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Posted by Annie, a Litigation client,
I went to Barak because the lessor of my medical equipment sued me for the full value of the equipment I returned -- even though only a short time had passed and everything was in working order. It was a huge amount. Barak and his team went to work and were able to negotiate a fantastic settlement -- at just a fraction of the value--and payable over 5 years! I could not have been more pleased! Best yet -- we reached the settlement early, before spending tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. My husband and I have tremendous confidence in Barak. You will not find a more competent professional. Thank you, Barak!
Posted by a Fraud client,
I came to Mr. Lurie because someone defrauded me for an investment of $500,000. Barak was able to negotiate a quick settlement with a wonderful result. Not only did I get my money back but he really gave me the assurances that I needed through out the process. He was even able to recover back interest and a big chunk of our attorney fees! Barak is a responsive and intelligent business attorney and I highly recommend him.
Posted by Bill, a Business client,
I have known Barak Lurie for 18 years and he has been my personal attorney for 15 years. The cases he has handled for me have been complex and required execptional strategic vision. In each instance, I was very pleased with the outcome and with the attorney/client relationship.
I have always found Barak Lurie's fees to be reasonable for the work performed, and in every instance fully disclosed. I recomend Barak to any of my freinds who might need an experienced business attorney.
Posted by a Business client,
Barak Lurie and his staff are extremely nice and friendly, however kindness doesn't win cases.
I worked with Lurie & Park Law firm for over 2 years on a simple case. They lacked knowledge about things that I had no clue about as a client. I was asked to pay more and more since we were "almost at the end", however the case took me deep into debt. A lot of jargon and technical verbiage but no results. They actually dropped the ball and it ended up costing me $100,000+ in legal fees (to their firm) and $150,000+ in other losses which I would have probably not lost had I used a layer which was more competent. I was highly disappointed by their actual performance. My advice is not to find someone who knows their material and is performance oriented, not just a schmoozer.
Posted by a Contracts client,
I went to Lurie to recover damages from a buyer who walked away from a purchase contract, on my commercial RE property, My transactional attorney and I found out soon that this guy is incompetent, he drafted a claim full of errors that made no sense at all, I found out later, that he had lost the background material I had given him. the entire claim was revised 3 times, by my other attorney, before it was filed. After filing the claim, the property went into bankruptcy due to high vacancy, and while in bankruptcy, we quickly, managed to settle the case, in a form of selling the property to the original buyer for much less than the original contract price of $13.5MM. Lurie had strongly recommended that I take this settlement, but did not tell me about his intention to charge me about $1.5MM pursuant to the ambiguous contingency provision in our retainer agreement, calling for 15% fee on any damages recovered(including purchase, which I was not aware of, and never discussed prior to the RA signing) When I found out that Lurie was tying to apply 15% fee on the entire sales proceeds, I told him that,he did not obtain any recovery of damages by selling my property at 30% below market value, and, its unreasonable to pay 15% from the sale price after losing my entire investment, and I would be in a better position had I have walked away from this property. Mr. Lurie did not care, he went ahead to file $1.5MM claim at BK court, for about 40 hours of his work on the case(my attorney did most of the negotiation with the buyer, and asked Lurie, the attorney of record , to stay idle) Lurie filed his claim in violation of section 6200 that requires to give a client mandatory notice of right to arbitrate, but he got away with it telling the bankruptcy judge bunch of lies and managed to get about $370,000 for the 40 hours of his work, while his client lost everything. This terrible award decision is currently under appeal. One more thing you should know. He have signed the retainer agreement under non existing entity of Lurie and Park LLP, we found out that this entity is not a legally formed and is not registered with the CA Secretary of State.
Posted by a Real Estate client,
I know why I initiated my lawsuit, and what I expected from legal action. My initial plan with my first attorney just wasn't working, and I felt like I just didn't have the defendantsâ€™ attention.
That's when I decided to switch to a more aggressive posture.
Once Barak Lurie decided to accept my case, he was in it to win it. His team went right to work for me and kept me informed along the way, asking for my agreement, opinions or guidance with his recommended actions or responses.
That boost of confidence helped me focus on my responsibilities so I wasnâ€™t emotionally burdened while maintaining my daily life. I usually deferred to his recommendation, but at least I knew what my options were and also, what the risks were.
This knowledge kept me sane during the quiet times while waiting on responses from the opposing parties. It also helped me sleep well at night, without the stress of freaking out because I wasn't sure of the probabilities of the outcome. Keeping a normal lifestyle during a lawsuit helped me focus on the big picture, and why I was involved in this lawsuit in the first place.
Of course we won our case, but the job wasnâ€™t done yet. Collecting is another matter, and this is when the real fun kicked in. Thereâ€™s just something about listening to Lurie plead the defendants case options, and then shred them by citing strategies and anticipations, along with legal rules governing the defenseâ€™s actions and motions.
I wanted a Bulldog approach after first seeing the defendants wiggle and stall to buy time and drag out the case. Lurie and his team got me that and more. I couldnâ€™t be more proud than to be part of case law now, based upon legal arguments put before the court. Thatâ€™s very powerful when the court agrees with you and sets precedent after the defendants try anything they can to cloud the issues. When youâ€™re in the wrong, those arguments just donâ€™t hold water.
I count on Lurie to expose those faulty arguments and drain the swamp.
Posted by Leonard, a Business client,
My client had a piece of machinery that was wrought with defects. The manufacturer insisted that my client was at fault and didn't perform the proper maintenance.By astutely recognizing the issues and incorporating expert testimony, Lurie induced the manufacturer to pay a substantial amount for lost profits and even removed the equipment. It was a great outcome to a difficult situation. I have already recommended him to others.
Posted by Gunter, a Real Estate client,
I hired Barak Lurie to represent me in a case that did not appear to be too difficult as it should have been time-barred. The main issue of this case was that the government had accused me of a fraudulent transfer of real estate into a trust some eight years ago. He sold himself as an expert in this area but then was not able to go the straightest route to a dismissal bun instead filed a nonmeritorious motion for a more definite statement,which was not only unsuccessful, but he charged me thousands of dollars for this disservice. This motion was denied because plaintiff US Department of Justice answered all questions in the reply to the motion. In other words, the need for a motion could have easily been avoided by a few phone conversations and e-mails.
The government had sued under UFTA abd ee did not know that there is an absolute claims extinguishment period of seven years under the California UFTA, Civil Code section 3439.09 while the government had sued after 8 years. The government had told him they were right and Mr. Lurie just went with it.
He told me several times what a pleasure it was to work with me while at the same time draining my resources (that was probably the source for his pleasure) and if I would not have pulled the plug after $15,000 I would certainly have lost the case. All the details and a copy of a bar complaint being filed can be found at www.RealBadLawyers.com.