973 Circle Drive
Baltimore, MD 21227
UPDATE ON JOHN E. KEEFE, JR., New Jersey Attorney
Anybody considering retaining using John Keefe and his firm, KEEFE BARTELS, should first read the following. He and his firm charged me $19, 000 to vacate a $7, 500 judgment, and to initiate a counterclaim. Their counterclaim was invalid because they “forgot” to include bailment, and he refused to use my witness who was deposed for eight hours. He and others in his firm refused to communicate with me after I paid them their exorbitant fees. To overcharge someone is the same as stealing. Keefe is dishonest and unethical. He provided only expensive ineffective counsel. I was offered an apology by Keefe for the way I was treated, only after I began posting my reviews of his firm. Keefe said he would refund my wasted fees paid to him. That was a year ago. Once again he misled me and lied to me. This firm cares only about money, not about their clients. The proof is how they treated me, and the losses I have suffered.
A brief overview is as follows:
I was a victim of consumer fraud. The company/person refused to return my property to me, and they sued me for $7, 500. I hired Keefe/Bartels to vacate the judgment, and to counterclaim for the value of my property. I had a witness who was deposed for 9 hours. The firm switched lawyers on me 3 times, and in the transition lost important evidence, both from my witness, and also important prices realized related to the valuation of my property. They also refused to return my personal property, nor pay me for the value of the memorabilia I trusted them with
The day of trial I was refused a jury trial as promised. The day of trial I was told they would not use my witness "because you know your witness and the judge will look unfavorable on it." What an asinine statement! They had repeatedly told me how necessary my witness was, and I could not win my case without any witness. The judge said I should have had a witness. He said the Court could not award damages since my counterclaim did not include bailment. His counterclaim was worthless. I lost $126, 000 in property and I was charged $19, 000 to get a $7, 500 judgment vacated, in addition to thousands of dollars in other legal expenses.
Keefe intentionally sabotaged my case because he lost my important evidence needed at trial. Keefe does not care about his clients. Rather than provide any financial satisfaction to me, he would rather be subject to my reviews about Keefe, his father, and other lawyers in his firm.
As follows is a letter from Keefe indicating the settlement he promised. Also, note his grammatical mistakes in his email. He doesn’t even capitalize the names of people in his firm. Would you really want a lawyer who cannot even write a letter, to represent you?
From: John Keefe (email@example.com)
Sent: Thu 10/16/14 4:33 PM
To: Tony Raymond' (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I think it would indeed be appropriate and I thank you for your email.
I would respectfully ask that you pull down the commentary as to my father who has worked very hard to maintain an impeccable reputation in the law. I am happy to discuss this further with you as well as commentary regarding Patrick bartels.
Last, we discussed your posting re lori dvorak and the language contained therein that refers to our firm which goes beyond your criticism of ms. Dvorak. Please consider this amendment to your posting of her as we have discussed in the past.
In the near future I will be prepared to make a financial settlement but need to allocate funding to do so and enable us both to clear the decks from both of our vantage points. I just wanted you to know that I have not forgotten and am happy to negotiate this now and work on a stepped approach to achieve our mutual goal.
973 Circle Drive
Baltimore, MD 21227
Keefe Bartels has resolved any and all issues between us to my complete and utter satisfaction. I hereby retract everything I have posted online about the law firm of Keefe Bartels LLP, and its individual attorneys, employees and principals.