A lawyer in Florida has launched a business where he’ll send a complaint letter on your behalf for a flat $50 fee. He even sends prospective customers to our website to educate themselves on “fighting back.” Florida only. [Equal-Footing]

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  1. Chris Walters says:

    This is not an endorsement in any way. I came across the site on my own while browsing.

  2. ConsumptionJunkie says:

    What a waste of $50 dollars. This site claims to be fighting back against corporate America.

  3. donkeyjote says:

    50 For a complaint letter? My union provides me a free 1 hour consultation with a lawyer, which includes one free complaint letter (if needed). Total value? The cost of a one hour consultation.

    Also, he needs to send a complaint letter to his website designer. Blah.

  4. Lambasted says:

    A fool and his money ($50 in this case) are soon parted.

    Save your money and hire lawyers when it’s time to sue, not to be your secretary.

  5. MelL says:

    @Lambasted: I agree if the there is no indication it came from a lawyer. Otherwise, the fact that a lawyer was involved could get the matter resolved with greater haste if the receiver of the letter thinks the sender is serious.

  6. If you are going to use a lawyer…. either use a cheap one or a really good one that will scare the piss out of them.

    Cheap = Your uncle’s next-door neighbor’s step son that is attending law school. A couple coupons to McD’s and $5 might get you two letters.

    Good One = A whole lot more than $50. Mine served as District Attorney for 12 years. The locals just quiver when you mention his name.

  7. WraithSama says:

    From the About portion of his web site:

    “His experience before Judges and juries has allowed Mr. Pearlberg to prosecute his cases with an expertise matched by none.”

    An awfully bold statement. So in the 16 years since he graduated law school, 14 of which he was a staff counsel, he has reached the absolute pinnacle of litigating ability, apparently, matched by none. Now why have I never heard of him before?

  8. sven.kirk says:

    What a waste. All he probably does, is just send a registered/certified/notarized letter to the company.

    @Lambasted: I totally agree.

  9. @WraithSama:

    I thought lawyers, even slimmy lawyers, were not allowed to claim expertise greater than other lawyers.

  10. einstoch says:

    What’s even better are the spelling and grammatical errors strewn across the page. I always told my mom that I wouldn’t need to pass English in order to become a lawyer.

  11. How did he “prosecute” anyone as staff counsel for an insurance company?

  12. DeltaPurser says:

    Slow down Skippy… He may be an ambulance chaser, but he may be on to something: Some companies will be more willing to compensate someone when the letter comes from a lawyer rather than from the individual.

  13. legwork says:

    Seems to me this could be unwise for any target with in-house or tight legal representation. It would ensure an express ride from Customer Satisfaction to Legal, and in so doing encourage either laughs or dragon breath.

    Ah, to be forever associated with “those $50 complaint letters.”

  14. cmdrsass says:

    @donkeyjote: With the amount of money you pay in union dues, it isn’t exactly “free”.

  15. Crazytree says:

    he’s looking for trouble.

    all it takes is one person to file a state bar complaint saying that their statute got blown and they thought he was their lawyer because they retained him for $50.

  16. JDAC says:

    Dear Alex,

    I have been scammed into paying 50 bucks for someone else to write a letter for me. Here’s $50; please write to Equal Footing to get me my money back.

    Thanks! I’ll be sure to recommend you to Consumerist’s above and beyond!

  17. donkeyjote says:

    @Crazytree: That’s why he has them sign a contract that (I assume) specifically states that he is not their lawyer.

  18. Rachacha says:

    Did anyone else catch this from his website:
    “Once we have reviewed your information we will email you a secure link for payment of our fee and a contract for our services.”

    “Upon payment of your fee, I will send a letter to the company which you have an issue with …along with a demand for payment to me of the fee that you paid.”

    So let me get this straight…you bill me $50, write a complaint letter, and in the complaint letter demaind that the business pay the lawyer an additional $50. Do I get the $50 back, or do I need to hire a lawyer to write a complaint letter to the first lawyer demainding my $50 back?

  19. PCSuser says:

    I thought this is what the BBB was for.

    BBB is free; heck you can even use your state’s AG..

    This guy is a phony. Somone should report him to BBB/AG!

  20. How do we even know this quack is even a lawyer?

  21. @corporateamericabites:

    ’cause we can check with the State Bar. They are always happy to blow off a crank…… ya know, gotta protect the paying membership.

  22. bonzombiekitty says:

    @MelL: And some companies have a policy that if a legal action is even mentioned. If a customer talks about legal action, in order to avoid potential incriminating themselves, CS reps are to immediately stop dealing with the customer and direct them to the legal department (where, I am told, nothing happens unless you actually pursue legal action). So in some cases a letter from a lawyer can do much more damage than good.

  23. gekkog says:

    Everyone here has their own points of view – as the owner of equal footing, I wanted to let everyone know that the service is now fee free – the wonderful comments here certainly helped. As far as all of the experts on the legal profession, you really need to know the facts before commenting about what someone does at work – staff counsel attorneys actually have more litigation experience than many other attorneys, just because they are staff doe not mean that they sit behind a desk all day – that’s enough of that – if you live in Florida and need any help, please just ask

    • @gekkog: I personally buy into this service completely and commend you for offering it.

      The issue here, from the public’s perspective–at least the way I see it–is that the service comes across as a simple loss leader for your practice. In fact, it still does even though it’s free, but it’s a lot more palatable.

      Nevertheless, I think a lot of people could benefit from this sort of empowerment, especially when they feel they have no other recourse or lack the language necessary to convey their point.

      Well done, sir!