I retained Mr. Gibbs back in October 2019 to represent me on a child custody issue. Luckily, all the details had been pre-negotiated prior to stepping foot in his office. All I needed from him was to write up the stipulation, get it signed by both parties, and submit to the court.
2 to 3 hour job, right? No, not even close. The other party was not represented by counsel at the time. So he decided to take a month or so to get to know her and her wants. Then he takes another 2 months to write the stipulation. This happened to be through the holidays and one of the children’s birthdays. I pleaded with him to stop wasting time and just submit the stipulation already. After the stipulation was submitted, I would call every other week or to see
if the Judge had signed off on it yet. After the 3rd call I was assured that, “You will be the first to know as soon as it happened!” The underlying tone was, stop bothering me I’ll let you know.
The judge signed the stipulation on March 18th of 2020. Kevin didn’t bother to contact me or inform me until May 11th. Almost 2 full months after the stipulation was signed. Then he blamed the delay on “Attorney Services” a document filing service he uses. By this time he has somehow eaten through the entire $7,500 retainer he required up front. This unprofessional behavior persists for almost another year with about an additional $10,000 in attorneys fees. In that entire 1.5 years of “representation” I’ve seen my children for a total of one supervised hour.
Not to mention he allowed another specialist to get involved who was not apart of the original agreement, the written stipulation, or granted authority by the court. Just because my ex-wife did not like the Doctor who was agreed upon and appointed by the court’s treatment plan. Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up. Do yourself a favor and go elsewhere unless you’re willing to waste 1.5 years, $20,000, and be willing to put yourself in much worse position than you were before you ever met him.
His behavior was so unprofessional and negligent that I’m planning on filing a complaint with the California State Bar, but I felt it necessary to warn others.