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… read them below or add one }

shg October 11, 2013 at 6:38 am

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.

Eric L. Mayer October 11, 2013 at 7:11 am

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

Jamison Koehler October 11, 2013 at 7:50 am

You guys think alike.

shg October 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

It’s scary sometimes.

Jamison Koehler October 11, 2013 at 10:00 am

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?

norm pattis October 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Mistake number one: free consultation.

Jamison Koehler October 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm

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

Dominic Saraceno October 15, 2013 at 12:52 pm

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

Nathan October 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

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.

mirriam January 10, 2014 at 6:07 am

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.

Jamison Koehler January 10, 2014 at 6:21 am


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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