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321 James St Ste 201
Geneva, IL, 60134-2147
- Practice Area:
- Divorce and separation
- Nov 13, 2008
- Trial court was reversed on all issues on appeal
- custody, removal of child and property
Light vs. Nikarray’s
- Practice Area:
- Personal injury
- Aug 20, 1997
- verdict affirmed on appeal
- Jury awarded Plaintiff $190,000.00 in slip and fall case for nondisplaced ankle fracture.
Julie was so nice to work with. She fully explained the divorce process and told me in our first meeting the likely outcome. She understood what was important to me and concentrated on my goals. When we had to go to court because my wife wouldn’t cooperate, the judge always agreed with Julie because she understood the law and knew the facts.
I always found it especially difficult to move things along with Julie, which, in some cases, may actually be a good thing, if your intention is to delay your divorce conclusion and wear your spouse down. I have to admit that I was confused by the way Julie handled the divorce at first, but trusted her as an attorney until I realized that she was really just a facilitator and did whatever I was asking for. That wasn’t always the right thing and I wish I would have had more advice than something that felt much more administrative. In some areas, there as a distinct lack of professionalism on her side; I am not quite sure why that is. There is an either unintended or intended lack of interest to understand matters and comprehend a net of facts. I felt that I often had to do the work she was supposed to do for her. She does like big works, but they feel out of place sometimes, especially in the court room. There is a very distinct stance of arrogance that was always on display that can play against you in court and it seemed that it put off the judge enough to rule against me. Her negotiation skills are largely based on the advice to say “no” in the hope to squeeze a bit more out of a deal, but she left me alone in the advanced stages of negotiation where “no” wasn’t cutting it anymore. For negotiating the monetary aspects of the divorce, you probably need someone else. I spent quite a bit of money with Julie and would have hoped to have been a bit more lucky with my choice as the lawyer choice really impacts what your family will be.
I would not recommend Julie. It’s unfortunate that we thought we had found an attorney that would be able to be used for awhile. She seemed to really care about our case, as well she talked a really big game. Tables turned quickly. We were able to gain custody, however she charged us for several phone conversations in which she was just chatting, nothing related to our case, but racked up our bill. Charged us for a deposition that was supposed to be charged to the defendant. Beware, she also will “settle fees” for the balance of your bill, and then tack on interest after the order is set. We are now needing to continue our fight in the court system to deal with the drama from Julie. The ABA and Illinois Bar association has not gotten involved and guided us on how to dispute the charges. She refuses to be a professional and call us back, or email us back. We called nearly daily for over a month, left messages, tried to set up meetings, with nothing in return.
She also dropped the ball on some things in the custody order and the police have had to get involved with custody exchanges. We have contacted her on this, with no return calls, or emails.
If you want an attorney to represent you, be honest, trustworthy, and upfront, DO NOT retain Julie Doyle. One of the biggest regrets I have is hiring her as an attorney.