I hired attorney Perry to represent me in a real estate dispute after reading many of the favorable reviews I read online and it was the biggest mistake of my life. Mr. Perry’s failure to submit a drafted Settlement Agreement from opposing counsel caused me to lose my house and everything I own after he attempted to charge my account nearly four times the agreed upon price.
Attorney Perry, I later discovered, engages in the controversial practice of block billing to calculate and obfuscate fees (a technique often attributed to sloppiness, laziness and greed) and apparently practices excessive incremental billing in contrast to his stated fee agreement which promises to provide billing increments in tenths of an hour. Consequently, courts and disciplinary counsels in multiple jurisdictions throughout the US (including Ohio) have determined such practices to be fraudulent and illegal or at least highly unethical. Disciplinary Counsel v. Smith, 152 Ohio St.3d 337, 2017-Ohio-9087, Glover v. Heart of America Mgmt. Co., 1999 WL 540895 at *7, fn 8 (D. Kan 1999) Tom Carter Enterprises, Inc., 55 B.R. 548, 549 (Bankr. C.D. Cal. 1985)
Mr. Perry’s demand letters cost about $400 more than the national average and take longer to produce and may be the reason why some have lamented, including even some favourable reviewers, that attorney Perry has a particular tendency to underbid and overcharge even basic, routine jobs.
I discovered multiple block billed entries totalling several hours, for what appears to be work that I performed in mere minutes, apparently being charged at my expense. Another 2 hours and 42 minutes in last minute billable hours, for a period in which Mr. Perry claims that he was no longer representing me. A similar entry on the 4th of December for 54 minutes for a phone call in which attorney Perry would later go on to clarify was for a voice message requesting that I call him back.
In the end, I had to borrow money and Mr. Perry was paid nearly double what he had originally quoted me for the work, and more than he could verify was allegedly owed to him, before he abandoned my case mid-settlement.
Mr. Perry’s failure to honor the terms of our fee agreement not only caused irreparable, catastrophic, life destroying harm to me and my property but subjected me and my family to endure additional criminal harassment, fraud, intimidation and abuse at the behest of my adversaries.
A claim for misconduct arises when Attorney Perry proposes a confidentiality/non-disparage agreement to prevent this review from being published, in violation of Profession Rule 8.4 (a)(c)(d)(h) by attempting to violate Rule 1.8 (h)(1)(2)(i)(ii)(iii) when on March 15, 2021 and multiple times thereafter, by urging an unrepresented former client to enter into an agreement prospectively limiting the lawyer’s liability to a client for malpractice.
As you can probably imagine, client abandonment, billing fraud, contract breaches and misconduct are serious allegations and I do not make such statements frivolously. Mr. Perry has intonated that there would be “actionable” consequences if I posted this review and has tried multiple times to remove it. He has since enlisted “family acquaintances” to write obviously bogus Avvo reviews presumably to boost his ratings. To my knowledge attorney Perry has never attempted to remove those reviews. Attorney Perry refuses to release my full client file or reply to correspondence. He is also suspected of leaking information to opposing counsel that would forever irreparably harm my chances of becoming whole under the law.