Chris Doehle...BAD Lawyer! Do not trust!

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Since: Jan 10

Eureka, CA

#1 Jan 19, 2010
I was desperate for help when I found Attorney Chris Doehle in Crescent City. She apparently had personal issues with my case, because she dragged her feet for months, all the while I was being threatened with incarceration and huge fines -(all of which were just a legal misunderstanding!) One day, I called for an appointment to see her, to see if she'd done a n y t h i n g on my case, and I was asked if I was a "paying" or "non-paying" client. Why should there be a difference? This was discrimination.
Chris Doehle has no sensitivity in attending to the needs of the indigent ....and that question was purely unethical. I submitted a formal complaint and was assured that she would be investigated by the authorities.(Addendum; I found another attorney who wrapped up my legal issues within days!)
Jussay Noe

Eureka, CA

#2 Jan 20, 2010
I've met the woman. She's very active in the community, and has worked hard to get where she is. But I'm not surprised that in that quest, she would step on the little guy to get there - she strikes me as overly ambitious.
gale

Brookings, OR

#3 Jan 24, 2010
Actually, that's completely unfair. I just "googled" her name, and the current third link under her name now says, "Chris Doehle...BAD Lawyer! Do not trust!- Topix," how sad. Do you know what libel is?

Chris Doehle is the Family Law Facilitator, enabling countless parents like me, who cannot afford an attorney to represent them to file the correct forms with the court. In that capacity, she cannot advocate for a case, only answer technical questions about procedure. I'm glad someone is available to the public, whether the individual can afford a private attorney or not. As a "non-paying" customer, and there are lots of us, I am very aware of her public/private client boundaries and appreciate that she is clear about them. People just get in line at the window and ask her questions, but the fact that she does see "paying" and "non-paying" clients tells me plenty about her, not a bit of which is negative.

Of course, I do not know her personally, and I have no idea what your situation is, but attorneys are selling a product just like anyone else who is trying to make a living. Why would you take offense at a straight-forward question?

There are grocery stores in town who donate their dated products to local organizations to distribute to those in need who want to pick through the remains, but people get it for free. The people who get it have to pick through it at their own risk. If you went to go to one of those stores who donated it with a complaint about, I'm sure that would be their first question, "did you buy it here?" or, in your case, "were you a paying customer, or non-paying customer?" If I'd paid for it, the next step would be to look at the relevant documentation, right?

I understand how offended you might feel, but Chris has helped many in our community a great deal, and I hope that others who read this personal attack on a local professional will take it with a grain of salt and make the choices they feel are right for 8themselves.
Edd

Crescent City, CA

#4 Jan 25, 2010
I have always thought her to be very competent!
gooli2

Eureka, CA

#5 Mar 25, 2010
Yes, I know what libel is. I also know what freedom of speech is, and my story is the absolute truth, offered for anyone who might be low-income and hesitant to deal with a snobby, ineffectual lawyer.

I'm sure my comments will help someone make a more appropriate selection when seeking legal aid. Chris Doehle isn't the right choice for low-income people, or for people who she deems as unworthy for her own personal reasons. My complaints about her were formally addressed by the Board of Supervisors in Crescent City. She intentionally dragged her feet on my case for months, and when I switched counsel, my issue was cleared up within days.
gooli2

Eureka, CA

#6 Mar 25, 2010
Well, why not. Let me tell the FULL story. I was facing bogus legal charges that threatened potential JAIL time. Chris Doehle didn't like my position in the case, I could tell by the way she wrinkled her nose at me every time I was in her office, begging for her to clear up my legal misunderstanding. This went on for months, jail time hanging over my head, closer and closer to the court date. She just gave me the excuse that she needed to file some papers, waiting for some papers...nothing to show me in the way of actual action. Finally, I told her that I was getting so stressed out by the pressure of this, that I was thinking of taking a "one-way swim into the ocean". Yeah. Suicide. She shrugged it off. That day I asked her receptionist for my file. Her receptionist pulled the file, angrily stood there and yanked out papers, throwing them into the trash can saying; "You can't have this, or this, or this!" Well. The dates and the paperwork in my file proved that Doehle had done nothing for me, for months. And like I said in the previous post, my fears wereput to rest by another "free" legal firm within mere days after that. Good thing I didn't kill myself.
Sure. Go to this lawyer, maybe you'll have an experience like I did.
karl from anaheim

AOL

#7 Mar 29, 2010
free speech vs libel? i guess his OPINION is she sucks, im ok with that. he has that right.
Rob

Pottstown, PA

#8 May 16, 2010
Hutchison S Daniel - S Daniel Hutchison Law Office
Woodbury, NJ Attorneys & Legal Services - Woodbury, NJ Attorneys 12/26/08:'Do Not Hire This Guy'

This attorney is an arrogant, ambulance chasing, liar. He told me over the phone via a consultation that he was politically connected and would make my traffic violation go away. When I set an appointment to meet him in person, he did not have the decency to meet with me, but instead had his partner meet with me.

In a nutshell, he bungled the case and I spent 10 days in jail for a traffic violation!!! When I asked him about his promises/sales pitch, he denied ever saying it in a self righteous, bullying manner. On top of this, when I asked him to postpone the case until I could get my affairs in order, he told me he would have to charge me more money (ironic because he talked me out of going with another attorney because of the money the other attorney was charging me).

Do not hire this guy. He lacks knowledge, is unprofessional, and does not care about people - he only cares about the almight dollar.
karl from anaheim

Pleasanton, CA

#9 Jun 1, 2010
does any body think that the worlds best lawyers are gonna be living and doing business in northern california?

move to a big city if you want to commit crimes and get away with it.
Justice for all

Honolulu, HI

#10 Jul 22, 2010
Be thankful you did not have this lawyer. Be sure to read all of the comments and rate his evilty too.
http://www.evilesq.com/ca-168582-00/
conflict of interest

Eureka, CA

#11 Aug 27, 2010
how sad. Do you know what libel is?
anonymous

Crescent City, CA

#12 Oct 6, 2010
Chris doehle is a great attorney. She is a loving mother and she is very kind-hearted. Whoever doesn't like her, that's too bad, because once you get to know her, and is actually very sensitive, and does not supposedly "Drag her feet all over people." People, you need to get it together and try not to be so mean. JEEEEEZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#13 Apr 30, 2012
I would like to get more information on what prompted your complaint about Ms. Doehle. Please reply to riverman333atgmaildotcom Thank you! I am one who has concerns about her as well.
gooli2 wrote:
I was desperate for help when I found Attorney Chris Doehle in Crescent City. She apparently had personal issues with my case, because she dragged her feet for months, all the while I was being threatened with incarceration and huge fines -(all of which were just a legal misunderstanding!) One day, I called for an appointment to see her, to see if she'd done a n y t h i n g on my case, and I was asked if I was a "paying" or "non-paying" client. Why should there be a difference? This was discrimination.
Chris Doehle has no sensitivity in attending to the needs of the indigent ....and that question was purely unethical. I submitted a formal complaint and was assured that she would be investigated by the authorities.(Addendum; I found another attorney who wrapped up my legal issues within days!)

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#14 Apr 30, 2012
I would like to get more information on what prompted your complaint about Ms. Doehle. Please reply to riverman333atgmaildotcom Thank you! I am one who has concerns about her as well.
Thaking

Crescent City, CA

#15 Oct 5, 2012
I think the only people that can vouch that she is a good lawyer or even a good mother would be those who personally know her. When looking for help. Many people do not know a good lawyer. Therefore you will not receive the proper treatment and advice. She gives almost none whatsoever. Truth is. She's a crappy attorney,and could care less about you. unless you know her personally that is. Which I don't. Hope no one else makes the mistake of giving her your hard earned money. 150 an hour and I spoke with her maybe twice in all after 3 grand down the drain. But hey. After all the money I had put in. Couldn't have easily just switched my case over.
experience

United States

#16 May 13, 2013
Money talks and bullshit walks. Especially in crescent city california. The only good attorney in that town is george mavris. He requires a big retainer fee but its well worth it. He's the only guy I would trust in any legal matter especially those involving kids in del norte county.
River Watch

Grants Pass, OR

#17 Mar 10, 2014
gale wrote:
Actually, that's completely unfair. I just "googled" her name, and the current third link under her name now says, "Chris Doehle...BAD Lawyer! Do not trust!- Topix," how sad. Do you know what libel is?
Chris Doehle is the Family Law Facilitator, enabling countless parents like me, who cannot afford an attorney to represent them to file the correct forms with the court. In that capacity, she cannot advocate for a case, only answer technical questions about procedure. I'm glad someone is available to the public, whether the individual can afford a private attorney or not. As a "non-paying" customer, and there are lots of us, I am very aware of her public/private client boundaries and appreciate that she is clear about them. People just get in line at the window and ask her questions, but the fact that she does see "paying" and "non-paying" clients tells me plenty about her, not a bit of which is negative.
Of course, I do not know her personally, and I have no idea what your situation is, but attorneys are selling a product just like anyone else who is trying to make a living. Why would you take offense at a straight-forward question?
There are grocery stores in town who donate their dated products to local organizations to distribute to those in need who want to pick through the remains, but people get it for free. The people who get it have to pick through it at their own risk. If you went to go to one of those stores who donated it with a complaint about, I'm sure that would be their first question, "did you buy it here?" or, in your case, "were you a paying customer, or non-paying customer?" If I'd paid for it, the next step would be to look at the relevant documentation, right?
I understand how offended you might feel, but Chris has helped many in our community a great deal, and I hope that others who read this personal attack on a local professional will take it with a grain of salt and make the choices they feel are right for 8themselves.
Both of Ms. Doehle's contracts with the court: Family Law Facilitator and Small Claims Advisor are paid positions. So, really it's the court you can thank for providing the service to you for free. The quality of the services provided rests with the contractor herself.
Andre Carpenter

Grants Pass, OR

#18 Apr 29, 2014
She is Wonderful! God Bless her and all her good works.
Rene Diedrich

United States

#19 May 24, 2014
I kinda know this lady who is also a judge abd running for re election. Saw this while looking for polls and felt an urge to read more. That is human nature. And I am pretty sure she thinks I am some sort of freak --she strikes me as uptight and Judge D she does tend to turn her nose up a lot. With that said, I feel compelled to defend her. I do not believe she is a bad lawyer, and since I do not know what this man was accused of I am not sure it is right to malign her response to him. If he raped a child or beat up an old lady, it would take one salty old lawyer not to feel a little put out by one's duty to defend him. In her case , she was a part time public defender with the FLL office, her own practice and the burden of juggling some cases she is not properly prepared for as a FL expert because that is how things are in a small town that is poor and undereducated. While I do not think it is liable to write a reveiw of services that is negative , one assumes that readers can make solid choices based reviewers' exposition . It reveals mor about them than it does the topic. In other words, this guy may desuade clients from hiring an attorney , but it is not unlikely that those individuals are cut from similar cloth, which makes them the kind of client most lawyers, especially underpaid PDs would rather not deal with.
As to the lady's demeanor, I asume she is from a totally different culture than the laid back slack of a surf side tiwn outside a huge prison. I am thinking New England or old money on the East coast. That makes her more sympathetic too. Like I said, she clearly dislikes me or registers a look that conveys this without meaning to , so I steer clear. She is a judge and one does not approach a judge unless called to do so, i understand that I am a freak and do not begrudge her perception of me. Ironically , I am more educated than she is and a lot of other things she can't see and I do not need to show her. Maybe she is just as obscure from my side of things , but I can tell you she is very professional, very hard working and completely serious in her work. Her ethics are high which sometimes works against a lawyer, but there is nothing more important than that in a judge.

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