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This attorney is a slow-witted litigant that refuses to acknowledge current case law. He will do absolutely nothing to improve your disposition once he is retained, and you can have the same result if you remain Pro Se.
He contends that there are no limits to the power exercised by family court trial judges and will do nothing to correct an injustice-a dangerous attitude for an attorney with a client who values their own interests. He will not fight for you! He is less knowledgeable than most learned lay-persons he represents. He is unresponsive, habitually late, poor at communicating with his client, and engages in repeated logical fallacies of assuming those who are not attorneys would not have any knowledge to impart. He refused to acknowledge the local rules of another county--he loves to talk about how they do it in Harris county (something every adjacent county court judge hates and regularly slams attorneys in court for assuming that the same rules apply). In his draft, "that (he) was paid to do," he screwed that up too! This is despite being told he was breaking the local rules (because it wasn't another attorney who told him).
He would argue that 2 + 2 equals 3 until another attorney says it's 13 (This number was deliberately chosen as it is even further from the truth). He will immediately trust that as canon and ignore you as you scream, "It's 4!" Here is my prediction for his latest debacle: The proposed order he drafted will be rejected, the alternative copy filed by opposing counsel will be accepted -- despite the inclusion of provisions that were never filed, tried, and ordered, because he refused to acknowledge the local rules. As a result, the petitioner will get away with not allowing visitation with the child this past Summer.
On an enforcement action he was paid to rewrite a Pro Se draft to ensure it would not be stricken. He took the Pro Se copy, added a sentence about attorney's fees, and filed it as is. It was stricken. So I am out money and no closer to holding my ex accountable for refusing to let me see my child this past Summer.
He values the word of opposing counsel over his own client and operates in an elitist manner assuming no one without a law degree could know better. He will not do research. He has refused to review the petitioner's proposed order, essentially going blind into a court room with no preparation to counter the other party's assertions. Any client of his will work harder than he does, and most efforts by his client will be centered on keeping him in line.
He is a mid-level paralegal at best. If you want to know exactly what it is like to be represented by him, don't show up to hearings, let the other side get everything they want by default, take about $1700, and then burn it. That is exactly the same result as retaining James Roark.
I have unfortunately had the pleasure of working with James on 2 different cases and both times he worked his hardest to get the best results possible. i have been extremely satisfied with the services provided and will 100% use his services in the future if needed and will spread the word about his terrific service and understanding of the law.
I was very pleased with the communication of Mr. James Roark. He knew what I needed to have done and made it happen. I was very impressed on how well he stays in communication. If I ever need a lawyer for family law or child support issues again I will be contacting him for his services. I also recommend him to any of my friends.
One the most trustworthy attorney I have ever known
Would not even consider using someone else as my attorney.
James was the attorney handling my divorce in 2008, he did an exemplary job. James was totally responsive and knowlegeable. Not only was I totally pleased with the manner in which he handled my case and hearing, even my ex-wife had no complaints (!?). I'm guessing that is not always the case. I highly recommend James D. Roark in the practice of family law, and would totally trust him, or any of his recommendations in general law practice. Even 5 years after my case was resolved, a property issue came up; he handled it within hours. I highly recommend Mr. Roark.