Posted by Kent
I am a Supervising Engineer (Branch Manager with 16 staff) for the State of CA and worked with Gary and his assistant over the course of 4 months related to a Personnel Action from my employer. I found Gary to be very knowledgeable and familiar with the State Personnel Department policies and procedures. He predicted the outcome of an internal departmental Skelly hearing, and the outcome of the preliminary hearing at the State Personnel Board - with wisdom and accuracy. Gary listened and understood my side of the story. He patiently explained things to me and we discussed strategies together with mutual respect. He even asked if I would prefer to do "some easy homework" in support of my case or whether his staff should prepare this background material in an effort to expedite things. The final outcome was better than I had hoped, but just as Gary had predicted. If I require legal assistance in the future I will contact Gary first to see if he will help me or refer me to someone in his firm. In summary, Gary was awesome. I suggest interviewing several lawyers as I did. And, I suggest at least speaking to Gary, or someone from his firm in your search for a good lawyer. Good luck.
Posted by anonymous
Gary was very personable and engaging. He conducted a comprehensive review of my documents and provided valuable feedback and recommendations.
Posted by anonymous
Gary has represented me for over 10 years. He is extremely respected, knowledgeable, and principled. His advice and the manner in which he has represented me has been nothing less than exemplary.
Posted by Ron
Gary has represented the Petaluma POA Members for several years and I have personally dealy with Gary for the past 3 years as our POA President. Gary is quick to return calls and is has been not only knowledgable and responsive to members needs but also compassionate with regards to matters in which he is called upon when represneting members of law enforecment. Gary not only cares about the law, but also the peace officers which he represents.
Posted by Tony
Gary has respresented out association for 20+ years. Gary has always worked hard for us, and guided us through both tough times and good times. I have a high amount of confidence in Gary, and his firm. I can pick-up the phone and speak with him anytime I need him. I recommend Gary and his firm to anybody.
Posted by Alfredo
I am currently the president of a law enforcement association that Mr. Messing has represented for over 25 years. During that period, Mr. Messing has proven to be an expert in labor law and has provided us with outstanding legal representation.
Posted by JP
I am President of a labor bargaining unit and have been a client of Gary Messing for over 12 years. I have found him to be extremely reliable, honest, knowledgeable and hard working. I would not hesitate to recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous
Gary Messing came to our employee association after previous attorneys' unprofessional behavior and imcompetence had made a mess of things for us. While cleaning up this mess, Gary Messing was able to salvage ongoing cases.
He also explained to us some simple how's and why's of employee / labor law in a way we could understand, and which enabled us to change the way we were handling personnel and contract matters.
He subsequently worked as our chief contract negotiator.Within a few years we went from 40% below average to the median, and increased our benefits significantly in all areas covered by the contract. We went from an undesirable place to work - which employees just starting out used as a training ground - to a place where desirable employees wanted to work.
Since that time Gary Messing has continued to work for our association, helping us work cooperatively with the adminstration and human resources. But he fights hard when necessary to protect our rights.We have never lost an arbitration or court hearing. And I have even heard opposing counsels congratulate Gary Messing on more than one occasion for his competence.
But perhaps most remarkable is that although he is the head of his office and highly recognized in his field, having won "Best Lawyer" both in categories rated by experts and by his peers several times, he is always available to our members. He responds himself to critical incidents and represents our members personally in many cases. He continues to patiently explain the necessary facts to new association leaders and stressed out employees.
After watching Gary Messing perform his duties to our organization for more thn 20 years, I will simply say - he is the best.