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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Top Attorneys in Maryland||Baltimore Magazine||2015|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|Top Lawyer||Washington Post Magazine||2014|
|Excellence in Practice||ATD||2013|
|Top Attorneys in Maryland||Baltimore Magazine||2013|
|Top Attorneys in Maryland||Baltimore Magazine||2012|
|Top Attorneys in Washington, D.C.||Baltimore Magazine||2012|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Prince George's County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Maryland Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Widener University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|University of Illinois||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||N/A|
Posted by anonymous
I hired Mr. Valente in 2012 for a medical malpractice case. The case was settled out of court in 2015 for far less than it should have. I hold Mr. Valente accountable for the outcome. On a scale of 1 - 5 with “5" being outstanding and "1" being disastrous, I would rate Mr. Valente per the following categories:
Fees and Expenses 2
Comprehension of Case' Details 1
Effort Level in Case Management 2
Team Work With Client 1
A few examples of my personal experience with Mr. Valente’s representation of me:
1. I discovered my own case docket on a court docket web site after repetitively asking Mr. Valente about it's status. I discovered it in October of 2015, two months before an arbitration meeting was set up. I objected to attending the arbitration. On the day before it was arranged, Mr. Valente said "it can't hurt to attend and find out where the defense is in their calculations"; the next day at the meeting, Mr. Valente's message changed completely as he strongly advised me to settle, naming many reasons that it would be to my advantage to do so. In retrospect, I truly regret taking his advice. I settled my case without benefit of seeing the sole expert witness’s deposition or the deposition of the defendent. I saw these months later when I retrieved my case file although I asked frequently for them early on. Had I seen them, I would never have settled the case in arbitration. The expert witness hired by Mr. Valente had no hospital affiliation and had not had one since 1996. He was somewhat peculiar in affect, failed to properly evaluate my damages and Mr. Valente stated at the arbitration meeting that the witness he had hired might "come across as flaky" in front of a jury.
2. Mr. Valente has retained in an escrow account funds that belong to me. His reasons for this is not rational or lawful.
3. Mr. Valente charged me forty percent in fees in addition to expenses even though the case never went to trial. This was stipulated in my contract with my original attorney, whom agreed to split fees with Mr. Valente and brought him on as co-counsel for my case. I would not normally object, that being the case but after the way my case turned out in the hands of Mr. Valente, my opinion is that improper representation should nullify excessive fees.
4. Mr. Valente never developed an awareness of many of the injuries that I suffered. He hired only one witness that I consulted with whom had poor credentials and failed to correctly assess my physical damages. There was no expert in economics to assess economic future, past and present losses, no expert (that I met with) in emergency medicine (which was the venue that the malpractice occurred in), no expert was hired in an attempt to actually quantify my damages. Washington DC has no cap on non-economic damages and this factor was not used to any semblance of benefit. Mr. Valente behaved in an unprofessional manner at several meetings that I had with him as his client; on one such occasion, Mr. Valente raised his voice while talking at me in route to a conference room. He often seemed not to recall important details about my case. Mr. Valente did not keep me informed about even the rudimentary aspects of any progress during the course of my case. I am most dissatisfied with his services. I would not recommend him to anyone.
So that there is no mistake, Mr. Valente's portion of my settlement exceeded eighty thousand dollars in fees and expenses with a comparable amount paid to the original attorney I hired. Overall, the two attorneys took about fifty-seven percent of my settlement funds. I would not hire Mr. Valente again under any circumstances.
Deborah Potter, Car accident Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with John for many years, and he is a superb trial attorney. He is prepared, and fights for his clients. He has had countless jury trials, and his experience in the courtroom is valued by his clients.