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I was recommended to Patrick Clancy by a public defender who spoke very highly of him as other attorneys here have. My review is based on my experience with his firm and his associate William (Bill) Daley who served as a representative for Mr. Clancy:
After an initial free consultation of my case I was advised that they (The Innocence Legal Team) believed I had a good case in having felony counts reduced to misdemeanors. Although no exact time frame was given the requested retainer was $5,000.00. I was told that itemized invoices would be provided regularly and that whatever was left from the initial retainer after all legal work was completed would be returned to me. If additional funds were needed I would also be advised. Unfortunately neither of these common practices were ever followed. I called and left voice mails which were not returned and would email for status regularly but was never informed as to the current status of billing. At one point I called the 1-800 number after leaving a voice mail only to be greeted by Bill who at first didn't recall who I was. I was obviously not a priority or a memorable client despite having paid the requested retainer.
After five months of phone calls and emails requesting status (but not receiving any accounting documentation) Mr. Daley advised me to retain the services of an Investigator who worked in Sacremento, nearly 80 mile from where the person of interest was to be interviewed. The PI failed at finding the person via basic methods like myspace or facebook where their presence is easily obtained. Per Mr. Daley the case rested upon the PI's efforts and nothing could be done until he completed his tasks. So I was patient and waited for such while his agreement with this individual ate up an additional $700.
After waiting another fruitless two months I decided to cancel the engagement and requested an invoice. I requested this for nearly two months before being advised only $1,616 of my retainer remained and finally received an invoice. I expressed to Mr Daley how displeased I was and how difficult this money was to earn for me. Specifically I previously told him that it took me a year to save up this much money. I attempted to appeal to his conscientious as a former incarcerated person with limited employment possibility but he seemed aloof or obtuse to my circumstance as a client needing his assistance. At one point Mr. Daley even attempted to abdicate fiscal responsibility by saying that he did not have the authority to cut a check to me. But the fact is that if he would have kept me apprised of how much of my retainer had been used as well as how, then the situation wouldn't have occurred to begin with.
After Mr. Daley sent me the remainder of my check I was still holding out for him to make it right. He seems like a very nice person, so this is purely focused on the business practice of the Innocence Legal Team of which Patrick Clancy's name is the in-court practicing attorney. Upon receiving the check and being quite disappointed I looked up William Daley on the internet and found startling past CA Bar Disciplines which closely reflected my own experience. For this I believe others should be clearly informed of and refrain from dealing with this firm. Many of us are already server eternal social sentences post-incarceration. We deserve to be represented better than this. Patrick Clancy allows this type of business practice. Perhaps if I were white and had more money things would have been different. I would have been deserving of updated invoices or status updates. Unfortunately for me that just wasn't the case. After roughly $4000 and nine months, I have nothing to show for any efforts from this firm.
I have worked with other lawyers in the past but have never been so moved as to leave a review as I have with this experience.
Patrick Clancy is a great lawyer ,
and I would highly recommend him to anybody
falsely accused of abuse.
I did a lot of research to find a lawyer in this particular area of law and was
very impressed with his whole team.
He sent out his investigator , to interview us
(my husband & I), probably to be sure that he was not taking on a client who was an actual abuser.
He handled the entire issue with one phone call to the DA on my husbands behalf,
instead of my husband going in for an interview with out any representation.
Which could have had life changing results.
None of them good,of course.
It was devastating enough for my spouse to deal with the emotional aspect of being falsely accused,but thanks to Mr. Clancy,at least
my husband didn't have to do so in jail .
I wanted to post my review of Mr. Clancy because he is a true advocate for the falsely accused and also for families that find themselves in that situation.