I hired Mr. Gurley after his initial consultation when he overstated his abilities and also asked me to write a favorable review (on another website) due to a competition he had going with another attorney. He started out pretty good but when push came to shove he pretty much sold me out. The real eye opener was in an all day negotiating session he arrived ahead of me and without waiting for me to arrive , began meeting with opposing counsel and did not respond to my phone calls. He went on to make numerous comments regarding the lack of value while negotiating personal property issues. Then after we had negotiated a settlement, and I requested that he NOT continue responding to opposing counsel's requests, which amounted to clerical functions while charging out at an attorney's hourly rate, Mr Gurley withdrew from my case as I was in the middle of packing and scrambling to lease an apartment, after my initial agreement fell through. I was shocked that he would pull such a unprofessional maneuver. I would not recommend him to a friend .
Response from Adam Gurley August 14, 2015
As the person posted without an actual name, I do not know what client and case this is and can't properly respond.
She claims that I arrived at a meeting before her. As she does not say I was early, this means that she was late to the meeting. HENCE, SHE IS COMPLAINING ABOUT ME BECAUSE SHE WAS LATE TO A MEETING!!!
As to leaving her stranded by suddenly withdrawing, this is LEGALLY IMPOSSIBLE under California law. Attorneys can’t withdraw from a case without the client consenting by signing a substitution of attorney or the court orders the attorney released (which take 1-2 months to get done). Ca Civ Pro § 284(1 & Ca Rules of Court Rule 3.1362. In addition, attorney have a obligation under the law to continue to present until the the court allows them out or the client signs a substitution. Clearly, the poster would have RATTED ME out to the State Bar if what she claims re withdrawal were true and I would have gotten in trouble with the bar & my license to practice law might have been taken away. . BY THE FACT THAT SHE DOES NOT MENTION RATTING OUT & ME IN TROUBLE WITH STATE BAR, , IT IS CLEAR THIS IS IMPROPER WITHDRAWAL ISSUE IS ANOTHER FALSE CLAIM!.
As to the value of personal property items, unless they are really valuable, I don't want to waste the client's money for my time by arguing about blenders, pots and pans and the like. HENCE, THE POSTER IS COMPLAINING ABOUT ME TRYING TO SAVE HER MONEY ON LEGAL FEES BY NOT WANTING TO TALK ABOUT POTS & PANS!!
As to billing her for emails the opposing counsel sent me, this is part of my contact. As attorney of record, I would have had an ethical and legal obligation to continue to respond to opposing counsel’s emails until I substituted out of case. Hence, as to a request to stop looking at emails, this is not really allowed under the law. . HENCE, SHE IS COMPLAINING ABOUT ME CHARGING HER FOR WORK THAT WE HAD AGREED THAT SHE WOULD PAY ME FOR AND THE LAW REQUIRES ME TO PERFORM!!