A tipster (send in your tips here) and alleged former attorney with Macey Bankruptcy Law sent me a statement and ask me to check into claims about the number of offices Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy now has along with its merger with Macey Bankruptcy Law, formerly Legal Helpers.
The tipster (send in your tips here) expressed concern over the claims being made by the new bankruptcy outfit, “Do some research J&M only has 6 offices and Macey about 20. There are not even 30 attorneys much less 300.”
So I took the tipster (send in your tips here) up on their offer and chased down the listed offices on the Jacoby & Meyers Banruptcy site. – Source. I compared this list with the one provided online by Macey Bankruptcy Law. – Source
Using the public information available on the Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy site I did notice a significant number of offices are former offices listed by Macey Bankruptcy Law. They also list some interesting offices that say “Location is a law office with no professional affiliation with our law firm.” – Source. It seems then unfair to count that as one of their offices since they claim no affiliation with the firm.
By my count Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy has 91 offices, not including the non-affiliated offices. [AZ-3, CA-12, CO-3, FL-8, GA-3, IL-13, IN-7, KS-1, MI-10, MN-3, MO-4, NV-1, NJ-4, NY-3, OH-2, PA-4, TX-1, WA-3, WI-6] Some of the offices did appear to be located in virtual office spaces. I’m not sure if the tipster (send in your tips here) was including those in the count.
If we go back and read the July 10, 2012 press release from Jacoby & Meyers and parse the claims made, it appears they may not have been the most transparent statements.
For example, “Jacoby & Meyers will now have more than 135 offices and be available to practice law for consumers in a wide variety of practice areas in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.” – Source. Yes, but this appears to include services other than bankruptcy and I can’t find any support to backup the office claims.
If you add in the offices listed by Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices, the parent company, they list 16 offices [CA-1, NY-13, FL-1, AZ-1, AL-1] but only the New York ones have office addresses.
There is no way to confirm the claims that attorneys who work for Jacoby & Meyers / Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy are able to practice in all 50 states as stated.
A visit to the Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy page about attorney profiles only lists four attorneys, Thomas Macey, Jeffrey Aleman, Richard Gustafson, and Shobhana Kasturi. – Source. Interestingly, Hyslip and Searns are not listed. Where did they go?
“Jacoby & Meyers now has over 310 attorneys and 600 non-attorney staff doing legal work for clients on behalf of the firm.” – Source. One way to read this statement is the number of attorneys claimed may not actually be employed by the firm(s) but part of a network work that is farmed out or subbed out to.
So after looking at the claim and facts I’d have to give the press release issued by Jacoby & Meyers a C- for clarity about their new bankruptcy network and a WTF for the math. It’s a bit puzzling how 91 and maybe 16 adds up to be 135. But I’m not even sure the Jacoby & Meyers Law Office locations can even be counted in this total since they do not appear to coincide with the locations stated on the Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy offices list.
More fact checking, or feedback from Jacoby & Meyers, is needed to clarify the claims made in the release or to resolve the apparent discrepancy in the number of offices. I contacted Jacoby & Meyers yesterday but have not heard back by the time of publication.
In fairness, I’d have to give the tipster (send in your tips here) a C- as well for accuracy in the claims made unless there is some other evidence the offices counted should not have been included.