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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.