Incisive, Insightful, and Caring Appellate Counsel (Could Discern That After Just One Phone Consultation)
I consulted Mr. Fox re: two unrelated, but concurrently proceeding cases, in which I thought appellate and/or writ relief might be an option, but my attorney did not do appeals. In the first matter, we had filed the appeal, but the defendants had brought a motion to dismiss it, and I was freaking out, not knowing what to do. There were number of confusing and concatenated procedural snafus that had taken place, and I always find that it's difficult to get people to understand them; further, I have severe anxiety and PTSD as a proximate result of what the tortfeasors put me through in the case. So, I am always fearful I'll not be listened to very long before being shunted aside by someone too busy or impatient. Mr. Fox e-mailed me to send a bunch of specific documents he required before our phone consult. Fortunately, I had kept good records, and I'm very good at writing.
In the other matter, we had been denied due process, and I was admittedly somewhat emotional: I wanted to take a writ because I felt the trial court had done an end run around me and my lawyer by denying us notice and opportunity to be heard. Well, within only a day, Mr. Fox and his staff had reviewed the [rather voluminous] documents I'd provided. I then heard from him the next morning, and we had a really good conversation. Mr. Fox put me at ease instantly, and was able to speak in depth about both matters with me. I have not had many "free consultations" with attorneys, but I will say Mr. Fox was extremely generous with his time. It was clear to me he was never flippant or dismissive of the fact that I had learned a lot of things on my own about the law (unlike some attorneys I have seen who groan when I say I had to file some things as a pro per litigant in between being represented). We were able to chat freely about legal points and authorities without him saying "because I'm a lawyer and I said so." But, ultimately, I knew that with Mr. Fox, his 30+ years of experience were indeed a great deal of why he might feel one way or the other. He told me he wouldn't do the writ if I threw $25k in his face, but could help me with the appeal should I need it. He said I should file a paper and the Court would be >50% to grant it in the meantime. He was right, and they did. I am seriously thinking about consulting him further and possibly engaging him as my attorney, depending on certain other factors. He is also, of course, sharp as a tack, and that is obvious when you talk to him. I will not hesitate to refer him to any of my friends who need appellate specialists in the meantime. Thank you again, Mr. Fox.