We hired Michael Miller of Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP in Santa Rosa to help us in a dispute with our general contractor. Before we retained him, Mr. Miller assured us that he would ensure that our “lawyer dollars” would be spent wisely, given that we had already lost more than $100,000 to our deceitful contractor.
However, we quickly became concerned about Mr. Miller’s billing practices, as well as his expertise and overall competence. Mr. Miller would charge us for services we explicitly told him not to perform, routinely charged us hundreds of dollars just to give us a quote as to how much certain legal services would cost, charged us for doing “research” in his supposed area of expertise, and charged us hundreds of dollars for brief emails (ie, one or two sentences). Moreover, we had to routinely edit his drafts because they were so poorly written and riddled with mistakes. It became clear that he was neither intelligent nor effective at devising a winning strategy against our contractor. We felt like we were doing all the work ourselves, while he was overbilling for our very brief emails with him, including emails where we asked him about billing.
When we expressed these concerns to Mr. Miller, he became angry and defensive and refused to take responsibility for any of his incompetent or fraudulent behavior. Instead, he pressured us to initiate a lawsuit against our contractor that would cost up to $200,000. We refused and severed our relationship with him, and he said that we could pay whatever we thought was right out of our final balance. We did and thought that was the end of our relationship with Mr. Miller.
Subsequently, we consulted with an honest lawyer with expertise in the area of contractor disputes who told us that it would be inadvisable to initiate a lawsuit against a contractor because it simply wasn’t financially worth it. She advised us on how to recover some of our losses on our own via the state licensing board. As she is not in the business of swindling people, she offered all of this advice for free and discouraged us from hiring a lawyer.
Months later, we received two successive letters from Mr. Miller threatening to sue us if we did not pay the remainder of our balance (only $1000). Since we did not want to get embroiled in another dispute, we relented and paid the balance, even though it is grossly unfair. Mr. Miller is the type of lawyer that gives the industry a bad name. He is no better than the contractor that screwed us, and we were coming to him for help in a very vulnerable position. Lawyers like this should be held accountable and we plan to do just that.
Truly amazing. We had a fairly unrealistic, complicated, last minute company deadline, and Chad Dorr made sure he was always available to see that we hit it. His attention to detail and ability to explain complicated issues made the whole process so much easier. It was great working with him and everyone there. He truly became part of our company's team.
Marla Keenan-Rivero was the hope that my family needs at a time when our options appeared limited and the likelihood of a satisfactory resolution seemed impossible. Not only was she able to defend us , her calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My children and I are eternally grateful for her service and I hereby recommend Marla Keenan-Rivero without reservation.”
Through the expertise and legal knowledge of the Perry Law team, we were able to obtain closure and peace of mind!
Mr. Miller handled our case with respect and professionalism. He is very knowledgeable in his field and will work hard to get the matter resolved. Mike counseled us and helped us find the right path to take for the best possible outcome. He honestly let us know when we had a chance to get what we wanted and when it would cost more than it was worth to fight for it. He saved us a lot of money with his expertise and persistence. I would recommend Mike Miller to anyone.