In 2016, Brian Keleman, a male in his 30s located in San Diego, California, set up a meeting with me. He runs a marketing / consulting business that helps attorneys with an online marketing campaign to reach addiitonal clients. After discussing the parameters of the campaign with him (namely the specific area of law I practice and the location as well as my target audience), he made a number of promises to adhere to those and gave a money-back guarantee. I recall him specifically stating that a family member was a district attorney so he knows better than to rip off a lawyer. | After setting up a sham online marketing campaign, I didn’t get one proper lead, and he kept blaming me. First, he stated that I needed to have a white man on the home page of my site. This was phony, as I am neither a white man nor do I have one working in my office. It was also unnecessary. He insisted on this and said he needed to do it for his campaign to work. | He wrote without my consent that cases start at $497. I work on fairly serious matters, and this was just a lie. After he promised a number of leads each week, my first and only lead the first MONTH came from North Dakota. I don’t practice there and am not licensed to give out advice for N.D. case. I did take the time out to assist this individual in locating the right bar association but this was not a lead. This sort of thing happened for a couple more months. We would have calls where I would tell him that these were not leads. For example, I don’t work on parole hearings in Sacramento. I don’t handle any cases where people’s lives are on the line for $497. And most importantly, I dont — as he insisted I should — make false promises on my calls, e.g., that I can win the case. This would be a violation of ethical rules, and rather than learning from an attorney telling him this, he insisted I was wrong because his other clients did so. I also told him that I practiced law with a conscience and to actually assist my clients, not to run a plea mill, and he appallingly criticized my business model. | After giving this a shot and getting between 2 leads (in total during one month) of this nature that were completely inappropriate, I promptly asked for my money back. This was a promise for a full refund written into the contract. He promptly DISAPPEARED. | He stopped responding to emails and phone calls and has no physical address for his business. | Promises (written in contract): | – 20 new leads a month | – 4-16 new clients a month | – $3250 for the first trial month with a money back guarantee | After seeing how that this was a sham and how inexperienced and unprofessional he was after the first month, I demanded my money back and he has disappeared. | To all attorneys, this is a sham. I fell for this because we had a friend in common, and he seemed like a kid who knew his way around internet marketing. He doesn’t. He’s a big talker that is unable to deliver. He is also dishonest. I learned, regretfully later, that he had a reputation in high school for portraying himself as a deejay and handing out other artists’ CDs as his own. Shady and not trustworthy. Save your money.
Brian H Kelemen & Associates Inc