ED Magedson – Founder
Shulman Hodges & Bastian26632 Towne Centre Drive St 300 Internet United States of America
Retained this firm approx 8 years ago to help with business litigation. They billed me an exhoribant amount of money totaling over 250K in fee's. Paid most of the bills...even though I did not agree with them. However, I did not agree with the balance due of over 40K...and opted for arbitration with a firm that Bastian chose called AAA. We scheduled an arbitration/mediation date and Instead of proceeding with mediationand manged to negotiate a settlement with Jim Bastian for a payment of 20K. I sent them $20K just so they would stop threatening me with more lawsuits. Even though they received the check, they did not cancel the mediation and 3 lawyers showed up to AAA and got a default for the full amount against me for over 70K... I was shocked. I thought we had already settled this case days before the mediation. I signed the agreement and sent them a check thinking everthing was done and paid in full. They went to the mediation behind my back and proceeded to get a deafult against me for much more money. They used personal information that I gave them in confidence against me for their own personal gain. Both myself and my new attorney , Walter Weiss were shocked at the lack of ethics used by this firm. They went into court ex parte to get a TRO and froze my bank account even though I was not properly served. This kind of representation is what gives attorney's such a bad name. I paid this firm a ton of money..and they deceived me. I am now forced to spend a ridiculous amount of time and more money to defend this...They know that it doesn't cost them anything but their time to go into court...and I have to retain new counsel just to get some justice. Beware of these guys...they are as nasty as it gets... I know everyone has attorney horror stories...but these guys took it to a new level.
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