Posted by Lynne
In 2007 I filed an EEO Complaint against my employer for a hostile work environment and later included retaliation when I was denied a promotion. The case went to mediation and I won my promotion and a 2-step increase, however I was responsible for my attorney fees. My attorney at the time warned me that this would not be the end of it. As soon as the agreement was signed, the retaliation began in earnest, subtle at first and later to the point that I was falsely accused of unprofessional conduct. I contacted my first attorney to represent me but he declined the case. I then contacted what I thought to be a reputable law firm in DC, only to be bled dry of what little savings I had as well as what I had to borrow against my 401K before we even got to hearing. Ultimately that was the point I realized that my attorneys had no intention of going to hearing, even though I was adamant upon hiring them that this time I had to go to hearing.
This firm switched my attorney three times in the three weeks prior to the actual depositions, and during the deposition phase failed to properly represent me. When I declined to sign a new retainer for responding to Agency’s Motion for Summary Judgement, which was due in one week, my attorney stated that “This time they would really fight for me and in the next breath stated he had a great idea to get agency to settle”. At that point, I hung up the phone and searched desperately for a new attorney to represent me. That is when I found Rosemary Dettling. She took my case at the 11th hour (less than 1 week to respond to agency’s motion for SJ), received my file less than two business days prior to the response date because my former law firm dragged their feet in releasing my file) and was able to make such a compelling argument to deny SJ that we were granted a hearing date. The hearing was held last week and when I tell you that Rosemary Dettling is the ONLY attorney you should have represent you before the EEOC, that is a huge understatement! She was able to get all of agency’s witnesses to admit wrongdoing when I think they actually believed they were credible witnesses! We have not received a decision yet from the hearing, but I am confident that we will prevail.
Rosemary Dettling is the most competent, knowledgeable and compassionate attorney I have ever met and I would not be in the position I currently find myself in without her. You will not find better representation anywhere! As frightening as it was to switch attorneys at the last minute, it was the best decision I have made in my adult life! I highly recommend Rosemary Dettling, and I am proud to call her my attorney.
Posted by DN
Rosemary Dettling is an amazing lawyer! Let me start off by saying she has showed me a great deal of compassion and understanding as my case has been very stressful for me. She has taken the time out of her personal day to assure me of my case and laid my anxiety to rest. She is straight forward with her rates, I believe she is very comparable in pricing, there are no hidden fees. Rosemary took my case when no one else would. Her knowledge of my case, confidence and professionalism during court presenting my case exceeded my expectations! I would and have recommended Rosemary Dettling to anyone needing an EEOC lawyer. There are no words that can describe my gratitude for R as she believes in me and my case. Thank you Rosemary.
Posted by Deborah
Ms. Dettling was the expert I needed in my MSPB against the US Army. She her expertise guided me through the year long ordeal the agency. During pre-hearing meetings, Ms. Dettling's understanding of the law and similar case law gave me a clear advantage. She is smart, tough and does her homework to make sure you have the best case and ability to win. She understood my federal position and was able to ask the questions to get the information she needed for my case. Ms. Dettling is to be able to immerse herself in each of her cases giving her clients the best guidance, advice, and counsel. I would not hesitate to recommend her to others. Ms. Dettling is the best of the best.
Posted by Chris
Ms. Dettling has been my lawyer for about two years now, Ms. Dettling has shown the professionalism, expertise and passion it takes, in my opinion, to deal with very intricate and detailed cases. My personal cases are both whistleblower retaliation for protected disclosures against the U.S. Army, one for removal from my security compliance duties, and one for my termination.
Though Ms. Dettling knew nothing about my duties when I first selected her as my Counselor, by the hearing dates Ms. Dettling was able to communicate and cut through the bureaucracy as if she new my profession inside and out. Ms. Dettling has acquired nothing but positive results in both cases.
Posted by Barbara
Rosemary Dettling is an outstanding attorney!! Throughout the course of my EEO case (which spanned a number of years), Ms. Dettling was always professional, thorough, and above all, focused. Ms. Dettling's closing argument was impressive, to say the least, and brought home all the points that were needed for victory. She is well versed in the rights of federal employees and I would not hesitate to recommend Ms. Dettling's services to anyone!
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I relied completely on Ms. Dettling's knowledge and expertise to help me through the most frightening and disturbing events of my professional career. Her calm guidance and experience were reassuring to me and her professional manner and communication projected serious intent to others. Her involvement in and handling my case made a huge positive difference that I could not have brought about without her. For situations involving employment disputes with the Federal government, I highly recommend Ms. Dettling and her team!
Posted by Debi
Ms. Dettling recently represented me in a wrongful termination case against the Federal Government. I would never have been able to navigate the process without her. She is knowledgeable, informed and very supportive. I cannot stress the last enough. Being terminated after 30 years of service was devastating. I am certain, without her support, I would have given up.
Additionally, because she is straigtforward and honest, I trusted her assessment of the agency case and my prospective outcome.
Ms. Dettling did a thorough job of preparing me and my witnesses for the hearing which would have been a nerve-wracking experience otherwise.
At the hearing Ms. Dettling was in her element. She was confident and assured. She managed the testimony of witnesses with ease. During cross examination she was able to demonstrate the weaknesses in the agency's case. She led me carefully through each aspect of my testimony giving me the opportunity to counter each of the agency's charges.
I have already recommended Ms. Dettling to a close friend who had a successful outcome in her case and would use her again.
Posted by Becky
Rosemary Dettling is an outstanding attorney, and I am fortunate that I found her. I was extremely disappointed after being misadvised by my previous counsel, and I had given up when by a stroke of luck, I found her website and wrote to her about my situation. She understood my situation and immediately began working on my case. Now, thanks to FELSC my issues are being addressed by the EEOC Judge. Regardless of the outcome, I will always be thankful because I have been given a chance that would have otherwise been lost if it was not for Mrs. Dettling's knowledge and compassion for others in the pursuit of justice in the federal employment legal system.
Posted by Maj SDM
Great attorney. really helped me. won my case against dept of justice. i am a disabled vet who did not have much money. ms. dettling charged me a reasonable hourly rate, she only billed me for necessary work. she did not bill for her paralegal, which surprised me, even though I talked to her too. she is not a hand holder and will not call you to talk about the weather or your family. however when it comes time to litigate the case in front of the judge, she ramps it up to 160 mph. in my case, she gave 110%. she gave it her all. i would not want to have to sue the government again, but if i had to, i would definitely call her! i highly recommend her to anyone!
Posted by Lynn
Attorney Dettling is a Pit bull when comes to fighting for your rights as a federal employee, she accepted my MSPB case after my original attorney failed to submit the request for discovery on time, she argued my case with no discovery information available at MSPB hearing, the judge rendered a decision in favor of the Agency, she continue to fight for me and appealed the decision with MSPB, and she won the appeal, the MSPB remanded the judge to review the original decision.