Posted by a client
I hired Eric after I released my initial attorney. My divorce proceedings had dragged on for almost two years, and I had lost all hope that I would ever see a resolution. Eric was able to finally bring my case to fruition and helped to mitigate some of the damage already done in the case. I would highly recommend Eric if you want a no nonsense approach and someone who wil lwork hard on your behalf.
Posted by Jessica
Eric was kind, caring and actively involved in my case. He was truly invested in getting everything I needed, and kept me in the loop throughout the entire process. My case was settled in a matter of days after he took it!
Posted by Harold
I was starting a child custody case for my son. After Eric initially consulted me we decided on a $2800 retainer fee. I paid him immediately. This was in July of 2014. Over the next two months he would have me deal exclusively with his secretary. He did not honor half of our agreements set forth when signing on. He didn't send me my monthly invoice as to where the money was going. In December I finally got an email for discovery paperwork. Which I filled out and overnighted back to Eric. Finally in JANUARY 2015 he calls me himself for the first time since the initial consult saying he needs more money...yet nothing on my case had been set forth into court because he "used it all for research". When I asked for the invoices he finally sends me one overall shoddy invoice that did not break down any of where the money went. So i switched legal counsel and he tried to tell me I owed him an extra 468 dollars for services rendered, but could not tell me what it was he did because "my case wasn't in front of him". So essentially a simple discovery was costing me 3268. Ridiculous. During my experience with Eric, he was impossible to reach. Also when my new reprsentation got involved to take over, Eric had NO documents to give them. I had to do my discovery paperwork all over again. So I have no idea what he even did with it. I lost time with my son and money I could have spent on this case with another attorney who would do it correctly and in a timely fashion, thanks to this "Lawyer".
Posted by a client
I hired this lawyer for a divorce. He will ask for your income and charge his retainer based on your income. As soon as he coerced me into signing a contract for a $10000 retainer; he essentially disappeared. He was unreachable or on "vacation" if I needed to know my balance and what I was being charged for. For example, for an uncontested divorce he will "hand file" the divorce complaint, at an extra charge of $200. His scheme is to be evasive when you ask for detailed billing or proof that you were there for the amount of time. When I ended up going to court to express my concern that I was being overbilled; I had no say because I had no evidence he overbilled me; because he had been evasive about billing.
When I decided to go with a lawyer that had more experience, he retaliated by billing me $6000 for being retained for 3 weeks. You dont bill someone $6000 for an uncontested divorce with no children. I paid $6000 for him to file a divorce complaint.
As far as his capabilities for working on my case, he had none. My new lawyer had to fix the mess he made. He was hostile towards the defendant. When I asked him to perform specific tasks, he did not or was completely unreachable. When he calls you, he will get into a long extended conversation with you and bill you for it.
Posted by a client
Padded his invoices with 'already paid court fees'
Showed up to court without crucial evidence provided by us
Didn't submit evidence to judge provided by us
Was busy reading the news on his computer DURING trial
Incredibly slow to reply to calls and emails
After he LOST our case (in which a 4 year old daughter was taken from a good mother, full custody given to father)...Eric asked for more money.
After losing case, he advised us that there wasn't much do be done...we now have a new lawyer who is doing exceptionally well with this case...
If you want to pay through the nose and lose, Eric Shapiro is your man.
Posted by Jessica
Truly cares about his clients and will go the extra mile. Has your best interest at heart. Communicates in a timely manner. Encourages the process to be completed in reasonable amount of time. The best lawyer I could have had.
Posted by Tracy
I had a very difficult case requiring understanding international divorce and custody laws. Eric and his staff, specifically Robin Friend, were in constant communication with me throughout the entire process. They always kept me aware of hours billed, expenses and next steps in the process. I highly recommend him and his team!!! They made a very difficult and emotional process bearable.
Posted by Helpless Mother
I hired Mr. Shapiro to represent me in a custody battle. Not only did he makes me signing an horrible agreement during mediation, but after he received his money he didn't see the agreement through. He stop taking my calls, I left numerous messages with his assistant regarding the other party not following through with our court order, and Mr. Shapiro did nothing to help me. I called numerous attorneys to help me fix the mess Mr. Shapiro has gotten me into and they've all said the same thing ( he should've never allowed me to sign such an agreement). Using Mr. Shapiro I was manipulated into losing primary care of my child. He was paid over $10,000 and now that I'm going to court again because I'm being refused agreed upon visitation with my child, Mr. Shapiro refuses to help me out unless he retains another retainer. I would not recommend him to my worst enemy. Find someone that will get it right the first time or else you'll end up like me, paying thousands of dollars to correct Mr. Shapiro negligence. If you're seeking an average attorney then maybe he's your go to guy but he's incapable of hanging with the best of the best.