Hired Duckworth for direct representation of my case. Once I hired him he became completely unavailable. The court process was never communicated. Calls to understand what was happening went unanswered. At court dates he either showed up late or not at all. He failed to present available data in an effective manner to the court to allow for early dismissal. By second party information and by other individual representation the case was disposed in my favor. I found it very difficult to work with Duckworth, due to his inability to communicate effectively, his lack of engagement ( he was never accessible), and thoroughly poor follow-up. That is, after a trial date and future setting with the court, he never debriefed or discussed or proposed legal strategies to allow for an effective defense. When an event was to happen, e.g. court discussion, pre-trial hearings, negotiations with opposing counsel, information related from the court or opposing counsel. I never heard anything from Duckworth. It would have been very helpful for him to contact me and provide a short brief on what was happening, what needed to occur, and what additional information or evidence was needed. In urgent situations, that occurred only 2 times to provide needed urgent and critical legal information to Duckworth, it would have been very helpful if he had a manner in which access to him could be accomplished with alacrity. The information was not transferred in a timely fashion due to his inaccessibility and as a result complications occurred that should not have happened. In my case the disposition of the case was altered and I was disadvantaged, since the important information could not be related to Duckworth in a timely fashion. He simply has to make himself available for brief discussions with his client and maintain engagement on a more routine basis than he does. Having the client participate is much more effective than going it alone and creating a pathway to allow critical information to be delivered to him is very important in legal representation.