|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, 1993-1994, 4th Edition||Marquis Who's Who||1993|
|Attorney||Heier Law Office||1986 - Present|
|Assistant City Attorney||City of Upper Arlington, Ohio||1983 - 1985|
|JAG||U.S. Marine Corps||1980 - 1983|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Ontario County Bar Association||Member||2016 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1983 - Present|
|State of Ohio vs. Gabrielle Mansour||Sentenced to only 8 years in prison for murder|
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|University of Dayton||Philosophy||MA - Masters||1979|
|University of Dayton School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|University of Dayton||English, Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1975|
|Family Law Seminar||Child Custody||N/A|
|Columbus Family Law Committee||Dividing Military Retirement in Divorce||N/A|
Posted by anonymous
I hired David to be my attorney in May 2016 for the amount of $5,000.00 paid to him. At this time he was to represent me in my divorce and help with custody and the money my husband owed to me. In the beginning David seemed distracted and not completely up for the job, but I had paid him and decided to give him a chance. At one court date back in October he seemed very confident and told me that the case was going to trial and I needed to give him another $6,000 to finish up through trial. His optimism that I would be getting more than what I even asked for and that there shouldn't be a problem getting residential custody of my girls I paid him. Later on he proved to be completely incompetent and revoked his previous assumption that I would be getting custody or even the money that was supposed to be proven to be mine. The last straw(s) were him not telling me that the court date had been changed and it ended up being the day of my Gramma's funeral. He said he would take care of it and not to worry and go to the funeral. Later after court he called to tell me that I will NOT be getting residential custody of my kids and that I should just let it go and focus on the money part of it. He said that I "needed to be realistic and that I have emotional issues" after I started crying that he wasn't doing his job. Then, two days later I found out from my ex that David didn't even show up to court that day and they had to phone him to conference him in! He never told me he wasn't going to go and that the decision made that day was probably because I didn't have anyone there to fight my side. So I fired him assuming I would get most if not all of the $6,000 I had given him a month ago and could hire a new attorney. He refuses to give me any money back and says I owed him for past expenses. I NEVER ever received a bill for anything. It says in the contract that he will provide me with an itemized statement of charges not less than every 60 days. I never got one. Plus he had told me the $6,000 was to prepare for and go to trial set in February.
David never advised me that the children would have their own attorney, and that I would need to speak to her, so meeting her for the first time during a court date was a surprise for me. An even bigger surprise was that she had been speaking with my ex-husband right along and never contacted me because she didn't get permission from David to do so. The entire time she was in the picture and I was unaware she was only hearing the lies my ex was spewing about me and never followed up to hear my side. Finally, after trying to contact her myself she called me 3 days before the NEXT court date and spoke with me for 10 minutes. I was able to disprove a few allegations my husband was making, but that didn't seem good enough for judgement were made before ever even seeing me. I finally demanded an itemized statement of charges because he said he wasn't going to give me my money back and when I picked it up from his office saw that he was charging me for every phone call, every email and $250 ONE way to court, so $500 a trip to court plus court time. The phone calls, I would call him to ask what time court was and he would tell me he didn't know and would call the court to find out and call me back. Then charge me for 3 phone calls at 10 min each. And his retainer I signed said in increments of min 6 minutes. It does not say amount of money per mile or amount of time spent reading emails. He took $11,000 of my money, didn't follow through with anything, didn't let me know about important changes in court appearances, added law guardians, didn't show up to a court date, never sent me a bill, overcharged for just about everything, told me the last $6,000 was for trial, and was not adequately representing me in any way. He is thoughtless and unprofessional and took advantage of an emotional mother going though the hardest point in her life fighting for her children.
Posted by anonymous
I had to hire David due to a conflict of interest with my own attorney. He helped me win my case with his excellent negotiating skills, assertiveness and years of experience in family law. He knew my best interests, what my desired outcome was, and what my strong and weak points were as far as arguments. He put it all together and we came out on top and the other party settled in our favor.
As far as the previous review on David - why would you expect him to continue to work for you when you stopped paying your bill? Would you go to work if you knew you weren't going to get paid? Meet your obligation and maybe someone will put forth an honest effort for you. You also stated he didn't have much to go on. Why are you going to court without any factual ammunition? Your review sounds ridiculous.
David's retainer is reasonable if you're serious about winning your case. You get what you pay for in my opinion. He did a great job for me is all I can say and I will hire him again in a second if I need to.
Posted by anonymous
I can't give negative or 0 stars so 1 will have to do. All the other reviews had nothing in common with my experience. I was told many things, that never happened, that David Heier was supposed to do.
He kept demanding money, never prepared (at all that I could tell in court), and swamped me in legal fees with 0 results. I 100% feel that he walked in without looking at a thing about my case, and expected to get results, which never happened.
2 - 3 weeks to return call/email, if ever. Every phone call was a reminder of the entire case, over and over again. Each call was a waste.
No secretary/assistant (community office), and was never met in any form of formal fashion (other than court) to discuss my case.
Retainer on retainer on retainer with no results, when I said I could no longer pay (for future work), he quit int he middle of a process he had already committed to me about.
Nearly everything I was told, was either incorrect, or skewed to give more money. I feel cheated to be honest.
In the entire experience, I feel the only part he did well, was negotiations with the opposing council. He jumped in and started without even talking to me first. Had tried to work out what he thought was a good plan, with little to go on.
Never got one, even though requested