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Mark F. Rising

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    Posted by a Divorce client

    Would not recommend

    Up until the night before mediation, it seemed that everything was going well. Around 9 pm I received a strange call from Mark, prior to that point, he had been very positive about the case. Mark was the biggest adversary in the room during mediation. The documentation he (really his paralegal) prepared was incorrect and detrimental to my case. Mark had commented earlier to me that his paralegal was really an attorney, but she didn’t want to work that hard, so I was in good hands. During meditation he stared at the table most of the time, doing nothing other than discovering information he should have been well aware of given the bills he sent for reviewing my case, which he clearly had not done. When I complained to the managing partner of the firm, he made a derogatory comment about housewives. I would not recommend Mark or the firm based on my experience.

    Mark F. Rising’s response: “1. This former client is a lawyer working for a large corporation. Prior to coming to me, she had been represented by another lawyer in her marital dissolution case. 2. This former client wanted to use the mediator eventually chosen, who is a leading female family law mediator. The former client reviewed and corrected the mediation letter to the mediator, sending it back to my paralegal with the former client’s changes and additions. 3. This former client failed and refused to give me her actual employment and tax records until the day before mediation. Those records revealed that the client had misrepresented to me, the mediator, and previously, to the court, her actual income by more than $104,000 per year. We submitted the tax records to the mediator, as required by the mediation agreement. The night before the mediation I called the former client and told her that her receiving income of $104,000+ more per year than she previously disclosed changed my opinion of what was a “reasonable” settlement in her case. 4. After a full day of mediation in which offers were made and responded to, and during which this former client would periodically burst into tears, this former client decided she wanted to sign a settlement agreement. Because of her volatile emotional state, I suggested that further mediation be postponed two days (when the mediator was next available). This former client, however, insisted on signing the settlement agreement. 5. Three weeks later this former client emailed me, asking what grounds existed to void a settlement agreement. After I responded to her email, she asked me to argue that the settlement agreement was void because she was medicated on the day of mediation. She had never before indicated that she was in any way impaired at the mediation. She then admitted to having engaged in criminal activity during the mediation and I withdrew from representing her. 6. On March 29, 2012 (several months after terminating representation of this former client), I was approached at a social gather by a lawyer who told me that she now represented this individual. The lawyer told me that her client seemed “a little strange,” and asked about the former client’s psychological health. This lawyer then told me: (a) that she (the new lawyer) thought the settlement reached was a good settlement, (b) that the former client’s husband had asked for arbitration because he thought the settlement was unfair to him, (c) that the former client had never complained about my representation of her, and (d) that the former client had never claimed she was under the influence of drugs at the time of the settlement.”