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Posted by a client
I retained Jere as my lawyer in October 2014, after trying to secure his counsel since August of 2014. I retained him to go to court for both child support and child custody. He came highly recommended at that time and had great reviews online. My difficulty in reaching him should have been a big red flag, but I was desperate for someone who would listen to me, and he really seemed to care and seemed highly motivated. I finally got a court date scheduled for December, which was rescheduled for the end of January. The case went south very quickly in court, but Jere promised that we would appeal the case. It's almost the end of April and I am still waiting for that appeal to be scheduled. I have contacted him multiple times by phone and email, the majority of which were ignored. I can only reach him by scheduling a phone appointment, and he misses those as well. He has promised twice now to file the appeal and has not yet done so. He still has not filed the first appearance for child custody.
I am highly disappointed because it seems he has had great customer satisfaction in the past, but something has obviously happened in the past 8 months that has made him very unreliable and unresponsive. I fired my first lawyer for unwillingness to move forward, and despite not satisfying half of my contract with him, I am close to firing him as well and suing for services not rendered. I am hopeful that he will turn things around and inspire me to change my review. Based on my experience with him so far, I won't hold my breath.
Posted by a client
I have been in a custody battle for 2 years now with my child's mother. Jere was great in the beginning but has now feel out of the picture. He will not return my phone calls or emails. I have been waiting since Dec 2014 to get a court date. He is best friends with my ex wife's attorney. This has been a big conflict of interest. Please read all his reviews before you spend big money to retain him. Yes he is a great attorney. But he has put my case off for a year now. My daughter is the one suffering. I would not recommend him!! He has not got enough time to call or email his clients. So far he has not put his relationship with the opposing lawyer on the back burner to get my case to court. Now what ? I'm in a contract with him an can not get him to respond to calls or emails an he will not set a court date !!! Good luck.
Posted by a client
We had a free consultation that lasted longer than it should have but we weren't rushed. He really took his time explaining things to us and answered all of our questions. He was very knowledgable and gave us some great advice. I would strongly recommend Jere to anyone looking to keep or regain custody of your child(ren).
Posted by Nicole
I contacted this attorney as recommended by my husband after I was rear ended. I first spoke with his assistant who took all of my information and went through a series of questions which took nearly an hour. I was told her would contact me by the next business day. After a week of not hearing anything I called the office back and was was told he had been out of the office and would call me that afternoon. She was unable to locate any of my information she had previously taken and I had to answer all of her questions again which as previous took nearly an hour. Two days later I again called the office and was told he would be calling me back that afternoon as well. After a week my husband wrote him through Avvo. He sent me an email apologizing and said he would be contacting me that afternoon or the following day. After not hearing from him at all I wrote him an email asking if he would be contacting me. I never heard anything back. Very unprofessional and disappointing since he was recommended to me.
Posted by a client
I have not hired this attorney yet. I have only had a telephone consultation with him at this point, but Mr. Ownby was very helpful and brought new information to light. He was insightful and quick to respond to my request for consultation.
Posted by Andrea
I called Mr. Ownby for assistance with my family law situation. I am not sure if I will retain his services for this particular situation, or not, but I appreciated his superb knowledge of he law. He brought tremendous clarity to my situation and offered invaluable insight.
Posted by Jennifer
Jere was very professional and forthright from the initial consultation to the end of the court case. He reviewed the facts and saw what many prior attorney consultations failed to see and presented those facts and won our case against frivolous charges and accusations from my ex. He took my ex down a few notches and got the results we needed. Jere is frank, honest and will fight for your rights. He knows the law and will use it to your advantage!
Posted by amber
When given a day and a half with very little to work with because we were blindsided by the court and the opposition jere nailed each detail with accuracy and even though we are not done yet I have no fear or concern that we will be successful after listening to him in the courtroom. I have been around the courtroom my whole life because of family working in it and with very little to go on jere showed me he could take the ball and roll with it. He is knowledgeable of the law and used it to my advantage to point out the truth.
Posted by a Child Abuse client
When I hired Mr. Ownby I felt my challenging case was hopeless. He was confident in the matter because he knows the law. I watched him take control of the court room and put one person after another on their butt. It was impressive. Jere is fair, passionate, confident, and intelligent. I owe him so much for what he did in the court room. He was an ambassador not only for what was right but for my children. He was not going to let my situation which had gotten far beyond out-of-control be taken advantage of any longer. Justice finally got served. Had I not had Jere as my lawyer I know that would not have been the case. I was also impressed with his repoire among the system and peers. He is very well respected.
Posted by a Child Custody client
I would say the odds were stacked against me in my custody case. I was young and unmarried at the time. Two separate parties tried to take my kids through the courts. First a government agency made an attempt. They acted because parts of my extended family (that wanted my children for their own), spun a web of lies that this agency was all too eager to act upon. The government backed off because of Jere's quick intervention. That would have been an easy route for my children to default to the extended family.
Unhappy with the loss, the extended family filed for custody directly while continuing to push the government to support their case. The second court case was nasty, not because of facts or evidence, but because the judge was willing to accept every speculation presented as fact. At one point Jere said, “don't worry, this judge is making major evidential errors. We may have to appeal, but we'll win”. It turned out he was right. After attending months of multi-hour court room appearances with the first judge, and watching my kids get passed around from home to home, an appeals judge quickly overturned the first judge's ruling.
Jere remained empathetic the entire time during the long hours spent in the court room. Hours that would have tried anyone's patience. He could have easily given up like some attorney's actually do, but he stayed tenacious. It probably helped that I made myself worth defending by showing up to court with a good attitude and showing that I'm not the negligent monster as portrayed. All said and done, I won full custody of my children against great odds.