kids in school, and to save our home after we thought we were going to lose it. I do not believe sometimes how well things turned out when it all seemed so hopeless before Mr. Ellzey helped us. Above all, he was fair with me, never promised what he could not do, and delivered more than he ever led me to believe he could do.

December 3, 2017

Mr. Iken represented me for almost 3 years, even after I relocated from the Tampa area. From our first interview, I was thoroughly impressed and I always felt confident that Howard was in control of every issue that arose. He was readily accessible, quick to respond to my calls and messages and took the time to explain each issue that came up. Mr. Iken was tenacious in the court room and firm yet fair when dealing with the opposing side. He has an extensive knowledge of Florida Law both in the family court and bankruptcy arenas, and I utilized his services for both of these concerns. I always felt like I was reasonably billed and I believe that Mr. Iken’s fees are fair and just.

Anonymous – Lawyer Ratingz

August 6, 2015

Lee is an exceptional attorney. Our divorce was convoluted and stayed with me for all 4 years.

Sarah Williams – Avvo

 

December 26, 2017

Jennifer helped my son through a horrible divorce and fighting for the safety of his children. She was awesome in court. Unfortunately she left KEL before it was finalized. Took months for the KEL new attorney got it finalized. I would recommend Jennifer to friend and family. But never make the mistake of hiring KEL. Law firm is too big for divorce. Went through 4 attorneys.

Charlotte – Avvo

December 26, 2017

Howard was my lawyer during my bankruptcy and he was fantastic. Understanding, non judgemental honest and upfront… all the things we hear that lawyers aren’t. Even almost a year after my case was done with he corresponded with me through e-mail and over the phone with my questions. I would recommend him to anyone.

Anonymous – Lawyer Ratingz

August 13, 2014

Attorney Blackwell has been handling my family law issues for a few years because of several complex matters. Claudia is not only professional and knowledgeable, she provides a human connection that gives her clients reassurance during emotional and stressful times. I have and will continue to recommend Attorney Blackwell to those seeking a family law professional.

K. RICHARDSON – Avvo

December 26, 2017

Happy client – We hired Mr.McGinn for my boyfriends case and i couldnt be happier with how attentive he has been and returns my calls promptly and answers any questions i may have he has been very helpful through this so far and i tell my friends this is who you should hire if ever needed. and i know he cares about his cases and the people he is representing! thank you

This review is from a person who hired this attorney. Hired attorney

Anonymous – Avvo

August 27, 2019

I was very pleased with his service. I had a custody case over my newborn son and Bruce was able to get me exactly what i asked for and helped me understand everything that i had questions about. Thanks again Bruce.

A Thankful Father – Avvo

January 8, 2016

He did a great job. My case was dismissed. Was available for any & all questions. My written evidence was lost or misplaced, you will need to keep a copy of all your records, but other than that. Good job.

Anonymous – Avvo

August 27, 2019

Jason was consulted and hired for representation for guardianship matters involving my father. Jason is informative, proactive, knowledgeable and most of all caring. We are not just a case, we are people who’s feelings are taken into consideration. We have been with Jason for numerous years and he has always been available when ever needed. I highly recommend Jason Ponder.

Steve – Avvo

December 26, 2017

Jennifer helped my son through a horrible divorce and fighting for the safety of his children. She was awesome in court. Unfortunately she left KEL before it was finalized. Took months for the KEL new attorney got it finalized. I would recommend Jennifer to friend and family.

Charlotte – Avvo

March 3, 2016

Claudia Blackwell & the entire firm of Ayo & Ikon are top notch & I am so thankful for them all! I met with Ms. Blackwell on more than one occasion to prepare for my hearing & was impressed with her knowledge of my case in such a short time, her professionalism & understanding of the needs of my case, which has proven to be a common theme with the Ayo & Iken firm & it is appreciated. Ms. Blackwell was thorough, compassionate & well versed & made sure I was prepared, something my prior attorney never did. We attended my hearing & all I can say is WOW! Claudia did a FANTASTIC job! She was professional, unlike my ex’s attorney as well my prior attorney, & presented my case better than I could have imagined. It was clear her objective was to do her best & she did exactly that! She was aggressive, but professional during the hearing & was able to present the case exactly as I had hoped. As a result she was able to get across to the judge what I needed for my children’s safety & well being

Anonymous – Lawyer Ratingz

June 8, 2016

I hired Alberto Ayo to help me with my divorce. Alberto was always very thorough, knowledgeable and reliable. I am very satisfied with the service I received from him, and I highly recommend him for anyone that is looking for a lawyer for their divorce.

Brandi – Avvo

August 12, 2014

Ms. Claudia Blackwell is a new attorney on our case, from the same law firm of Ayo & Iken, due to our current attorney being on maternity leave. My case is a couple of years old, and Ms. Blackwell has only been on this case for a few weeks. However, the way she represented me in court yesterday, is the exact way I wanted to be represented. She showed the same passion and tenacity me and my family feel towards this case. From the day we met, to the communication in the interim, and finally her representation in the court room. The services from Ms. Blackwell are superb to say the absolute least. Thank you, Claudia!

Gerry – Avvo

December 26, 2017

I hired Jason because I fired my previous attorney. Jason learned a two year on going dissolution of marriage case in a matter of weeks. Jason kept me more informed in a matter of weeks than from my prior attorney. He kept all his appointed times and the front desk receptionist was personal and professional.

During my dissolution hearing he came across as a gentlemen even to my ex spouse and his court room mannerism was second to none of what I had to go through with opposing counsel. Jason stated he was a good listener and he guided me prior and during court by redirecting questions for a better explanation instead of answering just yes or no question from opposing counsel. I understand this is strategy of counsel to only ask yes or no questions when they want to make a point, but during Jason’s cross examination, he filled in all the holes that I had dug for myself and allowed me to elaborate with my answers.

I was not anticipating the judge’s decision to be as favorable as it was for me but it was. I understand and am quite aware that not all decisions will go the way of the client, however, I would still give Jason an excellent rating had the final decision not been so favorable. i was well represented as was his firm. I am extremely happy with the professionalism and service provided by Jason and God forbid I am ever in a position to require an attorney for a divorce again, he surely will be my first call.

Jack – Avvo

August 6, 2015





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