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Posted by Andrew, a Family client, Flag
Please take notice that Stephen Ruben was suspended for a time. You might want to ask him about that. I just went through a move-away custody battle, and Stephen represented the mother (I am the father). He came in after we had a custody evaluation done that strongly recommended that the mother was not allowed to move. He promised the mother that she had a case, when in fact she did not (we have subsequently settled). Instead of settling, which is what every lawyer I talked to said we should do, he convinced my former partner to litigate the custody report claiming bias (which it was not...we ended up hiring a well respected retired judge to mediate a settlement and even he said the report wasn't biased). Stephen charged the mother of my child hundreds of thousands of dollars (money that should have stayed in the family), just to line his pockets, when the right thing to do at that moment was to settle. The mother eventually fired him, after she found out he was suspended (apparently for over billing), and then she hired another attorney (her fifth) who immediately told her...to sit down and settle. This guy is a snake, and now that I've been around the family law block, he was by far the worst attorney that we had to deal with. Buyer beware.
Posted by Greg, a Divorce client, Flag
Ok, I read this other review after I had hired on Steve as my attorney and have to say, it caused me great concern. As a little background, my wife and I were going through mediation and it didn't seem that it was resulting in a fair split, so I decided to seek counsel. During our initial FREE meeting, (most lawyers charge for this consultation), I got to talk with Steve and really get to know him. He created a plan of attack and seemed quite knowledgeable about the law as he would say, based on such and such a case we can do this or that. Needless to say I felt great after the meeting and like I was done bending over and taking it in mediation! (Not that I can't go back to meditation, Steve just felt we should have most of the things hammered out before mediation and where there are differences, then we mediate on those at that time.)
Anyways, I brought this review up to them and they helped to allay my fears and recommended I do what my heart and gut tells me and if I didn't feel comfortable with Steve, no hard feelings and they would refund my money.
I am so appreciative of the time and energy they spent to help make me feel that Steve was the right fit that I felt compelled to write here to counteract the negative review that caused me great pause. My suggestion is to meet with Steve and see how you fit.
Needless to say I'll report back after the divorce is finalized. Feel free to contact me.
Posted by a Divorce client, Flag
Stephen did not do what he said and did do what he said he would not.
First, you may feel free to contact me regarding this attorney at anytime. Also, I have had a good experience with another attorney on this list and will be recommending him separately.
Two of many, major blunders by Steve. First, he had me serve my ex wife with papers disallowing her from taking our son from his home after she announced she was leaving me. He did not get the papers signed by the commissioner however and in the middle of the day while i was at work, she abducted him and the house's contents. He later said, 'it would have happened anyway'.
Second, I was very adamant about not spending legal fee's into bankruptcy and then giving up the fight. I said this in extremely certain terms on a few occasions. On a late call with my ex's attorneys after months of posturing and already greatly exceeding the estimated fees, (stated to me directly by Steve at the onset), Steve put the phone on mute and said, 'We have to settle now. You can no longer afford to have me litigate". We'd acheived 'nothing' that was not expected.
Steve plays in a theatre in San Raphael where his character riles up the ill feelings between wives and husbands and the lawyers get all the booty. There are verses directly to that effect.
I could go on and on and on and will if any of you wish to contact me.
This is a dishonest, egotistical man. Stay away. He has no concern about what he says to you, his client.
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