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Eric L. Pines

Employment and labor Attorney at Houston, TX

4.9   50 reviews

Licensed for 26 years

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AN EXPERIENCED AND RESULTS ORIENTED FEDERAL EMPLOYEE AND PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY. CALL TODAY FOR A CONSULTATION!

For twenty-five years, federal employee attorney Eric Pines has been a trusted advocate and advisor to federal employees throughout the United States and the world. He is presently located in Houston, Texas. He is a member of the Maryland, California and Texas State Bars. Mr. Pines’ firm represents federal employees from all branches of the U.S. Military (Army, Navy, Air Force) and the VA as well as other federal agencies. Mr. Pines is presently in-house counsel for a number of federal labor unions including: V.A. hospitals in Houston, Las Vegas, Amarillo, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Temple, the Corpus Christi Army Depot and Fort Hood, Texas. Mr. Pines represents numerous Title 5, Hybrid and Title 38 V.A. employees before the MSPB, EEOC, arbitration and Disciplinary Appeals Board. 

As in-house counsel and financial adviser to AFGE Local 1923, the largest federal local in the United States, Mr. Pines successfully represented employees from the following agencies: SSA, DOD (Army, Navy, Air Force), Coast Guard, the VA, Federal Mediation Board, NASA, CMS, HUD, BOP, and OPM. 

He currently represents and provides consultation to employees and labor unions throughout the United States and Europe.

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2020,2016,2015,2014
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2021 2020 2016 + 2 ...

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Licensed for 26 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2010
Updated 10/23/2022
State MD
Status Inactive - Retired
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/28/2022
State CA
Status Inactive
Acquired 1996
Updated 12/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC
10101 Fondren Road
Suite 550
Houston, TX, 77096

Reviews

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Eric received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by Yolanda | October 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding legal representation from Eric Pines and his law firm!!
I highly recommend Pines Federal Law Firm. Attorney Eric Pines is one of Houston’s best Labor Law Attorneys. Attorney Pines represented me during my complex accommodation and equal employment opportunity case. He was very patient, extremely thorough, and knowledgeable of pertinent labor laws and practices. I was very pleased with how he kept me informed of the case throughout the entire process. I received a response to all of my questions, phone calls and emails by close of business during the duration of my case. His staff and Partners are exceptionally skilled and proficient. I am very satisfied with his services and the results that he achieved for my case. I definitely recommend Attorney Eric Pines as your Labor Law Attorney. He gets the job done!!
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Posted by milton | August 31, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
IF YOU'RE OVERWHELMED BY THE PROCESS OF SECURING TRUSTWORTHY LEGAL REPRESENTATION...LOOK NO FURTHER THAN ERIC L. PINES PLLC
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! Sincerely, Milton
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Posted by John | May 2, 2022
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Review of Eric Pines
I conducted research for a law firm to assist me in my EEOC disability case and selecting Pines Legal Services proved to be a great choice. I worked directly with Mr. Eric Pines, who expertly guided me throughout the process, and assisted me in reaching a settlement without having to go to trial. Mr. Eric Pines experience and expertise were invaluable in guiding me throughout my EEOC hearing. I was well-prepared as to what to expect during the hearing and the likely outcomes, pros and cons. Not only did Mr. Eric Pines provided me with the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding my case, but he also provided realistic likely outcomes and options that assisted me in obtaining a favorable resolution to my case. Furthermore, his legal team were professional, friendly to work with, and very helpful during my case. Mr. Eric Pine was courteous and attentive, and I was impressed that he was always available when needed.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2021
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Eric Pines and Pines Federal Law Firm
I hired Eric Pines where he, Stephen Goldenzweig, and Justin Schitzner, represented me on various aspects of my case for a three year period for a federal employment case. This was a highly complex case which ultimately led to Mr. Pines successfully negotiating a nice settlement. Throughout the entire experience, Mr. Pines and his team were very enthusiastic, empathetic, and honest. I have retained a number of different attorneys throughout my lifetime and I can say without a doubt the attorneys of the Pines Federal Law firm have been the most personable, ethical, empathetic, and honest attorneys that I have ever worked with. With Pines Federal, it's not all about "the money". It's about the client, the client's needs and general welfare. Top notch firm.
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Posted by anonymous | June 24, 2021
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Amanda Moreno
Amanda and Pines Federal has provided me with superb assistance while working through a complex assortment of issues with my employer. From the outset the staff ensured that I had proper expectations, and Amanda has explained all facets of the representation so that I have understood what was happening throughout the process. It is extremely assuring to know that when facing difficulties that if not handled properly could seriously and adversely impact your life that you have an intelligent, professional, and conscientious person who cares looking out for your interests. I strongly recommend Amanda and Pines Federal.
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Posted by Judy | May 7, 2021
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My letter of thankful appreciation to Eric and staff. Hello Eric, I have great news the Texas State Board of Nursing just called me to say they are dismissing my case. Praise God! I thanked God for you in my prayers. This is such a great miracle. Thank you Eric for your knowledge, patience, loyalty, and kindness through this long journey. I'm grateful for all you did for me and will tell all of your dedication and professionalism I experienced working with you. I will never forget you or your kind staff. I'm so happy! Great big THANK YOU and HUGS to you Eric and your staff. God is GREAT and so are you! Thanks to you and your staff I feel vindicated. Have a great day. Sincerely JAS.
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Posted by Rebecca | May 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very responsive & knowledgeable
Very responsive & knowledgeable. I would highly recomend!! Has a though understanding of federal employement law & its unique facets.
Posted by Marie | February 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amanda Moreno - Simply Phenomenal
After 19 years as a federal employee I found myself facing severe disciplinary actions for accusations that were non factual. I contacted Pines and was treated with respect and apathy from my first conversation. I was assigned Amanda Moreno as my attorney. I could not have been more impressed with Amanda. She took all of the facts that I had prepared and took care of everything. Amanda coached me through my verbal response and then crafted my written response based on the documentation I had provided her. Amanda was great to deal with. She was successful in handling my legal matters and handled them in a timely manner with superb communications. Thank you Amanda and Pines Federal. I would recommend you to any federal employee needing representation.
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Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2020
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Excellent Federal Law Firm
I come from a family of lawyers and legal experts, and I work often with attorneys. Stephen Goldenzeig is the best lawyer I have ever worked with. He saved my Federal Career. He was honest, genuine, and respectful. He helped me in a very complex legal circumstance, guiding me kindly through a tumultuous process. He is incredibly smart and has superior knowledge of Federal Law. In law, however, sometimes superior legal knowledge is not enough. Many times just as important is the layer’s and Firm’s reputation of integrity in the legal community. Such reputation will be known by Federal Agency Counsel. It is with this reputation of integrity that I believe Pines Federal excels beyond all other federal firms. When a firm has an outstanding legal reputation for honesty as well as aggressive client representation, the opportunity for compromise and agreement with Agency Counsel increases. Thus, costly litigation can be sometimes be avoided simply by associating with a firm that has a superior reputation and strong working relationships in the legal community. Pines Federal is definitely such a Firm. I could tell in my communications with Pines Federal that they had honest and trust-based relationships with Agency Counsel. Indeed, I felt that there was great respect on both sides. The process was surprisingly professional and collegiate. While I initially was aggravated and wanted to fight, Mr. Goldenzeig steered me toward the much more sensible resolution – one where both sides found contentment. That is a rare quality, as the Firm could have made more money if a different direction had been taken. Mr. Goldenzeig had my bests interests – not his firm’s financial interests – at heart. In the end, such personal and human interest is all a client can pray for in an attorney. I give my highest and strongest recommendation for Pines Federal Law Firm. The Firm cannot guarantee you a positive or favorable outcome, but I can guarantee you with great confidence they can provide you with the best possible chance for such outcome.
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Posted by Judy | December 9, 2020
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This is my first time in my life to reach out for legal help. I called his office and talked to his staff explaining my tight deadline. His staff who are caring set me up with a consultation right away with Eric. I explained my case and he was upfront with me of not being a medical attorney. I had already heard a lot of great things about him from my coworkers so I hired him. Very grateful and could have not done this without his tremendous help and knowledge. My experience working long distance; Eric is: hands on with emails, phone calls, updates, questions, faxes, and drafts to review; concerned with how situations are worded in truth; narrow down the unnecessary; explains the why and why not to; listens to what I had to say when it was difficult to express how and why I perform my work duties; took my input to paper making my work understandable; truthful about the cost at beginning and along the way; addressed all my concerns up to the very last minute of meeting the deadline by editing and making many last minute changes until I felt ok with it. Looking forward to telling Eric good news. He is a lifesaver. Thank you and grateful for you and all your great caring staff.
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Posted by Joy | December 8, 2020
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Excelent Service for Federal EEO case
I was extremely happy with the outcome of my case. It was not just the end result but how I was treated the entire time I was his client. I was treated with respect, my case was handled completely on my behalf and I did not have to have any communications with the federal agency. This was important to me and the attorneys understood the importance of this. Hiring the Law Office of Pines Federal was the best decision I made.
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Posted by William | December 3, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Pines Federal Helped Guide Me Through a Difficult Time
I had a reasonable accommodation request with my agency that was spiraling into something much more leaving me scared and not knowing where to go. I had a consultation with a Pines Federal attorney and had almost all of my questions answered and a clear path to follow to get resolution of my request. It took a while, but finally after heeding the advice of my consultation, my agency met my reasonable accommodation request and settled with me to give me thousands of dollars in annual leave restoration, paid for my doctors fees and even paid for my consultation fees from Pines Federal. Even if they hadn't, it was well worth the money to seek professional advice. Everything was professional and I didn't get crazy expectations but sound advice, which I appreciated very much. Would definitely recommend if you have any work issues and work for the Federal Government.
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Posted by Joel | October 2, 2020
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The best law firm with the greatest employees.
The federal employee retirement application process is a maze of opportunities to make a mistake which could cost you your retirement. Don’t navigate this process alone. I am so glad I had the employees of Pines Federal along side me during this difficult and trying time. Thanks to them we navigated the maze with ease and my packet was approved in five weeks. Do yourself a huge favor and let the knowledgeable employees of Pines Federal navigate this maze with you. You won’t be sorry that you did but you could well be sorry if you didn’t.
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Posted by Lilia | September 15, 2020
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I was glad I had Eric Pines by my side!
“I applied for Medical Disability from OPM and was denied. I found the Eric Pines Law firm to hep me with my appeal through an Internet search. Eric and Scott listened to me and help me get approved. Eric also represented me when the organization I was working for tried to terminate my employment while I was waiting for approval from OPM. I’m so glad he was by my side during the hearing. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
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Posted by Randall | April 21, 2020
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OWCP injury case
Thanks to Eric Pines and his team I was able to win my worker’s compensation case that had been ongoing for 3 years prior then Eric took over.. He also helped me to get in contact with the right doctors and I ended up winning a large settlement as well. He and his team are very professional and they truly care about you and your situation. I highly recommend you at least consult with him. He is very honest and he will do his very best to help you in your decision making. 2 thumbs up!
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Posted by Thomas | June 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great Firm
Pines Federal Review For 9 years I tried on my own to get my years of Military Service credited to my civilian Federal Service for retirement, to no avail. I contacted five different Government agencies and all kept pointing fingers back and forth to the other for my information. After contacting Pines Federal and speaking with Mr. Eric Pines we sent a letter to OPM asking for reconsideration. After only two months I heard back from them and they said they were sending the matter to another Branch at OPM. After only one month we received a reply stating that they would allow me to buy back my time. After discussing the issue with Mr. Pines we decided that this would be my best alternative. I have paid back for more than six years of Active Duty and am expecting a payback check of over $40,000.00 and an increase of $400.00-$500.00 per month in my retirement annuity. My experience with Pines Federal has been a joy and pleasure and I would highly recommend this firm to anyone dealing with issues related to the Federal Government. Bravo Zulu, Pines Federal!!! Thomas J. Gallagher
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Posted by Jessica | June 11, 2019
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Fantastic!
Mr. Pines is a consummate professional! I contacted him about my federal disability retirement application and he kindly offered me a number of options. We worked together throughout the entire application process and my claim was approved promptly and without difficulty. Mr. Pines always treated me with respect and kindness and you can tell he is a deeply empathetic person. He was always prompt in responding to my emails or phone calls and essentially held my hand through the entire process. I would strongly recommend him to any person seeking federal disability retirement.
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Posted by Ernest | May 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick communications... thank you.
Mr Pines answered quickly. I am not a Federal Employee, so was not able to represent me. He did send me a referral to another lawyer.
Posted by Roberto | November 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Happy
Mr Pines was very important during a probation hearing that would determine my fate at my present work position. he quickly learned the case issues and oriented me on what were the pertinent facts to discuss at the hearing. he is smart and understanding and prepped me during the troubling situation. Thank you
Posted by Melissa | November 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney | Great Results
Very dedicated team! I highly recommend to any federal employee. Pines Federal is very knowledgeable and helped me resolve an employment issue which resulted in an outcome I couldn't have achieved otherwise. I'm so happy I hired them to represent me!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 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

Education

  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • J.D.
  • 1995
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A.
  • 1992
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • 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

Associations

  • 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
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyers
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Litigation Training
  • Equal Employment Opportunity and Marriage Systems Protection Board
  • 2018
  • AFGE Veterans Affairs Training 2016
  • Federal Labor Arbitration Boot Camp
  • 2016
  • Federal EEO Training
  • Retaliation and Harassment in the Federal System
  • 2012
  • AFGE Federal EEO Training
  • Disability Discrimination in the Federal Government
  • 2010
  • Federal Retirement Seminar
  • Estate Planning for Federal Employees
  • 2010
  • AFGE Steward Training
  • EEO Disability Discrimination Training
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (18)
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Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 28
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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I met Eric as opposing counsel on a matter involving a federal employment law dispute. He represented his client well, and I was impressed by his knowledge, preparation and attention to detail."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Eric Pines is an extremely knowledgeable professional on federal employment law matters that has been able to provide valued assistance to my clients on these issues. He is a pleasure to work with."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is a bright, energetic, and gifted attorney. He is a creative problem-solver with a broad range of skills and a cheerful and professional disposition. He is extremely dependable and cares deeply about his friends, his colleagues, and, most importantly, his clients. Eric's take-charge personality coupled with his diligence, maturity, intelligence, and ingenuity make him an asset to the legal profession."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is highly respected in his specialized areas of law, recognized in the legal community, and a "go to" attorney for all issues dealing with employment law. A hard-driving, motivated attorney who is known throughout Texas, Maryland and beyond for achieving maximum results for his clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Eric Pines is an exceptional employment law attorney. Eric and I have teamed up to work together on a number of different matters, including claims such as disability discrimination and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. At all times, I have found Eric to be diligent, cooperative, thorough, and effective. He has a client-oriented approach to his practice that is wonderful. I highly endorse my colleague as a top-notch employment law practitioner. Bruce M. Luchansky, Esq. Luchansky Law 606 Bosley Avenue, Suite 3B Towson, MD 21204 410.522.1020 www.luchanskylaw.com Maryland Workplace Law"
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am familiar with Eric's work, and his representation of Federal Employees and U.S. Veterans in variety of claims against the government. I recommend Eric without reservation."
Administrative law Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Eric Pines is very honest, hard working and dedicated to his clients. He has never been someone practicing law for the money. He really cares about his clients and obtaining excellent results. He also has strong command of Administrative law involving federal employees."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 21
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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Eric is a highly competent and dedicated lawyer. He is highly skilled as a researcher and legal writer and is a skilled advocate. Eric is highly ethical and reliable. I not only endorse this lawyer, but also work with Eric as well as refer work to him regularly"
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