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Daniel Galivan’s client reviews

     4.5 stars 12 total

Review Daniel Galivan

  • domestic violence

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    Hired attorney

    My neighbor referred me to Dan, mostly because he is known to help out other neighbors in need even though he is a busy family man and very involved in his kid's lives. My very large (200+lbs/six feet-tall) cousin belted his wife (half his weight and shorter) of 10 years while they were driving. She had too much to drink and became violent, grabbed the steering wheel and broke off the rear view mirror. Her black eye resulted in my cousin getting hit with a domestic violence felony charge and stay away order. We consulted and hired Dan. Though my cousin is sweet-tempered (and by his wife's own admission, "never took a hand to her") he faced felony charges/jail time/potentially losing a job he loves and thousands of dollars in fines. We learned that in the state of Illinois, the district attorney files their own, separate charge in DV issues. At a bench trial, in which the right to a jury trial is waived, one judge would make a judgement call about this he said/she said case. She was a blonde waving pics of a black eye and my cousin looks like, well, an axe murderer. Dan summoned the police officers, reviewed reports and researched Supreme Court findings. He found disparities in her testimony and went for a not-guilty verdict, even though an inexperienced, young female DA was out for blood and raised numerous objections that were ridiculous and tried everyone's patience. Still.
    It was the sort of case in which anything could happen. But Dan's experience and demeanor tipped the scales in my cousin's favor. Dan asked the right questions in a non-intimidating manner and the victim confessed to starting the fight, throwing the first blow and being so inebriated that anything she said was suspect. I was at the edge of my seat through the trial and my cousin was throwing up in the bathroom an hour before. But Dan was calm, professional and most importantly, he went after that not-guilty verdict with a superior line of questioning that let the truth of the matter become obvious. Like my neighbors, I would recommend him without hesitation.

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  • Great Attorney, made the whole process easier

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a DUI & DWI client

    Dan Galivan was referred to me as an excellent and fair attorney. He was always very responsive and made time for me and any questions I had. Very knowledgeable on the process and explaining to me what to expect, good and the possible bad. I was happy with the ultimate outcome.

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  • Knowledgeable and Savvy Attorney

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a Juvenile client

    Daniel handled a case for my son, and the whole time he reassured my son and I we had nothing to worry about. Our case was a joke and eventually was dismissed. His overall demeanor and professionalism was exactly what we needed in our time of need.

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  • Dan is on my speed-dial for a reason!

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Chad N.

    Dan made me feel at ease over my case. The first time I had a consultation, he agreed to meet me at his office after hours as I couldn't get out of work early enough. He listened to my side and clearly explained to me what to expect regarding my case, how he planned on approaching it and also provided me with regular updates. It truly is great to have someone passionate about their work on your side. Even after my case was dropped, he also helped me expunge my arrest record as well. I highly recommend Dan for his professionalism and love for his work.

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  • "Worst Attorney you could ever hire"

    1.0 star

    Posted by a Criminal Defense client

    Originally called him because of a recommendation from someone that said he would handle our case inexpensively with payments and we were looking for an attorney for a civil case also , we had an ongoing criminal case and he wanted to hear about that instead said he would do it for a certain fee and then each phone conversation he upped the price!!

    He Never followed through with anything involving the civil case after he found out he would not make much money with that apparently, so he kept talking about the criminal and wanted to do the criminal because he knew there would be more money involved, he never sent out any letters keeping us informed to what was going on with the case. If you called him during the day you could never get a hold of him he would return calls at 10 o'clock at night, he didn't show up for court one day because his car broke down an then he was late another Court date by two hours!!

    Totally unprofessional, look elsewhere for a more reliable on the ball Attorney!! One that doesn't quote you a price and then up it at each conversation!! We actually had to fire him what a waste of our money! Warning he does not carry the insurance more reputable Attorneys carry either. We had to hire a new reputable insured Attorney one that is doing a better job!

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    Daniel G. Galivan’s response: “This review is not from a client of mine.”
  • Not Happy with services at all!

    1.0 star

    Posted by a Domestic Violence client

    I had a Order of protection case that I had Dan taking care of. At first I felt comfortable with Dan, but as the case moved forward, I felt less and less happy with him. The only regret I have at this point is ever hiring him in the first place. I would never recommend him to anyone!!!

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    Daniel G. Galivan’s response: “This post is from a client who already the Emergency Order of Protection (EOP) entered against him when he retained me. As is always my practice, the objectives of the representation were clearly established at the initial consultation. They were: Defend or vacate the EOP, protect the client from entry of a Plenary Order of Protection, secure access to the Petitioner's home to retrieve all of his personal belongings, secure the release of the client's rifle and FOID Card that were seized by the police, and avoid or defend any separate claims for back rent by the Petitioner. Every single objective, without exception, was achieved. We ultimately signed an Agreed Order disposing of the case by way of a Civil No-Contact Order that would not be entered against his record. The EOP was vacated, no Plenary Order was entered, I secured his repeated acess to the home (well beyond the limited period prescribed in the statute), all of his personal property was retrieved, as were the gun and FOID card, and he paid nothing to Petitioner on her separate claims for back rent. As I believe input from all clients is important, and in keeping with my efforts to always meet client expectations, I emailed a request to find out why he was dissatisfied with my services. No reply was ever received.”
  • Very Knowledgeable

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a Criminal Defense client

    Mr. Galivan is an excellent, honest lawyer. He was always accessible to answer any questions that I had throughout the process and always kept me informed. He handled several different matters for me that demonstrated his broad knowledge of different areas of the law.

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  • Traffic Violation

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Jim

    Mr Galivan was recommended to me by a trusted friend.
    He has gone out of his way to assist me and my family while I was in the hospital due to an automobile accident and unable to communicate.
    My case has been going on for some time only because he is not satisfied with the lack of information and missing police reports from the accident.
    He has been very helpful keeping me informed and advising me of my options and their consequences.
    I am confident I will have had every opportunity provided to me by him enabling us to possibly win my case.

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  • Above and Beyond

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a Criminal Defense client

    I can't Thank Dan enough for everything he has done to help me. With hardly any notice, he was by my side in court(in McHenry) and was prepared and able to successfully defend me. I am forever grateful for the time and trouble that he saved me with his over-the-top service.

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  • Truthful, trustworthy, and timely

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Brooke

    I have used Daniel Galivan for legal advice as well as traffic violations and a contract dispute. I have also recommended him to numerous people that has had a legal issue and they have felt that he had their best interest at hand. He has also helped my family with other violations and has proved very effective. I highly recommend his legal services to anyone who is seeking a lawyer.

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