Posted by anonymous
Hired Mr. Vella to finish my divorce and put down a hefty retainer.
From the start, it was always a challenge to get a hold of him, to receive a response from him via phone was impossible and it was equally impossible to meet with him. When I did get a response it was a brief sentence via email and he NEVER returned my phone calls.
I repetitively asked for an itemized bill and I was told he was working on it and then I was lied to by his assistant that they were sending it to me. I never received one bill in a year's time and he fell off the face of the earth.
After not hearing from him in 5 months, I decided to take a trip to his office in person. When I got to his office, his name was removed from the outside plaque and once inside the office, I was told that he no longer works there and that it has been months since he worked there. I never received notice that he was leaving that office nor did I receive a bill the entire time I retained him as a lawyer.
Because of his lack of communication and his disappearing act, it allowed my ex-husband to manipulate the court system and do illegal things that could have been prevented if Mr Vella was handling my case and actually working for me. Mr. Vella took my retainer, showed up to 3 court appearances and did nothing to further my case and I was stuck in the same place as when I retained him.
No returned calls. Just empty promises. I have since hired a new lawyer who has finished my case but it cost me double the amount because she had to fix the mess he left.
Posted by anonymous
I decided to hire Mr. Vella based on another attorney's recommendation. He promised to fight for my rights as a father and to protect me from a spiteful wife during divorce proceedings. As soon as I paid the retainer fee, he disappeared off the face of the earth. No email, call or voice mail could get a reply from him. In the meantime the estranged wife was harassing me, threatening to call police on me with baseless accusations in my own home and she exploited me financially. I finally was able to contact Mr. Vella and asked him to review a document from opposing counsel. He told me to read it myself first and to then contact him to point out the stipulations that I didn't agree with.(If I could read "legalese" I wouldn't need his help, right?)
2 months later I made the decision to end my representation with Mr. Vella. He pleaded and assured me that he was the man for the job, even though 90% of our communication was regarding the inability to communicate with him. We agreed to go our separate ways and he promised to have my invoice and documents ready in a few days, with a partial refund coming within 2 weeks. I got the documents in about 2 weeks and 5 months have passed since the date when I was supposed to receive my refund. He ignored 5 emails regarding that refund over the course of a month. I then reported Mr. Vella to the Nassau County Bar Association and they're now investigating the matter. They predicted that upon being notified of the investigation, he might just refund me to avoid tarnishing his reputation. They were wrong. His office has yet to contact me.
I know how stressful a divorce can be, especially when your spouse is a malicious person. Please do not put your future in the hands of Robert M. Vella of Mineola. You will feel like you're trying to divorce him as well. He only cares about himself. Don't believe me? Go to his office for his free consultation and he will point at his family portraits and tell you what a great dad he is and how he will fight for you. But if you retain his services, that might be the last time he speaks to you for months.
Posted by anonymous
After retaining Mr. Vella as my lawyer, he did not return my calls nor emails.
I would not recommend.
Posted by Anthony
Bob Vella did a fantastic job handling my divorce. I would highly recommend him. He is a family man like the rest of us.
He was responsive when I needed him. He knew divorce law well and used that knowledge in my divorce case to bring it to a acceptable conclusion.
Posted by Roberta
I am using Robert Vella as my attorney for the third time in a matter of 5 or so years. Each and every meeting, phone call, appearances and all other aspects of my case have been handled in an exemplary, professional and knowledgeable manner. He always made me feel as if I was his #1 client and actually cared about my case. During each and every court appearance, and there were quite a few, Mr. Vella showed up early so he can go over what I should expect and to put all my worries at ease. I am not always a calm person, but as soon as Mr. Vella arrived, I was extremely calm because I knew I was in the best of hands. I cannot stress enough how much I respect him both as a caring man and an aggressive and tough attorney. If you are in need of an attorney, you could not do better than being in the care of Robert Vella.
Posted by Harry
I originally reviewed Mr. Vella several years ago at "HIS" request. Considering the fact that he was handling my divorce, I gave him a good review in hopes that he would do a good job or at least treat me with some consideration or at least decency. Nothing could be further from the truth. He is unresponsive and his work is sloppy. Talks a good game and is very personable. However, once he has been paid, and it's time to produce, he puts you on the back burner. He will NEVER return calls, texts or emails without threatening to fire him. Even then, his responses are nothing but empty promises. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND A LOT OF AGGRAVATION STAY AWAY!!!!!
Posted by Christopher
Bob was recommended to me by a mutual associate to handle my divorce. Today I recommended him to a personel friend. I was represented and treated in a compleatly professional manner. He kept me calm and focused and looking at the big picture when at times I was seeing red and not thinking very clear. Bob always got back to me in a timely fashion and his secretary Theresa always took the time to listen to my concerns and help me with what she could. He also worked with me financially during a tough time. Extreamly happy with the results am now moving foward.
Posted by Lorraine
Robert Vella represented me for several years for post-divorce hearings. Post our last hearing almost a year now, he still represents me for legal communications. I highly recommend Robert Vella.
Rob is incredibly knowledgeable about the law, court system and highly respected within the system. It felt good to have him at my side as we walked into family court. He was always present and never sent another office attorney in his place. His Legal Assistance is professional and very responsible. If Rob was in court she made sure i knew when to expect a return call, and he always did.
He put my children first and treated my case as if my children were family. Rob was compassionate and understanding of my grave financial situation and never pressured me financially. His actions are always heartfelt and never wavier. His follow through is stellar. I trusted him 100% and still do. He was always honest even when it hurts and kept me relaxed and focused.
Court outcomes are sometimes unpredictable and you need to be flexible with the legal give and take, and open to compromise. Rob NEVER EVER gave in when it mattered most! And for this I am extremely grateful, grateful for life!
Posted by anonymous
Shame on the bar association for allowing Robert Vella to continue his law practice. Vella accepted my $5,000. for an uncontested divorce. It is almost 2 years and have still not received a divorce. Here is what else I DID NOT RECEIVE: I did not receive a retainer, returned phone calls, itemized bills, emails or written correspondences, or my divorce. Here is what I DID RECEIVE FROM HIM: False promises, lies, unethical behavior, aggravation, medical expenses due to the stress he is causing me, rude conduct, and a well trained staff who follows his lead.— Through misrepresenting himself I paid him $5,000 and now have to find another attorney.
Posted by Theresa
Robert Vella and his Legal Assistant Theresa were professional, responsive and brilliant. Their sense of urgency dealing with my matter was suburb. My divorce was handled quickly and professionally. I thought my divorce would never be finalized and then I contacted Robert Vella's office and they assured me that all necessary steps would be taken care of promptly and efficiently. They were delightful to work with. Not only were they professional but they added that personal touch that really makes a difference in dealing with such matters. It was a pleasure dealing with them both.