The circumstances: My ex was charged with neglecting our child for allowing her abusive ex boyfriend to routinely strike our child and leave marks on his body, including the face. Our child, who routinely visited me on weekends and during the week. Every report to the court was that our child received nothing but outstanding care with me, including providing a living and nurturing environment where our little one was thriving. I have never been charged with a crime, never had CPS trouble, never accused of having done one single thing that would suggest my home was anything other than a better and safer place for our child.
The problem: Ed was never prepared for the appearances and lacked a fundamental understanding of the law. He was consistently outperformed by opposing counsel, an assigned public defender, my ex’s free and obviously overburdened attorney. That attorney consistently and effectively made arguments to the judge that received vastly more consideration and respect than Ed was capable of making. Ed’s arguments were largely ignored by the judge, at one point receiving an actual eye roll from the court and comment regarding his mistakes in his interpretations of the issues. There was an instance when Ed would argue facts that were from some other case he was working on and the judge had to reprimand him for unpreparedness. In short, opposing counsel ran circles around him.
Further, he always failed to contact me before court appearances and would not return any of my phone calls which were only occasional, about once per week. As a result, he knew nothing about the present circumstances of the case. It was truly amazing… in the worst possible way.
RESULT: I retained new counsel who did win my case in the ensuing custody trial. My child lingered in another less suitable environment unnecessarily and that enormous error was only corrected once I retained an obviously superior advocate.
USE YOUR MONEY WISELY, HIRE SOMEONE ELSE.
Response from Edward McClenathan November 11, 2021
I have never had a client with the first name of "Jon". This fact pattern is also not familiar to me. It is likely that I was the Attorney for the Child in this person's matter and their child's position did not align with theirs.