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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2010||02/26/2017|
|MD||Inactive - Retired||2005||01/23/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Top Lawyers||Houstonia Magazine||2015|
|Prinicipal||Law Office of Eric L. Pines, PLLC||2002 - Present|
|Associate General Counsel||AFGE Local 1923||2001 - 2010|
|Attorney||United States District Court, Central District Of California||1996 - 1997|
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|Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group||Member||2012 - Present|
|National Employment Law Institute||Member||2011 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Labor and Employment Law Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|United States District Court for the District ofMaryland||Member||2005 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1996 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Central District of California||N/A||1996 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association||Member||2003 - 2010|
|AFGE 1633 vs. V.A.||Win|
|Phuoung vs. V.A. (Houston)||Win -- 10,000 Back Pay -- Full Attorneys Fees|
|AFGE 1923 (Indian Head) vs. Dept of Navy||Settled for $520,000 with Attorney Fees|
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|Federal News Radio||Final rule requires affirmative action for disabilities in federal workforce||2017|
|Stars and Stripes||Critics: Bill in Congress to fire VA execs may be unconstitutional||2014|
|statesman.com||Whistleblower: VA tried to silence and intimidate me||2014|
|www.pinesfederal.com||OPM Disability Retirement – FMLA and/or Sick Leave or Tough it Out?||2014|
|Pines Federal Blog||Dealing with a Wrongly Denied Reasonable Accommodation Request for Telework||2012|
|SSA Newsletter||Reasonable Accommodation - Medical Parking Worksheets||2006|
|Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)||J.D.||1995|
|University of California, Los Angeles||History||B.A.||1992|
|University of California - Santa Barbara||History||N/A||N/A|
|Final rule requires affirmative action for disabilities in federal workforce||Final rule requires affirmative action for disabilities in federal workforce||2017|
|AFGE Veterans Affairs Training 2016||Federal Labor Arbitration Boot Camp||2016|
|DHS Worst Place to Work||Federal Employee Work Environment Survey Expert||2015|
|KTRH Houston Radio Interview Guest||Shutdown Effects Thousands of Federal Employees in Houston||2013|
|Federal EEO Training||Retaliation and Harassment in the Federal System||2012|
|Federal Retirement Seminar||Estate Planning for Federal Employees||2010|
|AFGE Federal EEO Training||Disability Discrimination in the Federal Government||2010|
|AFGE Steward Training||EEO Disability Discrimination Training||2008|
Posted by Lyn
When you think your legal battle with the federal government will never have the desired outcome, and you just want to throw in the towel because you are not confident with your attorney, PLEASE FIRST CONTACT PINES FEDERAL! Mr. Pines and his colleagues are competent & compassionate, understand the stress and strain you are suffering, and have the legal knowledge and fortitude to fight for you!!! They will be forthright with you concerning the merits of your case, while always being respectful of whatever it is you decide. Their diligent work ethic, in conjunction with their true desire to help people not be taken advantage of by the system is inspiring. They understand that legal battles are expensive and ALWAYS keep you apprised of what they bill for by sending you detailed logs of expenditures. I am grateful to them for the outcome of my case!!! I truly cannot say enough about this firm and wish I had found them initially when I was looking for representation. Give them a chance - you won't regret it!!!!
Posted by milton
Early 2014 I was performing a Google search for Attorney’s who specialize in Federal employee rights. I badly needed the assistance of a good lawyer, but like in many instances when specialized experience is needed to resolve an issue, it can be very difficult to find someone you trust, and has your best interest in mind as a client. Until I discovered the Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC…
I’m currently employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs (WCPAC) Las Vegas, NV. I have worked for the VAMC for 26 years, and have always performed at an outstanding level, until management at WCPAC began to harass and bully me by threating my employment. Mid-June 2014, I was wrongfully terminated from the Department of Veteran Affairs (WCPAC) for reasons still to this day aren’t clear.
While investigating The Law Offices of Eric L. Pines PLLC as much as one could at that stage, considering their individual experience, and reading all of the great testimonials, I thought to myself; I want to be one of those people freely expressing my satisfaction, which meant of course that we had won our case! Look at me know…
Late July of 2014 I officially signed a retainer to secure the services of Eric L. Pines PLLC. By the beginning of January 2015, Pines Attorney’s Stephen Goldenzweig, and Aaron Wersing had secured a settlement which included some of the following…
a. Employment Reinstatement
b. Nearly a 6 figure monetary award
c. All adverse actions removed from my OPF
Eric L. Pines PLLC, and it’s honest, talented staff of Attorneys who know how to win…are worth every penny!
The most impressing quality of Pines PLLC is that they are very up front, direct, and honest from our initial contact. If the Lawyers feel you are incorrect with your argument, as a prospective client, or an actual client, they will quickly and clearly make you aware that your argument is incorrect. They will explain why your argument is incorrect, and then they will provide you with the correct information and provide options based upon that knowledge. If Pines PLLC feels that you don’t have legal standing, they will quickly make you aware of that, and suggest that you should save your money. If they validate that you have somewhat of a case, but it’s an issue that they would not be interested in, they will refer you to someone who they feel would be better suited to assist you with your specific needs in a more efficient manner. If Pines PLLC believes that you have a valid legal complaint that they believe they can not only legally articulate a reasonable and intelligent defense, but they can also aggressively go on the offense to win the case! Ultimately, that’s all a client can ask for when searching for a Law Firm that will aggressively fight for your rights against the Federal Government, and all that entails.
Since my victory with Eric L. Pines PLLC, and his Associates I have referred many other Federal employees to the Firm for legal assistance and direction. To this day, I continue to be a very satisfied, and well informed client of Eric L. Pines PLLC and his very talented Associates, who are well versed in Federal Law, and the legal rights of Federal employees.
They’ve literally saved my life!
Posted by Kathryn
Recently I encountered a very difficult situation that resulted in my need for legal help and ultimately medical disability removal from my government job. Eric Pines and his team...incuding Scott Santerelli were wonderful to work with and were very successful in helping me with my case.
As a result of ongoing medical problems I found myself in a difficult EEO battle against the Treasury agency I worked for. After careful research I decided to contact Mr. Pines for help with my case and the FERS Disability Retirement process. He was always very informative, understanding and responsive to me and my situation. He was always prompt to return my calls and respond to my many emails and questions throughout my case. In addition he was more concerned about my wellbeing and situation than his own financial earnings. Throughout the process I was cared for and respected by Eric and his team. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone in the federal workplace needing legal help or advice. My case was resolved quickly and with better results than I had imagined going into the process.
Posted by Susan MY
My government employer was threatening to report me to the licensing board. I was completely distraught and unable to fight this on my own I did not know what to do. I contacted a big law firm to discuss this, but I was treated disrespectfully, given no hope and no compassion (I was only a little fish). I left that firm and contacted Eric Pines law firm. From the first consult Eric, Stephen and Aaron were considerate, caring and understood what I was going through. They encouraged me to ask questions, kept me informed of everything going on and absolutely no surprise bills. There were two issues dealt with my employer, first was the report to the licensing board and second was applying for retirement disability. Stephen handled the licensing issue and he called me directly when he received the letter that I would not be turned into the board, I was in a state of shock and so grateful. This is my life, my family and I could not fight by myself.....they fought for me. The retirement disability outcome is still pending and is being handled by Eric, I feel he is doing a wonderful job for me. I would highly recommend this firm, all of these gentlemen made my terrifying situation more tolerable by being kind, professional and caring human beings.
Posted by Monica
WOW! I just completed my case review with Attorney Pines, not only was he extremely experienced and well versed in federal sector laws, and disability, he is the real deal! He took the time to listen, he was genuinely concerned and was not out to take advantage of my situation like so many other attorneys just out to rack up on fees. I was amazed with his experience regarding this case but another case as well.
I felt like I was his only client and I was moved by his kindness and sensitivity to my situation. It was clear that he had thoroughly reviewed the documents I had forwarded. I know it took more than the 1 hour I paid for.
He was clear, and succinct with regard to my options. I wish I had found him sooner. If you need an expert attorney, before you call anyone else, call Attorney Pines. He will not lead you astray. He's a beacon of light and a restorer of hope.
Posted by Al
After spending five years working in a cyberspace engineering position and struggling with progressively worsening spine and chronic pain conditions, I was forced to face the fact that I could not continue. So, with the support of my long-time primary care physician, I began researching various Internet sites along with OPM's web pages to educate myself on the process and procedures required to apply for FERS disability retirement. While the application process is very involved and carries built-in pitfalls, it can be completed without professional help if one is so inclined. However, given my medical issues and circumstances, I decided the cost involved with obtaining top-notch help was well worth it. I reasoned that the possible outcome of denial and the appeal process could cause financial losses much greater. While having professional support with the application is no guarantee of success, I wanted the best possible case, with the best possible chance for a favorable decision, as I could no longer continue working – and I feel strongly that retaining the support was crucial to obtaining OPM approval.
Eric Pines and my primary interface with Pines LLC, Ms. Cyril Dubin, were immediately dedicated to building my case. Working through the lengthy Q&A process with Cyril turned up details crucial to my application – details that I had completely forgotten about and in some cases even decided were unimportant. Fortunately for me, Cyril saw the value of these details, and folded them into an incredibly powerful statement prepared for my physician to review and sign. This lengthy (nine pages, single spaced) statement was dead-on-target, and my doctor signed it without changing a single word. Later, he commented to me about the quality and presentation method of this statement, saying, “it captured everything perfectly.”
I strongly recommend Pines, LLC, and their team of dedicated professionals. Their commitment to my disability retirement application made my case very strong. I credit them for my fast OPM approval.
Posted by Susan
I have not written a public review for anyone or anything before. However, I wanted to write this in hopes that someone looking for a lawyer could read this, and have the same wonderful experience that I did.
I recently found myself in the most difficult time of my life, I needed an attorney to guide me through the complicated task of applying for Federal Disability Retirement. From my first phone call to Eric and Scott to inquire about the process, to the day that I informed them that I had been awarded my disability retirement, they were 100% professional and caring. They treated me as if I had known them for years, genuinely caring, polite, compassionate, patient (with my endless questions!), and knowledgeable in every aspect.
Eric and Scott exceeded my expectations of them.
They returned phone calls promptly and never ever did I feel rushed with their responses or advice. I felt like I was their most valued client, never sensing that they were too busy to address my concerns. After completing any interaction with them I felt safe, informed, protected, and confident. I felt that they truly knew what to do in each step of the way.
I thank them from my heart for guiding me through a very difficult and intimidating process, I could not have succeeded without them!
Posted by Amparo
Eric Pines represented me in an OWCP case. I was injured while on the job with USPS. They argued that I was not in the line of duty at the time. Eric Pines and his staff helped me from day one. I could not believe how quickly they were on board and working for my behalf. I am so pleased with the outcome of my case. Clearly going up against the Federal Government must not have been easy but Eric Pines and Gavriel Toso worked tirelessly for me and kept me in the loop the entire time. They were, not only, honest, skillful and informative; but they were empathetic and kind. They have taken a huge load off my back. Now Workers Comp. will pay my medical bills like they should have done in the first place. I am forever grateful!
Posted by Carolyn
When I was fired, I felt all alone, hopeless, confused, victimized and I noticed that there was no one within my agency could help me. My first conversation with Mr. Eric Pines, I felt like someone really heard me and understood what I was facing.
From the first day I spoke with Mr. Pines, I no longer felt as thou I was in this by myself. Mr. Pines listen to me for four months and shared my pain. I’m trying not to be so personal but I can’t help it. As I write this review, I am literally crying tears of joy. I am so glad I had the opportunity to know him. He is the true example of a lawyer. He was extremely passionate, concern, knowledgeable and professional. Mr. Pines went at this case whole hearted and never gave up until I was vindicated.
I have never met him and I can truly say I love him because he showed love for me first. Thank you so much for giving me a reason to live and go on. Also letting me know there are people out here who still care for others.
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
Mr. Eric Pines has my strongest possible endorsement. In a Federal labor matter, he and I were opposing counsel. I found him to be a challenging adversary, but more importantly, he is one of the most ethical attorneys I know. Honest and forthright, Mr. Pines upholds the highest standards of our profession. I now proudly call him a friend.
Richard Klein, Employment and labor Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I am attorney who works in the same field as Mr. Pines. I have worked with him on cases and find his work to be top caliber. He has a very broad knowledge of Federal Sector and EEO law. He has unique talents with negotiation and the ability to reach a settlement that can often be a win-win for both sides. He has a very nice rapport with his clients and is well likes and respected by them. I have been at hearings with him and I find his litigation skills to be top notch. I wholeheartedly recommend him with no reservations to potential clients.
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