|VA||Authorized to practice law||2004||03/11/2014|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client's Choice Uncontested Divorce||Avvo||2013|
|Top Contributor - Uncontested Divorce||Avvo||2013|
|Owner||Shane L. Jimison, PC||2004 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section||Member||2006 - 2011|
|Divorce Case in Hanover County||Win for father, no change in custody awarded|
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|DivorceSource.com||All About Property Settlement Agreements in Virginia||2006|
|University of Richmond, The T. C. Williams School of Law||N/A||N/A||2003|
|University of Richmond||Criminal Justice and Sociology||B.A.||2000|
|How to Start a Successful Law Practice||Law Office Technology||2013|
|Richmond Business Club||Protecting Your Assets Before Separation||2006|
Posted by anonymous
A lawyer has a duty in all dealings with a client to act with honesty, good faith,fairness, integrity and fidelity. I hired Mr. Jimison to file for a final divorce after he was referred to me. I should have let it go after trying to get hold of him for weeks. I finally met him in his office where there was no one but himself. He was in shorts. I paid him $400 to file. When the divorce was contested he asked for a retainer fee of $2,500. From that time on, the only time I would hear from Mr. Jimison was when he needed money. He would NEVER return a phone call, his email had automatic response that he was in court which seems to be all the time. Not one time did he give me any update on what was going on with the case. Then one day Mr. Jimison called and asked me to meet him urgently in his office (this was after I had finished paying the retainer fees). Mr. Jimison told me that we had a court appointment the next day. When I asked him why we were going to court, he told me that he didn't know. No kidding! Up to this point I had not seen a single document of communication between Mr. Jimison and the defendant's Attorney.
We I showed up in court Mr. Jimison came to me with a proposal from the defendant attorney to settle the case. I was in utter shock because I was completely unaware that this is why we came to court. Mr. Jimison apparently knew exactly what was going on but didn't tell me. He came to me and said " I will kill you if you don't accept this offer". Again, I was in utter shock.
Apparently Mr. Jimison later submitted a non modifiable settlement to court, signed it without my approval or review and NEVER even sent me a copy of the settlement. I never even received a copy of the settlement after Mr. Jimison had received a copy from the court. It was only after I had received another letter to appear in court that I found a copy of the document in my mailbox (without postage stamp) . I had to appear in court to defend myself on a judgment that I had not even received the draft or final documents from my Attorney. The court judge laughed at me when I told him I had not seen any documents and proceeded to slap me with the defendant's attorney's fees. Despite numerous phone calls and emails, I never had from Mr. Jimison.
It became apparent to me earlier in the case that Mr. Jimison appeared to have a lot of issues going on especially personal including finances that he occasionally complained about. It never occurred to me that the level of negligence and incompetence would run so deep. Apparently he did absolutely nothing with my case until he must have received a letter for us to appear in court. At that point he had no choice but to get me to agree to some settlement to save his neck. He even went further to sign the final documents and submitted them to court without my approval. I have since been bound for the next 10 years by court documents that I never even had a chance to approve. To think that an individual who was supposed to represent me in good faith would do this to me has been devastating. The sad thing is that there seems to be nothing that I can do about it. it's a shocking true experience. It is a shame that Mr. Jimison may still be out there doing this kind of stuff to other clients. Someone once said that given a choice between being innocent and having a good lawyer, you're better off with a good lawyer. This guy is definitely not someone you want n your corner under any situation. Shame on him for what he did to me.
Posted by anonymous
I hired Shane over a year ago and am still experiencing legality issues. He turned over my case to his colleague and since the initial introductory email, have not heard from said colleague for nearly a month! Contact is hard, even with email, voicemails and phone calls. Each out of office response I receive is a new story of a family member or court issue. He refuses to contact me and has waited for four months after I submitted my paperwork to inform me that my case is turned over. I am incredibly displeased with this lawyer and do not recommend him to anyone who is seeking to get matters handled well or properly.
Posted by Stanley
I hired Shane over a year ago. I have been trying to contact him since November 2013 and have had no luck. Each time it is a family problem. Finally, got hold of him 2 weeks ago and was informed that his license was revoked and had someone taking over his cases. No one has contacted me as of yet. I do not think you should hire him ever, even if he gets his license back. I am going to the Virginia Bar Association with this matter as well.
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