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Posted by a Mediation client, Flag
My husband and I hired Mr. Klueck to mediate our divorce. Because of various contributing circumstances, it was an extremely painful and touchy set of negotiations that dragged on for months. The two main areas of strength that Mr. Klueck brought to the job were his extensive knowledge and experience with divorce law and what the courts might say about our case, and also his interpersonal "counseling" skills. There was plenty of sadness, bitterness, and anger, and yet he was able to listen to each person and articulate what they thought and cared about. These skills allowed him to navigate the case through some rough spots where one or the other of us did not want to capitulate. At times I felt hopeless about coming to an agreement that would work out OK for both of us, and yet he managed to help us get to that agreement. He also is very thorough in his explanations. The only area I was disappointed in at first was that the office was not very responsive to my calls or emails. It's true that they moved into a new office early on during our case, which must have been disorienting. But finally I asked for a prompter response to my calls or emails, and got it. It seemed that they were just monitoring emails since during a mediation, everything has to be shared with both parties. So be aware that you can ask for what you might want or need and Mr. Klueck will listen and help if it's in his power. Eventually all my questions got answered. After many months, our case is finally settled and approved by the courts, and my husband and I are both able to move on. I would recommend that if facing a divorce, that you get as much education as you can on your own before and during the case. As knowledgeable as Mr. Klueck is, he cannot possibly tell you every detail of how marriage and divorce law will affect your case. I learned a lot on my own that helped me.
Posted by Notre Dame, a Divorce client, Flag
As a former friend I expected some kind of effort on Gary's part but was sorely disappointed. He never opened his mouth during my son's divorce hearing. After paying for several psychological evaluations to determine suitability for child custody it was determined by the evaluators that my ex-daughter-in-law was unbalanced and a liar,yet the judge awarded custody to her. It was perfectly acceptable that she had encouraged the then 16 year old child to drop out of school because she (the mother) was getting a divorce. Throughout the last two years of their marriage she was seeking out sexual encounters with men she met on line and fulfilling those encounters while my son was at work. She filed a false police report accusing my son of domestic violence without any repercussions to her. I could go on and on but the interests of the 4 children were not served and outrageous child and spousal support payments have left my son living on less than unemployment rates. He risks his life every day protecing and serving but was ambushed by the lack of integrity and representation by this man. Garrison/Bud?Gary you should be ashamed.
Posted by Chris, a Child Custody client, Flag
My wife did a lot of research on lawyers before deciding to go with Mr. Klueck's office to modify a child custody agreement with her ex, so we felt confident in our decision to use his firm. Things quickly turned as we started noticing seemingly small mistakes. They couldn't seem to get my wife's name or address right for starters. Then there were the billing "mistakes". My wife and I spent our entire savings on hiring Mr. Klueck's firm, so we tried to cut costs as much as we could, by copying paperwork ourselves, and providing the copies to them. When we looked through our monthly bill, however, we had been charged for the time they chose to chit-chat with us while we dropped off the copied papers. On top of this, we kept getting charges for 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes, for typing our names onto legal forms that they obviously have templates for. How do I know this? Because they entered my wife's name, then the rest of the form refers to a "him" and "his".
Attention to detail is not their strong suit.
So now that we've sunk our savings into this firm and feel trapped in the fact that we either stay with them, or start the entire process over with a new attorney, Mr. Klueck had an unplanned event happen to him in his personal life a week before we're scheduled to be in court, to represent us in the matter that we hired him for. I get that things happen. So we postponed our court date. During this time, our case was passed down from Mr. Klueck, to another lawyer at the firm, as Mr. Klueck's attention and focus was on his personal life.
So now, we're essentially starting from scratch, with a new lawyer. We try to make the best of it, since we're so personally and financially invested in the process. The little errors in our paperwork continue to happen, the billing mistakes continue to happen, and our case is underway. Half way through our case, we learn that our "new" lawyer; the one that we were handed off to, and the one that we are relying on, has decided to quit being a lawyer, and is leaving the practice in order to go sell yachts. Boats. Rich people boats. So during the most stressful and trying times of our lives, our attorney is telling us that he's getting out of the lawyering business, but to trust him; he intends to see our case through to the end and THEN make his exit. Sounds nobel, but if you're already eyeballing your exit and greener pastures, you're not 100% committed and focused on my case.
We have relieved this firm from their duties, and have moved on.
Posted by Michael, a Family client, Flag
Mr. Klueck is a very knowledgeable and competent attorney. He is experienced and clearly has a thorough understanding of existing case law. After meeting to discuss my situation, he gave me a realistic assessment of the chances of my case prevailing in court (which was that I was definitely the underdog). He then navigated me through FCS, the legal filings, and all the way through to a courtroom victory! Throughout the process I had many questions and Mr. Klueck was always available and helpful to explain how things work legally and address all of my concerns.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Klueck was my lawyer in my divorce. After a long term marriage to a military person ( over 15 years) Klueck didn't mention my ex husband's military retirement and life insurance in the settlement and Klueck was so anxious to read it to the judge. During negotiations with my ex husband and his lawyer I felt like Klueck represented my ex -husband vs. myself. Each time I raised a concern he took me into the hallway and told me how wrong I was. It was beyond awful ! One future lawyer recommended that the entire divorce be started completely over because I was so poorly represented. I had to spend an additional $ 10.000.00 plus to fix the mess. Living with no job, no health care and being advised to file for bankruptcy and spending what little assets I crawled away with.
Posted by Ron, a Divorce client, Flag
Mr. Garrison Klueck is a very caring, considerate and thoughtful human being, in addition to being a conscientious, devoted and committed lawyer. He appears to be very well informed and very well organized, enabling him to very effectively serve his clients. In my consultations with him I was very impressed by how committed he was to doing his very best to protect and serve my legal needs and interests. He was able to develop excellent strategies for dealing with my situation and then he clearly explained them to me as to how they would affect my situation. I cannot state it well enough or often enough that this man really cares about his clients and really wants to do his best to assist and serve them. In my life I have contracted with and worked with numerous lawyers, and I have never met one who was a better gentleman and professional. I still haven't decided to contract his services because of the unusual nature of my situation, but I am confident of the excellence of his service if I do contract his service.
Posted by Mark, a Family client, Flag
Mr Klueck did a very good job representing the case in court and Mrs Swain worked with me throughout a holiday weekend to prepare for our OSC hearing after additional issues were added ex-parte one day before the long weekend. They have both been supportive and provided good guidance throughout the process and I would highly recommend them.
Posted by Doug, a Child Custody client, Flag
Being a father I was very concerned that my rights would not be recognized in the courts. If not for Garrison and Ellen and the entire team I don't think I would have had the great outcome that I recieved today. They are very good and I would recomend them to everyone!!
Posted by Robert, a Divorce client, Flag
For the last year and a half Bud Klueck, assisted by Ellen Swaim, has represented me in a very difficult divorce, in which the validity of our pre-nuptial agreement was challenged by my wife and then was fully upheld in a ten page decision by the family court in San Diego. I think I could not have found two more competent and talented lawyers to handle my case, or a better office staff to back them up. My case was not a usual one in that it involved relating with lawyers out of state and doing legal research in Virginia, a non-common law state and in California, a common law state and then presenting, with legal precedence, the two types of family law in court in a clear and understandable manner. It is wonderful to win, but most comforting was the fact that Bud and Ellen both worked well and patiently with me, so that I understood and had input with what was happening, as they worked as a team in the three days of hearing before the family court judge.
Posted by Veronica, a Child Support client, Flag
Mr. Klueck is a wonderful attorney! I thank him so much for representing me in court; the way he handled all of the issues before the court was amazing. I couldn't have asked for or imagined a better outcome!
For the first time in this 10 year ongoing ordeal, I feel I have a powerhouse in my corner and I can tell you that I finally feel safe, and I feel that he has my best interest at heart, which is a totally different experience from the other 9 attorneys involved. So grateful to have him representing me, what a difference.
Posted by Mike, a Divorce client, Flag
Mr Klueck and his associate Ellen Swaim both did an excellent job of representing me in a post divorce case with many financial and property issues. They were detailed and easy to work with, keeping me informed along the way. I would highly reccomend them.
Posted by Bill and Diane, a Child Support client, Flag
We certainly want to thank Mr. Klueck and his entire office staff for the professionalism and expertise they offered us through our legal ordeal. I am fairly certain our outcome would have been different without their guidance and direction. For us, it has been a pleasure working with Mr. Klueck's office. A special recognition and thanks to Kimberly kirkpatrick for being there for us, day in and day out and offering her prompt assistance to our numerous questions. While we certainly hope we never have to use legal services again, if we do, we hope your office will be available to us to again guide us through the maze.
Posted by Michael, a Child Custody client, Flag
Over the course of a complicated family law custody case that lasted several years, and had a number of turnabouts, Mr Klueck was my compass that kept me on track. Despite a judge and a system which favors the mother in these cases, Mr. Klueck prevailed. Without his wisdom and guidance my daughter would be living a chaotic life with a self serving, irresponsible mom.
Posted by Renee, a Family client, Flag
Mr. Klueck is someone who is very knowledagble and will go to bat for you 110%. He went above and beyond helping us through our case - which had a very favorable outcome!