Testimonials

Goldenzweig Law Group, PPLC strives for client satisfaction! We have many happy clients who would love to share their stories with you. Take a look and read all of our testimonials below. If you are ready to start your service, please call us today at 713-609-1930.

"I am grateful to them for the outcome of my case!"

When you think your legal battle with the federal government will never have the desired outcome, and you just want to throw in the towel because you are not confident with your attorney, please first contact Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC! They will be forthright with you concerning the merits of your case, while always being respectful of whatever it is you decide. Their diligent work ethic, in conjunction with their true desire to help people not be taken advantage of by the system is inspiring. They understand that legal battles are expensive and ALWAYS keep you apprised of what they bill for by sending you detailed logs of expenditures. I am grateful to them for the outcome of my case!!! I truly cannot say enough about this firm and wish I had found them initially when I was looking for representation. Give them a chance – you won’t regret it!!!!

Lyn
      "I am grateful to them for the outcome of my case!"

      When you think your legal battle with the federal government will never have the desired outcome, and you just want to throw in the towel because you are not confident with your attorney, please first contact Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC! They will be forthright with you concerning the merits of your case, while always being respectful of whatever it is you decide. Their diligent work ethic, in conjunction with their true desire to help people not be taken advantage of by the system is inspiring. They understand that legal battles are expensive and ALWAYS keep you apprised of what they bill for by sending you detailed logs of expenditures. I am grateful to them for the outcome of my case!!! I truly cannot say enough about this firm and wish I had found them initially when I was looking for representation. Give them a chance – you won’t regret it!!!!

      Lyn
      "They’ve literally saved my life!"

      Early 2014 I was performing a Google search for Attorney’s who specialize in Federal employee rights. I badly needed the assistance of a good lawyer, but like in many instances when specialized experience is needed to resolve an issue, it can be very difficult to find someone you trust, and has your best interest in mind as a client. Until I discovered the Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC… I’m currently employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs (WCPAC) Las Vegas, NV. I have worked for the VAMC for 26 years, and have always performed at an outstanding level, until management at WCPAC began to harass and bully me by threating my employment. Mid-June 2014, I was wrongfully terminated from the Department of Veteran Affairs (WCPAC) for reasons still to this day aren’t clear. While investigating Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC as much as one could at that stage, considering their individual experience, and reading all of the great testimonials, I thought to myself; I want to be one of those people freely expressing my satisfaction, which meant of course that we had won our case! Look at me know… Late July of 2014 I officially signed a retainer to secure the services of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC. By the beginning of January 2015, Pines Attorney’s Stephen Goldenzweig, and Aaron Wersing had secured a settlement which included some of the following… a. Employment Reinstatement b. Nearly a 6 figure monetary award c. All adverse actions removed from my Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, and it’s honest, talented staff of Attorneys who know how to win…are worth every penny! The most impressing quality of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC is that they are very up front, direct, and honest from our initial contact. If the Lawyers feel you are incorrect with your argument, as a prospective client, or an actual client, they will quickly and clearly make you aware that your argument is incorrect. They will explain why your argument is incorrect, and then they will provide you with the correct information and provide options based upon that knowledge. If Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC feels that you don’t have legal standing, they will quickly make you aware of that, and suggest that you should save your money. If they validate that you have somewhat of a case, but it’s an issue that they would not be interested in, they will refer you to someone who they feel would be better suited to assist you with your specific needs in a more efficient manner. If Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC believes that you have a valid legal complaint that they believe they can not only legally articulate a reasonable and intelligent defense, but they can also aggressively go on the offense to win the case! Ultimately, that’s all a client can ask for when searching for a Law Firm that will aggressively fight for your rights against the Federal Government, and all that entails. Since my victory with Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, and his Associates I have referred many other Federal employees to the Firm for legal assistance and direction. To this day, I continue to be a very satisfied, and well informed client of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC and his very talented Associates, who are well versed in Federal Law, and the legal rights of Federal employees. They’ve literally saved my life! Sincerely, Milton

      Milton
      "This team of attorneys are the ones you are looking for."

      This team of attorneys are the ones you are looking for if you are in the unfortunate situation of having to put together a Federal Disability Package. From day 1 this law firm was the best when it came to listening, understanding, compiling a lot of information and putting it all together in a professional and accurate presentation. There was never a day or even a few hours that passed when I asked a question and it was answered as close to perfectly as one could expect. If they didn’t know immediately, they found out quickly. This team is definitely the model that other attorneys and firms should be measured against and strive to become. It’s nice to know that true professionals do still exists.

      Tammy
      "I am happy I found Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC!"

      I had a very complex federal case that Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC assisted me with. I worked with several of their attorneys and staff members for the past 3.5 years and have had nothing but pleasant experiences with all of them. Everyone is intelligent, kind, and helpful. They all go “the extra mile” for their clients. I am happy I found Goldenzweig Law Group, PLLC! I would hire them again without a doubt.

      Barry
      "Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC helped me to successfully resolve an employment matter"

      Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC helped me to successfully resolve an employment matter that helped me to regain my career with The VA. The law group has demonstrated sophisticated knowledge of Federal government intricacies. They are the perfect group for government workers. They are the Dream Team, doing the hard work so I could concentrate on doing my job. They were thorough, yet quick to come to MY desired resolution. I strongly recommend Steven and Aaron. Thank you guys.

      Cynthia
      "I come from a family of lawyers and legal experts, and I work often with attorneys."

      I come from a family of lawyers and legal experts, and I work often with attorneys. Stephen Goldenzweig is the best lawyer I have ever worked with. He saved my Federal Career. He was honest, genuine, and respectful. He helped me in a very complex legal circumstance, guiding me kindly through a tumultuous process. He is incredibly smart and has superior knowledge of Federal Law. In law, however, sometimes superior legal knowledge is not enough. Many times just as important is the layer’s and Firm’s reputation of integrity in the legal community. Such reputation will be known by Federal Agency Counsel. It is with this reputation of integrity that I believe Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC excels beyond all other federal firms. When a firm has an outstanding legal reputation for honesty as well as aggressive client representation, the opportunity for compromise and agreement with Agency Counsel increases. Thus, costly litigation can be sometimes be avoided simply by associating with a firm that has a superior reputation and strong working relationships in the legal community. Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC is definitely such a Firm. I could tell in my communications with Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC that they had honest and trust-based relationships with Agency Counsel. Indeed, I felt that there was great respect on both sides. The process was surprisingly professional and collegiate. While I initially was aggravated and wanted to fight, Mr. Goldenzeig steered me toward the much more sensible resolution – one where both sides found contentment. That is a rare quality, as the Firm could have made more money if a different direction had been taken. Mr. Goldenzeig had my bests interests – not his firm’s financial interests – at heart. In the end, such personal and human interest is all a client can pray for in an attorney. I give my highest and strongest recommendation for Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC. The Firm cannot guarantee you a positive or favorable outcome, but I can guarantee you with great confidence they can provide you with the best possible chance for such outcome.

      Client
      "I was extremely happy with the outcome of my case."

      I was extremely happy with the outcome of my case. It was not just the end result but how I was treated the entire time I was his client. I was treated with respect, my case was handled completely on my behalf and I did not have to have any communications with the federal agency. This was important to me and the attorneys understood the importance of this. Hiring the Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC was the best decision I made.

      Joy
      "I had a reasonable accommodation request with my agency"

      I had a reasonable accommodation request with my agency that was spiraling into something much more leaving me scared and not knowing where to go. I had a consultation with a Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC attorney and had almost all of my questions answered and a clear path to follow to get resolution of my request. It took a while, but finally after heeding the advice of my consultation, my agency met my reasonable accommodation request and settled with me to give me thousands of dollars in annual leave restoration, paid for my doctors fees and even paid for my consultation fees from Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC. Even if they hadn’t, it was well worth the money to seek professional advice. Everything was professional and I didn’t get crazy expectations but sound advice, which I appreciated very much. Would definitely recommend if you have any work issues and work for the Federal Government.

      William
      "The federal employee retirement application process is a maze"

      The federal employee retirement application process is a maze of opportunities to make a mistake which could cost you your retirement. Don’t navigate this process alone. I am so glad I had the employees of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC along side me during this difficult and trying time. Thanks to them we navigated the maze with ease and my packet was approved in five weeks. Do yourself a huge favor and let the knowledgeable employees of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC navigate this maze with you. You won’t be sorry that you did but you could well be sorry if you didn’t.

      Joel
      "Very dedicated team!"

      Very dedicated team! I highly recommend to any federal employee. Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC is very knowledgeable and helped me resolve an employment issue which resulted in an outcome I couldn’t have achieved otherwise. I’m so happy I hired them to represent me!

      Melissa
      "I was forced to face the fact that I could not continue"

      After spending five years working in a cyberspace engineering position and struggling with progressively worsening spine and chronic pain conditions, I was forced to face the fact that I could not continue. So, with the support of my long-time primary care physician, I began researching various Internet sites along with OPM’s web pages to educate myself on the process and procedures required to apply for FERS disability retirement. While the application process is very involved and carries built-in pitfalls, it can be completed without professional help if one is so inclined. However, given my medical issues and circumstances, I decided the cost involved with obtaining top-notch help was well worth it. I reasoned that the possible outcome of denial and the appeal process could cause financial losses much greater. While having professional support with the application is no guarantee of success, I wanted the best possible case, with the best possible chance for a favorable decision, as I could no longer continue working – and I feel strongly that retaining the support was crucial to obtaining OPM approval.

      Eric Pines and my primary interface with Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, Ms. Cyril Dubin, were immediately dedicated to building my case. Working through the lengthy Q&A process with Cyril turned up details crucial to my application – details that I had completely forgotten about and in some cases even decided were unimportant. Fortunately for me, Cyril saw the value of these details, and folded them into an incredibly powerful statement prepared for my physician to review and sign. This lengthy (nine pages, single spaced) statement was dead-on-target, and my doctor signed it without changing a single word. Later, he commented to me about the quality and presentation method of this statement, saying, “it captured everything perfectly.”

      I strongly recommend Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, and their team of dedicated professionals. Their commitment to my disability retirement application made my case very strong. I credit them for my fast OPM approval.

      Al
      "I am a former Federal Employee who was involved in whistleblowing case."

      I am a former Federal Employee who was involved in whistleblowing case. The agency went after me, eventually after numerous investigations, they put together a case and terminated my employment with one charge being lack of candor.

      I initially hired a California based law firm, without doing my homework. But who really does in these matters. The firm seemed professional, had a flashy website boasting years of experience and lead attorney assured me the case would take no more than 4-6 months and I would have my job back.

      10 months into my MSPB appeal, the California based firm had charged me three times the normal attorney fees for such a case and was using bullying tactics, threatening to drop my case if I would not settle with Government for virtually nothing.

      I reached out to Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC. Late on a Friday afternoon, Stephen jumped on the task. Within a very short time, Stephen had the Government attorney at the table engaged in serious discussions. Within a short time an out of court settlement was reached. My OPM record was cleared and I was able to move on with my professional career.

      Not that I would want to ever go through this again, but if I had to I would not hesitate to hire or recommend the Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC to anyone in litigation involving Federal Employment issues. I truly wish I would have contacted Stephen first. I would have saved myself and family a lot of undue stress.

      Michael
      "Recently I encountered a very difficult situation"

      Recently I encountered a very difficult situation that resulted in my need for legal help and ultimately medical disability removal from my government job. Eric Pines and his team…including Scott Santerelli were wonderful to work with and were very successful in helping me with my case.

      As a result of ongoing medical problems I found myself in a difficult EEO battle against the Treasury agency I worked for. After careful research I decided to contact Mr. Pines for help with my case and the FERS Disability Retirement process. He was always very informative, understanding and responsive to me and my situation. He was always prompt to return my calls and respond to my many emails and questions throughout my case. In addition he was more concerned about my wellbeing and situation than his own financial earnings. Throughout the process I was cared for and respected by Eric and his team. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone in the federal workplace needing legal help or advice. My case was resolved quickly and with better results than I had imagined going into the process.

      Kathryn
      "I complained to the EEO about a reasonable accommodation denial"

      I complained to the EEO about a reasonable accommodation denial and within days, the Agency leveled discipline. I spoke to several attorneys who didn’t speak plain English. So I took to the internet.

      I found the Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC; spoke to Aaron Wersing and was amazed by how pleasant he was. I felt safe instantly. He didn’t pressure me, but recommended a 2 hour consultation with Attorney Pines.

      I went with his recommendation and I was hooked right away. Eric Pines truthful, to-the-point, respectful and by the end of the consultation, offered me a solution to my issue and advised me to make a decision; no pressure. I’m glad I did because after 4 mediations and a year 1/2 of torment, the Agency and I have finally reached a settlement.

      Eric Pines is a skillful attorney who knows his craft well. He dealt with some very difficult personalities, but remained professional and objective the whole time. He also has members in his Firm who are like geniuses, in my opinion. Scott Santarelli, and Eric Pines are who I dealt with most of the time.

      They both returned calls and emails promptly. Sometimes, I would receive a reply or call the same day. Scott is quick-witted; compassionate and consoling. He and Eric always provided me with a resolution. Their expertise and people skills set the tone for interacting in adverse situations like mine, which I believe were second-to-none.

      Although I spent money, it was money well spent to protect the investment I made in my Federal career. The price was reasonable, and the Firm actually looked for ways for me save money! I’m happy I found and hired this Firm to help me though all this.

      Client
      "After getting injured at work (after having back surgery fail)"

      After getting injured at work (after having back surgery fail) and painfully realizing that my ability to perform my job duties was no longer possible, I searched online for a reputable disability lawyer. I read the horror stories some federal employees posted about in discussion boards, I did not know where to turn. I found out that only Eric Pines and his staff were willing to work with me financially and to assist me throughout the entire process. I was guided and kept informed about the FERS disability process and after OPM approval. Scott Santarelli was very professional, competent, and prepared my case both humanely and professionally. They worked diligently with my treating physician to ensure the disability paperwork was received by my former agency and by OPM in a timely manner. This law firm is fantastic. They took up my case without demanding thousands of dollars upfront. They offered me a very reasonable payment plan before and after getting OPM FERS disability approval. Even though having to file for FERS disability was daunting and stressful, Scott was professional and patient. He worked very hard on the packet and was involved with my agency’s HR staff. It took sometime to get the packet assembled due to my agency and physician, but the moment these forms were finalized, Scott was ready. Throughout, Scott called me often and we met via telephone anytime I had questions or concerns. He did not let myself get down. His expertise afforded me the opportunity to have peace of mind throughout the process. They treated me like a person and not like just like another client, very personable.

      I highly recommend Eric Pines. Joanna was also very helpful. I give Scott Santarelli high praise. This is the only law firm I would recommend to anyone thinking /needing to file an OPM FERS disability application.

      Gigi