Posted by Steven
Mr Fanning was straightforward and knowledgeable. We were able to establish a very good rapport. Mr Fanning helped me to separate my emotional concerns from true legal strategies. The other side was incommunicative and uncooperative, but whenever Mr Fanning could corner them in a face to face meeting the results were great. I will admit that he was stoic about some of the procedures and steered me away from what were petty and emotional concerns. He is no pushover , and I assume some of the previous comments we're from people who failed to see the logic or strategy in his advice . In my experience a counselor will not always tell you what you want to hear and probably shouldn't . In the end, everything that Mr Fanning suggested or proposed worked out well . I will see him again as a necessary and I would recommend him.
Posted by a client
Mr. Fanning was hard working, open and honest about how he could help me and gave me hope for my situation. Thankfully, things worked out for the best.
Posted by a client
After hiring Mr. Fanning in April of 2014, placing a $2500 retainer and our initial consultation I felt confident in him handling my custody modification. This wasn't a custody battle or even a contested modification. After 9 months of calls not returned and rare occasions of communication (when I actually was able to reach him on the phone) , I finally received my filed modification with an attached bill of $2,000 more! After paying $1,000 of the added bill it has been brought to my attention the papers are completely wrong! I have paid this "lawyer" $3,500 to do nothing, but put me in a position where I have to pay someone else to fix his screw up... Which I would rather do than have to use his services again!
Posted by a client
I would not recommend Steven Fanning under any circumstances. After he received a large retainer from me, he came up with excuse after excuse as to why he was unavailable, ie. daughter had a stroke, mother died, went on vacation, etc. His office was left unattended twice for an entire week in the first month of me retaining him. His secretary was his wife, so when Steven was away so was she, and the office was staffless. My messages left on their office answering machine went unreturned. I had no idea where he was or why there was no one at the office. I had to attend court and represent myself because of his personal family illnesses that prevented him from going to court with me even though I had paid him to represent me and go to court with me. On several occasions he gave me wrong information as to what I was entitled to, telling me that I was entitled to things that I was not. Finally when I questioned why he had not sent out the subpoenas that I had requested he told me that it was because he was going on vacation and if I didn't like how he was running my case I could find someone else, which I did. Steven Fanning was a huge mistake and very costly. For the price I could have hired the best and most expensive Family Divorce Lawyer in Georgia. What was Steven like? He went ahead without my permission and did things that I did not ask him to do or want him to do which he then billed me for, ie typed a set of consent orders? He kept telling me "I don't know what you are going to do, this is a really hard one, its so problematic?' He showed bias to the other party and seemed more concerned about them than me stating "This could ruin his life!". He kept asking how much more money could I give him, and asked for $5000 increments even though I was not receiving any bills from him at that stage and I was questioning what the intial retainer of $5000 had been spent on. I had to ask him numerous times over weeks for an itemized bill only to find out finally when I got the bill that his charges were not accurate, and he was completely over charging me, then asking for more. His legal advise was incorrect. His knowledge was not very good and he told me he would have to ask someone else. After I signed him as my Divorce Attorney he told me I could not get divorced as I had not lived in Georgia for six months, and would have to wait for a few months or file for divorce elsewhere. He did not properly prepare my case to be run at court in a hearing situation, and he kept saying that he wanted to settle the case even though the opposing party was not willing to do so. I believe that the reason he wanted to settle it was because it was less work for him. Therefore, my case was not properly prepared nor was there a strategy for success. Eventually the other lawyer ran my case at court and I paid him almost half of what Steven Fanning charged me, and Steven Fanning never even went to court with me. Do yourself a favor and get a lawyer that is recommended to you by someone that you know. Steven Fanning was a costly mistake. I am glad that I got a new lawyer before it was too late.
Posted by a Divorce client
Mr. Fanning and his law firm helped me more than I can express in this review. After several bad experiences with attorney's I was at my wit's end when Mr. Fanning was recommended to me by a friend of mine. He and his staff really care. They went above and beyond to make sure that I was not taken advantage of in my divorce and for that I am eternally grateful. He is up front, fair and really fights for the underdog (which in this case was me.) I only wish that I had gone to him first before wasting my time and money on legal represention that went nowhere. He is truly a gentleman lawyer.
Posted by a Family client
Before I retained him he was all for it. Immediately after the received the money everything changed. He was too busy with a BIG case.Then, he hadn't had time to look into it.Then, he went on vacation . And then he billed me again.charged me his hourly rate for telephone conversations he supposedly had, that he never mentioned anything about. And then he was too busy again and would not return my calls .I consider hiring him a major mistake. He cost me a lot of money , probably as much as a fancy lawyer if not more and did not help me with my case. During this long process I felt like I was paying for someone to just be present at the hearing and nothing more.Do yourself a favor and go someplace else. Unless you have time and money you don't know what to do with.