Posted by Jeff
I hired this attorney and used him in a difficult divorce situation. Mr. Ruben continually failed to represent me properly. In particular, he failed to have a Commission sign papers to be served to my ex-wife. The papers were rejected by the courts due to this fact and my son was later taken from our home. He continually overcharged my for services, (his estimates were extremely low). Then, after tens of thousands of dollars and continued failures, he stated to me, "You can no longer afford me". There is much more......
Posted by Scott
Stephen Ruben signed me up at a vulnerable time, and his immediate counsel was to serve a motion on my wife as she was walking to her car with our daughters. I asked what his reasoning was for this advice, and he said, "We have to hit her hard." I should have not proceeded then, but I had already retained him. When I asked follow-up questions, he had no answers. Still, I told him to hold off, but from there, his whole philosophy was to enflame the relationship with my ex-wife, which had the overall effect of costing us much more money than if he had counseled not hatred and emotions but reason.
He also often left me at the bottom of his priorities and then would charge me for calls I never had. If you're in the top 5% of his client list, he will pay attention; if not, he will string you along and charge you and leave you squabbling with his billing department.
Finally, after he wasn't returning my calls or moving my case forward (for almost two years, by the way), I finally was firm (but nice) with him about needing more attention, and later that afternoon, I received a letter stating that he was discontinuing as my lawyer. I had already forked over 20-30K, and I was (and am) a teacher in SF fighting my ex-wife, a lawyer, so he left me without any counsel.
This man also has lied about his past and brags about his ability to take people's money. Be very wary of his nice office and tough talk.
Posted by Todd
Mr. Ruben presented himself as an experienced and effective attorney. In the end, he billed us for over $100,000 and was simply inept and unprepared in court. We literally would have been better off without a lawyer. He has been disciplined in at least one other state we know of. I only submit this review in hopes that others can avoid our costly mistake both in dollars and in the eyes of the court.
Posted by Greg
Ok, I read this other review after I had hired on Steve as my attorney and have to say, it caused me great concern. As a little background, my wife and I were going through mediation and it didn't seem that it was resulting in a fair split, so I decided to seek counsel. During our initial FREE meeting, (most lawyers charge for this consultation), I got to talk with Steve and really get to know him. He created a plan of attack and seemed quite knowledgeable about the law as he would say, based on such and such a case we can do this or that. Needless to say I felt great after the meeting and like I was done bending over and taking it in mediation! (Not that I can't go back to meditation, Steve just felt we should have most of the things hammered out before mediation and where there are differences, then we mediate on those at that time.)
Anyways, I brought this review up to them and they helped to allay my fears and recommended I do what my heart and gut tells me and if I didn't feel comfortable with Steve, no hard feelings and they would refund my money.
I am so appreciative of the time and energy they spent to help make me feel that Steve was the right fit that I felt compelled to write here to counteract the negative review that caused me great pause. My suggestion is to meet with Steve and see how you fit.
Needless to say I'll report back after the divorce is finalized. Feel free to contact me.
Posted by anonymous
Stephen did not do what he said and did do what he said he would not.
First, you may feel free to contact me regarding this attorney at anytime. Also, I have had a good experience with another attorney on this list and will be recommending him separately.
Two of many, major blunders by Steve. First, he had me serve my ex wife with papers disallowing her from taking our son from his home after she announced she was leaving me. He did not get the papers signed by the commissioner however and in the middle of the day while i was at work, she abducted him and the house's contents. He later said, 'it would have happened anyway'.
Second, I was very adamant about not spending legal fee's into bankruptcy and then giving up the fight. I said this in extremely certain terms on a few occasions. On a late call with my ex's attorneys after months of posturing and already greatly exceeding the estimated fees, (stated to me directly by Steve at the onset), Steve put the phone on mute and said, 'We have to settle now. You can no longer afford to have me litigate". We'd acheived 'nothing' that was not expected.
Steve plays in a theatre in San Raphael where his character riles up the ill feelings between wives and husbands and the lawyers get all the booty. There are verses directly to that effect.
I could go on and on and on and will if any of you wish to contact me.
This is a dishonest, egotistical man. Stay away. He has no concern about what he says to you, his client.
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