Based on 6 reviews
Lawyers: Use the Peer Endorsements section to provide input about other attorneys.
I had as good an experience as possible when considering we were dealing with divorce. Ken was very upfront with what to expect and was right on with his assessments. In the initial consultation he said " If you leave upset and she leaves upset we as attorneys have done are job. Sadly that's the best you can hope for, that's divorce. " In the end we finished with much more than that. I was a father trying to get custody of a 16 year old girl and we did it. Any lawyer will tell you how difficult that is. I would hire this firm without hesitation for any future legal matters I may have.
Mr. Brewe was the first attorney I interviewed for my divorce case. His manner from the beginning was cold and arrogant. I felt my lack of knowlege about my financial affairs annoyed him. I had to ask him to tell me things I could use rather than tell me stories to frighten me. His 'bad divorce' cases were not helping me during a time when I was already frightened and under emotional stress. During my first appointment with him he kept me waiting 45 minutes. He came out of his office to the waiting area where I was seated and ignored me. He went back to his office and shut the door. At that point, I told the receptionist I would not be paying for this session and would not be coming back. This is not a person who I would depend on to represent me for anything much less a difficult divorce proceeding.
I did not rate his trustworthiness nor his knowledge as I had no chance to get an impression.
I had started off in my divorce with a lawyer recommended by a friend and a goal of peaceful, fair resolution of my ex's and my verbal agreements of how we would handle things. My ex hired a crack team of attorneys, tossed all of the verbal agreements, and soon I found myself overwhelmed with a well-meaning, not so strong attorney, always one-step behind, and losing money, time, and energy to daily negative developments. I needed a change, and Ken was recommended as the guy you wouldn't want to be against.
Ken sounded confident and experienced, so I hired him, hoping I would have an experience more like what I have with some strong business attorneys than my friend's friend. What I got was a nightmare and just as my ex-wife was suing me for a work bonus that was legally not hers (that was confirmed as part of the judgement, but Ken and his partner, Sabrina Layman still managed to lose substantially for me, charge me liberally for their time making mistakes, and drop my case in two seconds shortly after, when I complained that their receptionist refused to take messages).
My first indication of a problem was an erroneous opinion on the part of Ken and Sabrina that the money (a work bonus earned completely post-divorce) in question was somehow a potential asset that my ex-wife could have a claim to, an opinion strongly opposed by both my previous counsel and my business attorney. After connecting my business attorney with Ken's office, which took a lot of effort on my part because in spite of repeated requests that Ken's office call him, they did not. I finally called them and conferenced him in to connect the two of them. Afterwards, they changed their opinion, and he became the "star" witness.
Without going into more detail, I paid heavily to go through two actions, one where they communicated very little with me before going in to represent me, didn't verbally connect with my previous attorney and came back with a ruling that I purposefully witheld information on my compensation package, which not only put my entire work bonus at risk, but was not true and later proven so.
From my perspective, it was a surreal experience. My previous attorney, after I found out that there was a document missing in their prep, said I should absolutely file for reconsideration, which Ken said would be pointless. The fact that we did not was used against me in the appeal. On final judgement from the appeal, it was ruled that although she would never have had a claim on the bonus at all, and though the first judge ruled that I had witheld information, no information had been witheld, just a document was turned over later than should have been but it contained no new information. The judge puzzled in his ruling why I would do that because all information was turned over (it was a clerical error on the part of my previous attorney), and although there was no lack of disclosure, the judge penalized me over $50,000.00 for a "breach" of disclosure that he effectively nullified before the penalty. My prior attorney recommended that I file a motion to reconsider immediately, and Ken said it wouldn't help and that I should probably sue my prior attorney for taking too long to get the redundant document to my ex-wife.
When I called Ken's office afterwards and asked to leave a message (their receptionist does not like taking messages for clients and only wants to send you to voicemail), I finally got through to him and suggested that clients should be able to leave messages with the receptionist. Ken said that they were not going to be able to help me and that my ex-wife was too "petty", and they do not like to have cases like that. With that, he filed for withdrawal and left me high and dry without an attorney.
What a disappointment! Ken came highly recommended by other attorneys and he seems to know what he’s talking about. I wanted an advocate that would fight for me, communicate effectively and use his knowledge and skill to resolve issues quickly, fairly and cost effectively. Ken is NOT proactive, usually did not know what was going on with my case, let the other side’s lawyers call all the shots, was negligent, made mistakes, wasted time writing expensive, ineffective letters, and made grand promises regarding outcomes but had no strategy to advocate for these outcomes. He was content to charge large fees to do nothing to move my case along. There are plenty of great lawyers out there who care about their clients and advocate for their client’s best interest; Ken is not one of them.
While he allows a lot of contact with his paralegals, he is highly responsive to direct questions. He can act impatient; however, he is direct and knowledgeable. As is the case with any legal action, it is a good idea to go over charges on a monthly basis rather than wait until the last month of the action. If it seems as if too much is being charged for any item, ask for clarification immediately.
While no one looks forward to settling legal matters, Kenneth Brewe makes the experience bearable. His intelligence and integrity is outstanding.
The court system could be improved with more attorneys like Mr. Brewe.