Q: The lawyers my boss hired got together with a defense lawyer and started making “concessions” with each other on the cases they were working. To me, that is throwing the case for their own benefit and charging the clients anyway.
The defense lawyer is a lawyer working for free. I also pointed out that the defendant was in default not once, but four times, and my lawyers always made an excuse for her. Should I bring this information before the bar, and could you tell me who to contact in Florida?
A: While the details in your question are quite vague, it does not seem that you are personally involved in litigation, but rather, the company you work for has sued someone for breach of contract. The party that may have a complaint against the attorneys representing your company is the company itself.
If your duties as an employee of that company are to oversee and handle the litigation on behalf of the company, you may have the duty to direct the litigation and oversee the course of action in the case. However, if you are not responsible for the litigation, you may want to discuss your concerns with your boss, but your opinion on the direction of the case may differ from that of the person directing the case.
For you to report any attorney in the case you are observing, you would have to observe misconduct on the part of the attorneys. You should know that it is usually normal for attorneys to try to work out some of the details in the case to avoid prolonging the litigation. The concessions you observed may actually cut the expenses in the litigation.
There are times that attorneys will work together to resolve some of the issues in a case with the ultimate effort to try to resolve the case well ahead of the day in court.
In some litigation cases, the parties will spend much more time and money in fighting issues that are not at the core of the case with ultimate result causing both sides of the fight to have huge legal expenses and no resolution on the core issue.
Before you report the attorneys, you should attempt to understand whether the attorneys are trying to resolve some of the tangential issues in the case to actually minimize expenses in the long run (for both sides) and are trying in good faith to settle the case or whether the attorneys are “conceding” issues in the case for their own self interests and not the interests of the client.
If you find true misconduct in their representation and decide to report the attorneys, your report would go to the attorney disciplinary office of the State of Florida. You can find more information on how to file a complaint and other useful information at www.FloridaBar.com.
june of 2011
i hired this lawyer to take my case against a person that i loan money to had a sign notize loan agreement.. he told me that he could and that he would take the case.. he at first made appointment with her to come to his office but she never did… he told me that he could take her to court but he has not….. so now here it is a year later and he still has not proceed with the case… he tells me that he was going to with hold her check or something about the bank.. but then he tells me that he needed her social sercuity number which i have no clue what it is. and i have told him that 50 times already… then its like months before he even notifile me to let me know what is going on if he answers my calls,,, now he is doing nothing… i feel he has betrade me but he sure did take my money and i don’t feel like he is doing anything to solve this case
I have paid this lawyer Charles Nightingale of Valparaiso,Indiana over 3,000 dollars to take my case. I have my receipt that says paid in full. After i did everything i was suppose to do community service and probation fees- I have my sucessful letter from my probation officer stating that i completed everything the Judge ask me to do and that i was no longer on probation. My lawyer and the judge agreed to return my permit and property to me. I have been off probation since Jan,2012 letter to prove it. Well i talked to lawyers son who is his secretary and he said the Judge Bradford refuse to touch it-whatever that means and he also said the prosecutor said that they want to monitor me another year before giving me my property how can i report my lawyer to the bar association. I’m fed up hear my cry! I paid him now the son is saying that my property ain’t worth it and they have to charge me more. That is not right! I want justice! My #773 744 9747 cell but i live in valparaiso. I also have proof that one time this other probation officer in valparaiso tainted my urine to make it seem like i had weed in my system but i went to this place called porter-strakes health clinic of valparaiso the very same day after i left the probation and took an independent drug test which came out negitive. I think it should be a federal investigation on the whole valparaiso court house!Amen
Dear Ms. Stokes,
Your complaint and inquiry bends the truth of what actually transpired in your criminal case. You retained me to dispose of your felony charges which I successfully completed in a timely manner. As your firearm was confiscated in connection to your charges, and your case was ongoing due to your alleged probation violations, the Court refused to release your firearm immediately. If you’ll recall, I filed multiple motions for release of your property and same was finally granted after disposing of your felony charges and negotiating a resolution to your alleged probation violations – all for a reasonable and competitive fee given the aggravating circumstances in your case. It seems you failed to recognize the difference between professional misconduct and the actual circumstances – that you were simply frustrated dealing with the criminal justice system. I’d be happy to take the time to speak with you should you like to discuss this matter further.
If I suspect that a Judge residing over a Social Security Disability appeal case, is blatantly bias against a certain group of healthcare providers, is there some way of reporting this?
what do you do if an attorney takes your case but keeps dragging it out and will not answer or return phone calls. this is on a probate case after my mother passed away. Thank you so much for your time
I know of a lawyer that has had a case going on for over a year, the client is a very sick elderly lady and the lawyer ms moses had refused to obey dr orders telling her that her client needs 24/7 care at a nursing home, she has dimentia and so many othet problems, but she continues to tell her to keep fighting, the client has been in and out of the hospital at least 7 times since ms moses took this case, seems to me that all she cares about is her money!
My lawyer did not show the judge evidence that would have let the judge order my ex to pay me royalties owed to me, he with held copies of checks showing money my ex had received and I was owed half of the money. If he had to appeal my case he would have got more money I think when the judge asked for proof my lawyer said nothing costing me hundred of thousands of dollars.
how do you report a Lawyer who tells you to do every one a favor and kill your self?
How do you report a lawyer to the bar if they are helping their client hide income in a divorce case? Lawyer was bartering for a house to be built in exchange for her legal services. Hiding it from the court. Isn’t this illegal?
How do u report a lawyer that didn’t pay u one a civil suit
I paid my attorney $3200 up front. My divorce was final on 3/17/16. I was to receive 2 settelments from my ex- husband. iI waited and waited to hear something that everything was taken care of and the one from his state 401 would be arriving soon My ex- husband called and told me i would need to resign the papers. When I asked why he stated his attorney told him that it had been denied in April. she also had my paperwork about the denial for 3 months on her desk under other paperwork. It had been denied because she filled out the wrong paperwork. This one was denied twice and finally in October my monthly payment from the state was initiated.
I also was due half of ny ex-husbands savings from Alcoa. this was denied seven times because she refused to take out the infirmation of my money market account that the money was to be deposited in. This is also a HIPPA violation. The mistakes she has made a bill of me owing her $1900. I spoke with her and did tell her I woukd pay her in full when everything was straightened out and i had received the money from Alcoa. My divorce will be final for 1 year this March and I told her I would send her $500 and would she finish what needs to be done. I was told she would take the $500 and for me to pay
her $100 every 2 weeks. I told her i would only agree to this if she promised to finish the paperwork needed. Her response was no that she would file a motion not to have anything else to do with me and i would be billed for the money owed. Amist $900 occurred from her redoing paperwork iver and iver again and then when sge had corresponded with ny ex- husbands attorney .What can I do? Please give me some advice.
I need help. I hired a lawer for my dui case. My second. He draged the court dates out for months filed one or two motions and when the time finally came almost a year later to step in front of a judge. He told me to plead guilty. They gave me 18 months revocation,dui classes, jail time, almost 4000 dollars in fines and a couple other things I have to complete. He has literally done nothing for me .I have talked to multiple different sources about it that are familiar with the court system and most said he has treated me unfairly. He didnt even tell me that the file on my case was closed and when I emailed him he basically said he is done representing me. I dont know what to do and I am most likely going to report him to the board. Any suggestions/advice.
Lawyer took over $15,000 from me telling me continuesly telling me that I gad a case and would have a jury decide the outcome.
The day of the trial, there was no jury and he did not defend me properly. I lost my case and the reason for the trial was not addressed because another matter that was totally settled in 1997 kept coming up, which had nothing to do why I filed a law suit to begin with. Where do I go to report this attorney? He did not defend me properly!
I hired a lawyer to represent me when we got to court he was talking private to my client. He held the court proceedings up because he was talking to her. I told the judge what’s he doing talking to her when he’s my lawyer. The judge said do you want me to get them I said yes. The client came in and sat down then my lawyer came in threw the papers at me and said I don’t represent you anymore always hit me in the face with the papers.
i hired Brian williams for 4500 for a d.u.i. I had very very low thereputic levels in my blood results. I sat in jail for almost a year when Brian williams did not get me a court date or put in a motion for rule 600, i had to do that myself. He motioned foir bail review but made numerous mistakes in front of the judge which she deemed me a menace to society therefore would not let me out on bail……….2 days before i was to leave on rule 600 york called for a jury trial. My lawyer tried to get me to plea out 5 times as guilty the last time being 2 days before my jury trial. All 12 jurers said NOT GUILTY. My lawyer was horrible and did nothing to get me out of jail but make things worse for me. He seemed like he was working for the Da not me! i would love to report him not sure how……brian williams in carslile pa
Elder Mother was left behind when husband found a younger women. She has very little to no money – She retained a lawyer 14 months ago. The attorney for the hopefully will soon be the Ex has made this extremely difficult —he has keys to a vehicle that are to go to my Mother – told my mothers attorney he was going to send them – a week goes by she never gets them – then said they could pick them up at the office – so they went to the office TWICE – no one there .. Is there anything we can do since we did not retain him ? Is it found acceptable to put this 80 yr old women through this ? Hasn’t this guy and his attorney caused enough stress on her ?
Just looking for advise on where to make a complaint — over 5,000.00 and no resolve and no money left. SAD
I need to make a complaint about a lawyer his name is Dick shaft he won’t stop harassing me keeps calling me a retard he needs to be fired from the law office he works at he won’t leave me alone
just want to know if there is any way you might could help me with a matter , in dothan al. ,, do you remember the flower’s hospital ID Theft ring that happened several yrs. ago ….. ? the reason i ask is because i have a suit and i think my lawyer and flowers hospital has an under the table deal , a settlement is being made now , june 29th , the lawyer is telling me we get nothing ,,,, we won our case ! but we get nothing !!! ,, there is a wed site on this also , several wed sites ! , he ask for 40% of our suit ! ty
My attorney is a full time Police Officer and has no time to spend on my case. One my first court appearance. He was so busy with others and when we talked before the case he was texting and taking phone calls. Judge scheduled another court date and He sent an assistant who was new to family court. I asked hime to get clarification on a court order and instead he tried to modify it and judge said no. He was so new that I was guiding him through some of the issues. After the court hearing he sent me to a family law place said they would help me with child support and other issures. They could not see me cus i had an attorney.
I have called and emailed the attorney asking for first right of refusal be added to the calendar and was told he would call me back. No call so called again today and my requests were not completed. I feel the representation I recieved has been very poor and not effective at all. Is this enough to report to the Bar.
I’m attempting to sell real estate that was turned over to me by QuitClaim deed back in 2006. My grandfather had put the estate in trust at the urging of my mother….both of whom are now dead. Four days before we closed on the sale, the buyers attorney discovered the house was in trust and the sale came to screeching halt. Now well into a $10K process to clear the title, I’m wondering what action I can take since this attorney cost me the sale of the house. Can I report him to the bar? Can I sue him? This cannot go unnoticed, he screwed up buy not paying attention to detail and this is now putting me in a financial hardship because of his screw up.
I have been involved in a litigation for a child support case in Florida for the past 9 months. The child involved is 1 year and 4 months old. A few days ago while preparing for the hearing, I received a Child Support Index from my attorney. After reviewing it, I noticed that there were a few discrepancies; No State/City Tax or Mandatory Retirement Payment were included. Both deductions amount to $1,114. Hence, my deductions were shown as $2,452 and not $3,501. I tried to discuss this issue with my attorney and her response is, ” The TEMPORARY child support obligation number took into account that you have significant arrears to be repaid and you will receive a credit towards those arrears at the hearing in March.” She is stating a significant arrears on the part of a child that is 1 year and 4 months old.
My child’s mom bank account displays a consistent deposit of $650 per month, and when I brought it to my attorney’s attention, she informed that would only serve to increase the combined income. This was never investigated and as such it was not included in the CSI. My attorney’s focus has been more at directing me to pay a child support of $850 from a net income of $2425. as oppose to my child’s mom net income of $2,869. (excluding the $650 monthly deposit).
I am requiring any possible assistance with this matter.
Question, a person I know who is a clerk at a law office who plans on becoming a lawyer, has boxes of files at his home and leaves them unattended. Several cases in one box. Babysitters have questioned about them, because they were left available for them to look at. Also this person has made comments about getting proof of things from a divorce file to use if and when needed for himself. Is this all all reportable?
How do you report an attorney/guardian ad litem for misconduct?
I NEED TO TURN A JUDGE AND A A EX JUDGE WHICH IS THE FATHERS LAWYER NOW DUE TO HIS ISSUES AS A JUDGE HE WAS REMOVED FROM THE JUDICIAL FOR COINCIDING WITH A CASE OF CHILD CUSTODY . THIS CHILD IS BEING ABUSED AND HAS BEEN REPORT SEVERAL TIMES BY THERAPIST DOCTORS AND POLICE THE CHILD IS 4 YRS OLD AT THE TIME THE MOTHER HAS ALSO TURNED THE FATHER IN FOR THE SUSPICIOUS ABUSE SHE HAS BEEN REPORT BY THE CHILD AND THE MARKS ON HIS BODY WHERE PRESENT . SHE TOOK THE CHILD TO A THERAPIST TO BESURE HE WAS BEING ABUSED . THE JUDGE WOULD NOT TAKE ANY DOCUMENTATION FROM THE THERAPIST AND DOCTORS OR ANY EVIDENCE FOR THIS ISSUE THE MOTHER WAS TRYING TO MOVE OUT OF STATE DURING THIS TIME ? ABUSE BC OF THE JOB SITUATION AND WE DO BELIEVE THE FATHER STARTED ABUSING THE CHILD FOR THIS REASON PLUS THE MOTHER REMARRIED . INSTEAD THE JUDGE RULED AGAINST HER BC SHE WAS GOING TO MOVE OUT OF STATE AND IN THE DECISION HE SAID THIS WAS THE WORST CASE OF BLATANT DENIAL OF THE FATHERS RIGHTS TO HIS SON. TOOK THE CHILD FROM HER 50 50 AND GAVE HIM CUSTODY MADE HER PAY BACK CHILD SUPPORT THAT HE NEVER PAID ALSO FOR HER TO PAY ALL BACK MEDICAL CARRY FULL INSURANCE AND MANY REALLY UNREASONABLE DECISIONS . I AS A WITNESS CAN TELL YOU THE CHILD HAS BEEN ABUSED.DHS WAS ALSO PULLED FROM THE COURT ROOM IN A SIDE ROOM AND CAME OUT FROM THERE TEARY EYED AND DID NOT TELL THE TRUTH ON STAND . THE FATHERS LAWYER USE TO BE A JUDGE AND WAS IN THE SAME JURISDICTION . SO I SEE IT AS THOUGH THEY ARE FRIENDS AND RULED AGAINST THE MOTHER BC OF THIS REASON PLZ CAN ANY ONE HELP HER . WHEN SHE GETS HER SON ON THE WEEKENDS HE HAS ALOT OF SIGNS OF ABUSE AND THE FATHER WILL NOT TAKE HIM TO A THERAPIST OR EVEN A DOCTORS APPOINTMENT AND WE ALREADY KNOW THE DHS IN THIS COUNTY WILL NOT HELP HER SHE IS IN CONTEMPT OF COURT BC SHE KEPT HIM FROM THE FATHER A FEW DAYS UNTIL DHS MADE THEIR REPORT TO RELEASE HIM. AND THEN AT THIS TIME HE WAS RELEASED THE FATHER REFUSED TO COME GET HIM . HIS THE FATHERS MOTHER HAS HAD HER 2 CENTS IN THIS ALSO AND SHE WONT STOP HARASSING THE MOTHER EVEN AT WORK AND OUTSIDE OF WORK THEY CALL AND COME TO HER WORK AREA THE FATHER ALSO HAS BEEN WITH OTHER WOMEN THAT USE DRUGS AND WE HAVE EVIDENCE OF THIS THE CHILD ALSO REPORTS THIS.WE NEED HELP THE MOTHER HAS SPENT ALL HER SAVINGS AND INCOME ON FIGHTING THEM OFF AND TRYING TO GET CUSTODY BACK OF HER SON PLZ HELP THAT LITTLE BOY BC SOME OF THE SIGNS ARE HE IS BEING SEXUALLY ABUSED AND HE THE CHILD REPORTS THIS TO HIS MOTHER AND OTHERS HE IS SO WITH DRAWN NOW WE NEED HELP. TO GET THOSE MONSTER THAT MADE THIS HAPPEN TO HIM INSTEAD OF PROTECTING HIM HELD ACCOUNTABLE
My attorney was hired by my wife. He bonded me out. My wife was mad i was leaving her, so she had my bond pulled by my attorney. He pulled it never called me to ask nothing just pulled bond. Now I’m in jail he won’t reinstate my bond. He wants me to sign on 18 years and I really didn’t assault no one. There are no witnesses on both cases. I have 4 evading arrest on foot. 1 Controlled Substance charge. I believe this attorney wants me locked up. He doesn’t communicate with me just my wife. I don’t know what to do his is my life.
I paid my attorney $800 towards the retainer fee which I was suppose to return that Monday to give him the rest of the retainer fee before he would consider himself hired so I called on Monday as I was told cause I was in the Cleburne area when his secretary answered the phone finally she said he has been in court for the last couple of days on a high profile case and I told her that I really needed to talk to him that it was important before I brought him the rest of the money cause at this point I don’t even want to hire him any more he never returns my calls or got back with me. I asked if I was suppose to report the incident to my probation officer and he said I no I would just yet just let me handle it but never did he even find anything out or even looked into my case at all. It was getting closer to have to report to probation and the I got sick so I just told my lawyer that I didn’t want to hire him any more I just want my money back and he was rude and said absolutely not “your not getting your money back you to sleep on it and come back up here tomorrow to pay me the rest of the money and fully hire me”. I was sick with covid so I didn’t make it up there. I just want my money back and I’m gonna hire a different attorney. the new attorney I spoke with said he doesn’t have any right to keep my money he has not done any work toward my case and I didn’t sign any papers or contract I just got a receit that I payed him $800. So how do I go about getting my money back and or reporting him to the Barr.