Posted by anonymous
Three years ago this month on a October Saturday I was unfortunately facing some very serious charges that could have sent me to prison for a very long time. I bailed out of jail thank goodness to my beloved wife and a very close friend. Never being in legal trouble before I had no idea what to do on Monday morning after leaving the courthouse from my arraingment hearing. My friend told me he knew of an attorney in Seattle that was very good and might be able to help me. I emailed and called JHB law office. Explaining my situation I was booked an appt the very next day on Tuesday. Once arriving at the office everyone I met or was introduced to was very professional and treated me with respect. I have always believed in hiring the best that you can afford, after meeting John and his staff I would never recommend hiring any another defense attorney if you are ever in need. John, Emma S, Emma A, Craig, Charlie, Kim, Lorie, Greg, Jim all over the course of two years never sugar coated anything to me, from multiple plea offers, to the brutality of going to trial. I had no idea how I was going to get through my ordeal but when you hire John and his team they get you through it if you tell them the truth always no matter how hard, you do what they recommend. I listened as best as I could to everyone, brought my wife to most meetings and a friend to help be my third ear. John believed in me, fought extremely hard for me both before , during and after trial. Going to trial with John on your side is an absolute must, his knowledge of the law is mind boggling to me and quite a few family and friends that attended my trial. My outcome with John as my attorney was absolutely wonderful, without his belief in me, my wife and daughters support I don't know where I would be. It took two long years to get to trial and the entire time beforehand every question I had was answered and explained, possibilities and situations were explained. I am extremely fortunate as I sit here in my home three years later to the month writing this review that I did the right thing hiring John. I owe so much to him and his entire staff, they have an extremely tough job working as criminal defense attorneys. It takes brilliant minds, great positive attitudes, and so much more to wade through our legal system. John and his entire team, from my direct experience dealing with them, are all amazing men and woman. Thank you John, Emma S, Emma A, Craig, Charlie, Kim, Lorie, Greg, Jim and everyone else that I potentially don't know about that worked on my case. You are all fantastic
Posted by Jason
When we first met John to help us with a legal problem regarding our son, we were very aware of his high profile and his persona, but we really didn't know what to expect. He had a very calming effect on on what was a very stressful period in our lives which covered 5 years. The respect he garners in the courtroom is unmatched. Everyone from the judges, clerks and correction officers knows him and he treats everyone as an equal. The man behind the persona is compassionate and very knowledgeable and has spent his entire career fighting for the little guy and rallying against a flawed judicial system that tends to run people over. John was with us every step of the way. We have gotten to know one another very well now he is practically family. His expertise with the initial case and his help in cleaning up our son's record, the latter which he never even charged us for, were a life saver for us. If you are ever in need of a criminal defense lawyer, there simply isn't anyone better
Posted by anonymous
JHB is a total has been. He had been highly rated. Bundi was in the 70's-80's. Think you get what you pay for? NOT!!! Respect?? NOT!!!
He was at one point considered a top lawyer. A TOTAL HAS BEEN.
He plays good in court. So guess what.!! He plays better to take your money and NOT live up to his HAS BEEN reputation.
DONT WASTE YOUR TIME- It's not his so he doesn't care
DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY- He will
Posted by Cameron
I hired JHB after I meet with him and he told me he could get me out of jail by x-mas, two months later I was still in jail and all he could say is be patient. He gave my case to another lawer at the JHB law group who got my case and history mixed up. JHB said my name was a common name for white men and mix up's happen. The funny part is I am black. They began to tell me to tell on people... They told me this atleast 15 times. I said no and JHB and his other lawyer said in 30 yrs they have never seen or heard of any snitches getting hurt for telling. I asked do you really even stay in contact with clients? After the 15th time of being told to tell I decided JHB law group was not the firm for me because not only did they try to make me tell but for two months they had my money and didn't do any work on my case because they said they didn't have my files yet and the procecutor was slow dragging so we were at a standstill. When I asked well what have you done, JHB said we already earned our money by just taking the case. JHB has won cases but he has loses too. I feel he has lost sight of what being a lawyer really is. They are not paid for their names they are paid to do a job. No work no pay. Not only did he not do anything for me but he kept more than half my money he said that he didn't even need. I am waiting to hear from the bar now about this. I did research and found out he has done this very same thing before and has cases against him for taking peoples money and doing nothing for them. If I was you I did find another letter.
Posted by steve
JHB worked my case with Colleen Hartl. I agree with Thomas' review. This is the only firm you should think about representing you should you be charged with a crime. They embarrassed the King County Sherriff and the King County prosecutors office . They out investigated, had a better understanding of the facts and where light years ahead in their understanding of the law on top of all that they are really nice people. When I called the JHB office it was the most important call of my life and John and his firm never let me down once.
Best lawyers on earth , hire them and let them do what they know how to do.
Posted by Scott Schramke
I am forever grateful to John Henry Browne and his team for the care and guidance they shared with myself and my family. Other reviewers here have already said it better (especially Tomas), but I can't imagine a better advocate than John Henry Browne. I was facing severe penalties, based on baseless allegations. John patiently and knowledgeably guided me through the Byzantine process of Seattle's so-called 'Justice' system. As the reviewer from June 23, 2007, noted: John knows everyone in the courthouse, from the judges to the administrative staff. John's breadth of experience with the courts and his deep comprehension of law made my own ordeal manageable and intelligible. Ultimately, he was successful in seeing the charges against me dismissed and spared my family and friends from the dishonorable, muckraking tactics of the KCPAO. Make no mistake, if you are ever charged with a crime, you need John at your side.
Posted by anonymous
hired john henry brown years ago. he had little federal experience though told me that he would negotiate a good deal. both times in court he rail roaded me and called the press himself just for the coverage. poor excuse for a lawyer.
Posted by GodDiva
I thought once I read a good review of him in the Seattle Times he would zealously represent my case. He dragged my case out for nearly going on four years being lead to believe going this far then we are going to have a jury trial; that wasn't the case at all it went in front of a judge trial (bench). John had his new associate who just became an attorney appear at all my court cases when he did not honor his word to me when he succinctly said he would be the one appearing at all the hearings ( I think she was like 3-4 years experience if I am not mistaken). The result was a complete disaster. Then during the bench trial John spills water all over the table like was he nervous. How can that be it was only a DUI case not like I committed such a heinous crime in society.
Posted by anonymous
John is a good guy and I like him as a person. However, I echo with some previous clients of his that he seems to be ill prepared for trial. I think he is too busy working with some of his more famous clients, in stead of normal people such as myself. As a result, I had to fired him days before a court appearance. In the hindsight I am not sure I made the right decision since I did not get a better substitute. In a way, the legal system if this country is to blame, not JHB or any other lawyers for this matter.
Posted by anonymous
First, John is a super lawyer. He did things no one else could do. I was charged with Child Rape 2nd Degree (Class A violent felony). I fought the case for 9 1/2 months in county jail, only to have the prosecutor bring up not only someone saying I allegedly admitted to the crime, but that there was allegedly another girl teenage girl who said I molested her at a party in a different county. We were ready for trial, had the case beat. But with this turn of events a new deal had to be made. My first plea bargain was communicating with a minor with immoral purposes, a misdemeanor. That was swiped off the table. Now they negotiated a Child Molestation 2nd degree (Class B non-violent felony), BUT, John got the other county's prosecutor to agree not to ever file charges on that as part of my plea agreement. With those 2 sex offenses I faced life in prison. Many peope will tell you that sex offenses are harder to defend than murder. Much of the time, they are. I served out the minimum of 15 months in prison, 12 1/2 which were in county jail. My only complaint really is that my case should have recieved more attention. It was beatable and was beat except the prosecution was given too much time to dig into me. You people must realize that the American judicial system is not made to be beaten, it's almost impossible to prove a negative (heresay case), and defense attorneys don't have the power that judges and prosecutors do. Oh, and I was really close to getting my charge plead down to Assault 4, but I got stuck with the absolute worst prosecutor in the charging county. John had beaten her many times before, but I'm not sure if on sex crimes. Also, courts/prosecutors don't let up on these offenses like others. They want to see us punished to the fullest extent and dead by suicide. John also knocked out the most ridiculous probation conditions the department of corrections was trying to impose on me. One of them was stating that I couldn't be on the Internet. He beat about half that list/got the wording changed. I can't stress how important that was. The legislature CONSTANTLY passes new laws that make it harder for us to defend ourselves. This makes Defense work very hard. When you hire a defense attorney, expect to be found guilty and get a minimum-medium sentence. When you hire John, expect to get the charge dropped down to a MUCH lesser charge, unless you've got no skeletons in your closet so that you've got a slam dunk case. Believe me, it's very easy for the authorities to find out things about you to use against you in court, and all it takes is one little word or statement. I don't know how his law offices will be when he retires, but Emily is awesome. Truly committed to beating the hell out of the prosecutor. I've never met Emma, but I heard she's great. Colleen is frequently late to court and that all I have to say about her. If you can afford John, he's worth it. He saved me years-life in prison. And you dont wanna be a sex offender in prison, trust me. Its 1000x's worse than being a burglar, robber, etc. it is HELL. After he's done with your case, the best advice I can give is this: Move out of this tyrannical country any way you can!
Thanks for saving my life, John and Emily. Colleen, stop being late...