Posted by Megan
I hired this guy in June 2015. I had to call repeatedly and never got phone calls back. When I finally did speak with him (after having to leave multiple desperate messages requesting a call back AND emails), he lied and said he filed paperwork at the courthouse, which he did NOT. I also gave him original paperwork which i have NEVER received back. He took my money in exchange for work that he never did. He does not deserve to get his license back to practice law. STAY AWAY!!!
Posted by Andrew
I am not one to post review, but I feel compelled to write this about Josh as he has done a lot for my family and I over the years. He represented me on my divorce, my son on a DUI, and counseled me through another very trying incident in my life. He was always respectful, compassionate, and fair with me and he did so much more then any other lawyer has for me in my life. Whatever mistakes he made does not change that, and I am always grateful for how he helped me.
Anonymous review posted on
Used this attorney for a civil case paid 1000.00 for him to represent me he never appeared to the court. I asked for billing statements they were never produced. I asked for him to file papers to court paid an addition 800.00 to have them filed which was never done. All the money that I put out I deserved better representation and way better communication. He does not respond to phone calls and emails. He keep telling me he was consulting with another attorney on my matter. I would definitely seek other legal advice I wish I would have.
Posted by Paul
I went to josh janis for an expungement on my Pennsylvania record in November two years ago. I was told by him that this could take up to 7 months at the most to be done and my records be clear. So i paid him what we agreed on which was 500 dollers and meanwhile he was going to send me things to sign over fax because i lived in New Jersey and couldn't do any of this in person. I called him about 2 months later when i heard nothing from him and he was supposively still in the process of doing paperwork. ok. heard nothing called again 2 months later no answer. then called several times atleast once a month left messages never got a phone call back or he was "busy" so the receptionist would say. So one month ago i called josh left another voicemail and still didn't hear anything back.
Posted by John
I came to Josh for help with a divorce case with a spiteful wife who was out to do harm to me any possible way. Multiple PFAs filed, false accusations of drug use and abuse, you name it she did it. Other lawyers were just out for my money and did not want to listen to what I had to say or to my side of the story. Josh was attentive and meticulously poked holes in my wife's accusations to finally settle down my case and get the matter fully resolved. I owe him so much, he dragged me out of the hell that I was going through, I can't say enough good things about him and I insist on anyone calling him if you need help.
Posted by David
I cannot say enough good things about Joshua. Joshua knows the law and he was very professional and supportive. If I would ever hire another lawyer in the future I would hire Joshua again. Thank you Joshua for representing me successfully.
Posted by John
Josh represented my interests in dependency courts where the state tried to take my children away. He handled my case and got my kids back, I can't thank him enough.
Posted by Joshua
I retained Mr. Janis to bring a jurisdictional complaint in a child custody proceeding as an out-of-state litigant. We discussed at the outset that my only claim was based on jurisdiction and he was being hired for that purpose only. He took my money, claimed to be making the proper filings and told me we had a strong argument for getting the case thrown out before the 1/13 scheduled hearing. He also said that I would not be penalized for appearing by phone as I am a law student out of state. On 12/ 24 I spoke with him. He said via telephone that we were in good shape to bring forward a jurisdictional claim. He then disappeared until a couple days before the scheduled hearing, ignoring my attempts to reach him. At that time, he told me to follow through with mediation despite his prior assurances that there would be a jurisdictional hearing where we had a strong argument for getting the case thrown out. When I asked for an explanation, he claimed to to be in the car and said he would call me back. He did not do so, and he did not pick up when I called him. He disappeared again until 4:29 pm on Monday 1/12, a mere 17 hours before the hearing! He first asked me if I was in the area yet (he knew I was appearing by phone at his advice) He called to inform me that we would not be able to argue jurisdiction because of a Chester County Family Court rule that requires all jurisdiction objections to be filed within 20 days of the receipt of the initial complaint. Admittedly, I was not able to retain him until eight days after the deadline he did not advise me of, but he said nothing, was given all the details and proceeded as though he could file such a claim. The first time he informed me of this was now, not my initial consultation before I decided to retain him on the basis of a jurisdictional complaint, but a mere 17 hours before the hearing! He then claimed that the opposing lawyer had consented to reviewing jurisdiction at the scheduled hearing and withdrawn the consent that day. Notwithstanding the fact that this was the first mention of "consent" determining anything, I find it hard to believe that any lawyer would voluntarily consent to engaging in an argument where her client was vulnerable when she did not have to. It seems far more likely to me that Mr. Janis was either unaware of the Chester County rule before he agreed to bring a jurisdictional claim, or he knowingly concealed this information in order to make his fee. Mr. Janis was either ignorant of the basic Family Court rules in Chester County while holding himself out to be a family lawyer who practiced there, or he knowingly took advantage of someone dragged into litigation across state lines against his will.
The entirety of Mr. Janis's preparation for the hearing that actually took place consisted of two back and forth e-mail exchanges between him and I on the evening before the hearing. The judge made repeated reference to the fact that I was "not there to be evaluated," and noted that I did not provide medical reports that could have been easily submitted Mr. Janis had prepared for court . While I was blindsided by the opposing lawyer's contention that mild cerebral palsy disqualified me from parenting without supervision, I could have easily provided Mr. Janis with any documentation necessary to refute this absurd and prejudicial argument. I found myself in this situation due to Mr. Janis's explicit advice and stunning incompetence. After the hearing I was awarded supervised visitation. Mr. Janis said he would call me to discuss our next steps and never did so. When I called him, he made up yet another excuse why he could not talk to me, said he would call me back and never did so.
Mr. Janis was more than unhelpful. His singular focus was on a jurisdictional argument that would never take place. His lack of preparation for the actual proceeding means in practical terms that since retaining Mr. Janis, I have never seen my son without a babysitter over me.
Posted by Arica
Like any criminal defense case, it is frustrating and takes time. Joshua Janis definitely took his time with my husbands case, and I mean that in every way possible . Like any strong relationship it has not been easy. There have been ups and downs, back and forth, from court dates to conversations, but in the end Josh pulled through for a case my husband could have faced 5-10 years for. Josh did his research and normally doing things at the last minute is not okay, but in this case it has changed our lives. He got my husband a 18-36 month sentence with time served. We could not be more thankful. Worth our money spent, and I would definitely recommend Joshua Janis.
Posted by Drew
Unfortunately, I have been in and out of jail my entire life and have had to hire many lawyers during the past 20 years. Out of them all, Josh was by far the best - always direct and confident with me. Delivered in many ways. Do not hesitate to call him if you need a lawyer!