Posted by Kenneth
Decades ago, John McDermott represented my wife (and me, I guess) in an uncontested divorce with child custody. The wife and I had already worked what we wanted done. Across John's desk we laid out what we wanted and he "made it happen." No fuss. No crazy fees. EZ PeeZee.
Now, 21 years later, I'm ready to collect Social Security and the Fed office wants a copy of the divorce. I've gone through every box of old papers both I and the ex-wife have and can't find it. So I called John. He told me it was my choice. Although he could copy and email me one for $75, he recommended, if I had the time, to save some money and get a copy from Harris county. That's the sort of thing a normal person (vs. a lawyer) would do.
Posted by John
This guy took my money for a uncontested divorce and never even filed anything. Don't waste your money or your time hiring this guy. He does not return phone calls or emails.
a complete waste of money.
Posted by anonymous
This summer I showed up to pre trial without a lawyer and lost temporary custody of my child. After months of searching for an affordable lawyer my boyfriend found John. His rate was at least $1000 lower than any other attorney I contacted. Throughout trial John was very professionally and he fought hard for me to regain custody of my son and we won!!! If you're have legal family issues John McDermott is your guy!
Posted by anonymous
I hired this clown in feb 2014 here it is august 2014 and I have yet to have a second conversation with this guy...I paid in full and havent heard from him since...and my divorce is UN contested......NEVER HIRE HIM.....IF YOU WANT TO WASTE YOUR MONEY HIRE THIS POOR EXCUSE OF AN ATTORNEY
Posted by Tara
John McDermott is dismissive and unresponsive. He has you pay his entire fee up front which isn't high comparatively but that us the type of service you get, not high. He doesn't even talk to you for the first 61 days, no matter what. In my case both parties agreed to the divorce and division of property but he decided because the other party had a lawyer it was immediately a contested case and required he double his fee. Why would I pay someone double that had spent so little time on my case that he didn't realize the other attorney filed a response within a week of our original filing? He didn't want to schedule the divorce telling me he didn't want to rush! He plays with people's lives carelessly. When I told him the only thing he had done was file an online form (that's available on the internet for free) he started being derogatory stating I didn't know anything about attorney's fees etc., that's why I hired a lawyer. I asked for a return on a portion of my money since I would need to find representation on my neglected case with the timeline ticking away and he just didn't address it stating he was sending me a bill for my already paid for case. He filed my case Pro SE like I was representing myself. He never had any intention of completing my case.
Posted by anonymous
Paid this man in FULL! Filled out paper work Nov. 2012 waited my 60 days it's now Apr. 2013. He does not return calls, emails, or text messages. He acknowledged that he saw that I had called several times when I was able to get a hold of him, but yet has never attempted to call me back. I am filing a complaint with the Bar and I am seeking to get my money back! He does not care at all about how this affects people lives! Far as I know, nothing has been filed with the courts because I have no case # or any other information for that matter.
Posted by LIsat
Mr. McDermott is VERY reasonable in his pricing and did a good job. I have had lawyers who charged a lot more and did a lot less.
Posted by Nikki
He filed the paperwork on time, Emailed me copies, stayed in touch, got me a good settlement and the divorce I needed. I am very pleased with his work, his integrity, and his fee. No complaint at all. Good lawyer.
Posted by Linda
I don't understand how this attorney is still practicing.He took my money August 2, 2012 for an uncontested divorce and NEVER filed!! He told me to schedule an appt. 2 weeks before the 61 day waiting period was over to discuss the terms. I started calling him early October and he never responded. I called the courthouse and found out he NEVER filed. He texted me the same week and lied and said he had filed (he didn't know I talked with the courthouse, he filed AFTER I called the courthouse). I also called the Texas State Board to file a complaint. After researching him online I found out he had already been reprimanded by the state board. He also LOST the waiver my husband had signed and notarized then sent back to him. I've since retrieved another attorney and they told me he filed the divorce as if I had done it, without legal representation. Mr. Mcdermott told me since this was an uncontested divorce (my husband went into his office the same time I did) that it should take about 2 1/2-3 months total. I also found out he should have never seen the both of us in his office as this creates a conflict of interest. He is rude, NOT trustworthy, didn't follow up, is a bold faced liar who just doesn't care. DO NOT USE HIM. AS OF TODAY I AM STILL NOT DIVORCED THANKS TO HIM. I had to wait another 61 days because he filed 2 months late AFTER I started calling and texting him every day. I repeatedly requested a refund and he never responded. I sent him a certified letter also demanding a refund. Still no response. I then texted him and told him I was fed up and going to the state board. I received half of my payment 2 days later. On the money order it said full and final reimbursement. This is the WORST experience ever with an attorney, and I have used attorney's before. He made the process of divorcing even WORSE. Also, the picture he uses in the Greensheet is very old. He does not look like that. The first time I saw him he was unrecognizable. He is very old and I have to say again very rude. Any time I asked him a question he got angry, as if I should already know...that's why I paid him. Do not use him...you will be sorry.
Posted by Sarah also
This attorney does not keep you informed, He does not give copies of paperwork, he's irritable and slow working. Kicking myself in the ass for hiring him, please use someone else. If you cannot afford an attorney, he will waste your money so just forfeit the extra money for someone who gets the job done.