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Posted by KC, a Divorce client,
My wife hired Denny in January 2013 to represent her in family court against her ex husband who was trying to chase her down for medical payments owed for their three kids. Denny told us initially that the case should cost about $5000, but he knew the lawyers we were squaring off against and they "liked to bury everything in paperwork", so our retainer was $10,000. I paid this, and we directed Denny to fire off subpoenas to get the insurance documentation required for the case, but these were either improperly filed or never filed at all - to date we have never gotten the documents in question. We did the majority of the research and documentation ourselves, all he did was the filing really. When the court date came, he dropped the ball in a huge way - only chasing down HALF of the legal reason we were not required to pay, and we lost the case. Then the bills arrived to the tune of $24,000 plus. THERE WAS NEVER A SINGLE NOTIFICATION THAT WE HAD EXCEEDED OUR PREMIUM. When asked, he said he would correct the problem, but never did. I went and made special payment arrangements to make our total $17,000, Denny was going to write off the remainder. This time I got it in writing up front, but even after we made the expected payments the statements didn't show the corrected information. Multiple emails to Denny's office and his assistants went unanswered. Months of trying to get the final information on the case went unanswered. To date, Denny still has not completed the case to any satisfaction, and I'm considering a lawsuit against him for breach of duty. Do yourself a favor and find ANY other lawyer - or even represent yourself in family court. Denny will do you NO favors by being your representation....in fact, he may harm your case.
Posted by Gary, a Divorce client,
Kershek cost me 15k for nothing. He did not represent me well at all. I now have a new attorney who is very professional and would highly recommend him. it is too bad I had to waste all my money on Kershek. Do yourself a big favor and find another attorney before you find out like I did.
Posted by a Divorce client,
My ex-husband hired Denny to review part of our settlement agreement and later to represent him, so I guess you might expect me to write Denny a negative review, but listen to the reasons I give so you can make an informed decision. Denny is the kind of lawyer that all the lawyer jokes are about--he doesn't care about the truth; he focuses on how much he can badger and overwhelm people in court. Certainly he is not the only lawyer with this strategy, but I, personally, found him offensive and it was not hard to disprove and discredit many of his arguments. The briefs and petitions he wrote were 20-30 pages long. In them he would list as many arguments as he could think of--many of them cliched and untrue and easily disproven with evidence in my petition or within his own file. For instance, he said I didn't have bank statements that proved certain charges, but those statements were submitted as part of my evidence and discussed in my briefs. He got obvious facts wrong, like work schedules and children's ages. He must think that by force of personality and paperwork, he can win over many a judge. For those who closely read the evidence, however, I would think this is a risky strategy that can be discredited quickly. When he argued the case in court, it was as if he has a few cliched narratives in his back pocket because what he said didn't match our circumstances nor the petitions. I was embarrassed. And I was angry with him when he was trying to negotiate a settlement between my ex and me and he kept referring to me by my ex-husband's last name, as Mrs. XX. Why would he do that except to get a charge out of me? He had signed off on the divorce paperwork where my maiden name was restored and my ex-husband had asked him several times not to antagonize me by continuing to call me by my married name, yet he persisted even as he was trying to negotiate for us a settlement. It was rude and insensitive and, frankly, unprofessional. On the good side, he worked hard on the points statements and wrote quite a good point paper, and he also encouraged us to settle most items--which we ultimately did. Still, he squeezed every last cent he could out of my ex-husband and charged him $45,000 (compared to the $15,000 my lawyer charged me for the same case and number of times in court). Ultimately, this lawyer will do everything he can to charge you up. He'll call you in to have personal chats when a simple email exchange would do; he'll charge you top price for boiler plate petitions that he uses and reuses, making the specifics of your case nearly unrecognizable, and he'll bluster, bully, and badger to his heart's content--even when the facts show otherwise. Hope that strategy works for your judge and your wallet.