I hated lawyers, I hated the idea of ever needing one. But a work problem had just gotten out of hand and hadn't been handled correctly by the powers that be...which put me and my work in a compromised position. My company had a lawyer on retainer, but as he worked FOR my boss, and my problem involved my boss's knowledge of things going on, I needed my own counsel.
I was a basket case when I called Mr. Holmes. He helped me wade through the entire story over the phone and, miracle of miracles, kept me calm. We talked the first time for about 2 hours, and he helped me to see from a legal standpoint that what I had thought was a danger to me was actually not happening...it just appeared to be mishandled by me. We plotted a course of action for me to take, and he told me what to say to my boss should I be asked about it.
I am pleased to say I never actually needed to hire Mr. Holmes. The issue went away resolved in a matter of weeks, and I am now employed with another company in another state. I hadn't done any of the things I feared, and he helped me to see that.
I was never charged for his services, though I had 2 lengthy conversations with him over the phone and even a consultation in his office for over 45 minutes. He is a wonderful man and a very calming presence. I took a handful of his cards and have handed them out personally to everyone in the area I know, because you never know when you'll need a lawyer and he is phenomenal.
I wish I could give him better than a perfect rating.