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Posted by mylowes1025, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
I don't recommend Mr. Schwartz. He is very disrespectful, untrustworthy and has a "my way or the highway" attitude.
Mr. Schwartz willingly and knowingly missed a hearing in front of the criminal judge after his promises of attending the hearing. This was due to a conflict of interest as I hired and fired someone at his firm to represent me with my divorce. After pleading with him, at the point of almost begging, he agreed to appear. But only if I agreed to pay him an additional $750 to attend a 15 minute hearing. His reasoning was that he only initially agreed to appear because Mrs. Williams was on the case. But since she is no longer representing me, he refused to attend. The only way he would attend was if I paid him an additional $750 on top of the thousands i already paid him. I attended that hearing alone, represented myself without Mr. Schwartz and prevailed.
The final straw was when Brett Schwartz lied to me a second time. We had discussed that he would set witness depositions on separate dates. He agreed and notified me that the only concern he had was additional cost. I told him I am willing to incur those costs and he stated he understood and that he would schedule them separately. After this, he scheduled them on the same date without my knowledge or permission. When I confronted Mr. Schwartz, his response was very short, if I don't like what he's doing, "fire me and get another lawyer." I told him I was happy to, as long as he refunds me my money. His response: "Not happening". I have all of these on record as this conversation happened all through text simply because Mr. Schwartz refused to answer his cell phone. This is a good thing because I have every record of his temper, his disrespectful and unprofessional attitude, and finally his unwillingness to respond promptly. When an attorney tells you to fire him or her, take their advice.
Mr. Hager, his law firm partner, replied to my negative review of him and I commend him for that. And yes, Mr. Schwartz did indeed defend me during that bond revocation hearing. But what he didn't state, was that Mr. Schwartz was the one that unknowingly sat me next to that woman. He pointed me and instructed me to sit there. Now, I am not saying it is Mr. Schwartz fault, which it simply isn't if he truly didn't know, however he did not defend me well in that instance either.
Let me explain. I asked Mr. Schwartz if there were any cameras in that courtroom. We observed one, and I asked him to ask the Judge for that day's video. He responded to me, "Are you sure about that? Because if your lips even moved, you're in trouble." I said, "of course I'm sure, I didn't do anything and I have nothing to be afraid of. And whatever that that camera recorded is a God send." I understand he was looking out for my best interest, however I had the feeling that he didn't believe me. It took a lot of convincing even before he would bring it up to the judge. He also wasn't the one thinking about or advising me to look at the camera as evidence. In my opinion, a good advocate looks at all avenues and believes you are telling the truth.
During this hearing, Mr. Schwartz would not let me speak on my own defense. Again, I understand he is looking out for me, but when I tell him that I made up my mind and that I want to speak, I expect him to respect that. I had to stand up and insist on defending myself to the judge, at which point I did. Credit is given when credit is due in my book. Did Mr. Schwartz defend me in that instance, yes he did. Did he do a satisfactory job in that instance, while I was not 100% satisfied, he did a somewhat satisfactory job. I would have been 100% satisfied (in this particular instance alone) if he had been the one to bring up the camera evidence and if let me speak. This instance in no way made up for the numerous other times where he did not perform his duties as an officer of the court satisfactorily.
Posted by Carie, a Criminal Defense client, Flag
When my younger brother called me to say he was in jail for quite a few felonies & burglary charges, our life as we knew it was over. Then my husband and I found Mr. Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz offered a line of defense that was realistic and practical. Mr. Schwartz thoughtfully and aggressively defended my brother against very strong evidence and negative police reports. We knew we had a tough battle to keep him out of prison. From the moment that we hired Attorney Brett Schwartz he stayed on top of our case. My family and I are very grateful for all he did going above and beyond our expectations.
Mr. Schwartz was never too busy to take our calls and answer all of our questions. He guided me through the worst experience of my life and achieved the best outcome possible.
Mr. Schwartz made the miracle happen, my 17 year old brother now has a chance to turn his life around. Mr. Schwartz is a skilled and talented professional. Thank you for giving my brother his life back.