Posted by Julie
I hired William Hotopp to represent me on the recommendation of Mutual Ground. Almost immediately, he became impossible to reach. He would not answer phone calls or return them nor would he respond to emails. He originally explained to me what he would do and how he would handle my case, and he did none of those things, which I could not get an explanation for. There is absolutely NO communication between him and his office girl. He refused to let me come into his office to discuss my case with him. Whenever I had a question, simple or not, I was required to schedule a phone conference that was made 7 to 10 days later. I was "allowed" to have two phone conferences with him in 4 months. Once he called late and then had to get off the phone before my time was up so that he wouldn't be late for his next call and the second time he called 5 hours early because that's when he had time to talk to me.
Once, I emailed him (thinking it would be an easier way to reach him) and several days later I received a response from his secretary saying that he gets "70+ emails a day" and that if I wanted a response I should have called the office, which I did and had to schedule a phone conference a week later.
Once, I called for my phone conference and was told by the secretary that I could not speak to him because I owed money, which ultimately, I didn't. They just hadn't applied my payment. So after waiting a week for my phone call, I had to reschedule it for another week away.
I have never received a bill from them, yet they keep saying I owe money. I have called several times to find out what I owe and have asked for a current bill and have yet to receive one. In four months!
I would suggest that if you want to hire Bill Hotopp, that you get everything in writing. He is not true to his word and I have no clue what he is billing me for. He doesn't communicate. And definitely find out when you will be able to reach him if you need to. Good Luck!
Posted by Mike
I recently hired Bill to represent me in a very complicated and messy contested probate situation that involved not only a financial estate but also the guardianship of a disabled parent. This matter evolved into a guardianship/custody situation over an infant that ended up going to trial. Bill's preparation and actions in court were great. Even courtroom regulars like social workers, CASA, a DCFS investigator, and other lawyers commented on how well Bill Hotopp handled the case, despite .
I also hired Bill to go after some individuals and companies who illegally and/or unethically financially exploited my disabled mother for large sums of money. One person has already gone to jail and was convicted on felony charges as a result. Other individuals and companies are now in the process of making amends. We can't get all the money back, but we are starting to see some results.
Prior to all this I have hired Bill Hotopp to handle numerous personal and business matters. All of them have resulted in successful outcomes, most did not go to trial. As a Lawyer Bill is knowledgeable, methodical, thorough and has a passion for helping his clients.
I have worked with dozens attorneys in my business and consulting career. Whenever it is my own money going to pay for a lawyer, and I have a choice, I have hired Bill Hotopp.
For me Bill has successfully handled the following sort of cases:
Family (Divorce, custody, etc.)
Bill stands out among attorneys as he is genuinely more concerned about achieving a good outcome for his clients rather than racking up bilable hours.