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Richard Hurlburt and his partner-in-law, Jonathan Joiner, are exceptionally excellent attorneys, and I have only the highest praise for their intelligence, strategic thinking, knowledge of the law, and overall righteousness in defending their clients against predatory landlords and illegal evictions. I strongly encourage anyone who needs information -- and more importantly, legal representation -- to call Richard's office before deciding on an attorney. In my career, I have worked with multiple attorneys, and I feel qualified from my own case and my professional experience in providing this review.
Ours was a particularly gnarly case involving multiple tenants who were fighting against an amoral and idiotic landlord, who unfortunately inherited our two buildings from his mother and then fell in with a truly criminal "cousin" who partnered with him to threaten, harass, and otherwise bully us in the attempt to get us to move out of his rent-controlled buildings. This was a sad situation, since multiple decades of ownership by the LL's mother had made living in these lovely units a joy. Each tenant wanted something different in terms of the outcome (for ex, stay in the building, move out, sue, etc.) and had a different situation in terms of age, disability status, marital status, race, etc. Both Richard and Jonathan treated each one of us with respect and with a keen sense of righting all that was wrong to the best outcome for our particular situation.
Jonathan and Richard worked with each of us separately and together and gave us all excellent advice and guidance over this multi-year nightmare. When the time came, they represented our cases with the utmost integrity and skill. In the end, the group settled the case with the landlord and his insurers. Richard and Jonathan worked on a contingency basis, and we EACH ended up with more than $100k in compensation after paying their extremely reasonable rate and fees.
Unbelievably, this was the second time the landlord had tried to illegally evict me! I prevailed in representing my first case in an unlawful detainer hearing, and then sued the LL using a different attorney in the City. Though I also prevailed in the UD and counter-suit, in comparison, I would grade Richard and Jonathan with A++ to the other attorney's B.
More recently, when my nephew needed someone to represent him in an illegal eviction and rent-to-own case, I crossed my fingers and prayed to the powers-that-be that Richard or Jonathan would be able to take his case. The moment Richard agreed to represent my nephew is the moment I stopped worrying. Not only did Richard charge much less than most attorneys in the City for his expert services, he once again provided the highest quality legal advice, and more importantly, quickly prevailed in getting my nephew everything he requested and more.
I rarely write reviews, but when someone is threatening your home, you need the best legal advice to protect and represent you. In the San Francisco Bay area, the best is the Law Office of Richard Hurlburt!
Did things exactly right -- couldn't ask for better work, or results. Did a great job, and didn't swagger about it -- for what more could ya ask?
Richard`s recommendations were always right on target. He thoroughly knew the law, asked questions we would not have thought of, took care of all paperwork, had a game plan and was able to adjust according to changing situations. I was very pleased with Richard`s work and recommend him to anyone that needs an expert who can the get the job done.