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David Bliven’s Client Reviews

     4.5 stars 35 total

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Nancy

    Great Lawyer

    I had consulted with other lawyers during my search for an attorney. I felt comfortable hiring Mr. Bliven. He was able to answer all my questions and was honest. I was going through a difficult time financially. Mr. Bliven made adjustments to my bill and worked out a payment plan when I otherwise couldn't have afford a lawyer. I had to commute from the Bronx to court in Brooklyn which was hard for me financially. Mr. Bliven was willing to drive me to and from court in Brooklyn which I greatly appreciated. I am very satisfied with his services. I highly recommend Mr. Bliven.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Steven

    Excellent lawyer

    Took me through a difficult divorce step by step. He handled everything in a competent and professional manner. He kept me in the loop at all times.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a Divorce client

    Excellent Lawyer

    Mr. Bliven is a true professional and was very helpful during my divorce process . He managed to keep me fully informed every step of the way. His rates were reasonable for a lawyer of his level. I would highly recommend him for any family related issues.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Anthony

    would do it over the same way.

    was very help full in every way,kept me informed all the time.and of course very knowledgeable about the law.just a down to earth guy, so glad i found him, thank you David.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by ariane

    client of Mr Bliven. represented in a post divorce child support case

    Mr Bliven was knowlegable. Informative and an incredible strategist. He used all of my legal rights to defend me in my case and was extremely professional to work with. I can't thank him enough for his ability to use our rights as law abiding citizens and to get the job done. David consulted with me on all motions before revealing them to the court or to any other parties. For this I thank him for and am gratefull for his dlilgence in representation.

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by Ms. Z. Israel

    Worst attorney in NYS

    He was absolutely one of the worst paid lawyers that I've retained. He's consistently late or sick. He charges you for email inboxes, instead of on aggressive and assertive representation in the court. He provided me with substandard representation. In the end I paid thousands of dollars on him receiving emails, and him sending out nonsense subpoena when it was never used, and his primary intention was to get me a standard 6-12 month ACD, when I clearly informed him that Trial is where I intend to take this case.Don't bother retain this legal aid attorney/ private attorney who disguises himself as a knowledgeable former ACS attorney. The worst attorney can get you an ACD for free. Word of advice to those seeking a family lawyer is spend your money where it will work for you, and clearly it won't work for you when hiring David Bliven.

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    David Ivan Bliven’s response: “I never represented anyone by the name of "Israel," so people reading this review are cautioned that this may be a completely fictitious review (I understand Avvo has not received verification from this person that they were an actual client of mine). If I had to guess, though, I represented this person in a Family Court matter. As for me supposedly arriving late, my records reveal the following: 2/27/13 court date I arrived on time for the 9am call, 3/5/13 date I arrived 12 minutes early, 3/15/13 date I arrived on time for the 9:30 call, 5/8/13 date I arrived 6 minutes early and 7/19/13 date I arrived 2 hours late, BUT with permission of the court as I had another appearance in another court (& the client and all counsel were notified of same in advance). On the 8/5/13 court date, I called in sick (which was the only court date or appointment I missed due to illness) because I had just recently been hospitalized due to severe bronchitis. As for supposedly paying a lot of money for subpar representation, this person never raised a single complaint. Indeed, her reasons for releasing me as her attorney had absolutely nothing to do with her dissatisfaction of me as her attorney. I'll quote from her e-mail requesting my release: "I've exhausted all my savings, and can no longer afford to retain you as my lawyer." Additionally, her characterization of an "ACD" (or "adjournment in contemplation of dismissal") being "standard," thus implying it's easy to receive, is completely misplaced. An ACD in my experience is very hard to get as a plea offer from ACS (anyone who doubts that is free to post that question to any of the other lawyers on Avvo). ACDs are given out in less than 10% of all ACS cases - and thus her statement that the worst attorney can get you one is completely baseless. In sum, this person never complained at all about my services and only released me because she could not afford me. I felt bad that she could not continue to afford my services - but certainly this does not give her grounds to post a bogus review about me online.”
  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a Family client

    Caution

    He always arrives late to court hearings, unprepared, and doesn't wholeheartedly advocate for what you want as a client. He doesn't listen to his clients wishes. He cowards down when he comes across a hostile Judge. He's not an assertive lawyer. He gives a good presentation upon getting your retainer, but his actions differ in the court room.

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    David Ivan Bliven’s response: “It is hard to reply with any specifics, given how vague this posting is. That said, in terms of "being late," I am rarely late. At times, if a case is scheduled for 9am (for example) & I know that the Judge doesn't get going until 9:30 or after, I may show up at closer to 9:30. Most of my clients appreciate that I'm trying to save them money & not bill them for sitting around in a waiting area when I knew going in the case wasn't going to be called on time - apparently 1 client doesn't appreciate this. In terms of "being unprepared," I can only say the vast majority of my clients are very pleased with my services (I refer you to all my other reviews). It sounds as though this client simply lost his/her case & instead of putting the blame where it needs to be, s/he decides to make vague & unfounded accusations in an anonymous internet post. In terms of me not being a "wholehearted advocate," I specifically meet with all of my clients prior to the hearings & never settle a case without his/her input & consent. Finally, in terms of me "cowering down," I can only say that as a former Family Court prosecutor, I have extensive trial experience appearing before Judges, who are sometimes hostile both to me and my client's position. I don't back down & would refer you to any of the rest of the client reviews who back that assertion up. I submit this posting comes not from someone genuinely dissatisfied with my services (especially given the lack of specifics), but instead from someone who received their final bill & have actually found to their chagrin that I'm insisting on them paying it. Go figure.”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Peter. S

    Highly Recommend

    I found Mr. Bliven through AVVO. I have never hired an attorney and didn’t know where to start. Mr. Bliven was down to earth and very approachable. I hired Mr. Bliven for a Child Support matter because of his knowledge and honestly. During the hearing Mr. Bliven picked apart the opposing Lawyer. He got my case dismissed and saved me thousands in child Support. I couldn’t have been more please with his work. I even received a refund with a detailed Invoice for charges.
    I Highly recommend Mr. Bliven .

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Tonia

    The one I Trust!

    David is extremely knownledgeable about what he does & takes the time to explain everything you need to know. The way I found David was on a website were I gave my circumstances and he picked my case which said to me that someting about my particular situation he has dealt with on a level that he gets especially after I sat down with him to fully explain. He read the facts of what I needed: going through a seperation & had to establish custody along with some other nauances that were delicate. It was a stressfully time! but he was fully commited to my situation. I felt comfortable with David from day one!! He is a trustworthy individual and deserves trustworthy clients!!! - I would recommend David in a minute!! .but I really don't want to share!! - Thanks David for all that you have done and continue to do for my family!

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Robert

    David Blivin

    Hands down best family lawyer in this era. Not only does he know the law but he thinks like a father and reacts like a calm giant in the court room. Follow what he says exactly to the point and he will win the ball game for you. Let him do the talking and fighting and you won't be disappointed. He personally fought and put my son back with me and made the courts and other forces at work give me my parental rights. Getting Bliven was a life changer.

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