3.5 stars 3 totalReview Thomas Durst
Posted by David
I had an unfortunate experience with Mr. Durst. I retained him to represent me in a matter in NJ. He was utterly unresponsive, rang up unreasonable bills after charging me (and collecting) 166% of what he agreed to handle the matter for in the first place, then threatened in no uncertain terms in writing to sue me for additional amounts.
This was a real problem, as I needed professional, careful representation in a family matter.
The time charges were simply outrageous. Mr. Durst sent me an invoice three times what plaintiff’s counsel charged in the matter. When I brought it up, he simply said, via email, “my billing rate is much higher”.
Mr. Durst appears to have no staff ... not even a secretary to answer his calls. Yet his billing rate is that of a senior partner. He charged me -- and now seeks to collect for -- exceptionally high fees for tasks that an administrative assistant or paralegal could easily handle for a fraction of the cost.
I have never met an attorney – let alone one who represented my legal interests – be so utterly unresponsive and unzealous in advocating a client’s interests. Mr. Durst did practically nothing. His final emails to me asking for updates were simply thinly veiled excuses to hit me up for payments – I contend that he was not interested in or taking action on the legal matter.
This may be the unusual misfire, but the vehemence with which Mr. Durst is pursuing his right to collect unreasonable fees after doing a sub-par job on my matter in the first place, is very troubling. Equally troubling is that when I raised my concerns in writing, his next action was to send me a letter threatening a lawsuit.
I wish he had been as zealous in representing me as he is in representing himself.
Posted by Brian
As a former client, I highly recommend Sandy Durst. In the field of family law, in the state of New Jersey, there is no one better. I had retained two other family law attorneys prior to Sandy. Neither of them were able to successfully navigate the New Jersey family law statutes the way Sandy did. I wish I had found him years earlier.
Posted by Sarah
Sandy did an excellent job helping me understand the ins and outs of NJ Divorce law and how the process, from separation to divorce, would work for both me and my children. He worked hard to avoid litigation and set the expectation so I knew each step of the way what would be our next step. He kept a level head and helped me stay focused, especially when dealing with another attorney that was unreasonable. I would strongly recommend Sandy to anyone contemplating separation or divorce.