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Janet L. Heins

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  1. Stay away at all costs

    Posted by Michael, a Employment client,
    Overall rating
     Poor
    Trustworthy
     Poor
    Responsive
     Fair
    Knowledgeable
     Poor
    Kept me informed
     Poor
    • I do not recommend Janet Heins.
    • Janet handled my Employment / Labor matter.

    Just completed (lost) a case on Appeal from Summary judgement. Attorney Heins took my case on a contingency because it was so strong. In addition, she asked for $7500 to be applied to her fee (when we won). At the time, I did not know this is illegal for attorneys to do in Wisconsin or I would have went elsewhere. Now she refuses to give me the $7500 back saying she "earned the fee" even though she lost the case and took it on a 1/3 contingency.

    As for handling the case. We had two causes of action. The first was dropped (against my wishes) because her associate was leaving, and he failed to do almost all of the necessary Discovery. The second cause of action was a short cut based on a gross misinterpretation of the law and one I vehemently disagreed with. We had an incredibly strong case in law and in fact. Their response was "you aren't an attorney and you don't know the law". Subsequently, we were essentially laughed out of Court at the trial and appellate level. This is not sour grapes. We had such an airtight case that she was willing to take it on contingency. Her Associate said he'd never "guarantee a win but it's 99.9% in our favor".

    I do not say this lightly but Attorney Heins is unethical and handled my case in an incompetent matter. Avoid her at all costs.

    1. Janet L. Heins

      Janet L. Heins

      Lawyer Comment:

      The 3-Judge reported appellate decision makes clear that Mr. Benes lost his job and his lawsuit due to his own actions (bursting through a closed door and shouting profanity at his employer during EEOC mediation); not anything we - or any lawyer - did or could have done. Read the opinion here: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1640212.html

      Posted 12 months ago. Flag

  2. Gratitude for bringing a case to a close

    Posted by a Wrongful Termination client,
    Overall rating
     Excellent
    Trustworthy
     Excellent
    Responsive
     Excellent
    Knowledgeable
     Excellent
    Kept me informed
     Good
    • I recommend Janet Heins.
    • I hired Janet 1-3 years ago.
    • Janet handled my Wrongful Termination matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    She took over from another lawyer who had not managed to accomplish any movement. As soon as she started to represent me, there were clear indications of movement in the case - clear indications that she was completely capable and clear indications that she treated the case and me with respect and understanding. She never filed anything without consultation or anything requiring my signature and she never missed any deadlines!!!

  3. Untrustworthy and Unethical - Avoid at any cost

    Posted by Mike DeGuelle, a Employment client,
    Overall rating
     Poor
    Trustworthy
     Poor
    Responsive
     Poor
    Knowledgeable
     Poor
    Kept me informed
     Poor
    • I do not recommend Janet Heins.
    • I hired Janet more than 3 years ago.
    • Janet handled my Employment / Labor matter.
    • I have previously worked with 1-2 lawyers.

    Janet is perhaps the most unethical and untrustworthy attorney I have ever come across. Janet did NOT keep current on changes in the law. In fact, I had to bring changes to the law to Janet's attention. Janet took a $20,000 retainer from me and was to receive 1/3 of the proceeds. Janet fabricated a justification to withdraw from my case and keep the $20,000. In fact, Janet had to enter into a diversion agreement (like probation) with the Office of Lawyer Regulation for falsely withdrawing from my case and keeping the $20,000. Janet, lists my case on her website as an accomplishment. Truth, Janet had absolutely nothing to do with my Federal case. In fact, the Federal case would never have been filed unless the other attorney in the office (James Walcheske) told her the law had changed and my case should be filed. On top of all that, when I won my case in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Janet Had already withdrawn and kept all of my $20,000.

    Janet has demonstrated to me that she is not competent in the newest areas of Employment law (my cases application of Civil RICO in retaliation employment disputes). Janet in fact breached our contract for legal representation when she withdrew without cause. Janet fabricated a cause to withdraw that was shown to be a fabrication which is why she entered into a diversion agreeement with the Office of Lawyer Regulation. Janet was NOT responsive to my case and in fact let the case sit for over a year. Numerous times I would call Janet and leave messages without any return call. I would need to call Janet at least three or four times before getting to speak with her. It got to the point that i would wait and only call once a month and even then I would have difficulty getting in touch with her. Janet was so out of touch with changes in the law that I did my own legal research. After doing my own legal research, I had to demand a meeting with Janet to discuss the legal research. On the very day of the meeting, Janet called to cancel the meeting because she said "it looks like you may be right". That took over six months and every time I called I was ignored by her. Only after demanding a meeting did James Walcheske join her office and he independently told Janet that I was correct on the change in the law. I would not recommend anyone engage her services unless you are searching for more of a headache and more problems than you already have. Janet will NOT be committed to your case and fight and will only look out for her own interest. In short, Janet absolutely cannot be trusted as legal counsel. I am happy to provide more information to anyone that is interested in hearing more facts. Feel free to search me out and contact me. My name is Mike DeGuelle.

    1. Janet L. Heins

      Janet L. Heins

      Lawyer Comment:

      Mike destroyed his own case and I was forced to withdraw as his attorney. It was very unfortunate.

      Posted over 1 year ago. Flag

  4. Paid a lot and got very little for my money

    Posted by a Employment client,
    Overall rating
     Poor
    Trustworthy
     Poor
    Responsive
     Poor
    Knowledgeable
     Poor
    Kept me informed
     Poor
    • I do not recommend Janet Heins.
    • I hired Janet more than 3 years ago.
    • Janet handled my Employment / Labor matter.
    • I have previously worked with 3-5 lawyers.

    Worst experience imaginable. Did nothing to help my case and everything to hurt it. Was not honest with me and communication was very poor. Since cutting ties, have had other attorneys review how Heins handled my case. All agree the actions of Heins were very questionable and detrimental to my case. Beware of being sold on all four attorneys working together for your benefit. It only means you are being billed by four attorneys instead of one, so the benefit is financial and it's not your benefit.

    1. Janet L. Heins

      Janet L. Heins

      Lawyer Comment:

      This situation was resolved and the attorney who handled her case is no long with the firm.

      Posted over 2 years ago. Flag

    2. Janet L. Heins

      Janet L. Heins

      Lawyer Comment:

      We resolved this matter through fee arbitration and the client indicated she was satisfied. We have, before and since, assisted our clients in very satisfactory ways and were glad to resolve this matter.

      Posted about 2 years ago. Flag