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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    WOW!

    In January 2015, I went on the search for the best child custody lawyer. I was lead to David Steele. At the initial consultation, I explained my situation and the situation I was trying to get my daughter out of. My wife was a stay at home mother and she developed a substance abuse problem. I was scared that if I filed for a divorce, my wife would get custody of my daughter. I needed help. David listened. He told me he would be willing to take me on as a client. He told me he was confident he could get me full custody. I hired David and was amazed. The communication throughout the process was amazing. He is upfront and straightforward. During the process of the divorce my wife stepped up and said she would seek treatment and counseling. David was so happy for me. He put a stop on the process and stayed in contact with me, answering all questions that came up. He even billed me just for the work that was done and refunded me the rest of my money. That's when I was truly amazed. Its rare to come across people or a business who actually care about you. I am just blown away and still in shock. Thank you David for everything! My wife and I are working through things.

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    David James Steele’s response: “Jeff, right? Jeff, I'm so glad to hear you two are working through things. Despite being a divorce lawyer, I'm always more than happy to see people not require my services. I'll go practice tax law - those clients are richer than your kind anyway. Listen, it is incredibly nice to try and give me some credit for how things worked out, but I didn't do anything at all; that was all you guys. But, I very much appreciate the fact that you would think to write a review thanking me for simply doing the right thing and making sure your divorce was withdrawn and your money refunded - that should never be an issue with lawyers but sadly, usually is. You might be the first person in history to write a review to discuss money and not be complaining about money. Thank you again Jeff, I and my staff, sincerely thank you. Good luck to you and your wife and take no offense if I say I hope I never see you again!”
  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a client

    Terrible experience

    I really got the wrong first impression. I felt like this attorney was working for my ex. I left feeling like I was bullied into agreeing to things I was not comfortable with. I can't take those decisions back and I spent a significant amount of money and got NOTHING accomplished. I'm sure my ex loved having 2 attorneys on his side. In the end before I fired Steele, it had been weeks since I had even heard a word from him regarding my case. My case was important to me, not this guy.

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    David James Steele’s response: “I'm just so sick of responding to nonsense, CHRISTINA (posting anonymously like my whole office doesn't know who you are?). If somebody really didn't get a great result with me, or if I didn't do a job I was proud of, I would NEVER feel the need to respond to a review. That would be an honest review. But this isn't. Why isn't it? Where do I even start? Here's a good place: 1. I WAS NOT/AM NOT YOUR LAWYER AND HAVE NEVER EVEN MET YOU. You are writing bc you went to court with my associate and you didn't like the agreement YOU SIGNED. I had nothing at all to do with your case and never even took your initial phone call. You spoke to her, you liked her and you hired her. Period. Had nothing at all to do with me and I still have never spoken to you. You are simply lying when you say you are writing about me and for the life of me I can't figure out why. Is it really because she doesn't have a profile on Avvo and you had to complain about someone? Fortunately, I don't care at all so that helps. I get to respond to the crazy ones and then I feel a lot better! 2. Obviously, she wasn't working with the other lawyer but that lawyer did pull my associate aside to tell her that you are crazy. She's been your husband's attorney for two years now and working with you the whole time, so she pulled your lawyer aside to ask if she knew that ... wait for it: 2. She was your FIFTH attorney. If you had told us the truth I never would have let a lawyer in my firm take your case. You fired, or were fired by, FOUR lawyers before you got to us. Are you the most unlucky woman of all time, hiring the worst lawyers in the world every time, or do you think there could be another explanation for why you hate every lawyer and 2.5 years in, still have not concluded your divorce? I wonder.... 3. You signed an agreement. Buyer's remorse is not a valid reason to blame your lawyer. YOU signed it. 4. You didn't fire us, we fired you. Because you are impossible to work with. Don't feel bad, you're not the first. But, if all you do is yell at the judge, your ex, your ex's lawyer and your own lawyer, IN COURT, it is not going to go well. 5. The lawyer who represented you - Last week alone, she went to court with three clients. I got three GLOWING emails from those clients thanking me for putting her on their case and telling me she destroyed the other lawyer. She gets along with everyone. Everyone but you. What's that tell you? I am very tried of people who cannot handle divorce, or working with lawyers (good luck hiring a 6th one, btw) and signing onto these sites to write reviews. Especially when you want to make ME look bad when you and I never once met and never once spoke. I had no idea who you were until my office had to be made aware of the situation because you were causing such problems in court that day. You have a problem with the lawyer who represented you? Talk to her. You are writing on MY profile, which has reviews from other clients, all of whom I got along with very well as you can tell. I am incredibly proud of these reviews and I am incredibly proud of what I do as a family law attorney. I take it seriously, I treat my clients with respect and care and I try hard to treat every case as though it was my own. I ALWYAS respond and NEVER overbill and I get along with 95% of my clients. Easily. So, no, I don't appreciate liars logging on saying I was their lawyer when I wasn't and trying to hurt my reputation for no reason. This is how I provide for my family and you are trying to damage that. And why? Because you didn't get your way and are whining like a spoiled baby about it. And doing so anonymously CHRISTINE F. I won't finish that. Unless you keep causing problems. And I'm glad you brought up money - You called so many times and caused so many problems, I think you went way over your retainer. I'll send you a bill for the balance. Good luck, Christine. God help your next lawyer”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Jackie

    Will NEVER use anyone else again - DAVID'S THE BEST

    Truly - i will never hire another lawyer. The experience i had with David, as well as the team he takes such pride in, was better than any experience I've ever had with a lawyer and I've had more than anyone should because i have a jerk for an ex husband. Who always put our kids in the middle and always won. Until he got into a court room with David. And since that day, my life has been better and better. He doesn't try to bully me anymore because he learned the hard way that he was way way outmatched against David Steele (and my God was it a beautiful sight to see that lesson administered) that he couldn't even begin to bully David. It was very clear that we were not in his world that day, we were in David's. And he is an expert at what he does. You'll never know how much i owe you David. Thank you. My children thank you and my parents thank you. God bless you and yours. Also - i know full well that should have cost more no matter what you tell me. Remember how many lawyers I've had? I know pricing and i know full well you took it easy on me because you know my husband had practically bankrupted me with court proceedings, always getting the better of whatever cheap attorney i brought with me. Until a friend gave David SUCH a glowing reference that, even though i didn't think he could possibly live up to what she was saying, i called him, liked him immediately and he got me into his office the very next day. Now I'm the one writing a review i don't expect anyone to believe. Because all you hear about lawyers is bad stuff. But all you hear about David is good. Which is why I read the couple bad reviews posted on here just bc i couldn't understand how anyone had a bad experience with David, not th David we came to know and trust with our lives. Turns out both reviews were written by the same guy with a grudge. And of course the two people out of 45 who gave less that an A+ were their own worst problems. The one guy who pretended to be two didn't EVEN SHOW UP TO HIS FINAL HEARING and OF course blames David! Tells you about all you need to know. Hire David Steele and don't look back.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by jimmyf

    Great attorney, great legal team

    Highly knowledgable staff who will take the time to hear your story and actually care about you. I hired David to represent me in my custody case and he has represented me well on a battle I could never seem to win. Since I've hired David not only has he helped me immensely but his whole office seems dedicated to our case and know who I am and always answer my questions whenever I call. Couldn't be happier with these guys. Always tough when needed and not afraid to step up and go into battle for me. Would highly recommend

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Jessica

    Caring & Motivated

    David and his team have been so helpful, responsive, and caring. He takes the time to respond and give important information, even before he's hired. It's hard going through something this emotional, yet he and his team make me feel protected.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Shane

    Worth every penny!

    I hired David Steele to defend me against contempt for not paying medical bills, which I never received, and to countersue for visitation with my two girls that I was being denied. My ex was asking for the moon and more but turns out I wound up getting everything I asked for and we were even able to settle out of court. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome from this case, especially in a state that is not big on Father’s rights.
    What is even more exceptional? When it came time to pay the final bill, knowing I didn’t have a lot of money, David mentioned to me how he didn’t charge me for a single hour of “his time” on the bill and even gave me a free hour on top of it. He was right, not a single charge from him on any of my statements. He truly cares about his clients and the outcomes of his cases making him the true Man of Steele in my book. If you want someone who is passionate about what they do, a good family man, and aggressive for his clients, you need to look no further. While his firm might charge more than other firms, his is worth every penny if you want to get what you’re asking for and maybe even more.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Casey

    Amazing!!

    David Steele is not only an incredible attorney but an amazing individual. He is timely on responding back to any concerns as well as be considerate towards your situation. Many attorneys are just out for money and that is not the case here. He does everything he can to make sure you are taken care of and helps to put your mind at ease. My ex-fiancé kept threatening me with filing a contempt in court because I "wouldn't let him see his son" when really he just wanted to see him when it was convenient for him, making me drop everything and anything or he would "call the cops". He had me terrified. Mr. Steele informed me that, due the paper work we had signed, he was not able to do this and took a huge weight of stress and worry off my shoulders. I high recommend him and his staff. Leslie Lorenzano is an amazing attorney as well and helped to answer any and every question I had! Mr. Steele has a wonderful law firm and I will continue to steer anyone and everyone I know in his direction for legal advice. Thank you Mr. Steele!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    I knew this was my guy!!

    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!!

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a client

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

    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!!!

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    David James Steele’s response: “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.”
  • 1.0 star

    Posted by Bolden

    Steele not worth a penny

    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.

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    David James Steele’s response: “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.”