I retained Newberg Law's, Stephen Palmer, to prepare and file a motion, an order, and supporting documents. Due to his negligence, the motion was never filed.
When opposing counsel made me aware of my attorney’s error and I confronted Mr. Palmer regarding his failure to complete the task, he offered numerous and varied explanations finally blaming it on a “paralegal error.” When I asked that he remove the charges related to this admitted error, he refused.
Additionally, I was billed attorney time for a settlement conference for which Mr. Palmer failed to prepare, to which Mr. Palmer arrived unprepared, which Mr. Palmer attended without properly or professionally representing my interests and providing guidance, and which concluded with unsatisfactory results due to Mr. Palmer's poor performance.
I have not yet disputed several thousands of dollars which I had paid Mr. Palmer previous to learning of his negligent business practices. I continue, however, to dispute the charges associated with the most extreme negligence on his part, which only became apparent as our professional relationship developed, and after I gained the fortunate perspective of receiving alternative, competent representation. To this day Mr. Palmer continues his refusal to credit my account for any of these disputed charges.
Sadly, since that time I have learned of multiple former clients of Mr. Palmer who were similarly mistreated, e.g. Mr. Palmer billed for work that is not performed, did not prepare, and yet continued to bill his clients. Each of those individuals needed to hire subsequent counsel in order for their cases to be resolved, after the resignation or termination of Mr. Palmer.
Because of this, I feel obligated by principles to, at the very least, make others aware of Newberg Law's unscrupulous business practices in hopes that these words of warning may prevent the chronic ethical deficit of Stephen Palmer from further injuring more unsuspecting individuals.
Response from Stephen Palmer July 26, 2016
As a lawyer who practices in a relatively small town I take my professional reputation seriously. Accordingly, I find these comments from a former client to be very disturbing, if true. Although respect to my former client's affairs cause me to not comment much further, it should be noted that I strongly disagree with this person's characterization of events.
After I withdrew my representation, this client did not object to my monthly billing statements for two years. Only after her account was sent to collections, she then filed a bar complaint against me. After a complete investigation, the bar dismissed her complaint. She appealed that decision but again the bar dismissed her complaint.
Unfortunately, the assigned collection agency felt it necessary to file a small claims suit against her which gave her a third opportunity for her to make these allegations. A Judge once again found in my favor and a judgment was rendered against her. The Judgment remains upaid.
I still remain willing to work with her to resolve this account; instead, it appears she desires to attack my abilities and ethics on the internet.
Postscript: Since writing this response a few years ago, I am happy to report that this former client contacted me and we are working on mending our relationship and discussing repayment options.