San Francisco, CA
My husband and I met with Valerie May a few years ago. My husband had a particularly difficult immigration case where he was arrested, didn't show up to the courtdate, and was deported in abstentia. We got married afterwards and we were too scared to file for his green card because we knew it was a complicated case.
However, she said it would be a long process, but possible. We were excited so we quickly sent over the $2000 deposit she asked for. She then HANDED OUR CASE OFF TO A JUNIOR LAWYER, who reviewed everything and came back telling us OUR ONLY OPTION WAS TO HAVE MY HUSBAND LEAVE THE COUNTRY AND FILE FROM HIS HOME COUNTRY, AND THAT MIGHT NOT EVEN WORK!!!!!!!!!
How could they tell me something one day, then tell us they were completely wrong the next???? Because they wanted our deposit, that's why. When I alerted them to the fact that THIS WAS NOT WHAT SHE PROMISED in our consultation, they REFUSED TO GIVE OUR DEPOSIT BACK!!!!!!!!!
Not only were we mad about the deposit, but she got our hopes up. We continued to live in fear, trusting that her legal opinon (or really that of her junior staff) was right and there was no hope. However, SHE WAS COMPLETELY WRONG!!!! A while later we found a new lawyer, who put us on a payment plan because he didnt want us to think he was ripping us off, and he resolved the case without any complications (his name is Michael Kiran from NJ - HIRE HIM!).
Very sad that people like this give lawyers a bad name!!!! If you'd like me to update this review by redeeming yourself and giving our deposit back, please do (but I doubt you will).