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I have dealt with more than my share of lawyers. Some provided a service “above and beyond”; others faked work and tried to overcharge. Two saved my life – quite literally; and one was disbarred for trying to extort money from me. How can one distinguish between a good lawyer and “the 99% of others who give the profession a bad name”? I knew of no efficient way to do it, so I created LawyersReputation.com.

Unlike other ratings services, which evaluate lawyers based on their credentials, LawyersReputation.com allows clients to post evaluations of their lawyers and the services they provided. Why is our approach better? Because customer satisfaction is normally the most important criteria in choosing an attorney. After all, a professional who can satisfy your needs is precisely what you are looking for, isn’t it?

I have known intelligent, personable, well-educated and well-meaning lawyers who delivered substandard service. In fact, it’s a common problem. A smart graduate of a top law school wins a handful of important cases, grabs a few positive reviews and starts to buy in to his success. More clients begin to retain his services and he becomes overloaded to where he fails to provide good personal service; the very thing that brought him success. He is now too busy to return calls or meet deadlines. The work is offloaded to young inexperienced associates while he barely has time to read their less-than-perfect briefs and court filings.

Another common situation which I run into involves a successful attorney who becomes rich and famous and loses his motivation. He is financially set for life. He now wants to travel the world, write a book, socialize with other top dogs, and attend plush conferences set in tropical paradises. His ratings and credentials are stellar, but your case is on the bottom of his list of priorities.

Then there are the true scoundrels; lawyers who try to screw you to make a quick buck. Their methods start with “innocent” ploys, like artificially protracting your case instead of settling it, so they can bill you for months, if not years. Such attorneys may also have impressive credentials and top ratings, but not on this Web site. On LawyersReputation.com, their victims can provide frank evaluations about the services (or disservices) they received.

Our goal is to make poor or dishonest legal representation a losing business proposition, and hit those crooks where it hurts the most –their wallet. Accurate warnings posted here will make it harder for bad attorneys to find their next easy target.

Is it possible that a client may incorrectly perceive a good service to be poor because the case was lost for reasons outside the lawyer’s control? That may happen so we give lawyers an opportunity to respond to the evaluations received and to present an argument regarding why the review is unjustified. We encourage third-party mediation or arbitration of all disputes, and remove postings shown to be false or unsubstantiated.

If, on the other hand, you were one of those fortunate people able to find an attorney who did a great job for you, reward them by expressing your gratitude here and, by doing so, help expand their business.

Alex Konanykhin
Washington Post
February 13, 2004 - National Republican Congressional Committee chose Alex Konanykhin the "New York Businessman of the Year."

Alex Konanykhin controlled Russia's largest commercial bank in the 1990s before it was seized by the KGB.

The Wall Street Journal
Mr. Konanykhin was a whiz-kid physics student who became a pioneering Russian capitalist in early 1990s, building a banking and investment empire valued at an estimated $300 million all by his mid-20s. He was a member of President Boris Yeltsin's inner circle.

The Baltimore Sun
Business whiz kid.

Russian Bill Gates.

The Times
By the time he was 25 he was one of the most important figures in post-Communist Russia. But in 1992, while on a business trip to Hungary, Alex Konanykhin was kidnapped.

The New York Times
The Federal Bureau of Investigation notified Konanykhin that Russian organized crime figures had paid to have him killed.

CBS “60 Minutes”
Alex Konanykhin didn't only have KGB after him… He had the FBI, the Justice Department, even the CIA all on his case, as a favor to the Russians, part of a deal to allow the FBI to keep a bureau in Moscow.

Los Angeles Daily Journal
Representing himself through much of the process, Konanykhin managed to convince an immigration judge of an alleged INS and KGB conspiracy and cover-up. Following the court's admonishment, the INS agreed to drop all charges and also pay $100,000. The judge also ordered an investigation of the Justice Department. In separate actions, Konanykhin subsequently won multimillion dollar libel judgments against two Russian newspapers. A $100 million lawsuit against the Justice Department is pending, alleging perjury, fraud, torture and witness tampering by U.S government officers on behalf of the Russian Mafia.

The Washington Post
Konanykhin, one of the first Russian millionaires after the fall of the commies, left in 1992 and was granted asylum here in 1999. He's built a very successful Web advertising business in New York City. He had been chosen “New York Businessman of the Year.” “As such, you will be honored and presented with your award,” NRCC chairman Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.) said, at a “special ceremony” April 1.” President Bush and Governor [ Arnold] Schwarzenegger are our special invited guests.”

Profit Magazine
Imagine you are a teenage physics genius who quickly amasses a $300 million empire of real estate and banking ventures, has dozens of cars, six hundred employees, several mansions and two hundred bodyguards—but you are nonetheless kidnapped by those you trusted, threatened with torture and death, and have your entire empire stolen from you one dark night in Budapest. You escape with your life by racing through Eastern-bloc countries and flying to New York on stashed-away passports—only to have the KGB and Russian Mafia hell-bent on your hide and the U.S. government jailing you and conspiring to serve you up into their clutches. All this before your 29th birthday. Sound like a Tom Clancy thriller? No... Just a slice in the life of Alexander Konanykhin.