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Design - Legacy / Scam and lies!

1 2023 Lucas DriveDallas, TX, United States Review updated:
Contact information:
Phone: 214-748-5118

COMPANY IS EVICTED FROM WAREHOUSE: THIEVES AND CON MEN KELLY O'NEAL and RENE GUTIERREZ are being evicted from their longtime Harry Hines Boulevard warehouse/showroom for non-payment of rent (gee, is swindling dozens of local artists out of hundreds of thousands of dollars finally catching up with these ###?) and ongoing criminal investigations of criminal activities at the site. They're being forced to move their criminal enterprise to a far less inviting part of town, to a run-down industrial neighborhood where neighbors are less likely to report crimes like vandalism, burglary and arson. The ONGOING INTERNET CAMPAIGN to inform vendors and retailers about O'Neal's long criminal record and continuing scam operation is having an effect... several stores in Texas, North Carolina and California have stopped carrying Legacy's stolen goods and refuse to work with these con men again. Please post any info on Legacy's declining sales and growing reputation as a criminal enterprise that you run across... it lets artists swindled by these THIEVES know that the buying public cares where products come from. Thank you!

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  • Ca
      18th of May, 2007
    0 Votes
    Design Legacy - Dallas, Texas - Owner is a thief!
    United States

    Noticed there seem to be a lot of people finally posting info about Design Legacy and Legacy Design Company in Dallas. I worked with this company about three years ago. The lying owners, Kelly O'Neil and Rene Guttierez, not only run an illegal sweatshop in their unheated/unairconditioned warehouse, but routinely order goods and services that they'll never pay for. And good luck trying to collect... They're scam artists who use every illegal tactic to cheat vendors out of work and product. We know that at least half of what they have on display at their showroom, Daryl Jenkins, is stolen. They're ###. Good luck if you ever get involved with them. They WILL screw you.

  • Ol
      5th of Mar, 2008
    0 Votes

    LAWSUIT PENDING: Anyone swindled by these thieves can forward info to be posted on this and other websites to We're compiling data in order to file a possible class action lawsuit against O'Neal and his group of con men later this year. Thank you!

  • Ol
      18th of Mar, 2008
    0 Votes

    Legacy Partner Gutierrez Illegal and Molester: I was swindled by these [censored]ers too! Apparently, in addition to being evicted from their warehouse, one of the scummy partners (Rene Gutierrez) is being investigated as an illegal alien and might be deported because he's been accused several times of 'indecency with a child'. Here's hoping these crooks go out of business then get thrown in jail!

  • Ke
      24th of Apr, 2008
    0 Votes

    for the record, these comments were written by a (poetically) lier and a cheat. Design Legacy has been in business for almost 20 years, with most of our employees having been with us for a very long period of time. As well, we owe noone, including this scoundrel who has had to resort to this spineless manner of approach to a court-ordered issue of restraint.

    Dear Tim: good luck in all that you do, and please do move on.

    sincerely, Kelly O'Neal
    Design Legacy, President

  • Ko
      7th of Jul, 2008
    0 Votes

    LOL! So Kelly 'I Steal, So What?' O'Neal feelings are getting hurt by artists finally posting info about what scums, thieves and sociopaths he and his ### 'partner' Rene 'I'm A Fat Liar Too, So What?' Gutierrez are? Well, big fat BOO HOO! A.) Learn how to spell (or at least use Spellcheck), you illiterate criminal! B.)Those employees you've had for twenty years are practically indentured servants, you pig-faced ### (on what you pay them, they can't afford to save up and sue your ### for all the employment laws you've broken over that time). C) You DON'T have a restraining order against anyone...I used to work for you, ###, and I know the story about how you got your scummy lawyer to get an artist you still owe thousands and thousands of dollars to to turn over materials you never (and still don't) own the copyrights to. You are an evil pig who, God willing, will bring a building or a gas tanker down on your empty, greedy head so you and your warped, pedophile partner can go straight to Hell, where you belong, and an ending which many local artists are praying for. Oh, and it seems to me that only a ### who was warped and frustrated (and you sound more than a little scared) would feel the need to answer what you claim are empty complaints with such a pathetic, silly response.

  • Bo
      13th of Jul, 2008
    0 Votes
    Design - Legacy - Swindlers
    Glass Street
    United States
    Phone: 214-748-5118

    SWINDLERS AND THIEVES! We worked with these scums! They'll rip you off as soon as look at you! If you want to be robbed, hook up with Legacy Theft Company! They WILL go to jail someday!

  • Da
      14th of Aug, 2008
    -1 Votes

    I have know Mr. Oneal and his employees and partner Rene Gutierrez for many years, also worked for them both and NO one in his organization is a liar, thief, ###, scam artist, or anything in the like of all the comments from Tim O'Riley. If you are reading all the emotional name calling he is dishing out, you should realize that HE is the nut case here and the negative energy is all one sided. I met Tim many times and thought he was a really nice guy. I am so disappointed to see all this nonsense from you Tim. You know that no one is an "indentured servant" at Kelly's place of business... I am pretty much in shock of all the name calling and untrue statements you have made on all these posts I have read on the internet. I hope you are getting the mental help you need to settle down and let go. Hope you are living a better life now.

    You are so talented, yet seem to be wasting all your energy on this... I hope you don't try to target me now that I have reported my feelings. I better watch my back.

  • El
      4th of Sep, 2008
    +1 Votes

    I'm sorry, I just can't let the message I posted before stand. I posted that diatribe as a favor to Kelly O'Neal, who shouldn't have asked me to go on here and lie in the first place. I don't know who Tim O'Riley is since I've never met him or why Kelly seems to hate him so much (but I'm starting to suspect that Kelly is just pissed that so many people are going on the internet to expose him and he's fixated on this guy). I do know quite a few people who Kelly and his partner have cheated out of money and product. I've never met this particular artist, but as far as I can tell he has a good reputation and works well with a number of local stores. Kelly, on the other hand, is practically on the verge of bankruptcy, has creditors breathing down his neck every day (who he uses every dodge to avoid) and now has a horrible rep with artists and vendors alike. Kelly has mentioned quite a few national chains he's tried to work with who refuse to carry his merchandise because of his and his company's terrible track record, well-known ethical problems and poor product quality. Listen, I felt sorry for Kelly momentarily but several people have emailed me defending this artist and saying what a ### I am for trying to smear him. I really don't want that kind of karma in my life. And Kelly's glee at thinking he somehow "got back" at this guy is disturbing on several levels and really shows me who the unbalanced person in this equation is. So if anyone who reads this knows Tim, please let him know how sorry I am to have been used to try to hurt him. I hope this makes up in some small way for my inexcusable actions.

  • Jo
      16th of Sep, 2008
    -1 Votes

    I have worked with Kelly, Rene and their company for the past five years and have found them to be honorable, honest and ethical. Kelly has also gone out of his way on numerous occaisons to help out my business. I have spent time with Kelly, Renee and some of the other employees of Design Legacy and have found that they all seem to really enjoy working together and working for Design Legacy.

    Tim sounds scary crazy. Tim - did you know that you can actually see Russia from Alaska? Sarah Palin says so. Go check it out buddy and let us know if she is crackers or not.


  • Ro
      16th of Sep, 2008
    -1 Votes

    l have worked with kelly for over 6 yers and all my business transations have been great and have hard time beliving these statements. l have also met and talked to several employees that work at his company and never have they mentioned anything like this. We are in the same business and people in our industry have nothing but praise for kelly.

  • Ti
      16th of Sep, 2008
    -1 Votes

    I have been working with Kelly O'Neal and Legacy Trading Company for the last two years on our new home. He has been involved in every aspect of the design process. He continues to go above and beyond the call of duty and has always been there for us. We would whole heartly reccommend him to anyone. His work has been outstanding and there is no quesiton that he is completly honest and operates his business with integrity.

  • De
      5th of Oct, 2008
    0 Votes

    Typically, uneducated sorts resort to filthy language to get their points across. It is obvious that you are both uneducated and ###ic, which is a frightfully dangerous combination. You are jealous because Kelly and Renee are successful, honest, decent people. Perhaps you can't help it because of your upbringing. Regardless, please try to use some good words. With around half a million words in the English language, one would assume you could find ONE that would suit your purpose and is not filthy. Keep trying...maybe you will find one.

  • Zx
      6th of Oct, 2008
    +1 Votes

    sounds like robert gorst and tim halter are the same person...

  • De
      8th of Oct, 2008
    +1 Votes

    'Tim Halter' + 'Robert Gorst' + 'John Barnett' = Kelly O'Neal and staff. Don't believe sociopaths posting fake messages to salvage their trashed repuatations! He's and his gang of con men are criminals and losers!

  • St
      4th of Nov, 2008
    +1 Votes

    I have worked with Kelly O'Neal and Tim O'Riley on numerous occasions and trust me, Kelly is the thief...he will take anything he can get and never pay the bill for it ...Tim is an honest artist trying to earn a living and Kelly is only trying to take advantage of anyone who will let him ...

    I don't think name calling is the way to get your point across...shame on you for that Tim, but never the less, I understand your frustration with this less than honorable person.

    I hope everyone else in the United States will take this warning and stay far away from whatever name he is calling his business this week .

    And BTW, anyone who has been working for this guy for 20 years speaks minimal english, I promise you that .

  • Th
      4th of May, 2010
    -1 Votes

    Tim O'Riley is the nut case that is posing as everyone else on this site that has said anything good about Kelly, Legacy, Rene, et. al. He even tried to be me and retract my statement (above). I DO know Tim O'Riley and know of all the ills he has tried to cause so many people, publications and stores. He is a vile, evil, sick ###. I was wishing the best for Tim until I found out yesterday that he posed as me in trying to destroy Kelly. Then I read all the other crap he has written posing as other people and fake alike. You will notice that all the negative postings are all the same. Written by the same sick idiot.

    You might not always get what you want in life, but what you dish out WILL come back to you 10x. I know that all of Kelly, Rene, et. al's. supporters will cherish the day the earth falls down on Tim O'Riley.
    David Hamer (The REAL one)

  • Ad
      18th of May, 2010
    0 Votes

    DAVID '[censor]' HAMER = WORLD-CLASS LOSER! David Hamer is a certifiable nutcase who, as a 'friend' (read: john) of Kelly 'Anything You Can Steal, I Can Steal Better' O'Neal, is now probably a disease-riddled, addle-brained leper. The 'Tim O'Riley' he posts about has never met David Hamer (I know this for a fact), and Douchebag Hamer knows nothing about the artists O'Steal has swindled or the various other marks O'Steal and Gutierrez have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from, either, because - now listen VERY carefully, David 'I'm A [censor] And Proud Of It' Hamer - O'Steal doesn't publicize his crimes, you horse-faced [censor]. If 'David Hamer' isn't just 'Kelly O'Neal' posting again to try and repair his deservedly tainted reputation, then [censored] Hamer must have a split personality because he certainly seems to be carrying on quite the argument with himself a little ways up. We also think his ranting indicates perhaps a substance abuse problem...O'Steal's coke connection dry up, David? Her's a thought: Take your idiot tantrum and your pathetic 'stand by your man' crap and shove it all up your we're-sure-quite-considerable [censor], you whiny, probably alcoholic loser. As artists who HAVE been ripped off by your 'dear friend' (read: blowjob buddy), we know what scummy, thieving, lying con artists he and his partner are and no matter how many grammatically incorrect responses you post, everyone else who's HONEST in the Dallas area knows it, too. P.S. Maybe you can explain why stores like Anthropologie, Neiman-Marcus and the Horchow Collection all now absolutely refuse to carry O'Steal's stolen designs and merchandise? Or why bloated gasbag Kelly NEVER responds directly to ANY of the allegations posted on this and other websites? Or why no one has EVER been sued over any of the allegations against Kelly? We can tell you: Because if even ONE artist can PROVE that O'Steal ripped him or her off, O'Steal wouldn't have a leg to stand on legally. So, David 'I'm A Big Fat Idiot Who Doesn't Know What I'm Talking About' Hamer...go screw yourself. And YOU better pray that karma isn't real. Cause if it is, you've gotta whole lotta nasty [censor] headed YOUR way, you big-mouthed loser. Cheers!

  • Jw
      19th of May, 2010
    0 Votes

    This is very immature. Let it go people...

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