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Todd Durden is without a shadow of a doubt the absolute worst lawyer I could have ever chosen. I basically paid him to represent my husband because that is exactly what he did after meeting him. My husband, husband's lawyer, and Mr. Durden all became buddies and you would have never guessed he was actually paid to represent me! He actually told me I was going to screw my child up and didn't go after a single thing I wanted. I called his office for a week straight and he was "busy" every time I called and didn't even open his binder with all my information in it until we were sitting in the court room at which point he started asking me what different things were and what they meant. He is lazy and incompetent. After firing him and hiring a new attorney I now see that he lied to me, kept information from me, and really only have me his PERSONAL opinion- not legal advice. Hiring him was the biggest mistake I could have made.
I hired this guy so I could get custody of my teenage kids from their Mom (at their request), whom willingly handed the kids over. He signed a Rule 11 agreement with the opposing attorney. This in turn caused the child support office to report that I am behind on child support for the past 11 months and reported to my credit, even though I have temporary custody of the kids and a motion to have child support cease from my employer, it still shows as behind!He has charged me $11,0000, it is 11 months later and I still do not have final custody papers. He does not communicate at all, in fact, I'm pretty sure he never even looked at my case until the night before trail when he called me and told me to get some paperwork together for him, hadn't heard from him at all the months leading up to the trial. Every time I called he was "busy". He then overbooked his schedule and never even showed up in court, no phone call, text or email from him or anyone in his office! I lost a day of work for nothing. He also spends most of YOUR time talking about himself or his kids and tells you stupid stories on your dime! He never once came up with a strategy and frankly, I think he was afraid of going up against the opposing attorney! When we finally did get to court, the judge was not happy that his case has taken this long to get to court. When she questioned him about it, he sounded like a bumbling idiot in front of the judge, so embarrassing! It get's better, I had paid all but $3000 up to this point and needed a little extra time to round up the rest of the money, so he gave us 24 hours, when I couldn't produce the money,he immediately withdrew from my case and then added another $1600 in bogus charges to my final bill! He does not care, has zero personality, zero tenacity and horrible work ethic. I could have put this $11,000 towards my children's college bills instead of being robbed by this guy! I'm glad he resigned from my case, I should have fired him 10 months ago!
Todd truly cares about his clients. He can empathize with the divorce and custody issues. He has been there. He helps stay on track and is zealous without overcharging and being unreasonable. He and his paralegal is always responsive and helpful.
I highly recommed Todd Durden as an attorney. From the time he took my case on, he has handled it with the utmost care and personal attention. His diligence and his thorough understanding of the law led me to gain the outcome I was seeking... full-custody of my kids (which is often difficult for a dad to achieve.) I highly recommend him (and often do) to anyone!
I am a father who has custody of my son because of Todd. We worked together for two months to defeat my ex's divorce and custody petition in favor of my own. This seemed impossible at first; she had filed a month before me and already had a hearing for orders set that I had no way of attending. In the end, we dissolved her petition and moved the whole case to my state instead.
Todd and his team have a very personal approach. They are 100% professional and have a thorough understanding of family law. I was always well informed, and every step of the process was quick and efficient. The firm worked hard for me staying late more than once. In short, my money was well spent.
In July of 2010 I became aware that my ex-wife was a drug addict and abusing herion. My ex lives in the DFW area and I in Houston . I have a very active role in my daughter's life and suspected that something was wrong in my ex's household, but wasn't sure what. My daughter was staying with me for the summer and my ex was suppose to be getting her life situated. After doing some investigating of my own I discovered that she had been lying to me and was using herion and other drugs. I was frantic and knew I had to do something but wasn't sure what. My ex wife had resources to fight me and her parents, especially her father were inabling her. I had not had great luck with attorneys in the past and was really scared. I contacted my EAP and was referred to Todd Durden.
Todd was great. He listened to me and I feel took a personal interest in my case. He recognized the importance of keeping my daughter safe. He went to work immediately. He filed a TRO to ensure that my daughter would remain with me until we could reach a judgement. He worked with me via phone, mail and email. He not only ensured that he gathered accurate information from the police, CPS and witnesses he guided me in obtaining the information that would be pertinent in my case. He kept me updated on my case on almost a daily basis. In less than a month he had us before a judge.
You must remember my entire relationship with Todd had been over the phone, through letters and emails. I did not actually meet Todd until the day before we went to court. He was just as supportive and detailed oriented in person. He continued to reassure me that we had a strong case. He knew the judge and had been in front of her before. At the courthouse it was evident that personnel and collegues knew him.
My ex-wife's attorney was very aggressive and pulled out a couple of surprises, but it did not seem to phase Todd. I have to admire the fact that he never fed into the hostility. I also admire the fact that through this whole process he never made my ex out to be a villian. On the contrary he recognized that my ex is sick and needs help. This in turn helped me stay focused.
In front of the judge he was calm and had prepared me well. It took maybe all of 20-30 minutes and at the end my daughter was with me. I can't thank Todd enough. My daughter is safe, happy and we have peace of mind. I will definitely keep him as my lawyer.
Thank you Todd!
I was charged in federal court in Fort Worth with a felony offense. I hired Todd right away, and he got right on the case and worked hard on it. At the first Court setting, I was ordered released on bond, so that I could be with my family and continue to work and support them while the case was pending. Todd kept me informed about my case throughout the process. My guideline range was 57-71 months. He interviewed witnesses and prepared a sentencing pleading that included photographs and really told my story, and how my case was different. He also helped me plan who to ask for character letters, and in the end, we had almost twenty. Mr. Durden filed a motion asking for a reduced sentence, and the judge granted it. I received a sentence of probation. Throughout the process, Todd was there for me. He talked to me and let me know what the steps were, and what our plan of action was.
My case had drug on for over 5 years with me getting shafted weekly
untill Todd/Mr.Durden accepted me as a client.. He good enough at his job he can be extreamly effective while being 100% honest.( I ran across a few that could not say the same.) Todd is a very hard worker and dedicated to his clients.. Very happy to have found him..
Hes a great attorney and he knows his stuff ,He's not cheap but well worth the money , He help me in a battle with my ex and I won Sole Custody of my son and was awarded Attorney fees back which I'm waiting on , we shall see ,...I was very happy with him ..and will keep him as my personal attorney for yrs to come .
As a father who fought for joint custody of his daughter, I cannot say enough good things about Todd Durden and how passionately he believes in doing what is best for the children involved. From the moment I met him, I felt as though he was going to do everything he could to make me feel like his highest priority. He was considerate, understanding, but at the same time firm and ready to fight to get me the best possible situation.
I could not have been happier with the outcome. He has even followed up with me since just to see how things are going! What lawyer does that today? It is a great to know when I hear friends complain about their lawyer not calling them back, or not keeping them up to date on their case, that I'll never worry about that again!