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     4.5 stars 11 total

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  • King of Selective Service case

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Andy

    I have been an employee of Federal Government agency over 17 years. Recently was notified by my HR office that there's no record of my Selective Service Registrations. It was most shocking news. I felt devastated and hopeless and lost 20 lbs in last 3 months. After my substantial research I figured and decided that I needed professional help. I found Marc's website and his case samples for SSS cases. Marc's the only lawyer specialized in this field. I immediately called Marc and after a few phone calls and e-mails my package was completed and ready. It took OPM less than a month approved my case. I probably will gain 20 lbs back now/or maybe not. I am a happy old fed worker. Thank you Marc. I don't think I could have gotten same decision without you.

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  • Highly Recommend

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a client

    I retained the services of Mr. Marc Smith when seeking a determination from OPM regarding my eligibility to be employed by the federal government. Marc was a complete professional through the entire process, very easy to work with and prompt with communication. He diligently responded to all my phone calls and emails. Marks specialized experience was invaluable and he was quickly able to put together a declaration for me to send to OPM. I would highly recommend Marc to anyone who needs an employment/labor attorney.

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  • NEVER ENCOUNTERED A LAWYER THAT BAILED ON HIS CLIENTS AT THE HEARING

    1.0 star

    Posted by a client

    I personally have no admonition on attorneys unlike most others who find a profession of being an attorney has degraded in the recent decades. Marc Smith, however, changed my whole perception towards attorneys thanks to his inexcusable and unprofessional conduct. He has been well paid to take our case and as his clients we expected him to do nothing more than just one - go be our attorney! If you are being paid a $250 per hour and provided with impeccable evidence and more than sufficient amount of information, including multiple documented expert testimonies, than it is not unreasonable for any clients to expect even a monkey with a Motrin to win a case.
    All the information provided and organized by us were vetted through by other professionals, including several of our attorney friends before submitting these documents in a tabulated portfolio organized in a chronological order to Marc Smith, who confirmed IN WRITING that he had received them. These information were provided well in advance of the actual hearing date. How much advance? 10 months! We have detailed records of every interactions and communications that we had with Marc Smith during our 18 month ordeals with this crook. And we have begun to file a malpractice lawsuit and to appropriate associations and authorities to make sure that this guy will never set his foot inside a court room again, let alone practice law. Out of all lawyers that I had dealt with in the past, this guy must be stopped from being an attorney. Otherwise, he will end up ruining many people's lives, like he had done with us.
    We only received one formally written invoice which was for the retainer, which we paid and more to cover the future expenses. Other than that, no additional written invoices were provided by him or his office aside from occasional calls when he spent our money for god knows what because in the end when the lid was opened and he ran away from the case and his clients, we then learned of the fact that he had DONE little to nothing. Whatever little work he had done was limited to maybe 4 to 5 phone calls to the parties that we were suing and copy pasting letters that I had previously written to local authorities prior to hiring Marc Smith. In total, he charged us little over $10k.
    When the day of hearing drew near, this guy all of a sudden, left a simple message to us saying that he's walking away from this case. No prior warnings, no legitimate reasons aside from the fact that he couldn't get in touch with any one of us, his clients, for a period of ONE WEEK. That is a complete lie because he made only two attempts to reach only one of us (there are other means to reach an individual if you absolutely must, say, I don't know, EMAIL!). So he said this was the reason why he was walking away from this case without our permission (by the time he left a voicemail said he's leaving, he had begun the process of withdrawing from the case). And when we frantically tried to get in touch with him to stop him from walking away from his responsibilities, he demanded MORE MONEY - he gave us an ultimatum of either pay $10k-$15k or he walks. This was a clear extortion on his part, but given our situation in the case with the hearing date drawing near, we promised to come up with the money at a deadline he specified, which was like five calendar days.
    On the date of the hearing, we were left alone and Marc Smith never appeared to fulfil his role. A role for which we had paid for throughout the 18 month period. The judge was FURIOUS at us and the case was dismissed and the defendant was given all the advantage to get back at us including the legal fees that they had incurred to mount up their defenses against us, which turned out to be nothing that they didn't need to worry about in the first place since our attorney was a clown.
    In short, Marc Smith put us in a situation FAR WORSE than where we were prior to filing the lawsuit. We wished we never met this despicable human being.

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    Marc J. Smith’s response: “Unfortunately, AVVO does not substantiate the claims of former clients and allows such clients to leave entirely untruthful reviews. The only recourse is the ability to leave a response. As reflected by the many positive reviews left by former clients, I always make a concerted effort to treat client matters professionally and with diligence. This particular client failed to pay the required retainer to handle an arbitration matter, made repeated misrepresentations concerning payment during the course of the case, failed to communicate with me and otherwise made it impossible for me to continue my representation. We provided the client many opportunities and an extended amount of time to provide us with the required retainer. Unfortunately, our patience was rewarded with repeated false promises of payment and, at the end, we had no choice but to withdraw. Thank you for considering this response.”
  • Highly recommended employment attorney

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Lisa

    Retaining Marc Smith for my employment discrimination case was a very good decision for me. I was a contract employee terminated as a result of disclosing a medical condition. After discussing my situation with Marc, he helped me understand my rights, the legal recourses available, and chances of success. While working with Marc, I found his firm to be very responsive. I was routinely provided with updates and he worked to ensure that I received a positive outcome for both the immediate and long term. I highly recommend Marc Smith for his professionalism, knowledge, and responsiveness.

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  • The Best Long-Distance Help

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    Posted by a client

    Although I live on the west coast, I hired Marc Smith because he seemed to have a high level of expertise dealing with federal agencies. It was very easy to work with him remotely. He was clear and focused about following a specific strategy to deal with my exact issue...basically saying "do this right the first time." My case was successful; I was extremely happy with the result. Mr Smith not only did a great job technically, but he was very kind & understanding along the way, helping me through a stressful situation. And his rates were more than fair. I would not hesitate to hire Marc again, and I highly recommend him.

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  • Helpful and Caring Attorney

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    Posted by Andrew

    Very professional from the start. I noticed a sincere interest in what I was going through. May have thought winning the case was slim, but was willing to give every effort to see that I was compensated for all that I had been through. He went over and beyond what I had expected from a lawyer, especially when there were probably larger issues he was dealing with. He was very serious, yet very friendly. Genuinely felt he cared. He got the job done as well, without going to litigation. Thanks Mark!

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  • Great experience

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a Employment client

    Marc Smith helped me get a waiver for the Selective Service requirement (I did not know to register when I turned 18) so that I could accept a job in the federal government. I found Marc's website and called him frantically when my future employer was ready to rescind my job offer because of the Selective Service issue. Marc seems to be the only lawyer I could find that specializes in this issue. It generally takes 6-8 months for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to review the waiver applications -- and my future employer was not willing to wait that long. Marc told me that his cases generally take 4-6 weeks and he has had over 40 successes (and zero failures). That assurance convinced my future employer to hold my job for a few weeks while I navigated the process with Marc. He was incredibly knowledgeable, ready with a streamlined and perfected strategy, knew all the forms and documents I needed to present a compelling case to OPM. With his help I was able to prepare a 50-page dossier to present to OPM in less than a week from the time I first met with him, including my own 12-page statement that he helped me write and a dozen other signed statements. (He scheduled me in the day after I first called.) He was very responsive throughout the whole process, answering my emails promptly and thoroughly, drawing on the wisdom of his tremendous experience working on these issues. His many contacts at OPM and the Selective Service office were invaluable along the way, helping to expedite the process and make sure my file got in front of the right people. At the end of the day, we were able to get the waiver two weeks after we submitted the application! His fees are very reasonable, especially considering his rare expertise on these matters. I am incredibly satisfied with my experience with Marc and do not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.

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  • Excellent Service, Excellent Result

    5.0 stars

    Posted by Fred

    Mr. Smith did a great job on my selective service waiver request to Office of Personnel Management. It is completely obvious that he is experienced and has great skills on the issue . He is very helpful, competent and respectful. He was the first attorney I worked with and I am completely satisfied with the results. I thank Mr Smith for helping me through one of the toughest times of my life.

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  • Outstanding Employment Attorney

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a Employment client

    I want to let you know what a fantastic attorney and human being you are! I first found you via the Internet after doing research regarding a possible employement dispute. I called a few other attorneys whose names I also found and you and your firm quickly rose to the top during my analysis. A key distinction right away was your caring, positive attitude and focus on employment issues.

    I worked with you for at least nine months on my employment dispute. I came to you with quite volume of files! You asked me to create a summary presentation so you could understand what had happened and the flow. I found you to be a quick-study and you were able to ‘zero in’ on the essential facts. After each of our meetings, you gave me a list of manageable activities I needed to accomplish before our next meeting.

    At the same time I engaged your services, I wanted to learn more about what was being discussed. I started to educate myself on employment law as well as a non-attorney can do. I have to admit you where very patient with my questions, and you were good natured with my additional points to consider. I certainly felt that I was assisting my case along.

    After many months of research and digging through the material, you prepared a multi-page missive. To read this document, which was so poingnant, concise and eloquent was clearly one of the high points of working with you! I immediately felt vindicated no matter what the outcome. However, I do believe it was this exact document, which allowed me to resolve my employment dispute.

    I want to thank you for a truly wonderful working experience despite the circumstances. I will certainly go out of my way to recommend your services if the need arises. I wish you much success in helping other people in similar cirsumstances and in growing your practice.

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  • Great Lawyer for employment related litigation

    5.0 stars

    Posted by a Employment client

    I had a complex issue which was realted to my federal employment suitability. I talked to several lawyers and they had no exposure to my issue. That's when I found Mr. Marc Smith who knew exactly what to do about my situation.He made a complex legal issue look so simple. I was amazed at how Marc had studied and docuemented my complex life story. Marc is a very attentive , diligent and caring attorney.

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