Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob – Lawyer in Pasadena, CA

First off I want to clarify a major point. Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacob get a one star based on two areas that I strongly believe are very important to client relations irregardless of what business you are in. I also want to clarify that they have the education, experience and knowledge and are well versed in employment law. (they get four stars on that, I am not questioning their credentials)The issues I have with this office are communication and transparency. Other reviewers here have stated that Brian Kesluk can be a bit short and heavy handed at times over the phone. This is true. Brian can be a bit tough over the phone, BUT, as someone who has worked in a law office I can say these guys do have a hard job and this is a small law office. These guys are in business for themselves and I mean the pay they receive depends on the work they put in. No one is signing their checks. If this was Latham and Watkins I would have been all Brian for his phone manner. I shook it off as stress and the daily grind of life on his part. But, I would suggest that he work on this. People are calling his office for help and no one wants to be berated or ground down anymore than they may already feel they have. I understand these guys have a tough job, but a human touch goes a long way to make the arduous legal process a bit easier to tackle.Their transparency is for the birds. We went to mediation last year and all I can say is that is was very questionable. The mediator was not at all "objective" (mediators are not supposed to state they believe that someone is lying) and in my view it became a joke. They separated me and the other party, which should tell you something because normally both parties are in the same room during mediation. (when the other party will not sit in the same room with you that is a clue that they have a major issue with you and that you have a "real" case).So, here is the transparency part. What no one at Kesluk, Silverstein and Jacobs told me was that I was paying for mediation. No one informed me of this not even on the day of mediation. I found out when I got the bill. (Note: when you file an employment case against an employer tactically you never pay for or offer mediation, the other side does, which in my case they did. the other party wanted mediation. Hence, they should have footed the bill, not me.) This is where this law office dropped the ball. And I mean DROPPED the ball. Dropping the ball once was not enough, these guys figured "hey, we already fell short why not just run the other way". They added a protection for the contractor in the settlement agreement. I had filed against the client who had acted like my employer. Yet, this law office added a protection clause against the contractor. So, if this contractor decided that he was going to break employment laws and run me under I can not file a complaint against him with DFHE or EEOC. Why? because Kesluk, Silverstein & Jacobs added a protection clause in the settlement agreement. This is not normal in any way and I find it seriously disturbing that any lawyer would do that.So, what happens after mediation? I get threatening phone calls from the other party, I get approached and given a full admission of what they did and how they got away with it.This contractor eventually ran me under and there is evidence of this, but I can do nothing because of the protection clause this office gave him in the settlement agreement.Maybe this office did not push my case because it was contingency (which happens quite a bit with contingency cases), and I was told before the mediation that the office wanted to end my case and not pursue any further if need be.Again, these guys are capable, knowledgeable and experienced. MIchael Jacobs is impressive in my view as is Brian Kesluk. Maybe you have to get these guys on a day when they have eaten a steak and egg meal and popped some Vitamin B12. Because when they work they really do a great job, but when they slack they seriously slack.

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Law Offices of Keith Kim – Lawyer in Pasadena, CA

i used this lawyer for my criminal case. i had grounds for illegal search and seizure. because there was no probable cause to detain or arrest me. but he didn't care for my well-being and continued to argue and make me feel uncomfortable using him. i was doing his job for him and he still refused to help me with my criminal case. PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS LAWYER. do your research and find a good lawyer

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Oak Tree Services – Lawyer in Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA

BEWARE BEWARE!!!!First off Francis is horrible! Worst person to ever trust with your tax preparation. His knowledge is limited. When I first had him prepare my taxes 2 years ago, he was kind and seemed really good. He prepared my sons taxes and messed them up so badly. My son owed the IRS when he wasn't even working for more than half the year. He then messed up another family members taxes and says he can't figure out why or how. Terrible!! I'm a new business owner so I asked him via email what forms did I need to file for a partnership. He replied with the most unprofessional and delusional response that I'm still confused as to why he would send me an email as such. DO NOT GO HERE!! You will end up owing the IRS and he will blame you for it. He will NOT help you. He is a crook!! I don't know how he's still in business and why the IRS has yet to investigate his business.

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The Law Offices of Larry H Parker – Lawyer in Pasadena, CA

I have a case with LHP as well, I was in a car accident back in March of this year and oh let me tell you, they were quick to come to my house and pick up my case. They came to me to fill out paperwork send me to a Chiropractor and once my sessions ended they took forever to get my medical records. According to LHP staff they were supposed to get some type of an offer by the end of November and is now December and I've tried calling and leaving voicemails on Cynthia's phone and till now, no return call. I think that's very unethical and I really don't know what their protocols are but they are obviously NOT to my expectations as to a client. I am not happy because I have also tried getting a hold of Cynthia's supervisor Ken and no word from him either. But I will definitely be doing a complaint to the STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA. I am not happy with their service and I can say that the chiropractic did not help because from time to time I get temporary flares of severe pain. Its all muscle and that has not been easy on me and to not be able to return my phone calls, yeah very unethical and every time I call either they are out to lunch or just dont answer when the staff transfers me to their office line. If you are looking to hire LHP please DON'T!!!I have a friend that had a car accident a week after I did and she already closed her case and got her settlement and she went through a different law firm. So please stay away from LHP

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My Ticket Rescue – Lawyer in Pasadena, CA

Called in and asked to speak to attorney so that I can discuss my issue with attorney-client privilege. The operator didn't want to connect me and said I'd have to pay to talk to the attorney (even though they offer free consultation). Then she secretly added someone else to the call, some legal analyst, who interrupted said I was wrong, etc. Very creepy and unprofessional.

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Zo Taylor-Rees Attorney At Law – Lawyer in Pasadena, CA

It's a shame to have to even give One star to this woman. She was hired by a good friend of mine going through a very difficult situation. She failed him completely. Completely unprepared for the trial, and the witnesses were not even interviewed ahead of time or prepared in any way. She failed to return phone calls and complete any investigative preparation. Disaster stay away. Finally, on the day of the trial she was rude and unprofessional to my friend/her client in the hallway in front of others. Unbelievable.

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Drucker Law Firm – Lawyer in Pasadena, CA

I was involved in a car accident and I spoke to one of Barry's colleges who never kept me posted nor seemed interested so I complained and thats when Barry stepped in. Horrible, condescending and all about money. Barry told me my case was very small and the settlement isn't enough to cover his mortgage and family not to mention after insulting me, he told me"I hope you refer me and I settle a case for $20,000". He basically told me I'm not worth his time. You would think by him being a "Lawyer" he would show passion and commitment. In addition I recieved a bill after the settlement, I called Barry and told him I received a bill and I thought he took care of everything and he said I never sent a copy. I have proof the fax was successful which was confirmed by his receptionist. He then told me there's nothing he could do and when the collection agency calls me about the bill I should act poor. Barry's all about money and he clearly explained that to me. Just some advise for anyone with a small case, you're waisting your time if your case is under 10,000 dollars.

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Law Offices of Donald P Schweitzer – Lawyer in Pasadena, CA

Leave your emotions behind when you're dealing with this firm. If you show them you're hurting, they'll "bill" you harder. Then again, divorce is a very messy part of a person's life and it is nearly impossible to keep a sunny disposition. If you need hand holding and lots of support, go somewhere else. If you know exactly what you want AND HAVE experience dealing with lawyers, they're as good or bad as any. Lose track of your goals and the steady stream of bills will leave you feeling like a loser. Maybe you'll have a better experience than I did.My ex-wife hired a female attorney and got things done on her terms. I was left with a hefty legal bill and child-support payments. Not at all what I expected considering I had an experienced and expensive attorney to back me up.If this is your first divorce, and kids are involved, I strongly recommend that you try and work it out amicably with your ex. Educate yourself. Use resources provided by the city and state such as mediators. If that doesn't work out, only then call an attorney. Keep calm and stay civil with the mother of your child(ren), no matter how tough it gets. Focus on your children and protect them from yourselves. Go online and look for local resources that might help you deal with your situation. Time heals all wounds but it won't bring back the thousands of dollars that you spend on lawyers. I could've used that money for a couple of lavish Hawaiian vacations. Seriously.

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