|Emory University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|University of Pennsylvania||History||BA||1989|
Posted by Debra
I hired Mr. Dubin in January of '11 to represent me in my divorce. My divorce was finalized March '13. Mr. Dubin did a very sloppy and careless job handling my case. There were 3 major mistakes he made. He neglected to incorporate a crucial family court order into the final divorce decree. The family court order stated what my ex and I had agreed upon earlier: we would both pay half of our children's "extras". Extras were classified as dance classes, dance clothing and accessories, school extras such as books, service trips, (they attend private school), basically any extra curricular expense and any additional school costs. I paid 90% of these extras in full, (I am with our kids more), and I sent my ex a breakdown yearly of the extras" expenses, as Mr. Dubin had instructed me. My ex continuously ignored all of my pleas to reimburse me. Dubin assured me over and over again through this, that my ex was legally bound to pay half. He even went so far as to cite parts of my divorce decree in an email to reassure me of that fact.
After years of chasing my ex for the money he owed me (he owed me $15,000) I consulted another attorney to discuss how I could get paid. My new attorney read all my legal documents and she reported back that she didn't see anything about the extras in the final divorce decree. I couldn't find it either which was why I kept asking Mr. Dubin. I assumed I didn't know what I was looking for especially since Mr. Dubin told me repeatedly that the extras were in there.
He wasn't telling me the truth. My divorce was finalized, he was paid in full (a small fortune), and Mr. Dubin fed me what I wanted to hear. He had to have known that he forgot to incorporate that order. My new attorney explained that due to Dubin's omission, my ex was not legally bound to pay me anything for our children's extras. This mistake cost me $15,000. There's more. David Dubin made a mathematical error when calculating the years of alimony, costing me 4 months of alimony, totaling $12,000.
Last but not least, Dubin omitted extremely important "limiting" language (based on the opinions of other divorce attorneys) in the part of the divorce which detailed how we would deal with our children's college costs. The divorce only states my ex and I would split college costs. My ex and my son decided on an Ivy League college-without my consent, leaving me responsible to pay half which was $34,000 the first year and only increasing each year. When Dubin read the college agreement part (we were in a master's conference and he was speaking on the record) he left me entirely unprotected. The way he read it didn't even give me the right to agree or disagree to what college- or amount- I would pay. I am now legally bound to pay for half of that Ivy League college. (My ex was never concerned since he knew his parents would pay his half) Due to Mr. Dubin's omission of limiting language I am spending an astronomical amount and had no say.
I was told I had a case to sue Mr. Dubin for these errors. I found a conscientious attorney who was willing to help me. Since the amount of my case was under $100,000, going to court would be cost prohibitive. My attorney suggested we negotiate for a settlement. Unfortunately Mr. Dubin refused to take any responsibility for his mistakes. We heard today from his attorney that he is unwilling to settle or offer me anything. I thought David was at the very least, a man of integrity, but my experience has proved otherwise. Hiring David was a terrible decision for me. Getting divorced is a difficult experience to start with. I was relying on Mr. Dubin to have my back and protect me. But, thanks to Mr. Dubin I've spent countless hours, ungodly amounts of money, and in the end, found myself incredibly frustrated and taken advantage of. If you are contemplating hiring Mr. Dubin, hopefully my review has given you pause. Instead find yourself a competent attorney who will represent you in a professional manner.
Posted by David
David assisted me in my divorce. He helped with due diligence, and was there when times where tough for me.He was able to help keep the whole proceeding out of court, and both sides didn't suffer from his abilities.
He is a very good listener, and well organized. Sorry I needed his services, but glad he was there for me.
I highly recommend using David.