Based on 7 reviews
Help make it easier for other Avvo users to choose the right lawyer by sharing your experience with this attorney. It's fast, simple, and safe.
Lawyers: Use the Peer Endorsements section to provide input about other attorneys.
Posted by Very Pleased Parent, a Child Custody client, Flag
I first spoke with Spencer Hecht during one of the most difficult times of my life. I contacted his firm only days before my custody hearing, yet Mr. Hecht did not hesitate to take on my case despite the very short notice. At the time, I was unsatisfied with my current representation, and needed an aggressive attorney to attend an expedited hearing with me to regain custody of my child. Mr. Hecht was understanding and reassuring as I explained the details of my complex custody situation. He was knowledgeable about child custody and responded to my phone calls and emails promptly. After retaining Hecht & Associates, Spencer immediately paired me with a senior litigator of the firm to begin preparing for my case. He drafted a letter on my behalf to my former council and as a result I received a complete refund of the retainer I provided to this attorney. My experience with Mr. Hecht was nothing but positive and exceeded my expectations. Though he did not represent me personally, he made certain that my case received the immediate attention that was needed. I was represented by another professional, knowledgeable, aggressive member of his team that arrived to court confident and well prepared and I am thrilled to say that I was awarded Primary custody of my child! Every employee of the firm that I interacted with was not only professional, but helpful and I highly recommend Spencer Hecht of Hecht & Associate Law Firm to anyone seeking representation in a child custody matter. Their level of commitment and expertise exceeded my expectation. My child is now at home with me, and I could not be happier with the outcome.
Posted by C., a Child Custody client, Flag
When I first began using Spencer Hecht in early 2012, my life was deteriorating in front of me. My marriage had fallen apart and I hadn't seen my children in months. I needed an attorney that gave me the guidance and strength that I didn't have, and Spencer was that attorney for me. I have red the negative reviews on here and am truly surprised that these "clients" have so many negative things to say. Spencer was the most ideal attorney for my situation and was the bulldog I was looking for. In the end he fought for my kids like no other attorney would've and I got the best outcome expected, my kids home again. I will forever be grateful and urge all of the "clients" to take a look at what they were really looking for in an attorney, because Spencer is the best.
Posted by PEGGIE, a Child Custody client, Flag
THIS FIRM HAS DONE NOTHING BUT GIVEN ME THE RUN AROUND. I RETAINED SPENCER ON 6/25/13. I FOUND HIM ON THE INTERNET UNDER GRANDPARENTS VISITATION. SO I CALLED. THE GIRL AT THE DESK "ELIZABETH " SOUNDED LIKE A VERY SWEET AND CARING INDIVIDUAL, AND TOLD ME THAT THEY HANDLE HUNDREDS OF GRANDPARENTS CASES. SO I TRAVELED FROM HAGERSTOWN TO SILVER SPRING TO MEET SPENCER. I EVEN TOOK THEM TWO PLANTS CAUSE I THOUGHT THEY WERE SO NICE AND CARING. I THEN RETAINED HIM AS MY LAWYER CAUSE HE SEEMED TO BE SO REAL, COMPASSIONATE AND A GOOD LAWYER TO REPRESENT MY HUSBAND AND I. WELL WAS I EVER WRONG. AFTER HE GOT MY MONEY HIS WHOLE ATTITUDE CHANGED. HE TOLD ME TO DO THINGS THAT LATER HE SAID HE DIDNT TELL ME TO DO.
I WAS CRYING ON THE PHONE THE ONE TIME I TALKED WITH HIM BECAUSE I MISS MY GRANDDAUGHTER AND HE TOLD ME I WAS ACTING INCOMPETENT AND IRRATIONAL. I HAVENT SEEN MY GRANDDAUGHTER THAT LIVED WITH ME FROM BIRTH TO 5 YEARS OLD, AND BECAUSE I WAS CRYING HE ACTED LIKE I WAS FLIPPING OUT. HE TOLD ME THAT HE WANTED TO GET EMERGENCY VISITATION AND AFTER 10 DAYS OF GETTING A RUNAROUND AND BEING TOLD THAT HE WAS GOING TO CONTACT MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW VIA PHONE AND MAIL. I WAS TOLD THEY PUT A PETITION INTO THE COURT AND I WAS GETTING A COPY, NONE OF WHICH EVER HAPPENED (EMERGENCY ????}. AFTER BEING RUN AROUND AND YELLED AT AND HAVING ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR FROM SPENCE I FIRED HIM.... HE KEPT $720.00 OF MY MONEY AND DID NOTHING TRYING TO SAY THAT IT WAS FOR PHONE CALLS AND A DRAFT ??? BUT HE TOLD ME PREVIOUSLY THAT HE WASNT WORRIED TOO MUCH ABOUT CHARGING FOR THE CALLS BECAUSE THAT WAS THE BEST WAY FOR US TO COMMUNICATE SINCE I LIVED AN HOUR AWAY. SOME OF THE PHONE CALLS CAME FROM HIS OFFICE TO SEE IF I GOT PAPER WORK HE WANTED ME TO GET.
PAPER WORK THAT MOST LAWYERS WOULD GET THEMSELF AND SOME OF WHICH THE AGENCIES SAID MY LAWYER SHOULD BE ASKING THEM FOR. TODAY IS THE 24TH AND I HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR A COPY OF THE SO CALLED COMPLAINT FOR GRANDPARENTS VISITATION THAT THEY PREPARED THAT I WAS CHARGED $300.00 FOR. I KEEP BEING TOLD THAT IS WAS SENT OUT. THIS IS 14 DAYS AND NO COPY. TODAY I CALLED AGAIN AND ELIZABETH TOLD ME SHE SENT IT OUT. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SHE WAS COLD TO ME ON THE PHONE, LIKE I DID SOMETHING WRONG BY ASKING FOR WHAT I PAID FOR ???? I WASNT RUDE OR NASTY IN ANY WAY. THEN SHE ASKED ME FOR MY ADDRESS AND TOLD ME THAT THEY HAD MY STREET NUMBER WRONG IT IS 11439 AND THEY HAD 1439 AND THAT IS PROBABLY WHY IT DIDNT COME. ITS FUNNY , BE CAUSE THEY SENT ME A COPY OF WHAT THEY BILLED ME AND IT HAS MY CORRECT ADDRESS ON IT 11439, NOT ONLY THAT BUT MY RETAINER AGREEMENT HAS THE CORRECT ADDRESS TYPED ON IT ALSO.
ITS FUNNY HOW NOW THE PAPER WORK WONT ARRIVE CAUSE MY STREET NUMBER THEY HAVE IS ONE OFF??? WE LIVE ON A STREET THAT HAS APPROXIMATELY 20 HOUSES AND I COULD ALMOST GAURANTEE THAT OUR MAIL LADY WOULD HAVE DELIVERED IT HERE KNOWING MY NAME AND BEING ONE NUMBER OFF. THAT IS JUST TOO SUSPICIOUS. ANYHOW, I WOULD BE MORE THEN HAPPY TO TELL ANYONE THE WHOLE STORY IF YOU ARE EVEN CONSIDERING HIRING THIS FIRM. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO WRITE HERE AND ONLY SO MUCH SPACE. WE WORK HARD FOR WHAT WE HAVE AND I WISH I COULD GET PAID $300.00 AN HOUR TO DO NOTHING....
Posted by a Domestic Violence client, Flag
Mr. Hecht was incredibly knowledgable, persistent, and aggressive attorney who kept me calm during the entire process of obtaining a peace order. I felt confident having him on my side, and he kept me informed every step of the way. He was a pleasure to work with and his whole office was incredibly helpful.
Posted by Anna, a Child Custody client, Flag
We hired Mr. Hect in January of 2011 to help us get custody of my granddaughter.
This should have been a very timely case because he had more than enough evidence
provided by medical Dr's and therapists relating to the sexual and emotional abuse of my 18 mo old granddaughter. He knew my son was an enlisted Airmen in the US Air Force and said he would give us a discount. When he found out my oldest son an AF Captain was having to pay the bill he immediately started doing paperwork for emergency custody (charging us huge fees) and then never filing the paperwork. Stating .. well... lets just wait since you will be getting her back in a few weeks. Anyone who knows about child abuse knows 1 minute more in a dangerous environment is 1 minute too many.
He was verbally rude and down right nasty in emails where we questioned his course of action ,motives or the charges.
We found out he was charging us as if he was doing all the work and in reality it was his associate and a para legal doing ALL the work.
Every time he showed up for court he knew nothing about the case and gave a rudimentary explanation to the judge. This angered the judge and we fired Hect before we ended up losing the case. We then hired his FORMER associate who did all the previous work on the case and we won! Hect even went so far as to hold up sending the case file to his former associate hoping he would not remember but thank God he had done all the original interviews and work and was able to hit the ground running and didn't need the case file. We won full sole custody of my granddaughter but we spent an entire year in the court system when we didn't have to all so he could draw it out and collect enormous fees.
We are currently reporting him to the DC Bar Association and hope to get some of the $35,000 back that he charged us.
Posted by Terri, a Child Custody client, Flag
I retained Spencer Hecht to help me with a pressing and complicated child custody matter. From my first telephone contact with Spencer he demonstrated a quick grasp of the facts and explained the legal steps that I needed to take immediately to protect my children, and thereafter provided excellent legal advice and litigation services to obtain a satisfactory result - I am happy to give him my highest recommendation.
Posted by a Family client, Flag
I had the pleasure of working on a case as Mr. Hecht’s client. Although the case did not have strong financial implications, Mr. Hecht handled the case with the utmost determination and perseverance. Ultimately, we prevailed and for that, I am satisfied. For cases large or small, especially those requiring Spencer’s excellent litigation skills, I will certainly call on his services once again.