Complaint / review text:
ADAM LEITMAN BAILEY WORST ATTONEY IN NEW YORK
I lost every cent I ever saved and my apartment building too, all of which went to Adam Leitman Bailey and his misrepresentation of my case. My wife divorced me as a result of my monetary loss and what I believe was a fling with Bailey. It started with a tenant of mine who agreed to pay me a small cash amount above the fixed allowable rent. I had a great relationship with the tenant for decades but while the tenant was in Europe and I was vacationing in Mexico there was a flood in her apartment. The water not only flooded the apartment but because she was gone so long the carpets became mildewed, the wood floors destroyed and other fabrics including drapes were ruined. I was very sympathetic to her when we met but told her to use her insurance company for repairs. A few days later she informed me the insurance had lapsed and she had no recourse but to ask me to make repairs as it was a burst pipe in the wall that caused the flood. Of course I refused, it was not my fault she failed to maintain the insurance policy. The next week I received a call from her attorney demanding I pay for the damage. This was when I made the biggest mistake of my life, I refused. Weeks went by and I noticed contractors were fixing the tenants damage. It was peaceful and my wife and I started planning a trip to Jamaica. The day after we bought tickets the shit hit the fan big time. A lawsuit was filed against me by my tenant for damages and grief, but worst of all a letter came from the City attorneys office requesting a meeting over charging excess rent to not only that tenant but two others I had made arrangements with. Life for me would never be the same. I called my local attorney to help me but he told me he could not as I needed a real estate attorney. I went online and discovered just a few specializing in defending this kind of action. One in particular listed press articles about how good he was defending landlords from frivolous claims, Adam Leitman Bailey, the man who would destroy my life forever. I am a conservative Jew and when I met Mr. Bailey I saw right away from his head covering, he too was of my faith. He immediately explained to me how successful he was defending landlords who got themselves in trouble winning all his cases. He showed me press articles about himself and his firm. His request for retainer was reasonable and I signed with him immediately as both the City and tenants litigation was over my head. I was initially impressed as Mr. Bailey postponed deadlines on meetings with the city and plaintiff. Our trip to Jamaica was back on, the last trip I would ever take with my wife and likely the last vacation of my life. My deposition took place three months later. I was not prepared for the hell that resulted. Mr. Bailey appointed one of his staff to be present and did not rehearse me properly. I was torn apart by opposing council. After decades of accepting cash payments for most of the rents including overcharges I forgot I had given all three tenants receipts for same! Dead in the water and not prepared by Bailey. This was just the beginning, though Bailey postponed the city hearing repeatedly that was the extent / postponements. Later when I called the court directly I was told Bailey postponed hearings all the time and sometimes never appeared or cancelled! Then the bills starting coming for the postponements, over a two year period hundreds of thousands of dollars. He explained he had extensive phone conversations with both the city and tenant councils, meeting with lawyers in his firm to discuss my case, research in law books, lunch meetings and hundreds of hours dedicated to my case. I asked him why I had not been rehearsed thoroughly and prepared for my deposition. He told me it was best to just be honest and tell the truth. I told him the truth crucified me. He had no response on that. When my money ran out I met with him and so did my wife. He appeared quite interested in my much younger wife but I paid no attention.in an hour long meeting I agreed to sign a contract giving him my lifelong hard worked for apartment building for any shortfall of money I might owe him, better I had committed suicide. I could continue on hear but my readers must know the end of this story. I lost everything, the case, my beautiful building to the tenants and Bailey and the investigation of the city for overcharging and my wife. I sit in a miserable tiny apartment in the Bronx living on my social security and welfare checks and contemplate suicide every day. Noone should go through this with an incompentent attorney. If you had a similar experience relate it here.