Posted by anonymous
The old cliche of the immoral lawyer is one I was afraid of before talking to Dan. Truly thought it was an exaggeration, but after seeing him lie to myself and others I'm shocked HKM is still in business. Daniel Kalish isn't to be the employment lawyer to be trusted.
Given the details of my case I can't go into specifics. But I can say that what I was told would occur did not, and through repeated delays I eventually determined that I was not being told the whole truth. These delays cost me significantly, both monetarily but in my personal life.
You trust a lawyer who's on your side to help you. You don't expect them to cause more harm. This process has taught me so much, but all I can do now is warn others now to think twice.
Posted by anonymous
In the real estate marketing field, there is an expression called “buying the listing”. It often relates to when a real estate agent/broker promises you the moon by making you believe that he can sell your property for an amount way above market while he well knows that your property is worth (and would sell for) substantially less. Indeed, this is simply a tactic to lure you to do business with him. In the end, you find yourself deceived because the agent/broker has over-promised and under-delivered. This allegory is my experience working with this lawyer for several months. Based on his initial assessment, I was led to believe that my case was worth a significant cash settlement which ended up settling for very little. In retrospect, it was not worth my time, my efforts, nor my energy to pursue this case under false expectations.
Furthermore, this lawyer does not act in a professional manner. On several occasions, he schedules calls with the client but then misses the appointments, showing a complete disrespect for your time. He shows up late for in-person meetings, puts his feet up on the table with clients and other parties in the room and is not prepared. Often, he is multi-tasking instead of focusing on the matter at hand and does not follow clients’ instructions. Overall, he gives off the unpleasant feeling that he looks after his own interest (how much he can make out of any given case) as opposed to the client’s best interest.
In other words, not only I would never do business with this lawyer again but I would recommend to anyone to stay away from him (even if he promises you the moon).
Posted by james
Dan recently helped me negotiate my employment agreement at a startup that I was joining. In particular, he helped me think about what really mattered to me, and then helped me negotiate for key provisions such as watering down the non-compete, putting in place a severance agreement, and accelerated vesting of my options in the event of a change in control.
Dan's particular strength is presenting his client's side in such a way that it appears the obvious and most fair way something should be done, and not like a tough ask or stretch. He's really is looking for the win-win, and not just trying to maximize for his client at all costs in such a way that it might poison the long-term relationship.
Posted by anonymous
Dan gave me advice about my employment contract. Not only did he have suggestions on the law, he helped me think through the implications of my choices on my current work situation. He was easy to talk to and very clear. I recommend him highly.
Posted by anonymous
Daniel Kalish of HKM is hands down the best and most insightful employment attorney in Washington State., and perhaps the West Coast. Dan has worked with me through 4 different companies and three acquisitions. Dan has reviewed all my employment agreements, I highly recommend working with Dan.
Posted by Matt
Dan Kalish has provided me legal counsel on a number of complex employment issues, ranging from non-competes, to employment contracts, severance agreements and claims against my company. Every time he has provided me with extremely valuable counsel. He is responsive, listens carefully, and then explains my options clearly. He is definitive, without being bossy. In explaining options, he weighs the pros and cons, to help ME make a good, informed decision. Dan has a rich background to draw from, including as a litigator, public defender, and experienced employment attorney who has seen it all. It is also amazing to see how quickly and precisely he can parse complex contractual knowledge. For example, in one specific negotiation, Dan was able to comment on a very long draft agreement within hours, and provide edits that were actually in both parties' best interests. In so doing, he helped me, and convinced the other party to change their standard forms. Lastly, Dan is very personable, with a great sense of humor, and who has helped me keep perspective even in the stressful moments.
Posted by Tess
I couldn’t have had a better attorney. The issues related to my case were well researched as clearly shown from the results of the hearing. Throughout the process, Mr. Kalish always put my interest first and kept me focused on the real issues. Mr. Kalish is a well-spoken attorney who understands the art of persuasion is through civility. Just as importantly, if not more, he was absolutely selfless in his actions. For this I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Julie
I contacted the firm about possibly taking my case. Daniel was kind enough to reply personally. An appt with an intake coordinator was made, after I gave my information the firm decided not to take my case. I wanted a little more clarification as to why and Daniel was kind enough to take the time to respond to my email and explain. Many other attorneys I have contacted about potentially taking my case have not responded even once so I was especially impressed when Daniel did twice and I'm not even a client. (Although my experience does not enable me to rate on trustworthy or knowledgeable it was a requirement so based on my experience I gave high marks in those areas as well. )
Posted by Eleanor
It would be easy to recommend Dan Kalish based on his academic pedigree alone, but what Dan brings to his practice is far more valuable. Nobody practices law with more enthusiasm and passion. Dan is a tireless advocate with the guts of a warrior and the brains of a genius. I feel very blessed to have him on my side.
Posted by Tom Affolter
Superb on every front. Impeccable credentials, diverse experience, and most importantly, superb judgment. Dan is a born lawyer. Having worked with him, I can recommend him as a "lawyer's lawyer," he is the person you want to hire--an individual who will be a tireless advocate on your case, but who will also provide you an accurate analysis of the value of your case.