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John Stephen Hager

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  1. I highly recommend Attorney Hager and his firm.

    Posted by Humberto, a Criminal Defense client,
    Overall rating
     Excellent
    Trustworthy
     Excellent
    Responsive
     Excellent
    Knowledgeable
     Excellent
    Kept me informed
     Excellent
    • I recommend John Hager.
    • I hired John 1-3 years ago.
    • John handled my Criminal Defense matter.

    After wasting time, money and prolonged frustration with an inexperienced “Boutique Attorney”; we learned our lesson and meticulously searched for a confidant and experienced Criminal Defense Attorney and found John S. Hager from Hager & Schwartz P.A. in Hollywood Florida. Attorney Hager communicated in a prompt and honest manner all aspects of our case to us. He was very diligent, easy to understand, listened to our concerns and made sure that there were no unanswered questions.
    From the moment he became involved with my case (Battery on LEO) his demeanor was one of genuine care. We formed a dynamic team together lead by Attorney Hager.
    During the trial, Attorney Hager’s level of preparation was outstanding. He overcame all anticipated and unanticipated obstacles during the trial. During a trail tensions and emotions are extremely heighten. However, Attorney Hager was capable of transferring a feeling of serenity by reassuring us through his deliverance during the trail. (acquitted)
    I highly recommend Attorney Hager and his firm. That is if you are looking for a confidant and experienced attorney who’s always available and works proactively towards your case while keeping you informed through every single step. He made us feel actively involved and understood the importance of the case.
    I sincerely thank him for the help he provided us and for keeping our family together.

  2. Makes promises he can't keep

    Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
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     Poor
    Trustworthy
     Poor
    Responsive
     Poor
    Knowledgeable
     Poor
    Kept me informed
     Poor
    • I do not recommend John Hager.
    • I hired John 1-3 years ago.
    • John handled my Criminal Defense matter.

    Worst lawyers and nothing but con artists. Sweet talks you into hiring them, once they have your money, they refuse to answer calls, make really simple mistakes (i.e. emailed me someone else's divorce petition, double charges on bill). I hired this firm to represent my divorce and related criminal domestic violence charge.

    I already had a divorce attorney, but Mr. Hager and his sweet talk convinced me to hire them. He gave me his and his partner's cell phone numbers as reassurance that they mean it when they say they return calls. Later, I just found out this was part of the bait-and-switch routine. Sure it's their cell phones, but what good is it when nobody picks up and always goes to voice mail? I was lucky if I got a text response from them.

    Mrs. Williams represented me on my divorce proceeding, after making several mistakes, including sending me a divorce petition that wasn't mine and several false charges on my bill, I had enough and fired her. This only complicated matters with Mr. Schwartz.

    Mr. Hager called a meeting and he reassured me I would not be charged the remaining balance that Mrs. Williams had charged and that the representation I would receive from them would continue to be unbiased. I was happy that it seemed like they were willing to work it out, but only to find out it was another lie.

    Mr. Schwartz took my firing of Mrs. Williams personally and because of the conflict of interest, he did not represent me well in the criminal case. He willingly and knowingly missed a hearing in front of the criminal judge. After pleading with him, he agreed to appear, if I agreed to pay him an extra $750 to attend a 15 minute hearing!! Totally unbelievable. His reasoning was that he only initially agreed to appear because Mrs. Williams was on the case. But now she is no longer representing me, he refused to attend! The only way was if I lined his pockets with $750!! If this doesn't sound like extortion, I don't know what is.

    I have all of these on record. The final straw was when Brett Schwartz completely and utterly LIED to me a second time. We had discussed that he would set depositions on separate dates. He went ahead and scheduled them on the same date without my knowledge or consent. When I confronted Mr. Schwartz, his response was very short, if I don't like what he's doing, get another lawyer!! Funny thing was that I told him I was happy to, as long as he refunds me my money. His response: "Not happening".

    Stay away!!

    1. John Stephen Hager

      John Hager

      Lawyer Comment:

      This client that posted this review is nothing but vindictive. This client has used in the past with his prior attorneys strong arm tactics (i.e. stating that he is going to post bad reviews on the internet if he doesn't get what he wants). This client was accused of felony domestic violence, where he allegedly strangled his wife. In court, there were allegations that he had contact with the alleged victim in direct conflict with a court order, and the prosecutor moved to have his bond revoked. Mr. Schwartz aggressively represented this client in court and successfully convinced the judge to deny the prosecutor's motion and prevented him from remaining in custody for the duration of his case.

      Further, as to the setting of the depositions, attorneys are skilled in the law and know why it may be beneficial to have depositions of witnesses scheduled on the same day vs. having them set on different dates. The simple answer is so that both witnesses don't have time to discuss what they testified to and align their testimony to corroborate each other's account of events.

      Last, our firm has not received a negative review from a client in the past. It is true that we provide all of our client's with our cellular telephones so that can readily access us when there is an emergency or other extenuating circumstances. I am not so sure how many other attorneys would give you their cellular phone numbers, which is answered on a regular basis, and if not, the calls are returned in a reasonable amount of time, within 24 hours. Our commitment is to our clients, first and foremost. We are not the first attorney that he hired, and I am sure that the next attorney that handles his case will not be the last.

      John Hager

      Posted about 1 year ago. Flag

  3. Great Lawyer

    Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
    Overall rating
     Excellent
    Trustworthy
     Excellent
    Responsive
     Excellent
    Knowledgeable
     Excellent
    Kept me informed
     Excellent
    • I recommend John Hager.
    • John handled my Criminal Defense matter.

    John handled a difficult criminal matter for my family and achieved an optial result.

  4. Helped me during a very difficult time in my life

    Posted by a Criminal Defense client,
    Overall rating
     Excellent
    Trustworthy
     Excellent
    Responsive
     Excellent
    Knowledgeable
     Excellent
    Kept me informed
     Excellent
    • I recommend John Hager.
    • I hired John 1-3 years ago.
    • John handled my Criminal Defense matter.
    • I have previously worked with no lawyers.

    I was in the process of a divorce with my husband and he accused me of domestic violence agaist him and had me arrested. He flat out lied and Mr. Hager was able to prove this through the 911 tape, lack of photos, lack of witnesses to the incident and the police officer's observations of my hsband and I when they arrived at the house. The case was ultimately dismissed and the dismissal and the lack of evidence in the criminal case helped the family court judge see that my husband was vindictive and I won in the family case as well. I recommend this attorney to everybody in need of a sharp, caring and intelligent criminal attorney! Simply the best!!

  5. The most accessible and knowledgeable attorney

    Posted by Thomas, a Criminal Defense client,
    Overall rating
     Excellent
    Trustworthy
     Excellent
    Responsive
     Excellent
    Knowledgeable
     Excellent
    Kept me informed
     Excellent
    • I recommend John Hager.
    • I hired John more than 3 years ago.
    • John handled my Criminal Defense matter.
    • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

    My son was arrested for underage drinking after going to a party. I didn't know what to do since I live in aother State. I found Mr. hager on the internet and called very late at night and he answered!! He assisted me in obtaining a bondsman and getting my client out of jail. After that, he got the prosecutor to dismiss the case. He answered all my questions throughout the whole case.

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