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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1990||02/26/2017|
|South Texas College of Law Houston||Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||1990|
Posted by Erick
I was referred to Judith Brokaw through Arag Legal Insurance for phone consultation. After making an appointment in the morning and calling them back at the agreed upon time in the afternoon, I was finally put in touch with Judith. I needed advice in regards to suing my landlord for the return of my security deposit. I was told by her assistant to have all relevant paperwork ready for when I spoke to an attorney so I had everything in front of me while on the phone with her. Her answer to several of my questions was"Well, it depends what your lease says", however, when I tried to look at my lease, she would say "We(meaning she) don't have time for you to look at it right now" She obviously could not get off of the phone fast enough and made it seem like I was wasting her precious time even though I had scheduled this consultation ahead of time at the time they told me. The worst part was when I asked if the court could make my landlord pay for damages in excess of the amount of my security deposit if he unlawfully withheld my deposit, she told me the answer was No. I then found the section in the Texas property code (sec 92.109) which says that the answer is Yes! This "lawyer" should find a different line of work.
Posted by anonymous
Judith took my case..never kept me informed.. Decided to visit her since I couldn't reach her by phone..she never comes out of her office and with no explanation or reason ..she tells her assistant to give me my folder back and won't give me a release letter..so she just breached my contract..for no reason..so with that being said.and after reading other reviews.. Knowing I am not the only one.I am most definitely calling the bar..Because she is out of control.
Posted by anonymous
I had a simple relative adoption. Because the child was born in a different state, I had to get a lot of the preliminary work done by an attorney in that state. This meant that Brokaw had a rather easy job. Not the case for me, though. I always had to make multiple requests for status updates. She never made my case a priority. She delayed and prolonged the process. Every other professional involved in the case (amicus attorney, social worker, etc.) complained about her lack of response, the delays she caused, and the complications she created. Three days before our original hearing (at 5:11pm), her assistant sent out numerous documents for us to sign (as a "precaution") and requested that we fax them back that night. When I questioned the urgency and expressed concern about this late activity putting our case in jeopardy, she had the assistant tell us that she could withdraw if we weren't satisfied. Keep in mind that this was three days before the hearing. We just went along with it - thinking it would be over soon. The next day, they notified us BY EMAIL that our adoption would be rescheduled. I found out it was because she didn't have all the paperwork filed. Ovet the next few days, we continued to get paperwork to sign either "as a courtesy" or "as a precaution". On our new hearing date, AT THE COURT HOUSE we were still signing papers because of "red tape". As we sat in the court watching the families being called up by name, it was an awesome feeling to witness the happiness in the room. When it came to our case, the judge called Brokaw's name. When she approached the bench, it was obvious that she didn't have all the necessary paperwork filed. I felt sick, angry, and humiliated. Brokaw and her assistant did a mad dash to file documents with the clerk and then came back and told me that "the ckerk's office didn't send the right papers to court". Never once did she apologize or take ownership. Finally, our family was called by name. As the judge began reading through the case again, she noticed that some forms still had blank lines in them. We watched Brokaw fill in the blanks with an inkpen. She (the judge) showed signs of being upset with Brokaw through her sighs and eyerolls. In the end, our adoption was finalized but Brokaw's unprofessionalism put a damper on a very special day. And to cap it off, when I received copies of the order to grant adoption, it has my husband's name spelled incorrectly and the child's date of birth wrong. I'm not sure of the challenges that may cause with getting a passport, social security card, or new birth certificate - so our nightmare may not be over. And there you have it. She's bad news. And, as the other reviewer stated, avoid her at all costs.
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