Resolved: Attorney Michael Phillips Minneapolis Our experience of him was terrible - Here is the horrible way in which he “handled” our case:
Attorney Michael Phillips in Minneapolis represented us in a civil court case. Our experience of him was terrible. Here is the horrible way in which he "handled" our case: • Assured us at the outset that he had the experience and knowledge to handle our case, even if it went to trial. He later brought in another attorney with "trial experience," so we ended up paying even more for two lawyers.• Did not realize that the key to our case was challenging a power of attorney signed by a woman of unsound mind. If the power of attorney had been challenged, all illegal changes made under it would be disallowed and we would have gotten our money.• Failed to charge defendants for fraud, for taking more than $400,000 through illegal beneficiary changes.• Failed to file for putative damages, which would have greatly increased the amount that we could have recovered. • Failed to sue the insurance companies involved and the financial advisor involved (in fact, he said this was not possible when it was); this would have hastened the likelihood of recovering our money and of getting more. • Lost or did not know he had the key piece of evidence in our case. While we begged him for months to obtain it, he already had it. We traveled thousands of miles to meet then he said he would not meet with us about what this evidence contained, and left the room. This was after we had paid him more than $100,000; he would not give us the time of day. This key evidence was not used in an important summary judgment hearing, because he didn’t even know he’d gotten it.• Failed to notice a fraudulent insurance claim filed by one of the defendants; we found it ourselves in the case paperwork, right before our trial date.• Failed to notice that one of the perpetrators – a so-called "financial advisor" – was on probation for felony possession of drugs, had declared bankruptcy, and had been forced by regulatory authorities to pay large sums back to clients for wrongdoing. These facts would have seriously damaged if not destroyed, this individual’s credibility. • Delayed for months in getting key depositions and information, including medical evidence that was requested for five months and he never obtained. This evidence would have been in our favor and would have greatly facilitated our case.• Made us spend an extraordinary amount of time nagging him to act on our behalf; we were then billed for this time. Our total bill was three times what he estimated it would be, at the highest, if we went to trial. And we did not go to trial.• Gave us bad advice on numerous occasions that caused us to miss opportunities to get important evidence and take actions that would have settled our case and gotten the money much faster, without his high legal bills. We requested a reduction in our bill because of all the mistakes he made and how he hurt our case, and he absolutely refused. We then complained to the Bar Association. They did nothing, even though all these incidents and more were documented, even by recordings of our discussions with Phillips. Apparently you have to prove that the outcome would have been different if he had not made all these mistakes. How can anyone prove an outcome would be different? It’s impossible. It is lawyers protecting lawyers. If you get a bad lawyer in Minnesota, you truly have no recourse. Other attorneys - in other states – have told us that Phillips’ actions clearly constitute malpractice, and that the amounts we paid to him and his associates were obscene. After all the agony of the lawsuit and the incredible frustration of dealing with him, we recovered only enough to pay his exorbitant legal bills. This man, and who knows how many other incompetent attorneys, are still being referred to unsuspecting people through the Hennepin County Bar Association referral center. Don’t trust these referrals. Don’t use this service. If you are forced to consider a lawyer who is not personally referred to you by someone who can vouch for their competence, demand to speak to three former clients who had cases similar to yours, who can vouch for their work. If the attorney can’t provide you with these references, move on. Our recommendation is to stay away from Attorney Michael Phillips. He drove us crazy with his lack of communication and procrastination. He doesn’t know what he claims to know, he hurt our case, he failed to provide strategy or leadership and to proactively advocate for us, and he wasted our money.
Reason of review
Poor customer service
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