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     4.5 stars 18 total

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a client

    Annulment/Divorce

    Attorney Gornbein, told me that his hourly rate is $400 and he asked for $5,000 in advance to take my case. I gave him the money but unfortunately, I lost the case (I filed for an annulment because of marriage fraud and to avoid divorce stigma since the opposite side filed for a divorce, we ended up with divorce! I rather have accepted the divorce from the beginning without losing $5000, especially that we were together only for two weeks but Attorney Gornbein told me that I have a good case and I believed him!!!), A few months later I received around $200 back as a refund from my payment after the case closed.
    From my own experience, I would never ever recommend Attorney Henry Gornbein, AT ALL.

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    Henry S. Gornbein’s response: “I always try to do the best that I can for all of my clients. It must be remembered that divorce is not a happy time and no one is ever happy with their result because no matter what there is no way for a win win situation. In this case the gentleman consulted with me for an annulment which is hard to achieve. His wife counter filed for a divorce. A divorce is heavily favored in Michigan where I practice. There were some strong arguments presented by the wife through her attorney which favored the granting of a divorce in this case. The case was mediated by a neutral third party who is very experienced as a mediator. My client agreed to a settlement which included a divorce and also gave him a monetary award from his wife and all of the personal property he had given to her being returned to him. It should be noted that there is more stigma in the Islamic faith for a woman to have her marriage ended through annulment than through a divorce. After learning the other side of the story and with extensive research I advised my client that the odds were strongly against his achieving the result that he wanted in court and that it was better to settle in mediation, especially from an economic standpoint. This is the rest of the story. There are always three sides to any divorce. The husband's version, the wife's and the truth which usually somewhere in the middle. Respectfully submitted, Henry Gornbein”
  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Stevepeck

    One of Michigan's Best Family Law Attorneys

    I was going through the client ratings of Henry Gornbein and for the most part they represent him exactly as what he is: one of the best, most trusted family law attorneys in Michigan.

    It disturbed me to read a couple of the ratings claiming Henry was not prepared, doesn't do trial law, and was not looking after the best interest of his clients. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    Henry was my THIRD attorney during my own divorce. He was the most prepared I have met and provided the proper advice for me to get through my divorce with the least possible fallout for all parties involved.

    I am also the host of the nation’s most listened to podcast on divorce, Divorce Source Radio. After Henry completed my case I requested that he join Divorce Source Radio and do his very own show regarding the legal side of the divorce process. I did this because I believe his advice is some of the best I have heard from a family law attorney, and I've interviewed hundreds.

    I’ve also learned that when a client who may be incredibly angry with their soon-to-be ex doesn't get EVERYTHING they want, they direct their anger back to their attorney. Most times, trials are the last resort, and only a very small percentage of divorces end in trial. I often say on my shows that attorneys are only successful when both parties are equally unhappy.

    How do you think clients feel when their attorney leads them on to believe they can get them everything they want only to end up in trial, where the judge ultimately makes the decision, therefore they don’t receive their desired result? Now they have spent tens of thousands of dollars, split their family even farther apart, and they still end up with the same result they would have most likely received had they have gone the more peaceful path of mediation.

    What I like about Henry’s approach is that he will go to trial and fight for his clients if needed but does everything in his power to find a more peaceful path of resolution beforehand. If you have children, it is imperative to keep the peace for their sake. Our mantra is “you have to love your kids more than you hate your ex”.

    Ever looked through reviews of a product or restaurant you love? Most times you find that people love it just as much as you do but you will always find the few that bash it. That’s just the nature of people. There will always be the “haters”. But in a divorce situation, some individuals are dealing with personality disorders, narcissism, and a “must win” mentality, regardless of the cost. This is a recipe for disaster.

    Regardless of what some of the “haters” are saying, I know Henry to be one of the most trustworthy, hardworking, and dedicated family law attorneys in the country. He is the first one to suggest you do your homework and find the right attorney for yourself. Once you have done your research and hired the attorney, you need to trust them. Believe me, they know more about the legal system than you do. Sometimes you just need to let go and move on. There is life after divorce if you choose to put the past behind and move forward. Do your personal work and don’t try to blame your ex for everything. In my experience, both parties play a role in the success or demise of relationships.

    If you’re considering Henry you should listen to some of his shows on Divorce Source Radio so you know what he stands for. When he is not working for his clients he spends most of his spare time writing books and doing radio & television shows in an attempt to help people through the process of divorce.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Highly Recommend

    Henry's family law knowledge coupled with his compassion make him an excellent choice for anyone contemplating or going through a divorce. He has literally written the book on demystifying the divorce process. He educated me about my options and looked after my best interest during a traumatic time. I highly recommend Henry.

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by Larry

    Complete incompetence

    I hired Gornbein in a divorce case that was clearly headed for trial. Gornbein spent most of his time pawning me off on his legal assistant John Bliss. Both are of the lowest integrity. They charged me to prepare for a divorce trial and when it became evident they were not prepared they tried to force me into arbitration the Friday before a Monday divorce trial. John Bliss contacted my business partner through linkedin and discussed my case in hopes to get him to pursuade me to go to arbitration. My partner told him off. Then he called witnesses and told them we were going to arbitration. If have any chance of going to trial dont hire Gornbein. Any lawyer in Oakland county knows he doesnt do trials anymore, or at least he should not. The trial was a complete clown show as Gornbein didnt have an exhibit list prepared properly and the first day of trial John Bliss quit because I refused arbitration. The 4 day trial was something out of a bad movie.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Christian

    Best Problem Solver

    Henry helped me in some post-judgement litigation and was able to straighten out some mess that had been created at the time with my divorce. He is very knowledgeable and is excellent choice for anyone needing legal representation in the are of family law.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Lynda

    Wonderful Advocate

    I highly recommend Henry Gornbein to anyone. He is a wonderful advocate who was able to see the whole picture and was very helpful in resolving some very difficult problems in my custody case.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Isaac

    Honest, Effective, Empathetic Attorney

    Henry Gornbein was not only able to litigate and help me in my divorce but he also knows mediation, collaborative law, and ways to stay out court. I found this very helpful in resolving several problems in my divorce. I highly endorse Henry Gornbein as an attorney with his outstanding expertise in family law and ability to solve problems.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by sandy

    The best lawyer around!

    Henry did an excellent job in representing me in my divorce. His knowledge and help during this difficult time was outstanding. He made sure that I received a fair and equitable settlement and walked me through every step of the process. I would highly recommend him and am thankful that he was recommended to me as well. Top notch attorney!

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  • 1.0 star

    Posted by a Family client

    He was expensive, I was not confident in his billing and reasons for additional/hidden charges after the case was over.

    At the time I was looking for a lawyer, I spoke to Henry and told him my situation. Unfortunately, his retainer fee was much higher than most and I was not able to afford his services. A day later, he called me back and told me he would reduce his fee because I had a "strong case."
    At the hearing, he sent a different (assistant?) lawyer. The case ended up never making it in front of the judge and Henry sent me a bill for an extra $1000! I was very specific about my tight budget, the case was never actually seen before a judge and I had no inclination that Henry was sending someone else to represent him during the trial. I would NOT recommend this lawyer unless money was no object and you are very specific about who will actually attend the hearings before any money is exchanged.

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  • 5.0 stars

    Posted by Mike

    BRAVO HENRY GORNBEIN FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!

    I recently hired Mr. Gornbein for a complicated case involving alimony elimination. Henry's legal experience and attention to detail resulted in the best possible outcome for me. He was responsive to me during the entire process, which eliminated my anxiety over the situation. I would highly recommend Henry Gornbein to anyone seeking a reputable attorney and a man of high integrity.

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