Hired him to replace lawyer on my case. Worst decision ever. He did no work on the case. Would not even respond to emails from opposing counsel. After I told him I sought other counsel and no longer want his services he threatened to keep my file if I did not pay him $1000. Now he admittedly did NO WORK on my case but wanted $1000 for nothing. I am reporting him to the bar both the grievance committee and the fee resolution group. Do not hire this attorney he will do nothing to help your case only fill his pocket.
Response from Joseph Barics October 31, 2019
This person's name is Janeen S. Jones and she never retained me. She is also a disbarred attorney who lost her license due to reasons similar to what I experienced with her.
Ms. Jones did sign a retainer and sent me her file, along with a retainer check. Due to her claims of a pending emergency, she wanted me to begin work right away which I did. I spent several hours reviewing her file and starting work on preliminary matters, including speaking to opposing counsel.
I deposited the check, only to find out it was drawn on a non existing account.
Since there was a chance the check contained a printing error in the account number, I gave Ms. Jones the benefit of the doubt and she agreed to send a replacement. For the next week I heard every excuse in the book. The replacement check was lost in the mail, her deliver service got lost, etc. Ms. Jones never explained why the check was drawn from a non existing account,which leads me to conclude it was intentional.
When I told her that I would not do any additional work until she paid the retainer, she told me she didn't like my attitude and demanded I sent her the file back at my expense and all work I did even though I wasn't paid.
When I declined to do so, she said I'd be sorry and apparently she posted this review.
I did charge her the $1,000 for the work I performed before I found out about her fraudulent check. To this day, Ms. Jones has never paid me a single penny. The only payment she made was the check on the non existing account.
Nor did she file any complaint or fee dispute.
She has been reported to the appropriate authorities.
The orders suspending Janeen S. Jones as a lawyer and disbarring her are public records and are found on the internet.
One of the many links about Janeen S. Jone's disbarment is here: https://casetext.com/case/in-the-matter-of-janeen-s-jones-admitted-as-janeen-sykie-jones
I would urge anyone who may do business with Janeen S. Jones to exercise extreme caution in dealing with her.