5.0 stars 7 totalReview Lee Berlik
Posted by Sharon
Surprising to me, a person I did not know and who did not/does not know me --though she knew my boyfriend of three years -- anonymously pursued a four month online campaign to get me fired posting thousands of heinous libelous false statements about me professionally and personally. Professional colleagues, my boss, and board members of the nonprofit where I worked all read the lies and character defamation.
When my boss brought the posts to my attention, I researched and called 'experts' in cyber law including a Harvard Law professor I know who had successfully prosecuted a cyber case in front of the Supreme Court. They all said the same thing, 'The law is unclear in these cases, and web sites hide behind the freedom of information law to avoid accountability for taking down false, hateful posts'.
I then came upon a lawyer who was the victim of a similar character attack posted on one of the same bottom-feeder, lowest-common-denominator websites, based in Fairfax, where some of the posts about me were. This bright young woman stood up and got the law changed in Virginia to help victims, mostly girls and women, from this type of online sociopatholgy. While she could not take me on as a client, she referred me to Lee Berlik, a very experienced, competent libel and cyber lawyer and litigator in Northern Virginia.
Lee turned out to be amazing. I provided him with the evidence, and he immediately gave me excellent legal counsel, and we pursued a case. The disturbed perpetrator, an online bully, in what amounted to, in pejorative terms, a 'slut shaming' case, admitted to all counts of culpability including willingness to be named in the court order/injunction enabling us to effectively make the case to websites to remove the hate crime from the Internet.
Each step of the way, Lee's competency, skills, compassion and responsiveness provided relief from and victory over being a victim of cyber crime. I unequivocally recommend him as a lawyer, particularly for those victimized by cyber libel. There is a solution, and Lee helps you get to it with your dignity in tact.
While I won the case because of Lee's counsel, the story does not have a happy ending. A month after the cease and desist letter was filed, I was let go from my organization, the reasoning given 'half the board does not want to work with you' -- even though I didn't work with the board and they were not relevant to my job performance, which, by the way, I was told by the VP of HR had been stellar. There was, however, internet records that at least half the board had, in fact, seen these heinous, false online statements about me. On one level, the perpetrator, who admitted an intent to attack me professionally and personally, won. Thank god, I was in the hands of an extraordinary lawyer, and I won on legal grounds and the perpetrator, this criminal, who turned out to be a previously convicted Felon to boot, was required to remove the defamation.
The Internet provides wonderful access to opportunity, but unfortunately, it also provides the tools necessary for a sociopath to damage lives often without impunity. Lee was a Godsend during this difficult, painful chapter in my life which, as was intended by the perp, caused me serious emotional and financial damage. I give him an A+++++ and am so grateful to him for his expertise and help. When no one else would, Lee took my case on and won the case, securing both a legal victory and some financial relief for the legal and court costs.
Signed Sharon, a grateful former client of Lee Berlik
Posted by James
Lee was detail oriented, assertive and thorough with the litigation work that he provided on a patent case on which we both worked. Being with a small law firm helped to allow him to provide personal attention to the case that would not generally be available from a larger firm.
Posted by a Contracts client
I had the privilege of being represented by Lee over the last 16 months in a drawn out contract dispute/lawsuit with a large supplier for our company. He was incredibly responsive and knowledgeable, and most importantly, obtained the best possible outcome in the case. I couldn't be happier with his services and would highly recommend him to others.
Posted by Lili
I am so glad I hired Berlik Law to fight an insurance company on my behalf. Lee Berlik, who handled my case, provided valuable insight, was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and clearly knew how to present the facts of my case in the best possible light. (I have a huge damages award to prove it!) His expertise, communication, and professionalism were truly exceptional. As far as I'm concerned, Lee Berlik is the best lawyer in Virginia!
Posted by mahshid
"It was a great pleasure working with Lee Berlik and his firm. He achieved exactly the result I was hoping for, and charged me only a low fixed fee. He answered all my questions quickly and thoughtfully. I will stay with his firm forever!"
Posted by a Employment client
I’ve only had the pleasure of working with Lee on one occasion.
However, I walked away from that experience feeling that I had been well represented.
Lee was extremely knowledgeable regarding the subject matter. He took the time to understand the specifics of my case, he digested in the information in a timely manner and then came back and presented me with a number of viable options to include the pros and cons of each. Based on my experience, Lee seems to be a very proactive attorney. He engages with the client and plots a rational course of action. If needed, I would happily seek Lee’s services again. In addition, I would recommend him to my family and friends. He reminds me of the All-State slogan â€¦. “You’re in good hands”
Posted by a Litigation client
I run an entertainment company and have used DG&W for many issues since 2005. I have worked with (and in some cases spent considerable time with) Tom Dunlap, Jeff Weaver, Lee Berlik, and Mike Whitticar and found them all to be top notch. In one particular matter with Lee, the term "above and beyond the call of duty" aptly describes his effort. In the end, Lee helped us gain a favorable outcome in that matter even though the other side utilized a larger firm, more attorneys, and a battery of dirty tricks. That particular process was tedious, but we're happy to have had Lee hold our hand throughout it all. Through DG&W we've gotten the quality and effort of big-firm representation, with the attention, service, and cost of a smaller firm. I regularly recommend them to other businesses searching for legal assistance. They've always come through for us, and from what I've heard, for others too.