We hired Ms. Vance for an immigration case as well. Just like the other reviews said, there was lack of communication and we'd have to send multiple follow-ups to receive a respond, and sometimes no respond. Without going into all the details because it's not worth my time but trust the reviews! Her fees aren't cheap so you'd get your money worth and hire an attorney who is professional and genuinely care about your case.
Posted by a client
Tanja was hired after I had been detained by immigration. She was a peer of my criminal attorney and I took his word that she would be suitable to represent me. While I felt she was pricey ($2000 initial fee, $6500 flat fee and a la carte for anything "extra" like bond hearings), I was assured that she had never lost a case and was well respected. In return of payment, Tanja was in charge of my immigration case and all it required: court appearances, bond hearings, filling out and submitting paperwork.
My case was complicated by additional pending criminal charges that had to be resolved prior to any finalization of immigration issues. Tanja also had to work in tandem with my criminal attorney to make sure the outcome didn't affect my case. From the start I had issues communicating with Tanja. She favors emails as a sole means of communication and could take a week or more to return an email. She also procrastinated in turning in paperwork and forms, which caused multiple judges to chastise and question her motives. Because of complications I ended up having three bond hearings and was charged $1500 each time. This is unusual when a flat fee is paid. Tanja knew my case would be time-consuming and it has stretched out for 3 years. I have struggled to deal with her unprofessional and felt I had to walk on eggshells with what I could say to her because if she felt offended, she had a way of making you feel like you work for her. When my criminal charges were resolved, the judge at my next immigration court date told her the case could likely be dismissed if she provided documents proving my criminal cases finalized and wouldn't affect adjustment ability. At the next court case she still hadn't got all the files needed and blamed it on myself and my wife for not getting them to her. My wife had tried to get as many as she could but had difficulty locating some police reports and older files ( Tanja said they needed to be certified copies, which is expensive). We repeatedly asked the criminal attorney to send her my file. The judge at my next court date was angry that we didn't have the file and ordered me to return in a year! Tanja must've gotten the files herself and filed a motion because my case was finally dismissed 6 months later. However she only emailed me and I didn't know for months the good news. Then she was angry I hadn't replied right away. She emailed me that she needed my balance ($600) paid and then would proceed with rest of paperwork to get my green card. This is when things became weird: she took weeks to reply and refused to return calls. She stated it wasn't necessary for us to meet in person or speak on phone. Email was enough and she would charge me $250 an hour to meet. She claimed to have done work for "free" and gone above and beyond what she was paid. On top of that she claimed to be completing my paperwork out of kindness, because it wasn't included in what we paid for. This completely contradicted what she had told us. She had started my i-485 years ago and already submitted most of its components. She finally stopped responding entirely after refusing to give me an appointment to go pay her balance and go over what other documents she needed. I contacted the bar to help me contact her. She actually told the bar association that she had finished her responsibilities to me, everything was done and we still owed her money. I have many emails sent to her asking for an appointment to come pay her. She never told me she was withdrawing, and she certainly wasn't done completing my paperwork. We were in midst of hiring a new attorney to take over this case anyways, but Tanjas blatant lying to the bar shocked me. I have emails from her stating documents and things she needed to complete my paperwork with. Tanja was paid to complete a job and she didn't. Not only that she was unprofessional, difficult to reach, and vindictive in her actions when she perceived me as "unappreciative," but she exaggerated her
Posted by a client
I hired Ms. Vance for an immigration case. Without focusing on the 'little things' or personal feelings that stood out to us I want to speak to the severe lack of communication and un-responsiveness. Hiring a lawyer isn't easy, not when you are trusting them to provide a certain level of guidance and legal acumen. It was hard to get in touch with Tanya, we would try to email her with any questions on status or guidance and would often not here a reply for a few days which were often followed up with another email to ask if she's received our email; only then would we get a response and one not answering all of our questions (Our expectations aren't out of norm). This trivial game of cat and mouse defined our lawyer-client relationship. It was also very frustrating to have the emails that were returned be passed over to her paralegal. This lack of accountability left us feeling nervous about the integrity of our case, much of which we had to research and do ourselves. If it was something we really weren't sure about and the emails were ignored, we would try and call, often not getting through and voicemails not returned. Only to find in one instance an email touching base on what my call was for, again not addressing what our concern/ question was. I later learned from an immigration official that some documents were not originally submitted (although provided to Ms.Vance), this resulted in our case being delayed. We felt very ignored and lost to the point that we just stopped asking Ms.Vance questions and proceeded on our own.
Posted by a Immigration client
Ms. Tnja Vance was my lawyer on my immigration case for almost two years, but she only saw me one time for 10 minutes when we initially signed the attorney-client agreement. All the work, communications and responsibilities were delegated to her assistant, Olga Bagdasarov, who was rather helpful, but she is only a paralegal not knowledgeable as lawyer. I hired an attorney, not a paralegal. Ms Vance never responded to my emails, calls or voice mails; nor did she ever went through my case with me. I would only get a response back from Olga days later. This delegation of her own responsibility to her assistant and lack of her involvement in my case led to a catastrophe for me. After a year of waiting, when I stood in front of the immigration judge, I was told that some necessary paperwork were not filed. One of those necessary documents was finger printing that should have been done prior to the court date. Ms. Vance or Olga had never mentioned to me that it was supposed to be done as a precursor to the hearing. Due to this lack of fiduciary irresponsibility on her part, the judge ordered the next hearing to be in over a year. Now, my future is in limbo.
Although I hired a new attorney, Ms. Vance was not willing to give me back my file that she had been working on. My new attorney had to call her a dozen times and send her emails as well as a certified letter in the mail, before he got a call from her.
Moreover, I originally paid her $5,000 of borrowed money for the whole case as a fixed price. But because she was non-responsive towards the end and I had to fire her and hire another attorney, she was supposed to refund at least half of my money, as she neither completed my case, nor had any direct involvement with me. However, she didn't return my money despite several attempts in writing, so I had to file a complaint to the Washington Bar Association. I am also considering taking her to a small claims court soon.
Tanja Vance implied through her assistant to me that the Immigration Judge liked her and she would be successful on every case she would take on. This unethical claim was used to lure new clients like myself. Moreover, Ms. Vance exaggerated her credentials by saying she had worked for the State Attorney General Office, but yet in reality she was only an intern there. She also misled me by exaggerating about her years of experience as an immigration lawyer.
Ms. Vance and her assistant don't have any physical office. The only time that I met with her was at the food court of the Columbia Tower. My meetings with her assistant would always take place in Starbucks. Toward the end of our so-called attorney-client relationship and after not getting any response from Ms. Vance for several days, I was worried and I decided to go to her "office" listed as her own on her business cards and website, I found out that she had no physical office on the 42nd floor of the Columbia Tower, as she claimed. That address is only used as her mailing address and she could rent a conference room on an hourly basis for her "upscale" clients only, but she has no physical office there. As a new client, I was falsely impressed that she had an office in the prestigious Columbia Tower.
In conclusion, I would strongly recommend anyone considering hiring Ms. Vane for any legal case to beware.
Posted by Kidist
Tanja was my immigration lawyer for about two years. She is caring, hard worker, very concerned and depandable. She is like your best friend you can talk to. She makes you feel safe in the hardest situation. And she will handle your case like its hers.
Posted by Aryan
Right from the beginning, Tanja was very Professional & Proficient in every aspect. She was knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with ambiguities that arise.
Though she was always busy with other cases and court hearings, she was always available for us to answer our queries or update us on important information and was very flexible while working with our tight schedule.
One thing I noticed about her was, she keeps your expectations low and when everything works out in your favor – you are super-joyed.
Posted by Mary
She help me a lot tto get my new greencard.
Posted by danajohnston
My experience with Ms. Tanja Vance, Esq. was one of ease and efficiency. I required Immigration legal representation to obtain my naturalization papers. My immigration documents were submitted on March 27, 2010, and I completed the Naturalization process on June 23, 2010. Ms. Vance was professional, organized, thorough and economical. I highly recommend Ms. Vance to anyone seeking legal representation within her field of law.