A Negative Review on Avvo (Updated)

by Jamison Koehler on October 11, 2013

I’m in the process of getting a record expunged for an offense that happened in 2006. Currently, I’m going through another law firm and was told the whole process takes no longer than 2 months; you file a motion, it goes to the judge and he has 30 days to make a decision. Well, this was back in March when the motion was filed and I’m still waiting on a decision. My legal rep informed me that they’ve tried on numerous occasions to contact the judge to remind him about my motion, but he chooses to still “sit on it” was what I was told which now brings me to Mr. Koehler: I wanted an outside opinion as to whether or not I was being treated fairly, and not involved in any deceptive practices through my legal rep so I called Mr. Koehler for a consultation. My first question was how long does the expungement process take, to which he replied 4-6 months. Then, as I started to explain my situation, he quickly cut me off and said “Look I told you it takes 4-6 months, I’m not gonna argue with you about it. You called me for a free consultion, and if you don’t like it you can take it or leave it” and hung up in my face. I felt humiliated, and disrespected. I didn’t appreciate the way he spoke to me as a potiential client. I would highly discourage anyone from doing business with an impatient and disrespectful legal attorney.

Whatever I may have told this guy, I stand by it.  The thing speaks for itself.

Update:  Avvo has since taken the review down.  Thanks to Jon Katz for suggesting I contact them.  Thanks also to Avvo for acting so quickly.

11 Comments on “A Negative Review on Avvo (Updated)

  1. At least he called you a “legal attorney,” since it would suck if he called you some other kind. Protip: Next time, tell him how much you like his shoes. I know it was on the phone, but he won’t care.

  2. In such a situation, I would not have called a legal attorney. A nonlegal attorney would do just fine.

  3. I have always suspected you are really the same person — part wise-cracker and part greybeard — using two different vehicles to express himself. Have the two of you ever been actually seen together at the same time and place?

  4. Norm: Although I don’t offer free consultations, that doesn’t stop people from calling who assume that I do.

  5. This is great. I try to keep up with my Avvo profile but I can understand how frustrating this can be to other attorneys.

  6. Ironically the same person who felt the attorney was too harsh will accuse the same attorney of being too soft in court.

    Politeness does go a long way however when garnering the business of a client. But a skilled practicioner knows when a potential client is going to turn into a potential headache and must do a const/ benefit anlysis to see if it really is worth taking on such client.

  7. What did he want you to do? Take over the case and call the judge to remind him. . . uh, wait. It takes four to six months.

  8. Mirriam:

    Exactly. Although he referred to himself as a “potential client,” he and I both knew very well that he was trying to get free legal advice. This is something I am less and less willing to offer. You want my legal assistance? Good. But you will need to pay for it.

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