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Keith is probably the most knowledgeable family law attorney I have met. I interviewed several before hiring Keith Havens. Keith makes no promises, but he is a subject matter expert regarding marital law. I was surprised that his hourly fee was $250...lower than most.. My divorce was fairly uncomplicated except my career is federal law enforcement and there was property involved...those in my career field no what I'm talking about. FYI - even at $250 per hour, my divorce cost me approximately $15,000 in attorney fees, but his trial preparation is impressive. He is not perfect, but he is definitely looking out for your best interests. Keith takes charge when he needs to, but doesn't need to hear the sound of his own voice, i.e. mediation etc.
My former spouse began to experience psychological issues before and during this process which made negotiations very tough. Her attorneys were competent, but they turned a simple 1 year wait into a 2 year hassle...typical for most attorneys that squeeze their clients for every dollar.
If you need a family law attorney in Maryland, you need to contact Keith Havens.
And if you get married without a prenuptial marital agreement...bad idea...
Great lawyer! Always prepared sometimes late but it is always understandable. Very nice to talk to and is always helpful. You should defiantly hire him to be your lawyer!
Mr. Havens is a wonderful attorney! I retained him to deal with a sensitive harassment issue. Keith approached the situation very professionally and clearly outlined all of my options. He never pushed me into an services I didn't need. He would provide me updates immediately and was always in communication regarding my situation. I highly recommend his services to anyone needing family law help.
I thought he seemed decent in the interview but was hugely disappointed. Unresponsive, dragged his heels on everything, missed discovery deadlines by months, provided no useful or substantive advice/counsel, said he wanted to negotiate but completely ignored other lawyers, and did not keep me informed of significant actions by the opposing side. I had to get documents from the opposing counsel as I could not get them from my own lawyer. Also somewhat of a jerk. New lawyer -- much better -- found him uncooperative in the transfer. After thousands of dollars, I find myself almost exactly where I started.
Keith proved to be an unusual combination of personal advocate and professional attorney. His honesty was unparalleled and his ethics superb. If you are looking for an attorney who will fight for you with all he has, this is the gentleman you want.
I hired Keith to represent me in my divorce. Of the 4 people I wanted as witnesses against my ex, he failed to contact any of them. We would set up phone meetings and he'd typically never call, he refused to use evidence of adultery I had obtained from a PI. Additionally, my ex's lawyer argued that she was unable to get information from Mr. Havens and myself therefore I got slammed with my ex's legal fees! Then it took him 3 months to get an order of contempt written up about my ex not letting me see the kids and he didn't even have the correct information on the order. The list goes on and on. I would not hire him again. He isn't worth the money and he isn't frugal with how he spends it. I've paid less overall for lawyers that charge more/hour.
We were referred to Havens by another attorney who could not represent us because he represented builders. We were to sue both the builder and the insurance adjuster for misrepresentation and breach of contract. We met with Havens and he seemed good.. he then took a $5,000 deposit, then never returned phone calls which we have documented, refused to act accordingly in representing us, refused to do what he said he would do when we met with him, refused to do what we asked him to do. He had told us in our meetings that our case would be his first priority. ON the few times were were able to speak to him he would tell us how sorry he was for forgetting about us. ALL OF these conversations and calls made were documented. Our case was never resolved and we were left with no resolution. I was blatantly and rudely discriminated against by Havens when I called to give information to help our case by him telling me he will not deal with me when I called him to ask questions, he is the typical liar of an attorney who knows how to take advantage of people. I sent him an email which he also NEVER responded to, a year and a half after we hired him expressing my frustrations and disappointment with his breach of fiduciary responsibilities. I WOULD NEVER RECOMMEND HIM or trust him.
I saw Keith in court in action and immediately fired my current attorney and hired him. Keith is very well prepared. Professional, respected, quick, and very detailed. Also, honest and truly cares about his clients. He is out to win your case, period. His fees are reasonable and very, very fair. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat!
I have seen Mr. Havens for several matters. He continues to be extremely trustworthy, diligent, and always on top of his game. He has not only helped and advised me with personal divorce and custody matters, but went above and beyond in assisting me with disability approval matters with work. I was approved through Social Security before my employment first. With Mr. Havens sound advice and direction my appeal was approved and I am now in a secure place until age 65. I would recommend him without a doubt again and again. Now he is assisting me with home ownerswhip & Wills.
Excellent strategic guidance on child custody issues providing sound, realistic advice and helped me see not only the strengths/weaknesses of my case/situation, but also those of my former fiancé. Keith also has a unique ability to quickly process/understand information, remember facts, think on his feet, and articulate facts in a contentious environment.