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February 17, 2005


Ron  Berman

I worked at legal match for 6 months. The management including
Randy Wells who worked there at the time were very aware of
the unethical practises that were used and pushed on the sales
people. I left because I couldn't sell the garbage they were selling.

Deceipt was the order of the day and I never spoke to a client
who was happy with the service while I was there.


My wife and I have now responded to over 300 cases in our county without getting a single client! LegalMatch won't take our calls and we already filed with the California BBB in preperation to file a lawsuit. I would advise all attorneys to carefully consider their track record before joining. We have been at this 6 months and it is nothing but frustration and free advice.


Randy Wells is the CEO over at case post where Matt Homann sits on the Advisory Board http://www.casepost.com/ourteam.php

Katrina Kamantauskas-Holder, I hope you explained to your daughter how sleazy most lawyers are and that the general public hates your profession. Did you also explain that LegalMatch has a 98% approval (read: trust) rating from consumers? I wish you would quit misrepresenting things you know nothing about and quit lying to your dauther.

Dwayne Individual

The clients who have found good lawyers though legalmatch.com include friends and relatives. After they replaced Utah's State bar's referral system, I only use them to find the best specialist attorney I can afford. I realize that makes most attoreys nervous that I, a non-lawyer, would be able to make an informed decision about who I get to represent me rather than the first name I pay for off of a State Ber referral service. It is about time someone made the clients the top priority rather than the attorney.

Chris Hoffner

I'm a new solo, and got a call from Duncan Lye in San Francisco, telling me he had a client for me. The guy says, "Hopefully you can help my friend out", and then at the very end almost mumbling, "I'm from Legal Match". I haven't called the number back yet, and after googling these guys, I don't think I will. Don't get me wrong, you can never have enough clients, but an indicted CEO, questionable sales tactics and schmoozing the guy responsible for criticizing you? I can only imagine what the subscription price is for these guys...

Katrina Kamantauskas-Holder

Last Friday evening, I came into the office to retrieve my briefcase after eating pizza with my 11-year old daughter. Wait, one new voice mail message. As I listen to the message, I tell my daughter, "it's someone who sounds like they want to send me some work, but they're just trying to sell me something." No way I'm calling them back. Life is easier if you avoid people who misrepresent.

M Beaulier

Apparently the only thing Sara C above understands about Legal Match or how they operate is their marketing ads. That is really a poor basis to use in order to support a companyu\.


E-mail excerpt re: disgraced and disavowed former CEO of LegalMatch (direct from the U.S. Attorney's Public Affairs Officer):

12/6/04 28 MINUTES OF SENTENCING held before Judge Alicemarie H. Stotler as to Dmitry Shubov (1) count(s) 1. Supervised release for two years under terms and conditions of the United States Probation Office and General Order 318 and 01-05. Fine of $5,000.00. Special assessment of $100 dismissing count(s) as to Dmitry Shubov (1) count(s) 2, 3, 4. Government's motion, all remaining counts ordered dismissed.

Sara C.

Let's see now. The founder was indicted for breaking into a voicemail system of a "competitor". He pled guilty, was given no jail time, was found to not have damaged the business of the "competitor" and the Attorney General's office, who investigated LegalMatch for months, found no other issues with the LegalMatch company that would warrant additional charges, or any need to suspend this company's operation? OK. Sounds like that episode is over.

Meanwhile, if I understand this correctly, irrespective of the forgivable mistake, IMHO, the founder had in researching the competition a little too ardently, the company itself continues to provide a service that helps consumers find attorneys they can trust will not steal their money or leave them hanging out to dry when they are at their most vulnerable condition. Is that right? Hmmm.

Sounds to me like the very kind of service any American citizen in trouble would want to keep in operation. Considering that 70 million of us Americans a year, find ourselves in some kind of trouble, and that most of us have to rely on the Yellow Pages, which will sell ads to any attorney who can afford to buy one; even those attorneys who have been dis-barred. Or, that we have to rely on our friends and relatives, who really know nothing about finding the right lawyer or competent lawyer, is a scary thought.

I can understand why some attorneys would be a little upset with LegalMatch. It appears they are changing the order of things. And it’s about time. I know too many people that have made calls to an attorney and gotten nothing but the run around. Calls to ttorneys who seem to believe they are gods or some kind of king of the law and have no interest at all in helping the little guy. Attorneys whose receptionist are rude and impolite and seem to be only interested in protecting the attorneys lunch hour. They act as though there is a line of us versus them in their dealings with consumers. Too many people I come in contact with have told me how humiliating it is to be told by attorney after attorney they must pay a fee just to speak with an attorney for 15 minutes. So, looking at the LegalMatch service from that perspective and under those conditions this service just make a great deal of sense to me.

I like what I'm reading and hearing about LegalMatch. It appears they have the best interest of the consumer in mind. And, if they are sorting through the hoard of attorneys that are out there, not all of whom are ethical, to make sure that only the trustworthy competent ones are able to assist their clients, then this is a dream come true. Sort of like the consumer index for legal services.

Were I an attorney I would be trying to find out how to connect with these people rather than bad mouthing the very service the American citizen with legal issues needs. An attorney who misses this point would make me very nervous.

I think I like LegalMatch. Right on Mr. Wells. It looks like you are doing the right thing for all the right reasons. If LegalMatch is able to change the way Americans retain legal representation then the legal system will benefit greatly in my eyes. And, I too, can feel confident that when I need an attorney, and I know I will someday, I’ll have a place to turn in my dark hour to get respectable representation. What more could I ask for? Thank you...thank you...thank you.

Who am I? A clerk in one of America's most respected courtrooms.
Sara C.

Randy Wells


We are not a referral service. We empower the consumer to choose from an approved attorney.

All names (including the attorneys) are kept confidential until the consumer has posted their intake, and several of our attorneys have responded.

The consumer chooses to have their contact information released after they have reviewed the attorney offers pertinent to their case. LegalMatch is much more like a "dating service" than any type of referral program. When our attorneys show a true interest in the consumers legal problem, and the consumer understands it, a match is made.
Our attorneys are marketing to the consumer. We do not choose the attorney for the consumer as a referral service does. When we call into an area to locate an attorney, it is because we have had more consumer intake cases posted than our current attorneys can handle. We NEVER call an area unless we have consumer cases that are not receiving offer messages. LegalMatch has developed a very sohpisticated data base system called RAM 3. Ram 3 actually segregates the 20,000 plus cases we are receiving per month into county, specialty, and even years of experience needed. When we call and tell you we have consumers, it is the truth.
We do not sell attorney allocations that cannot be supported. We have a waiting list in many areas of the country. If we sold to "anyone", there certainly would be no such thing as a waiting list. I would be happy to discuss with you further.

Randy Wells

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