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Brian Lamar Ponder

Litigation Attorney

2.6   10 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 11 years
    Illinois - IL Licensed
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2013
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed
    State IL
    Acquired N/A
    Active Out of State Lawyer - Permitted to Practice No misconduct found

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Posted by Rebecca | February 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very Responsive and Knowledgable
After speaking with Brian I immediately noticed how knowledgeable he is. I have tried everything to get my credit back on track and Brian was amazing at helping me. Would always answer my questions and concerns, and just very helpful. He completed what I felt was the impossible and helped me get my credit back. I can't express how thankful I am that I found Brian Ponder Esq. I would highly recommend him to anyone. The only thing you will be sorry about is waiting so long. He truly is top notch and the best out there. Thank you again Brian Ponder Esq for everything!!
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Posted by April | November 18, 2013
Finally a lawyer I can trust!
Working with Mr. Ponder was amazing. Aside from being incredibly knowledgeable, Mr. Ponder goes above and beyond for his clients. I have worked with other attorney's who in my opinion were lazy and dropped the ball but I never had to worry about that with Mr. Ponder. He is great at catching things that most attorney's don't. He is true to his clients in the sense that he will fight for you because it is the right thing to do. Mr. Ponder successfully negotiated on my behalf with some corporate legal giants. His thorough command of legal matters and inability to be intimidated proved favorable for me. Mr Ponder has also reviewed contracts and help me negotiate a very favorable business deal. During the negotiations, he used the opportunity to empower and educate me so that I could feel confident in my business decision. I am extremely grateful for the professional expertise and wisdom that Mr. Ponder provides. He is on speed dial and I totally trust him with ALL my legal affairs.
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Posted by Leslie | November 12, 2013
Brian Ponder, knowledgeable, thorough lawyer
Brian Ponder is a knowledgable, passionate, and capable lawyer. I have sought his legal representation/advice a number of times, each time with results that exceeded my expectations. Mr. Ponder made himself readily available by phone, email, and through face-to-face consultations. He was honest about any challenges that I might face and explained each step of the process. Prior to making any moves on my behalf, Mr. Ponder contacted me, making me fully aware of his intentions and the subsequent consequences. He fought on my behalf, exhibiting both compassion and persistence. I am confident in Mr. Ponder's work as a lawyer and will certainly retain his services in the future as the need arises.
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Posted by CORENE | November 11, 2013
Very Knowledgeable, Aggressive, and Fast! Very Satisfied...
I requested services from Brian Ponder concerning a financial matter with another attorney. I was really stressed and had almost given up, but once I contacted Brian Ponder he assured me that I would receive my money back in less than a week and in full. And yes the other attorney refunded me in full!!!! I am so grateful and have recommend Brian Ponder Trial Lawyers to everyone I know. Any lawyer that can put fear in another lawyer knows his stuff!
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2023
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Based on an industry referral, I contacted Brian to file suit against finance company and a student loan processor During consultation Brian agreed to represent me. He stated that he needed 1500 retainer fee for each suit filed. He stated those funds would cover out court filing fees and out of pocket fees related to filing. He stated that he would be compensated by including attorneys fee as damages and would be paid by lender. Once retainer was paid, my phone calls, text and emails went unanswered. Voice mail was not activated to receive messages. I reached out to the person who referred him, shortly after Brian emailed me and said he would be available following day. It was another 2 days before he called. He requested documents, I said I would call after sending. Very difficult to contact. Last conversation Brian, after months. Nothing done. Brian stated that he was not going to spend years working my case and he did I wouldn receive much because his fees would absorb any financial gain, leaving nothing for me. He instead offered to work on deleting items from my credit report instead. He accused of looking for a windfall. I asked for a refund to which he stated he would calculate his fees and return any amount left over. I told him that he had no right to keep it because the service he was ordering was not what I contracted or paid for and he hadn't done anything related. His response was to send me an invoice charging me for sending an receiving emails. Even the emails asking for updates and to contact me. Over 2500 .
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2023
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Don't trust this guy
I hired Brian to help with my credit profile for purchase. I paid him $3k and he did nothing. He just took my money and kept promising he was working on it. He never did. He stopped returning calls and emails. This was 2021. Now the housing market is through the roof and interest rates have gone from 3% to 7% while waiting on him to do his job. So Brian had caused me a financial loss if we still can afford a home.
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Posted by La Toysha | September 6, 2019
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Do Not Hire He Will Not Do the Work Hired For
Do not hire this attorney I hired him to address accounts for myself and husband in December 2018. This gentleman enrolled me into his program, collected payment every month and never work on either of our credit files. I attempted to reach him several times for a status update to which he never responded. He never responded to any of my emails or calls. I reached out to him on 2/22/19, 4/3/19, 5/20/19 and eventually requested for full cancellation on 8/11/19. He finally admitted after speaking with him that he indeed did not do any of the work that was agreed upon. I requested for immediate cancellation and am going to be pursuing legal action to recover a refund for services not rendered. As he isn’t willing to refund me for services not rendered.
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Posted by Jean | July 18, 2019
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Hired him to help me repair my credit. Once I paid him it was hard to get in contact with him. I reached out a couple times and no response. I do not recommend him.
Posted by Nicole | June 1, 2017
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I hired brian ponder 06/15/2013 for a wrongful termination case, my employer gave me a letter basically sayiing your fired however if you sign this you get 2,000 if you dont sue. Brian advisded not to sign and not to worry he wil handdle it. well its not 2017 i messaged brian to ask whats going on as i havent heard any updates and i found out he relocated to atlanta.... well guess what ... he told me nothing has happened hes not sure if anything will even come of it and that right now hes working on removing things from credit reports and that if i send him my credit report he can help me.... where is the level of professionalism? where was the contact in between or anything... he just left me in the dark i dont know what he even did with my case or all the evidence given to him. do not hire him you will regret it as ido.... no to find someone to help me with this
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Posted by Angela | August 24, 2015
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Due to an unfortunate situation where we are trying to save our home from partition action, we retained Brian Ponder. He explained to us that he had an unconventional approach that could supplement the work that our current attorneys were doing to keep us in our home as long as possible. Ponder told us he could help and the process would take approximately two months. We paid a retainer of $2500 with a monthly-automated payment of $1250 until the job was completed. He promptly became unreachable after the first installment of his pay was submitted. My husband and I would call him 3 or 4 times a day and his answering service would ensure that we never reached him. He rarely responded to emails and never responded to calls. During the month of May he was reached out to countless times to no avail. As we began nearing the second month of our engagement with him and we realized the negligent and unresponsive service we were receiving would continue, we stopped his automated payment at the suggestion of the neighbor who referred us. The neighbor (a fellow client) mentioned speaking with him about how unacceptable it was for him to drop the ball after he has been paid and the importance of being responsive. Upon realizing that the automated payment was terminated, he began contacting us via email and text, and threw together a sloppy counterclaim and filed it off the cuff. As it was near time for his next payment installment, he resurfaced after a month of absence. This was a month that we had pre-paid and received no services during. We had an impending court appearance in which he said that he should not attend or participate along with our existing counsel and to “just let them handle it”. We thought that was odd that he did not want to engage with our existing counsel on such a critical milestone given that he expressed his ability to add significantly to our case and supplement the work being done by our attorneys. The counter claim finally filed on 6/3/15 was found to be a frivolous document that only worsened our case and our position in this negotiation for our home. It put us in jeopardy of sanctions from the court, as well as our prior counsel. Then, when the backlash from his shoddy work ensued, he wrote a document he termed a ‘Notice of Withdrawal of Counsel’ that we learned is a document that does not even exist in law. He simply was trying to remove himself from the situation after he had created a serious issue that could penalize all of us financially. We went to his office to discuss the many issues regarding his work and his absence during the time he was retained to be working on our behalf. He filed a police report indicating that we had violated his home and other indications that were downright untrue. It is outrageous that someone could be so abusive to his or her own clients. He deemed our visit an invasion to his home stating that we entered his home uninvited, however his office is in his home and he DID invite us in. He says we entered without his consent – if he did not consent, why did he open the door? We did not force entry; we were with our sleeping four year-old daughter and the neighbor who referred us - he asked us in to discuss the concerns. His negligence continued as he did not contact our existing reputable counsel as he should have. He attempted to further sabotage our case after his withdrawal stating that our existing counsel should not continue with us and sent them a copy of the police report. Our counsel was furious and informed us that the documents filed did not exist in law and that we had been taken advantage of. Our counsel is supporting opposing counsel in requesting that the court seek sanctions for his mismanagement of our case. His involvement in our case dramatically worsened our situation and real lawyers are appalled by the 'work' he did.
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