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I worked with Jerry Berschler for over a year and a half for my divorce case. I don't expect to be priority number one as my case was relatively simple and i understand that in EVERY divorce there is a party that is unhappy with the results. I'm a professional who deals with conflict on a daily basis; however, I do expect a certain degree of professionalism and attention as I'm paying for a service.
He should return my call every time i call. I didn't call an excessive amount - maybe once or twice a month to give updates and or ask questions. He'd return my call maybe 25% of the time. I felt that he did not adequately prepare me or himself for the case. We might have missed some important deadlines had i not been on top of things.
I was very prepared (on my own) and essentially outlined the case for him which took me 60+ hours to do. I don't think I'm being overconfident when i say that it should have been a sweep on our end, especially with how prepared I was and the proof was on our side. However, I had some red flags early on that should have shown that he wasn't paying enough attention to my case (i.e. going over a month without returning numerous phone calls- his excuse- "i didn't think i needed to respond"). This led to increased anxiety as most of the year i had no idea what documents to prepare - if he didn't have time it would have been nice to get some sort of document from his office just listing things that may help in my case and the steps- he's supposed to be an educator! I feel this made my year more anxiety provoking and painful than it needed to be, because i was in the dark and letters were in legal jargon that i didn't understand.
My husband was inflammatory and his attorney perpetuated it. I felt it was Jerry's job to some degree to protect me from that so i didn't have to respond- I felt abused by my ex and his attorney- he did not take action to stop it or even advise me. HIs approach is do what you want and we'll handle it later (well that didn't work out too well). His flippant attitude that i assumed meant we had the case in the bag, was more or less just his approach to everything including the hearings.
His office staff were relatively incompetent mailing important documents and bills to wrong addresses- including an address where documents were intercepted by my ex- THANKS!.
He was always late for meetings and hearings, and rather than prepare me or himself, he played on his phone and/or chatted with counsel (as others have posted). He also forgot some key points during the hearing and essentially was bulldozed my husbands more aggressive attorney.
Jerry is a ver nice guy, but if you have a very contentious divorce - get a more aggressive/responsive lawyer.
He agreed to work with me on my case and then, after I paid his retainer, dumped his partner onto me in the last minute, whom I was not prepared to hire as my lawyer. The partner sat back and did nothing for me in court and just spent all the time I was paying him, chatting with opposing counsel about personal stuff and people they knew in common. Lost my entire case due to his irresponsible behavior
I have known Jerry for about 30 years. He has handled several cases for me and family or friends. I can call Jerry about any questions I have about my rights and he is well educated.
The only thing he was horrible about was keeping me informed about my cases. Never would return my calls.
It was as if he was a new graduate attorney. He had NO handle of the Judge in the court room. He totes in his profile that he is a child support specialist. Honestly, he cost me THOUSANDS of dollars and charged me THOUSANDS of dollars with no results. Poor custody lawyer!
Complacent and unprepared. Almost seems new to the game. Made fatal errors in the handling of my case
Jerry has handled quite a few personal injury cases for me and several of my friends over the years. In all cases, he was truly advocating for the underdog and went far and beyond to seek relief and ensure medical and occupational parity.
Additionally, I have called him to help with all kinds of legal issues, e.g disputes with auto insurance companies, family custody arrangements and other issues that require sensitive expertise such as his.
In all cases, Jerry focused his incredible energy on the human side of the issue as well and worked diligently to equitably enable us to work out situations that would have been intolerable without his support.
Ethical, supportive, smart, witty...we count him as a family friend!