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Updated October 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Experiance, Nice Location, and Cool People (in 5 reviews)

  • Great pay for the first few weeks until the tiers start dropping pay even if quota is met (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • There is a revolving door and no training or room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • Would not recommend to recent law school graduate as bar complaints are inevitable (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KEL Attorneys full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not bad entry level position. These were the times when the firm was doing pretty well, based on news coverage it appears that company has been through some turmoil.

    Cons

    Not very good benefits, They used paralegals to do most of their work. Company went through some turmoil so not sure how things stand now

    Advice to Management

    Overall they tried to do a good job by offering free gym memberships, bagels on Thursdays and dinners during holidays.


  2. "Destined to Fail"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KEL Attorneys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Paid parking and an impressive location at the time.

    Cons

    Everything else. It is no wonder these folks failed there was not one portion of their business plan that was not horribly flawed. Only submitted one star because Glassdoor does not offer negative stars.

  3. "Horrible place to work! Glad they went out of business. Crooks!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There was nothing good about this place.

    Cons

    Everything about this place was horrible. Ran it like a used car lot instead of a law firm.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Short Term Employment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at KEL Attorneys full-time

    Pros

    Nice location and set hours

    Cons

    Top focused on getting new clients


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing... asked to lie to clients daily. Computer system always down. They get mad if you use your pto tine.

    Cons

    Everything. Poor leadership, ghetto office.

    Advice to Management

    Close the doors, save face before you lose all the law suits against you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Paralegal"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KEL Attorneys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful, under paid and under appreciated staff. Very nice location. Company was flourishing while in the aspire building downtown up until 2013 and then relocated and downsized to a smaller, older location off of Orange Ave.

    Cons

    Matt Englett is a narcissist and is the primary managing partner of the firm. After 4 years of service to the firm, he released me without any explanation. In fact, he thanked me for the years' spent and wished me luck on my way out! Very unprofessional.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Paralegal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    fun atmosphere. Great people to work with. it was like family.

    Cons

    revolving door. Don't know when it was your turn to be let go.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to your good people.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "uhhhh"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Consult Paralegal in Fort Myers, FL
    Former Employee - Consult Paralegal in Fort Myers, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at KEL Attorneys (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pay! Nice co-workers,good benefits, awesome clients

    Cons

    Needs better communication, cares more about money than clients.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Worst Firm Ever!!!"

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    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Litigation Paralegal in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at KEL Attorneys (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My paycheck never actually bounced but I sure expected it to towards the end!

    Cons

    The pay is not commensurate with experience.
    There is no in-house IT support and the server is constantly crashing.
    Very high turnover of attorney and support staff.
    Does not provide staff with beverages, not even coffee or water.
    Absolutely no training available for newly hired attorneys or support staff.
    Terrible fax server that requires you to sort through every fax sent to the entire firm's multiple offices to locate your incoming fax.
    Poor client communication.
    Attorneys and paralegals generally do not reply to client emails or return client voice messages.
    Intake department earns bonuses from the number of new clients they sign up, so they offer false and/or unreasonable expectations to prospective clients just to get them to sign up.
    Management does not care about the staff or the clients. It's all about whether or not the client is current on their retainers.
    Absolutely no direction or guidance from management as they work out of the Orlando office and rarely visit the Tampa office.
    Management preys on single mothers who are desperate for pay checks, hire them, then pile extra work and responsibilities on them because they know they need the paycheck.
    There was a huge amount of fraternization going on.
    The attorneys get numerous bar complaints each month.
    As a result of the high turn over rate, cases that should have been resolved in no more than 6 months time, sometimes sit idle for over 2 years.
    Clients are almost never granted refunds, even if their case was completely botched and mishandled.
    Hourly staff is allowed and sometimes expected to work through lunch and perform other work while off the clock.
    Pleadings weren't filed, deadlines were missed, hearings were missed, Then the new attorney and paralegal are expected to right all the wrongs that were done on the file.

    Advice to Management

    Close all your offices! Haven't you caused enough home owners to lose their homes to foreclosure? Haven't you caused enough parents to lose custody of their children? Haven't you sent enough of your clients to jail? Haven't you missed enough hearings?


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Worse job I ever had"

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    Former Employee - Paralegal in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The office is on a nice location.

    Cons

    Over work and under paid. Management can't figure out whyour they have a high turnover of employees. HE big joke.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to employees but good lUckfield. Seem partners want all the money.


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