This lawyer is not competent for trial work
Robert Judd handled a probate case for me. Before I hired him, he stated he was an experienced trial lawyer. It seemed pretty clear during the course of the litigation that he had little or no experience with trials. This was especially glaring in the way he allowed himself to be bullied and have his lines of questioning derailed during depositions. The defendant’s key witness was a falling-down drunk alcoholic who would have made a terrible impression in court. Without consulting me, he consented to allow her to appear by videotaped deposition (on the grounds that her demeanor would come through in the videotape), then neglected to arrange for the videotaping and, during the depositions, failed to ask many of the questions critical to the case. He filed what should have been a single complaint with two claims for relief as two, separate complaints, thereby multiplying his fee. He specifically stated in one of the complaints that we did not have a claim against Merrill Lynch -- thereby trashing our claim against probably the key defendant in the case. He was, on top of this, the single most expensive lawyer I ever dealt with. During the course of our representation he moved to another firm, thereby dramatically increasing his billing rate. We discovered this months later. Despite a firm understanding before we hired him as to the amount of money we had at our disposal, he ran through the entire amount very early in the course of representing us, then used our lack of money as an excuse to attempt to drop us as clients. When I asked what he expected the remaining cost of pursuing our claim to be, he replied with a number substantially greater than the original estimate. Looking back, I believe he knew he had dug such a hole by that point that victory was impossible and wanted out of the case. By any measure, I had an adequate amount of money to finance this case when I set out. In fact, I had about 50% more money than Mr Judd told us we would need. Even disregarding the Merrill-Lynch issue and the amateurishly botched depositions, by his billing practices he ran through this money so quickly that he made a viable case untenable. I do not consider him either trustworthy or competent, and I would not recommend that anyone employ his services.