Posted by a client
Was lied to about the consultation fee. Was told over the phone it was$175.00 but when I arrived at Christina's office I had to pay $350.00 to consult with her for approx a half hour. Christina gave me wrong advice which led to a portion of my lawsuit being dismissed. I eventually pursued the litigation Pro Se and after 3 plus years settled with the defendants. I was very pleased to hear her license to practice law was revoked. My condolences go out to all her victims and hopefully they will be reimbursed fully for what they endured at Christina's hands. Kudos to the NYS Appeals court for revoking her license.
Posted by a client
I saw Christina in 2012 after being laid off from a very large corporate employer. I thought her front desk person was very unprofessional and dressed like a clown. I was required to pay $350 before I even sat down with anyone. I was very uncomfortable with that because I've always paid for any professional services after the services were rendered. It seemed like the office was only worried about collecting money and they didn't even try to hide it.
After seeing an assistant for about 10 minutes Christina did come down to get me. She could barely walk up the stairs her skirt was so tight. She spent only 15 minutes with me and did all the talking. She really did not want to hear about the situation with my company and what brought me to seek her counsel. She spent the 15 minutes laying out the fees and talking as if she knew the facts of my case, which she did not. I was uncomfortable with the first meeting.
I then sought out another attorney to compare. I found someone who spent over an hour talking to me and acquiring the facts. The retainer fee was also more reasonable. He answered all my questions and was not in a hurry to collect a fee and send me out the door. Luckily, I saw some red flags on my first appointment with Christina and decided she was not someone I would feel comfortable working with. I paid $350 for absolutely nothing but I found great representation by doing my homework.
Posted by Jackie88
I became Christina Agola client from 2009- 2012. Initial meeting and fees totaling up to $9,000 at least and another $3500.00 to the court of appeals and the whole time this case received a couple of meetings with a turn over of employees and inconsistencies that lead me to belive that nothing was ever done. I asked the court of appeals was there such an appointment. They informed me to contact my lawyer. The responses and efforts were very dissapointing.
Posted by a client
After paying Agola 7,500.00 three years ago, I received no representation nor further response from her as to the progress of my case which is now nonexistent. I am pursuing the Grievance Committee's process and lawyer's fund for client protection to properly address this issue. Agola gave me the impression that her suspension was temporary and things would move forward which they have not. Now there is no way to contact her.
Posted by Susan
Ms. Agola took $5,000.00 from me and asked for $2,500.00 more as a retainer even though during the initial interview (which I paid $350.00 for the consultation) she told me the retainer was $5,000.00. After accepting the case, she missed deadlines and was unprepared for depositions which she did not show up for and sent another lawyer NOT familiar with my case and I had never met before. She did ZERO preparation of me. The she did not show up for court in the middle of her sanction hearings and my case was DISMISSED! After the missed court date another lawyer contacted me whom I had never met and when I met with him to see what I could do about filing a motion because the case was dismissed, he told me there was never enough evidence to take my case to trial to begin with and that Agola should have advised me of such!!!
Posted by Harvey
I thought I was the only who was mistreated by Ms Agola and her firm. I'm thinking at this time there are more then 10 clients that should put a class action Mal- practice suit against her. I will love to get together and see where can we go with this.. Let fight for our justice....
Posted by a Civil Rights client
Ms. Agola promised to represent us in 2011, but failed us on every level. Dead lines were missed. The staff changed over weekly, so no one had a straight answer. We were blindsided in our mediation because she was not prepared. My real problem with all of this was……."How is someone REALLY protected from a bad lawyer?" Ultimately, the person's case goes down the drain and all the money spent on Not being represented is LOST". Can someone please answer that question?
Posted by Lisa
I filed a lawsuit against my employer for violation of my rights under the ADA and the FMLA.I did exactly what Ms. Agola told me to do, such as write a timeline (which is 27 pages long), worked diligently on evidence against my employer, and when she was suspended, I had only seen her personally 3 times in 2 1/2 years. Every time I called her office I noticed that there was a significant turnover in her employees leading me to believe that she must be impossible to work with.
Posted by Richard
Ms. Agola told me a lot of lies about my case and suggested that I lie about the extent of my work place harassment. I wouldn't do that so she said my case wouldn't do so well if there wasn't a little more "dirt" to tell. I don't see why she would want me to lie about it. Unless it was to get money for herself. But I can understand, from my dealings with her, why she is suspended.. She is not someone who should continue to practice law.
Posted by Christina Agola
I hired Christina at a very high fee but I was under the impression she was a successful attorney who fought aggressively for her clients. Before my case was settled she sent me my file and told me she could no longer represent me due to her suspension. I am not at fault for her unprofessional conduct which led to her suspension but not I am without an attorney and if my case goes to trial I will have to hire another attorney. I submitted a letter with an explanation of my circumstances to the attorney grievance committee asking for partial reimbursement since she didn't follow through with my case.