4.5 stars 46 totalReview Alan Lescht
Posted by a client
Alan Lescht and his Associate, Susan Kruger did an outstanding job of representing me during two EEO complaints I filed against my Agency. I have a disability and my Agency failed to follow regulations regarding the rights of disabled employees. This happened twice over a four year period. Both times, I was in danger of losing my job even though I received positive performance evaluations. I received a settlement from my Agency because of Alan and Susan's excellent representation on my behalf in 2014 as a result of my first complaint. Just eight months later, I found myself in the same situation with a different supervisor (but same Agency) and filed a second complaint. Again, choosing Alan's firm to represent me resulted in a second settlement in my favor by the Agency. Alan and Susan were so patient and encouraging during these extremely stressful years. It was a long process and they did their best to keep my costs low (they kept communications short and sweet, but made sure I got the information/advice I needed). I understood that they were doing that for my financial benefit. I really can't put into words how much I appreciate what Alan and Susan did for me. I would recommend his law firm to anyone in a heartbeat (and I have several times).
Posted by a client
I consulted Mr. Lescht for OIG related inquiry. He has a thorough knowledge of the process and answered all questions. I highly recommend him.
Posted by a client
Setting up the initial conference was easy and fair. We had a pleasant discussion. Mr. Lescht quickly absorbed my situation, and suggested an approach that had not occurred to me.
The next step was mine to take, with a very specific Freedom of Information Act Request to confirm some of the underlying facts. I put this strategy into motion by myself that same day for an additional cost under four dollars.
I feel supported, and certainly not in the kind of runaway situation outside of my control that made me reluctant to seek counsel.
I'm glad to have had my initial consultation with Mr. Lescht -- It would have been smart to do so many months ago, at the first sign of trouble. Compared to delayed employment, his initial consultation fee is a terrific bargain.
Posted by a client
If there were negative stars, I'd give them. Alan charges $300 for a "consult," which is him basically just telling clients to get to the point when they're presenting their case to him. I was having financial hardships stemming from what should've been an open-and-shut case related to a wrongful suspension, and $1500 later, Alan sent me an email saying there is nothing more that could be done. He gave no indication he's even explored other options after we presented facts proving my agency's misconduct. When I asked him to appeal to OPM or any third party outside of the agency, which breached my rights from the very beginning of the process, he said he'd need more money to work on my case. He had a junior level attorney write an 8-page grievance and spent less than a week working on this, sent me no itemization of the time spent, and now I'm told I owe him nearly $4000 more dollars! Unbelievable, and this sort of action (or should I say inaction) completely perpetuates the stigma about lawyers.
Posted by a client
Lescht charges $300 for an initial one hour consultation. But he does everything he can to kick you out after 20 minutes, including just sitting there silent, and there is no reduction in the charge. So there is a mismatch between the price and value received. I think $100 or less would be a more appropriate rate for this type of consultation.
In my opinion he had a very unfriendly manner, bored demeanor, and some of his advice to me was delivered in what I considered an insulting and disrespectful manner. Law is a service business, a client-oriented business. I can't imagine going back.
Posted by Benjamin
If you have patience and know that you are in the right then you have no better place to go. My case was handled professionally and with an incredible understanding of the intricacies of not only DC law, but the necessary means of pursuing my case in multiple states. The law offices of Alan Lescht come with my highest recommendation and I couldn't be happier with the results. I would recommend his and his team's services to anyone seeking justice and compensation.
Posted by Debra
I am a client of Alan Lescht and Associates and I am extremely pleased with the services that I have received. Mr. Lescht and his associates are very professional, thorough and knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend them.
Posted by Dave
Alan Lescht & Associates was recommended to me as a firm with a good reputation and a no-nonsense approach. I was looking at a workplace situation where I needed some honest guidance on next-steps to address (or not address). The Firm delivered with what I think was very credible insight and this was genuinely appreciated! I was looking for sage advice-- not someone that was going to tell me what I wanted to hear-- I have already been to that movie...
Posted by Esther
Mr. Alan Lescht took my case knowing that he was very good friends with opposing counsel and he did not tell me this at the start of our relationship in April 2012. From the outset he did everything to persuade me to take my case which was an excellent discrimination/retaliation case against a large government contractor. At the time I hired him, Mr. Lescht he did not tell me that he and the company's in house counsel lived in the same development and were very close friends to the point where Mr. Lescht had given his daughter's baby carriage to opposing counsel. I would not have retained Mr. Lescht had I had this information because I believe it would be a conflict of interest for him. I know that this relationship existed because at my deposition the opposing counsel told, Susan Kruger, who worked for Mr. Lescht these details in my presence. Also, when Mr. Lescht began to threaten to drop me if I did not settle for basically nothing, he himself told me that he was very good friends with opposing counsel and that they lived in the same development and he give his baby carriage to opposing counsel. I was shocked because when I had heard this at my deposition and had questioned Ms. Kruger, Mr. Lescht's attorney working on my case, she had said that she had asked Mr. Lescht about what opposing counsel had said and that Mr. Lescht had denied knowing opposing counsel. This conflict of interest caused Mr. Lescht to drop very strong claims from my case without my knowledge and approval. I have documents prior to the claims being dropped proving that I did not wish these claims dropped. To show how strong my case was, even with those claims dropped, I still survived summary judgement and the case proceeded to court. However, Mr. Lescht then began to threaten to drop me if I did not settle for what he recommended. He told me that at the summary judgment hearing the judge said that my case was weak and that the judge would not be favorable towards me in court if I did not settle for what he (Mr. Lescht) recommended. When I requested the transcript from summary judgment hearing I realized that Mr. Lescht lied about what the judge had said. In addition to threatening to drop me, berate me and accuse me of being greedy, Mr. Lescht tried to get me to mediate in front of a judge who was not assigned to my case. I learned this when I contacted the court and was told that that was not the wrong judge and they made the change to the correct judge. I know Mr. Lescht did this deliberately because he had mentioned the name of the wrong judge numerous times when trying to convince me to mediate and Mr. Lescht's office had communicated with the correct judge numerous times over the five months I had been their client. An example of a strong claim dropped by Mr. Lescht was discrimination with my salary. Documents we got during discovery showed that my salary had been decreased by $5,000 without my knowledge when I became a senior accountant. This means that I worked as a senior accountant for four years but was making a staff accountant salary! The company also blacked out information on the email discussing the decrease in my salary. Mr. Lescht also told me, after the fact, that he had rejected a settlement offer from the company. Numerous other problems occurred with Mr. Lescht's representation. When I expressed my concerns, Mr. Lescht double down on his threat to drop me and eventually did drop me just eight weeks before my case was to go to court. I eventually lost my case because of what Mr. Lescht did to my case. He weakened it by removing its strengths, and when he dropped me I was forced to find another lawyer who could not represent me well due to time constraints.
Posted by a client
I would just like to take a moment and give my sincere thanks and gratitude to Alan Lescht &Associates!
In my hour of need they took on my case which to me seemed like a hopeless situation. The first (and every other, of many) calls was answered by Joyce. She was kind and caring and actually understood what I was going through. Within a day I received a call from Alan who listened patiently and then told me exactly what he needed from me to represent me. The case seemed tome, to drag on forever, but he repeatedly calmed me and asked me to have patience. At times I wondered if anything was actually being done. We corresponded by email and phone. One specific email contained so much correspondence back and forth between Alan and my employer that I realized. So much was being done without my knowledge.
The outcome was extremely favorable and I have the greatest respect and gratitude towards Alan & associates!
West Point, NY