Posted by Christopher
After realizing that this firm did not file a counterclaim in my divorce proceeding, an egregious offense I summarily fired him. A counterclaim is nearly always filed, as this is my avenue to seek relief from the court.
After firing and a Month after asking for my file and the return of the remainder of the retainer, I was told that the retainer was non refundable, an ethical offense. While Mr Danielski is sure to claim the Michigan Supreme Court decision of Cooper as his defense of using a non refundable retainer, this decision is viewed upon very negatively in the Family Law Ethics community. In short a non refundable retainer puts a monetary value on your continuing with a divorce, i.e. "I already spent $5000 on this I might as well go through with it'. A family law attorney should always be wanting the best for the client especially reconciliation. By placing such an enormous "non refundable" retainer fee he has placed a bar to reconciliation. And the $5000 retainer is simply out of the norm. In no way did this firm earn the retainer fee, in fact his firm has caused harm to my divorce proceedings. By not filing the simple counterclaim he has placed my divorce completely into the hands of the opposing counsel.
Grievance has been filed.
Posted by anonymous
John Danielski is a great Divorce Attorney - as well as, Family Lawyer, with the child custody case and thru the child support - SERIOUSLY I can't thank him enough!!
I was in a horrible marriage for 20yrs with three children. I didn't want to fight; I just wanted to settle quickly and quietly to get it completed and move on. That was, until my ex-took all of our money, as well as all of the valuables, assets, and top it off he quit his job and moved up north to live on a farm to avoid working or paying any money.
John Danielski proved not only is he capable of handling the divorce, getting FAIR settlement. He also helped with the child custody & child support with our family legal matters.
John's saying is "Getting the Results You Deserve" this is truly an understatement! I have always believed & kept the faith, but it is nice to see someone bad gets outsmarted and for Karma to take action!
Posted by anonymous
Thank u John for helping me when I needed it most. I am so grateful that I now have a house to live in with alimony, child support and custody of my children. I was worried that the judge was going to believe my husband's lies; but, thank u for never giving up and showing her the truth. I also thank u for giving me a break on ur fees and making my husband pay for them. MH
Posted by anonymous
John I wanted to personally thank you and your staff for the
outstanding commitment and professionalism of your firm. Your
secretary was consistently helpful and handled all interactions with
polite equanimity, regardless of my sometimes overbearing nature. Ken
was a source of calm, knowledgeable reinforcement of a successful
resolution and true to his word. You're exceptional personality of
drive, character and integrity is hard to find these days. Thanks to
you and all your staff for your support.
Posted by Lisa
Well, what can I say. John Danielski went above and beyond and never gave up on our case. This court battle lasted 2 years, yes I said 2 years. We had a Judge that retired, then we were reassigned a Judge who didn't care and on his way out to retire too. This Judge
postponed court hearings. I felt like he was just trying to make sure his court was full everyday. The Family Court systems needs to be completely changed. I've found that they've never had the children as their main focus. It's about making money and filling the pockets of
all the people they make you go see, and again, filling the court room up. This Judge never started on time. It would be great to schedule people for 9 am and then don't even walk into the courtroom until 10am. Acting like we are putting him out. As many times as we went to
court, he never knew anything about our case. Couldn't even remember seeing the kids, twice. It was ridiculous. No regard for the
children, for the working family who don't get paid when they take so many court dates off. So many therapist, psychologist's, Doctors, etc. it was sad. It was near impossible to see the end of the rainbow, but John was diligent and persevered on getting us what we wanted and what was best for the kids. If we ever need a lawyer again, we won't hesitate to cell John.
Posted by anonymous
Originally, I hired another lawyer for my divorce, and he tried to
cram a settlement offer from my ex-wife's attorney down my throat,
however, I then decided to change lawyers and hired John. My ex-wife
wanted over a thousand dollars of alimony and full custody of the
kids, however, after a year long battle, I ended up paying less than
$500 a month in alimony, and I received joint custody with 50%
parenting time of my kids. I am so grateful to John, and he did it at
a reasonable price. Thank you John. SM.
Posted by anonymous
Please read this before choosing John Danielski. My choice for a spouse was bad enough, but my choice of John Danielski as my divorce attorney was even worse. After being served, and when I first met with him he convinced me that he knew exactly how the divorce was going to go and that my spouses attorney was not nearly as skilled or experienced as he was. I'm going to be purposely vague on many details simply because I want some sense of privacy regarding my divorce. I do however want to express how real my loss is and that in my opinion John Danielski is the reason that the judge in my case found favor with my ex-spouse and it ended up costing me a lot of money. Although I trusted John at first about making no offers to settle before the settlement conference I didn't realize how controlling he was going to become. John refused to negotiate at the settlement conference and recommended that I don't settle on anything less than the terms that he suggests. My spouse’s attorney at least made an offer to settle before a lengthy trial ensued but John refused to even consider the offer or discuss it with me and convinced me not to settle. His suggestion was to take the matter to court because my spouse's attorney was being unreasonable and the judge would surely be on my side. Well not only was John wrong about the opposing counsel's skills, he was wrong about the judges reaction to his arrogance. The opposing counsel made John look unprepared and ill-equipped. The trial lasted several days and on each day there was at least one occasion where the opposing counsel really over shadowed John's ability to establish his case. On several occasions I tried to convince John to change his strategy and present facts where I could prove that my spouse was more than 50% at fault for the marital breakdown, but he said he thought that would make us look to desperate. Really? At that point I was desperate. I was about to lose everything. The judge on several occasions made unfavorable comments to John during two separate court appearances about statements that John had made. When I said to John that the judge was really angered by his comments he just shrugged it off and said that the judges’ comments didn't really mean anything. Of course at the end of the trail the judge again commented on the very same statements John had made during the trail and noted how disparaging several comments from John were. What John said and how he phrased it seemed to be a personal attack on the opposing counsel’s professional ethics and the judge became quite irritated about the comments and let Mr. Danielski know it. I believe that ultimately this type of arrogant behavior in court on the part of Mr. Danielski caused the judge to be less than sympathetic towards my side of the case. I fully understand that justice is presumably blind to personal feelings, but in reality the judge is human and I believe that the likeability factor was definitely on the other side. I could go on and on about where and how I think John blew my opportunity for a fair settlement but if you've read to this point and are not convinced you need to find a different attorney then nothing else I write will likely convince you. The choice of course is yours but I felt I needed to tell my story. Had I read the other negative reviews on John Danielski my story may very well have ended in a far more positive way and far less financially devastating for me. Good luck in whatever choice you ultimately make.
Posted by Lynn
I met John, Today and He gave me advice and it was to the point! He was very confident about what he was telling me because I could tell he new the laws !!! That is the kind of Lawyer you need.
Posted by anonymous
John Danielski is an excellent divorce/family attorney. After many frustrating years in a bad marriage with all the strain on the family, John really had the best interest of myself and the children at the forefront of his mind. His high level of integrity and honesty was refreshing. He really demands the very best out of himself as well as his staff. He is educated, organized, thorough and really listened to get my matters settled fairly. John is an outgoing person with an obvious love for his work and a devotion to his clients. I would highly recommend him for any divorce case or family dispute.
Posted by Christina
My experience with Danielski Law firm was exceptional: they are dedicated and extremely knowledgeable. We found that they were easy to deal with and easy to get ahold of, especially when we would call them after hours. Their staff is an effective Law Group: Carla is an expert at juggling all the clients, phone calls, messages and information daily, her comments and suggestions and her perspective were refreshing. John is definitely a diligent, persistent and effective lawyer who knows how to get the job done for the client. We were very satisfied with the outcome of our case. I would refer them to everyone.