ED Magedson – Founder
Keefe Bartels170 Monmouth Street Red Bank, New Jersey USA
Keefe Bartels, John Keefe, Jr.Stephen Sullivan Legal malpractice and unethical behavior Red Bank New Jersey
I note the following areas of negligence:
1. Failure to allege bailment which severely limited my chance of obtaining damages.
1.1 The judge commented that he could not even consider
damages since your firm had not addressed bailment.
2. Failure to use my expert and fact witness who saw the condition of my cards before they were sent to Lifson.
2.1 The judge commented that this witness was necessary.
3. Losing evidence.
3.1 I gave you several irreplaceable catalogs and other documents that were crucial to my case. Your firm lost them.
3.2 You firm lost my witnesses notes taken during his deposition.
4. I went through at least three lawyers with your firm, each of whom had to be brought up to speed on my case. This leads me to conclude that you placed my case at the bottom of the barrel and merely assigned it to whichever inexperienced associate you happened to have hired.
4.1 Abandonment of a client’s matter and lack of due diligence.
4.2 Payment for duplication of effort by various attorneys
5. Improper direct examination.
5.1 You failed to ask me about how I determined the condition and value of my cards at the trial.
5.2 There was no proper addressing at trial of the dozens of other cards which were trimmed and substituted. These were not indicated in his appraisal report(s) of my cards, the second of which was presented to the court.
5.3 No redirect or cross examination at trial where you promised to address the crucial issue of trimmed/replaced cards.
6. Improper Cross examination of Lifson.
6.1 Failure to refer to evidence that would have contradicted his testimony, including but not limited to his solicitation of my high quality, high-grade cards, and the inconsistency of his communications to me.
6.2 Lifson’s letters to the Office of the Attorney General were never addressed. Lifson clearly lied, and clearly misrepresented the value of my high-grade cards.
7. Lack of communications on a consistent basis as indicated by my letters and emails of 9/18/06, 12/18/06, 1/15/06, 7/23/07, 8/27/07, etc.
8. Up until the very day of trial I was promised a jury trial. This was also indicated in my claim. Instead, I was told that we were
using a judge because that’s what the Court wanted.
9. My last bill was paid to you in September, 2006. On January 4, 2007 you informed me I would receive no further bills. Despite
your promises, in July, 2008, 21 months later and less than 2 months before the trial you send me another PAST DUE bill of
$23,637. It was then suggested to me that I should drop my lawsuit so I would not incur any additional bills.
The above is in addition to the lack of communication from your firm about which I complained numerous times.
In all, your tactics at trial cannot be attributed to trial decisions, but instead to negligence, lack of due diligence and inexperience. As I expected, without my witness my trail was just a waste of time and money. Many important issues were just ignored at my trial. Essentially, I was just set up to lose my case. I have spent much time and money sending and discussing the same information to different attorneys with your firm, which has resulted in duplicate billing. My efforts to seek justice have been compromised. The end result was I was forced to accept at trial a box of worthless trimmed cards which were not mine. My records will show I could have accomplished as much years ago without your firm’s representation.
I am very disappointed and very angry about the results of your firm’s representation. I believe your firm has negligently abandoned my case, and has violated professional ethics, as well as professional malpractice. My efforts to seek justice were compromised. More importantly, I have suffered the loss of all of my property.
Your firm has retained possession of my property as follows: various Mastro and Heritage auction catalogs and their auction results; various printouts of those catalogs auction results; some 1955 high-grade baseball cards; Sports Collectors Digest Certified Card Price Guide; the book Sports Collectibles Digest Baseball Cards Questions and Answers. I want the immediate return of my property.
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