Muriel Law Offices, LLC

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Muriel Law Offices, LLC

Law Firm in Chicago, U.S.A.
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Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Commercial Litigation Practice
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Consumer Litigation
  • Breach Of Contract
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Theft Of Trade Secrets
  • Foreclosures
  • Construction Law
  • Wage Claims
  • Covenants Not-To-Compete
  • Torts
  • Employment Discrimination
Ratings

Overall Client Rating

in General Practice
1.5 out of 5.0
Communication Ability
2.0
Responsiveness
2.0
Quality of Service
1.0
Value for Money
1.0
  • Data based on 1 reviews
  • Last reviewed on 01/27/15
Posted by a Consumer on 01/27/15
1.5 out of 5.0
Shortly after I hired Robert Muriel and his law office, something didn't seem right. First of all, although I first met with Mr. Muriel at an office on Madison Street in downtown Chicago, whenever I called him, I had to leave a message or call him at another phone number. I later discovered that I was reaching him at his home in Highland Park, where it appeared that he did most of his work. Over time, I left messages for him, and it took him a long time to return my phone calls.

Shortly after I hired Mr. Muriel, I told him I wanted to file a lawsuit in Federal Court against the public guardian for a civil rights violation for withholding my inheritance money from me for over five years. Mr. Muriel assured me that I had a right to do so in Federal Court, and that he would file my Federal Court complaint.

Time was passing, and I told Mr. Muriel that I was concerned about the statute of limitations expiring, which would bar me from filing my Federal complaint. I should say that Mr. Muriel had already taken over the case that another attorney I previously hired filed in the State Circuit Court in DuPage County, prior to Mr. Muriel filing the Federal Complaint.

To make a long story short, Mr. Muriel finally filed my Federal complaint, on the last day I was required to timely file, from his home late at night, while I was on the phone with him. He continued working on it right up to the last few minutes, and finally filed it electronically just minutes before the deadline at midnight. Needless to say, I was very stressed. It seemed to me that he shouldn't have waited until the last few minutes before midnight, the last day I could file.

The other issue I had with Mr. Muriel, was what he charged me. I paid him a $5,000.00 retainer to begin working on my case. I then paid another $3,200.00. But, by the time we terminated our engagement, he billed me over $18,000.00. Somehow, he was able to run up almost $12,000.00 in just one week!

He did spend time representing me in the state Circuit Court in DuPage County, before filing the Federal Claim, including a voluntary motion to dismiss without prejudice, so we could pursue my Federal Court case, but we had a problem, because the public guardian had already filed a dispositive motion, which Mr. Muriel already knew about.

Mr. Muriel told me that he did much research before filing my Federal complaint, and charged me quite a bit for it, but despite all his claimed research, I ran into a snag when my voluntary motion to dismiss without prejudice was denied in the state Circuit Court.

As a result, the Federal Court ruled that since I already had a case pending in the state court, that my Federal Court case must be stayed. I didn't understand that with all the research that Mr. Muriel said he did, which he charged me abundantly for, why he wouldn't know that this would happen.

A couple more things. For the Federal complaint, he used the very complaint previously filed in the state court case, which my former attorney in the state court case wrote and filed for me, almost verbatim, but adding some extra paragraphs. Mr. Muriel also didn't even bother to serve a summons to one of the defendants in the Federal case.

Needless to say, I am very unhappy with Mr. Muriel's performance, and I would never hire him again.

Average Peer Rating

Based on this firm's rated lawyers
4.4 out of 5.0
Legal Knowledge
4.4
Analytical Capabilities
4.4
Judgement
4.5
Communication Ability
4.3
Legal Experience
4.5
  • Lawyers rated at this firm meet very high criteria of general ethical standards

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