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David James Steele

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  1. I knew this was my guy!!

    Posted by a client,
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    • I recommend David Steele.

    I looked online for lawyers after my child's "father" served me papers. I immediately knew David was the lawyer I wanted, needed!! My family was insistent that I "shop around". I called a few people and my instinct continued to point me to David. I had a bit of a money fiasco at first, but he was very understanding and patient while I gathered funds. Before I ever paid my retainer, he spoke with me on the phone at great length, sharing his opinion and experience on my situation. David is like my hero that I was searching for!! He's helped ease my mind and made it easier for me to sleep at night. For that, I am extremely grateful. Peace is priceless! Thank you for all you do!!

  2. Don't trust him!!!!!!!!!!!! no joke pls read!!

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    • I do not recommend David Steele.

    I lost physical custody of my daughter because this attorney told me to withhold parenting time twice & i was found in contempt for it..He also made me miss 2 of my court dates & then I had to end up paying my ex's attorney fees twice..He also had me running & getting all the paprework he needed for court & things for evidence ..I am now seeing my daughter every other week ... he charges outrageous amount 5000.00 for nothing!!!

    1. David James Steele

      David Steele

      Lawyer Comment:

      Logging on with different email accounts to write twice in a row seems petty even for you maxie. But, out of curiosity - how did I "make you miss two court hearings?" That didn't help your case by the way when I was there twice and you weren't. Just as an example of why your case wasn't optimal. The ones who do well generally show up for court.

      Posted 23 days ago. Flag

  3. Steele not worth a penny

    Posted by Bolden,
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    • I do not recommend David Steele.

    Steele was tardy on replies when I called/emailed his offices (over a week delay). He also managed to have me pay almost double what I should be paying for child support by not correctly filing income that belongs to my child. He sent emails to me at 2 AM with an aggressive nature. I would strongly suggest you think twice prior to even contacting his office as this was a horrific experience for my family.

    1. David James Steele

      David Steele

      Lawyer Comment:

      I find it interesting that it has been such a horrific experience for your family since it was your family who referred you to me. Your WHOLE family, Maxie. Your brother was a great client who loved working with me enough that he sent you to me and your parents loved what I did for him as they were there in the courtroom with us when I did it and they sent you to me. 34 people have taken the time to write very kind reviews of me on this site because they appreciated what I did I did for them and the way we worked together. You are the exception so what does that tell you Maxie? You do not understand how divorce works and you never will; there's simply nothing I can do about clients who don't get it. And when you write me 11 emails a day, every day, telling me how divorce law works since you are the expert, I'm bound to take some time answering some of them, and probably start getting aggressive with you. By the way - that's why people hire me. You want a pushover who will let idiots yell at him when they're wrong, you should have hired someone else. And for the record and for the last time, when you don't actually pay your child support, they add on an arrearage. That's why it was higher. But that's my fault I guess. You've now filed a disciplinary complaint that was dismissed for lack of merit, you've tried suing me and that was dismissed for lack of merit and you've spent half the time since your divorce was over complaining about me. I'm tired of dealing with you so I will wish you a good life and move on with mine. As for the people you wanted to read this review in the hopes of "ruining me" or however you worded your threat, they can read the other 30 some people who have taken the time to describe working with me and judge for themselves - am I a great lawyer or are you a terrible client? I have a thought.

      Posted 23 days ago. Flag

  4. Has already put my mind at ease

    Posted by a client,
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    • I recommend David Steele.

    I just hired David as my attorney but I had to get on here and add to his fabulous reviews because of how good he has treated me already! I am hiring David to take over my current custody case. This is what I am used to in a lawyer...someone that takes forever to call you back (because you sure don't get them on the phone the first time you call) , vague answers in emails so you will write again to rack up more money, and someone that doesn't really care just in general. My previous lawyer is why I thought this and all the mistakes that have been made through this whole process! As much as I didn't like the idea of getting a new lawyer because I didn't know if they were going to be exactly the same as the one I had and wasting more money I knew I had to because I was getting absolutely nowhere. So I started really searching for someone that might actually know what they are doing and I stumbled across David on this website. Seeing all of the excellent reviews on him made me think hey this guy might actually be able to do something for me. So I called David's office and instead of talking to an assistant or having me leave my info with them and waiting on a callback they immediately connected me to David and it wasn't just transferring me to him in the office. They transferred me to his cell phone and I had an hour and half conversation with him! He was obviously out of the office doing other things but still took the time to talk to me. To me that is unheard of in a lawyer especially a lawyer that has no idea who you are and that isn't evena client! I have been nothing but completely stressed out over this whole situation for months! I have never felt at ease about any of it. After talking to him I felt so much stress actually lifted off my shoulders. I got off the phone actually happy. For a lawyer to have an immediate conversation with me for that long without even knowing if I'm going to actually hire him that says a lot in my book. He truly does care and is passionate about what he does and it isn't all about the money with this guy. His pricing is also very reasonable. At the end of the phone call I knew I just had to hire him. He even got me into his office the next day to run through everything real quick and to fill out paperwork. I am very excited to work with him and I cannot wait to see what he can do for me with my case. I'm sure when it's all done and over with I will be getting back on here to give a review on how he has helped me. Sites like these really do help tremendously when it comes to finding someone that is good at what they do. I just wish I would have seen this and hired him in the beginning!

  5. Not just aggressive, he is also compassionate.

    Posted by Ashley,
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    • I recommend David Steele.

    I currently have one case under the care of Steele Legal Group. Another case happened to sneak up on me when I least expected it. As we know money can be a big key factor in what type of lawyer we are able to get. But I don't want just any lawyer, I want David Steele to represent me always!
    I had talked to David explaining how my world had turned upside down and how I didn't have much to offer money wise, however, like a great man, he was able to work out a agreement with me to help me in my situation! Can I just say that's an answer to my prayers. So much stress and worry lifted off of me!
    There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that David Steele and his team really do care and will help me out when I'm feeling like there's no hope! Today he gave me a blessing! Thank you David Steele and your associates for everything that you do for not just me but all your clients!

  6. TRUE DEDICATION AND PASSION

    Posted by larkfamily,
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    • I recommend David Steele.

    I called 7 lawyers that. 2 wanted $200 for a consultation, 1 wanted $100 for a consultation, and 3 didn't even care to return my call. Mr. Steele called me around 8 pm while his family was having dinner to consult with me. talk about DEDICATION! He was up front and honest with me about everything I asked and I could tell the passion he has for what he does. I am so pleased that we will be hiring him in the near future! I would definitely recommend him to anyone who asked and am truly pleased with how accurate the reviews are.

  7. David Steele

    Posted by Karmen, a Divorce client,
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    • I recommend David Steele.
    • I hired David 1-3 years ago.
    • David handled my Divorce / Separation matter.
    • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

    David Steele saved my marriage. This sounds ridiculous, since he's a divorce attorney, and honestly, that would put him out of business, but I wish I could hire david on permanent retainer just to have him up my sleeve. My husband is an opiate addict, and has been for seventeen years, since the age of fourteen. We have been together for three years, married for two, and have an eighteen month old son. (I know, try to keep up) I was unaware of his habit until a few weeks before I gave birth to our son. I spent the better part of a year trying to help him get clean, but he couldn't hold himself together for more than a day or two. Then one day he sold all of our sons things to a children's resale shop to buy heroin. I left with my son. It was the hardest thing I've ever done, and David was incredible. He reassured me throughout the process of filing for divorce, talked with me when I needed it, and generally just made himself available personally for any questions I had. My husband hired some sleazeball lawyer and claimed he wanted full custody, and child support, because I had a d felony marijuana charge from four years prior. I was terrified. David hit back hard, per his usual style, and honestly, it was a serious reality check for my husband. When he learned I had David representing me, he realized he was really going to lose us, and got help.

    David is worth every penny, and then some. He has a wife and family of his own, and he's not just in it for the money. I think David honestly just wants to help people, and who needs more help than a woman with children going through an ugly divorce? And even those men who are in need in a mother-preferred state like Indiana who are a better choice for their children than an irresponsible or reckless mother.

    There's a reason that when you typed in "best Indianapolis lawyers", it led you to this review. That's exactly how I found him. Hire David Steele. Before your ex does.

  8. Need an lawyer that has your back and cares about you more than himself? That's David Steele!

    Posted by a Child Custody client,
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    • I recommend David Steele.
    • I hired David 6-12 months ago.
    • David handled my Child Custody matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    I hired David in April 2014 to handle a custody modification with a hostile ex. I literally googled “aggressive attorney Indianapolis” and found David on this site and couldn’t be more grateful. David has done more for me in the last month than my previous attorney did for me in 10 years! My ex represents himself in court, despite having no legal training, and likes to file multiple motions and force hearings he knows will require me to hire representation. I relocated out of state for work and let my teenaged son remain with his father per my son’s wishes. When my son decided he wanted to relocate with me I hired David to represent me in a custody modification, in addition to the support modification filed by my ex more than 6 months after my relocation (despite multiple efforts by me and my counsel to get my ex to agree to a custody/support modification document prior to my relocation). In addition my ex was denying me summer visitation with my son. David went above and beyond trying to get my ex to agree to a temporary agreement on support and visitation so we wouldn’t have a hearing on the support issue, only custody. My ex refused, knowing I would need to drive from out of state to attend, and even told David he “had nothing to lose” by going to court. David told him there would be consequences to forcing a hearing and he proved it! First the judge ordered far less support than he was seeking—and far less than was offered him in the agreement David drew up prior to the hearing. Secondly, David managed to get the judge to order my ex to turn my son over to me for 7 weeks of summer visitation, much more than the two weeks we were seeking in the agreement AND despite the judge initially saying she would not rule on visitation, only support. Thirdly, he proved my ex flat out lied to the judge! When David followed up with a rather sarcastic email telling my ex the dates for my summer visitation he also let my ex know he would seek to recoup my attorney fees if my ex perjured himself in court again. My ex replied that he emailed the prosecutor (interpretation: went crying to the prosecutor) accusing David of threatening him! There were threats, but they were threats David made good on! He told my ex if we go to court my ex would be walking out of court wondering just what happened, and he was. He told him he was now taking this case personally, and he did. We still have a custody hearing in a couple of months and I personally cannot wait to see what David has in store for my ex. I have every confidence my son will be living with me full time in the next few months and have David to thank for that. In the ten years I have been dealing with my ex I have never felt so confident that justice will be served and that my ex will be exposed to the court for lying, manipulating, and wasting the court’s time. This is the first time in ten years I’ve felt like someone has my back and will not let this person take advantage of me and the court. Until this week, every time I walked out of the courtroom I’ve felt like I’ve been screwed by the system, but not this week. David Steele will get you results. He cares more about his clients getting the outcome they deserve than his bill. He has steeply discounted my rates, charging about half of what he could have, because he knows my ex’s goal is to incur legal fees I have to pay. You will not regret hiring him for even one minute!

  9. an attrny you can trust to work for you.

    Posted by scottkiger,
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    • I recommend David Steele.

    I sought Mr. Steele concerning my divorce ruling, and even though he doesnt handle appeals cases, he did however refer me to attrnys that are at the top of their field. I would definitely seek him as counsel in the event one is needed, hes a man of honor with strong ethics and family values.

  10. He saved my life

    Posted by a Child Custody client,
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    • I recommend David Steele.
    • I hired David 1-3 years ago.
    • David handled my Child Custody matter.

    That's as simply as I can put it - He absolutely saved my life. My ex tried to take my children. David did not let it happen. He told me at the outset that he wouldn't and he kept his word. Everybody told me, over and over again, that mothers always get custody in Indiana. I was terrified. Well, apparently they don't if you hire David. Aside form saving my life and winning a VERY hard fought custody battle for my two young children, he became a friend along the way. I've never met a nicer guy and I was very intimidated by this process and didn't know what to expect. There were only a couple of lawyers I actually got a hold of and they were pretty arrogant and downright rude and just wanted to get paid first. He made everything very easy and very comforting. He's got to be the nicest lawyer around. EXCEPT when he got into the courtroom and caught my wife lying on the stand. Wow, that was something to see. He absolutely tore her apart. And he even told me at the beginning, "yes, i have a reputation for being aggressive but it isn't my job to pick fights as that only hurts my clients. I will keep the gloves on until they make me take them off." Man, did he mean that! My wife's lawyer immediately regretted making him take them off as he made it count! Just do yourself a favor - if you're reading this it is because you are looking for a lawyer. Stop reading and call him. Hire him and know you made the right choice. He'll make it easy for you as he returns every call the same day and will undoubtedly be the only lawyer to actually call you back. Thank you david. I will write this review everywhere I can as I owe you everything.

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