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Posted by joanna
We engaged Ms. Traum to represent us in a civil suit against our HOA. We had been experiencing inequitable enforcement of the governing documents and discrimination.
Ms. Traum advised us to start by having her place a pone call to the HOA attorney suggesting ADR, prior to filing papers. We discussed our budget and what we were looking for in a law firm. She gave us her hourly rate and the amount she would require to make a call and file papers. We were to be refunded the difference should the call be successful and from the start it was to be a limited scope agreement. We notified her to go ahead with the call in response to her detailed (overly detailed and often redundant) email. A few days later she informed us she would not make a call, wanted twice the amount we had paid her to put her name on our filings and that we had to be in pro per. Exactly what we did not want to be. It was too late for us to engage anyone else as it was at the 11th hour she made this complete switch and in contradiction to our retainer agreement both written and oral. She
painted us into a corner, deprived us of a very important first step which we had relied on her and her word to perform. We now had to file, and it was two hours before the deadline to do so that she finally emailed us the documents. They were incomplete and inaccurate, and there was nothing we could do. No time to revise, no time to amend. She had taken our funds, paid for specific services she did not perform. Our case was low priority, and our opinion, taken for easy money. To add insult to injury, she then attempted to justify this highly unacceptable conduct through an invoice in which she
claimed she gave us a deal. Highly insulting and extremely false. We deeply regret our association with her.
Posted by Erica
Sheryl Traum handle a very big commercial real estate case for me. She is very knowledgeable in real estate disclosures/contracts, as well as building construction. Always kept me informed and gave me excellent advice on how to move forward with my case. When I would call her she was always available or would call me back within 1 hour. Sheryl is very calm and professional and knows her law and court cases.
Sheryl Traum also represented me on a small condominium case. We won both cases. I would highly, highly recommend her as your next attorney. If you would like to talk to me in person, Sheryl Traum has my phone number, be glad to talk to you via phone or in person.
Posted by Cathy
I would recommend Sheryl Traum without hesitation. She addressed my legal situation with the utmost professionalism, and exhibited patience and fairness throughout the entire process.
She was thorough in her research and understanding of the challenges I faced, and was able to expedite what could have been a very lengthy legal battle in a timely and efficient manner. We settled our case within a few short months with a positive outcome.
Posted by a Construction client
I would recommend her and have. Sheryl Traum has represented me in two related building defect cases and now is working on another, unrelated case that came up.
I think Ms. Traum believes deeply in fairness. She is smart, compassionate, well informed, a patient guide and a clever strategist. She couples those attributes with a great sense of when to discuss and when to fight.
She has routinely gone the extra mile to study up on cases and to keep me informed of plans and progress. She sees the broad overview of the case and does a great job explaining the context and options. She has kept me apprized of the risks, the outside factors at play and the potential strategies we might encounter from our opposition.
Sheryl Traum is a pleasure to work with. While we haven't always "won" outright, through her technical competence she has kept my mercurial expectations realistic and I believe achieved the best possible "real wold" outcomes. I'm very glad to have her on "my team" and to count her among my friends and associates.