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 Michael
I am a former Federal Employee who was involved in whistleblowing case. The agency went after me, eventually after numerous investigations, they put together a case and terminated my employment with one charge being lack of candor.
I initially hired a California based law firm, without doing my homework. But who really does in these matters. The firm seemed professional, had a flashy website boasting years of experience and lead attorney assured me the case would take no more than 4-6 months and I would have my job back.
10 months into my MSPB appeal, the California based firm had charged me three times the normal attorney fees for such a case and was using bullying tactics, threatening to drop my case if I would not settle with Government for virtually nothing.
I reached out to Eric Pines Law Firm. Late on a Friday afternoon, I was able to reach and speak to Eric. He was patient and took the time to hear me out. As I explained my circumstances and convoluted case he could see through the mire and agreed to review the case. I explained I need someone who could see the merit and being willing to get in the ring and fight for my cause.
Mr. Pines put Stephen Goldenzweig. Stephen jumped on the task. Within a very short time, Stephen had the Government attorney at the table engaged in serious discussions. Within a short time an out of court settlement was reached. My OPM record was cleared and I was able to move on with my professional career.
Not that I would want to ever go through this again, but if I had to I would not hesitate to hire or recommend the Pines Law Firm to anyone in litigation involving Federal Employment issues. I truly wish I would have contact Eric and Stephen first. I would have saved myself and family a lot of undue stress.
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 Annie
If you are looking for an attorney who knows the federal service, contact Attorney Pines. I normally do not post review online but I am compelled with Attorney Pines' service. He is an honest down to earth attorney who would analyze your case and tell you the way it is and what options are available. If your case does not stand or he knows it does not stand, he will honestly tell you to not hire an attorney even though he is an attorney. He speaks to you easily and knows your case very thoroughly. You will receive his full attention. The time and money paid for consultation is well worth it!
Posted by Barry
I had a very complex federal case that Pine's federal assisted me with. I worked with several of their attorneys and staff members for the past 3.5 years and have had nothing but pleasant experience with all of them. Everyone is intelligent, kind and helpful. They all go "the extra mile" for their clients. I am happy I found Pines federal! I would hire them again without a doubt.
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 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 Tammy
This team of attorneys are the ones you are looking for if you are in the unfortunate situation of having to put together a Federal Disability Package. From day 1 this law firm was the best when it came to listening, understanding, compiling a lot of information and putting it all together in a professional and accurate presentation. There was never a day or even a few hours that passed when I asked a question and it was answered as close to perfectly as one could expect. If they didn't know immediately, they found out quickly. This team is definitely the model that other attorneys and firms should be measured against and strive to become. It's nice to know that true professionals do still exists.
Posted by Heather
Mr. Pines was amazing. He reviewed my case, gave me some pointers and I took those pointers to the table and made sure to use his name as well and within an hour I had a settlement agreement that included everything I asked for and then some. He was incredibly supportive, amazingly knowledgeable and the consummate professional!