Posted by a client
Hired the Steele Group to represent me in a child custody case. To make a long story short, all of his associates and his staff left in mass exodus. This guy went off the deep end and when I found out certain papers hadn't been filed with the Court, he made excuses, sent ranting emails, voicemails and text messages using profanity, etc. Papers that weren't filed ended up affecting my case and he felt no remorse for that. He didn't have any problem taking my retainer which wasn't earned.
He lied constantly telling me he had filed paperwork with the Courts (which is easy enough to prove or disprove) and would still lie to me telling me he had worked on my case. I am glad he was finally disciplined after multiple clients reported him to the State. I don't know what happened to this guy but I am so sorry I hired his firm thinking he would an outstanding attorney only to find out that wasn't true. What's even harder to figure out is there are some reviews here that make this guy sound like God. After first reading the reviews here on AVVO, that is why I hired his firm. Obviously if he now has a rating of 1.0, it proves my story that I wasted time and money trusting this guys to help me when all that happened was my money was kept and he actually hurt my case.
Posted by wilma
David worked for a family member in a custody case for two years. In the two years he never showed up for one meeting in fact we never met him. After two years we are at the same place we started. fortunately for us CPS became involved due to bad decisions on the moms part and they did more for us than David did,
Posted by a client
Atty Steele's vast knowledge of family law is second nature. His advice is not sugar coated, but laced with genuine concern for the child's best interest.
Thank you for so much for the consultation. If my case was closer, I'd have hired him in a heartbeat! Class act!
Posted by a client
In January 2015, I went on the search for the best child custody lawyer. I was lead to David Steele. At the initial consultation, I explained my situation and the situation I was trying to get my daughter out of. My wife was a stay at home mother and she developed a substance abuse problem. I was scared that if I filed for a divorce, my wife would get custody of my daughter. I needed help. David listened. He told me he would be willing to take me on as a client. He told me he was confident he could get me full custody. I hired David and was amazed. The communication throughout the process was amazing. He is upfront and straightforward. During the process of the divorce my wife stepped up and said she would seek treatment and counseling. David was so happy for me. He put a stop on the process and stayed in contact with me, answering all questions that came up. He even billed me just for the work that was done and refunded me the rest of my money. That's when I was truly amazed. Its rare to come across people or a business who actually care about you. I am just blown away and still in shock. Thank you David for everything! My wife and I are working through things.
Posted by a client
I really got the wrong first impression. I felt like this attorney was working for my ex. I left feeling like I was bullied into agreeing to things I was not comfortable with. I can't take those decisions back and I spent a significant amount of money and got NOTHING accomplished. I'm sure my ex loved having 2 attorneys on his side. In the end before I fired Steele, it had been weeks since I had even heard a word from him regarding my case. My case was important to me, not this guy.
Posted by Jackie
Truly - i will never hire another lawyer. The experience i had with David, as well as the team he takes such pride in, was better than any experience I've ever had with a lawyer and I've had more than anyone should because i have a jerk for an ex husband. Who always put our kids in the middle and always won. Until he got into a court room with David. And since that day, my life has been better and better. He doesn't try to bully me anymore because he learned the hard way that he was way way outmatched against David Steele (and my God was it a beautiful sight to see that lesson administered) that he couldn't even begin to bully David. It was very clear that we were not in his world that day, we were in David's. And he is an expert at what he does. You'll never know how much i owe you David. Thank you. My children thank you and my parents thank you. God bless you and yours. Also - i know full well that should have cost more no matter what you tell me. Remember how many lawyers I've had? I know pricing and i know full well you took it easy on me because you know my husband had practically bankrupted me with court proceedings, always getting the better of whatever cheap attorney i brought with me. Until a friend gave David SUCH a glowing reference that, even though i didn't think he could possibly live up to what she was saying, i called him, liked him immediately and he got me into his office the very next day. Now I'm the one writing a review i don't expect anyone to believe. Because all you hear about lawyers is bad stuff. But all you hear about David is good. Which is why I read the couple bad reviews posted on here just bc i couldn't understand how anyone had a bad experience with David, not th David we came to know and trust with our lives. Turns out both reviews were written by the same guy with a grudge. And of course the two people out of 45 who gave less that an A+ were their own worst problems. The one guy who pretended to be two didn't EVEN SHOW UP TO HIS FINAL HEARING and OF course blames David! Tells you about all you need to know. Hire David Steele and don't look back.
Posted by jimmyf
Highly knowledgable staff who will take the time to hear your story and actually care about you. I hired David to represent me in my custody case and he has represented me well on a battle I could never seem to win. Since I've hired David not only has he helped me immensely but his whole office seems dedicated to our case and know who I am and always answer my questions whenever I call. Couldn't be happier with these guys. Always tough when needed and not afraid to step up and go into battle for me. Would highly recommend
Posted by Jessica
David and his team have been so helpful, responsive, and caring. He takes the time to respond and give important information, even before he's hired. It's hard going through something this emotional, yet he and his team make me feel protected.
Posted by Shane
I hired David Steele to defend me against contempt for not paying medical bills, which I never received, and to countersue for visitation with my two girls that I was being denied. My ex was asking for the moon and more but turns out I wound up getting everything I asked for and we were even able to settle out of court. I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome from this case, especially in a state that is not big on Father’s rights.
What is even more exceptional? When it came time to pay the final bill, knowing I didn’t have a lot of money, David mentioned to me how he didn’t charge me for a single hour of “his time” on the bill and even gave me a free hour on top of it. He was right, not a single charge from him on any of my statements. He truly cares about his clients and the outcomes of his cases making him the true Man of Steele in my book. If you want someone who is passionate about what they do, a good family man, and aggressive for his clients, you need to look no further. While his firm might charge more than other firms, his is worth every penny if you want to get what you’re asking for and maybe even more.
Posted by Casey
David Steele is not only an incredible attorney but an amazing individual. He is timely on responding back to any concerns as well as be considerate towards your situation. Many attorneys are just out for money and that is not the case here. He does everything he can to make sure you are taken care of and helps to put your mind at ease. My ex-fiancé kept threatening me with filing a contempt in court because I "wouldn't let him see his son" when really he just wanted to see him when it was convenient for him, making me drop everything and anything or he would "call the cops". He had me terrified. Mr. Steele informed me that, due the paper work we had signed, he was not able to do this and took a huge weight of stress and worry off my shoulders. I high recommend him and his staff. Leslie Lorenzano is an amazing attorney as well and helped to answer any and every question I had! Mr. Steele has a wonderful law firm and I will continue to steer anyone and everyone I know in his direction for legal advice. Thank you Mr. Steele!!!!