Allen & Newman PLLC
Allen & Newman PLLC

Allen & Newman PLLC - Reviews

2 Star Rating     7 reviews

http://allenandnewman.com 
Main Office:
P.O. Box 23583 | Chattanooga | TN | 37421
Phone: 423-899-8810  | Fax: 423-899-9028 

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Allen & Newman PLLC Reviews


"Dying Firm"   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on September 08, 2019

Advice to law firm management: Treat people well and they will respond in kind. Treat people like disposable pegs in a board and don't act like a victim when people leave or don't go the extra mile.

Pros: The majority of support staff is sweet, although not really competent. Attorneys can pretty much set their own schedules, although management will use this against you if they think you aren't billing enough (or they don't have enough to pay their bills). If you are a new attorney and can suck it up for a few months, you likely will get court experience quickly, as they cannot afford to let you just sit in with a mentor.

Cons: Where to start? Your paychecks will bounce and you will be "asked" to hold the paper check (yes, paper!) until it is "safe" to deposit. Management will put you at the back of the line if they are mad at you. I had checks that I was told were safe to deposit that bounce anyway. Sometimes, you will be denied advancement of court fees (or you fear that the check will bounce). You do mindless status reports as a billing exercise. Main partner hasn't practiced law since the 90s so is out of touch on practice issues and billing realities. Abusive emails from management. You might have an admin assistant, but she won't be of much help (and she will get paid before you). Old equipment and software. There is no communication from management, unless you are getting yelled at. Benefits are the pits (401(k) match covers only the fees). Bottom barrel health insurance -- basically Obamacare. No room for advancement. Basically, everything goes through one partner (who hired most of his family). Little training for new attorneys or staff. No real marketing. So much turnover that clients leave and you get blamed. Billing requirements that are unrealistic for the support staff and client development at the firm. Management so paranoid about the negative (but true) reviews that fake reviews are planted on this and other sites.

Partners to Avoid and Why: David Allen -- just see above. There are no other partners except Kim Newman, who probably is a nice person but David runs the show.

Favorite Things About this Firm: When you leave, people understand the trauma you have been through.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2019

Job type: Full time
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"Good to be back"   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on June 20, 2019



Pros: Worked at A&N from 2002-2018, left last year for another job. I am now back at A&N and couldnt be happier. I believe the founder of the firm cares about his employees and tries to make the best decisions for the future of the firm. Meeting clients demands can be hectic at times but that's the nature of the business. Benefits are good and the people are great to work with. It's good to be back.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

Job type: Full time
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"Typical law firm"   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on June 19, 2019



Pros: Management is very approachable and understanding. Great benefits and 401k!

Cons: As with most law firms, the environment is stressful, fast paced and demanding.

Favorite Things About this Firm: I enjoy my job and the people I work with.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee

Job type: Full time
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"Unfavorable"   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on June 04, 2019

Advice to law firm management: The main advice to the firm is to earn enough to pay your employees on time.

Pros: The best of the firm is the employees at other locations who recognize the work that you do.

Cons: The worst thing about this firm is the fact that the management hires employees that cannot produce.

Partners to Avoid and Why: G. David Allen, Jr. and Kim Newman who does not give any input and lets Allen make the decisions.

Favorite Things About this Firm: At this time I cannot say anything favorable about this firm.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2019

Job type: Full time
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"Incredibly Odd"   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Advice to law firm management: Sell your house in Hilton Head and pay your staff. Hire actual professionals trained in the various fields instead of attempting to employ your entire family, all of whom are unqualified.

Pros: There really was nothing to brag on about the firm.

Cons: I managed one of the firm’s offices. The firm did not offer direct deposit. Its founder called almost daily to literally yell at the attorneys, admonishing to bill more - to the degree billing would have become the job if his mandates were followed. On top of that, everyone’s paychecks were returned as the firm having insufficient funds EVERY two weeks - even the secretarial staff. In addition, the firm lost clients by the bucket load. It boggles the mind.

Partners to Avoid and Why: David Allen - he does not know the law beyond WC related issues and is completely unprofessional.

Favorite Things About this Firm: I honestly liked nothing about the firm other than the fact that I had a very sweet, yet not highly competent, assistant.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2016

Job type: Full time
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"Incredibly Odd"   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Advice to law firm management: Sell your house in Hilton Head and pay your staff. Hire actual professionals trained in the various fields instead of attempting to employ your entire family, all of whom are unqualified.

Pros: There really was nothing to brag on about the firm.

Cons: I managed one of the firm’s offices. The firm did not offer direct deposit. Its founder called almost daily to literally yell at the attorneys, admonishing to bill more - to the degree billing would have become the job if his mandates were followed. On top of that, everyone’s paychecks were returned as the firm having insufficient funds EVERY two weeks - even the secretarial staff. In addition, the firm lost clients by the bucket load. It boggles the mind.

Partners to Avoid and Why: David Allen - he does not know the law beyond WC related issues and is completely unprofessional.

Favorite Things About this Firm: I honestly liked nothing about the firm other than the fact that I had a very sweet, yet not highly competent, assistant.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2016

Job type: Full time
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"Not a reputable firm."   - Anonymous      Write an Anonymous Review

- Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Advice to law firm management: Get a grip and pay your employees on time. Checks have bounced in the past and then continually issued checks that had to wait to be cashed.

Pros: I cannot say anything good about this firm as I do not believe I have been treated fairly. They need to upgrade their ethics on handling employees.

Cons: This firm has constantly issued checks that are not able to be cashed when issued. You have to wait until you get the go ahead to cash. Do not take a position with this firm if you need to be issued a valid paycheck on time.

Partners to Avoid and Why: Kim Newman - Did not have a problem with this partner until I found out she was not really aware of what has been going on and does not respond to e-mails.

Favorite Things About this Firm: I do not have anything good to say about this firm because of their unfair tactics in handling their employees. I would not even give them one star.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

Last Year at Employer: 2019

Job type: Full time
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