Posted by "Doc"
I couldn't be happier with my decision to hire Mr. Seth Gould,of Wienner and Gould to represent me! I found him to be very professional and very knowledgeable.Add in the fact that he is very kind, very caring, & very compassionate and you have a winner.(I realize that Mrs. Grissom, my high school English teacher would probably take points off because she would have felt I overused the word "very" but I feel so strongly about Seth's positive qualities, I used it anyway). Seth is a real gem & I highly recommend him.Let me tell you a little bit about how I came to employ Seth.I live in Ohio and after about two years of litigation in Ohio, with the help of my Ohio attorney, I received a judgement against a former tenant of mine.I was happy to have won the case but collecting on my judgement would prove more daunting than I had anticipated.Rather than pay me, the debtor went into "stall" mode & then when he felt the timing was in his favor, he ran up to his summer cottage in Michigan & filed for bankruptcy.I'm pretty sure he thought that by making it as difficult as possible (and expensive as possible) for me to pursue him, I would give up.That turned out to be a major miscalculation on his part. I'm not the kind to let someone get away scott free.However, in order to pursue him, I needed to secure an attorney licensed in Michigan. Back in late 2010 or early 2011, my Columbus attorney recommended Seth. Seth and I got the ball rolling via email and a couple of phone calls. When it was time to take the debtor's deposition, my wife and I traveled to Michigan to meet Seth for the first time. We met for a brief lunch at a restaurant near the deposition site. My impression of him and his expertise was already high but within minutes of meeting Seth for the first time, I was even more certain that I was in good hands.He is soft spoken, very articulate and very polite.(There I go again using that word "very."Sorry Mrs.Grissom) He also seemed genuinly concerned that we keep my legal costs as low as possible without compromising quality. Anyone who has had to use the legal system for a business matter knows just how unpredictable the results can be. Seth was very careful to try and manage my expectations. He never promised me things he knew were out of his control. He did, however, promise me that he would work diligently and tirelessly to help me win my case. At first, despite Seth's expert work, it looked like we had lost our case. However, not once did I blame Seth. I knew he had provided the judge with everything he needed to find in our favor. For whatever reason, though, the judge granted my debtor's bankruptcy request. I don't know why, maybe he had a 2pm tee time or something and was in too much of a hurry to actually read the facts of the case but, for a short period, it looked like I had lost. In telling me this news, Seth was very professional and very compassionate. He seemed genuinely sorry. He even said to me that I may want to save on legal bills by walking away and not filing an appeal. After all, at that point, between my Columbus attorney and Seth, I had spent almost as much on legal bills as I was owed by my debtor. Here is where the story gets good. I was so confident in Seth's ability, I decided to file an appeal. Seth said he was happy to do so but reminded me there were no guarantees.My answer was something to the effect of "I think the chance of getting two bad judges in a row is very low and I am willing to try." He rolled up his sleeves and with the expert help of his staff, he submitted very detailed, timely reply briefs to the appeals court.My comment to Seth after reading his brief was "If this judge has at least an eighth grade education & takes the time to actually read what you wrote, we win."Seth again reminded me that there is no way to predict the outcome. While my brain was telling me he was right, my heart knew he was wrong. The appeals court judge found in our favor. Thanks to Seth,my heart was right!