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4.5 stars 12 totalReview James Madden
Posted by Randy
I am very upset with Mr. Madden. I paid him and his partner Heidi a $5,000.00 retainer and within a month, before we even went to court on a standard modification of custody, he asked for more money. Knowing that litigation is expensive, I complied. Then things fell apart. He was non-responsive and did not follow up on the plan we had laid out. After that he made an excuse that he could no longer represent me because his firm was merging with a retiring attorney whom represented my EX!!!
I asked for a full refund and was told that the work was already done, and another attorney could pick it up from there. I could find no such attorney and have now learned that his firm never merged with the retiring attorney. I dont know what happened here, but its just not right. Suffice to say, I could find no attorney who would touch my file. I have tried to contact Jim, but he doesnt call me back. Be careful when you hire an attorney, whomever it is. Lastly, I noticed his address on this site isnt even where he really works, check out his state bar page and you will see they dont match.
Posted by Alicia Cole
I hired Mr. Madden last minute after being granted a temporary restraining order against the mother of my Fiance's son. I needed help moving forward with the permanent order and was desperate. This case was complicated, yucky and extensive. I had only a short time to meet with Mr. Madden and he caught on quickly to the severity.
After filing for my Temporary order without representation and making many rookie mistakes, Mr.Madden was able to clean them up. He sifted through all the complicated evidence and was able to provide a clear account of my suffering.
Just yesterday we went to trial and I was granted a permanent restringing order. I now feel safe for the first time in 3 years. As all cases are important to those involved, this was particularity sensitive for my family. My Fiance being a Physician, myself a Teacher and Business Owner with a blended family, life is already stressful enough. Being harassed for the pure fact of wanting to live our lives together was daunting to say the least.
Mr. Madden winning our case means I will be safe at my work places, safe to parent my soon to be step son and safe to move forward with our wedding without the fear of the unknown. Mr.Madden's professionalism and his caring nature has changed our lives, I feel extremely confident in recommending him and will be hiring him again this week to push forward with my Fiance's portion of our case.
Posted by anonymous
A few years back I hired James for a complicated custody case. His paralegal made it seem like I had nothing to worry about and it turned out later about 90% of the info she gave me was wrong. James up and left to some other law firm after doing NOTHING on my case. Literally nothing. They never even filed a single paper with the court. He made up some story about a big lawyer retiring and making some super lawyer team up in his place. Total BS. But to keep his representation, I would have to pay an entire new retainer. They sent me a bill for some BS charges so they wouldn't have to pay me back and that was the end of it. I'm still considering complaining to the BAR.
Posted by matthew
I came in frantic on a emergency situation, my 16yr old daughter was in some danger , a runaway from a unsafe environment, when she would come to me for help and I couldn't protect her and she was put back into the same situation and continued to runaway, there was nothing I could do as I had 0 physical or legal custody in over 8 years. I brought everything I could with me but it just didn't seem like enough on paperwork for me to get any of my rights back let alone custody. I knew I couldn't do this alone as that route failed for me many times in the past. I called his office around 11am on Monday was given a appointment for the following Tues which was 8 days away!! I explained the I needed help much faster than that! James agreed and had me come in at 5pm, he also explained to me I made it very difficult for him but he would gladly try to help. After over 10yrs of fighting alone , JAMES STEPPED UP FOR ME AND HAD MY DAUGHTER SAFELY OFF THE STREETS AND PROTECTED BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON. I can not THANK JAMES D. MADDEN enough. this is no doubt my best day in court during the entire process and I wish I would have went to Howington & Associates on day 1, but even with all my mistakes they handled my case with the upmost priority
and came out with extraordinary results.
Posted by Deborah
James was fantastic! Responsive, aggressive and fair in handling my daughters case. My daughter is a good kid who got caught in a bad place. James not only got her case dismissed but went the extra mile in helping me as a parent educate and put a healthy dose of fear in her to change her habits and her friends. I would use James again for any criminal related case because he is very strategic. He had laid out several possible plans of action depending on the way the case proceeded and stayed with us throughout. A real gem!
Posted by T. Murdock
James Madden and his paralegal are trully genuine great people! After talking to several attorneys and the circumstances I was up against they were by my side the entire way! The cost was reasonable and they went beyone their means to assist me in my matter! Both James and Angelica are very knowledgable! James is an incredible attorney and Angelica is such a professional and an amazing human being! They were both sensative to my case and got involved as if they were fighting it for themselves! Looking at the odds I never imagined the results that we got! And for that I am so thankful to them both! My calls were answered day and night and even on the weekends! I would highly recommend attorney James Madden he is honest and will give you the true facts pertaining to your case.
Posted by Kenny
I never imagined divorce would be this difficult to go through, especially after moving cross country to be with my family. When it came evident that my marriage was headed for divorce I started calling different attorney's. The free consultations on the average lasted between 20-30minutes and I wasn't impressed with their responses. So I did more research online about Law firms that are advocates for father's rights and HOLSTROM, SISSUNG, MARKS & ANDERSON, APLC was the best for my situation and their reviews were outstanding!!!! Their free consultation lasted about an hour and they didn't try to rush me off the phone like some other firms!!! Mr. Madden and his paralegal had me come in and right away they made me feel at home. Mr.Madden did a great job of preparing me for what was ahead and educating me on the legal aspect of divorce pertaining to California laws. In court he did a FANTASTIC JOB OF FIGHTING FOR ME AND LISTENING TO WHAT I WANTED!!!! Mr. Madden, his paralegal, and the entire firm makes me feel like family each time I walk through the door especially with me not being from California that is important to me. Mr.Madden and his team have gone far and beyond to help me. They respond quickly to my concerns with professionalism and efficiency!! He was able to get custody for me and protect me as an individual. I don't know where I would be without Mr.Madden concerning the most important matter in my life which is my daughter and protecting my rights as a FATHER!!!!!!!
Posted by T. Murdock
The greatest thing that could of happened to me was walking into James Madden's office and meeting his paralegal! She took charge of my situation put me in contact directly with Mr. Madden and assisted me in a time that I felt my entire world was coming to an end! Dealing with a custody battle out of state and re-gaining full legal custody of my daughter with the help of this dynamic duo, I am forever greatful! Mr. Madden fought and never gave up worked day and night along with his paralegal. They both would call me and when it came down to flying to pick up my daughter they rejoiced along with me! My case was very complex and they achieved what everyone said I would never gain! I highly recommend James Madden as an attorney. For ever thankful T. Murdock
Posted by Kelley
Was arrested for 2nd DUI and contacted Mr. Madden and the results were beyond my expectations! I'm just sorry I didn't use him for the 1st one. Thank you so much.
Posted by Chris
Stuck in a bad divorce with kids involved. Mr. Madden helped to alleviate the bitter tension and actually got us working together for the good of our twins.