"Hermine is a professional attorney who also has a very warm, caring and understanding side. She relates to her clients as a person, not only as an attorney. She handles situations both professionally and personally. She takes her time to get to know you, rather than avoiding you like some overwhelmed attorneys do, and listens to your needs until a solution is found."
"As a professional multi-media artist I have to deal with intellectual property issues constantly. In the ever shrinking world economy/market place IP has become more complicated then ever. What are my rights via copyrights, trademarks and or patents, both in the US and internationally?
I was very fortunate to meet Hermine Hayes-Klein. She is a sharp shooter with a mind like a steel trap. She is able to answer my complex questions with clarity and a solid knowledge of the legal aspects of these intellectual property issues. She also, having graduated from one of the best law schools in the world, does not rest on her laurels. She knows that, to be a great and successful lawyer, she must keep up with the ever changing and evolving world economy and the development of legal issues. Two steps ahead is how I'd describe Hermine Hayes-Klein. That's why I feel very fortunate to have her in my corner as a professional multi-media artist. I wish to be amongst the best in my intensely competitive field and therefore it is absolutely crucial to have the very best legal representation. That is Hermine Hayes-Klein.
Art Law & Creative Professionals’ Legal Needs
"Meeting Hermine and working with her is like meeting and working with a best friend, a trusted confidant, a skilled and passionate professional, a caring therapist, an inspired activist, a champion of creativity, humanity and love. May she be successful for all the rest of us who need her clarity, generous energy, and pure enthusiasm."
Art Law/ Creative Professionals’ Legal Needs
"I am a survivor of domestic violence. I was the victim of my ex- husband, my childhood sweetheart (whom I had known for many years). We had two small children. During the marriage the abuse escalated, and when it started affecting the kids, I left. I knew I had to make a clean break, start my life over. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I do not think for one minute that I could have done it without the help of Hermine Hayes-Klein.
When I first met with Ms. Hayes-Klein and told her my situation, she really listened. She gave me the warmth and gentle reassurance of knowing the law and my rights as it pertains to my case. She took thorough notes and prepared me for my testimony down to every detail. She taught me that I had the right to be safe. I admit I was scared to death. The legal process tends to be cold and unfeeling. Many mothers in my same situation have had their children removed from their homes by Children’s Services because they were victims of abuse. Most people in my community view lawyers as shysters or paper peddlers who only want to collect their retainer and get on to luncheon with their whale (big money client). I was not financially wealthy, but that did not matter to Ms. Hayes-Klein. She took my case because she wanted to help me and she knew she could. What I could pay her never concerned her; Ms. Hayes-Klein was focused on that which was best for me and my family (helping to secure the safety and well being of me and my kids.)
Her treatment of my case was very personal. It was as if she became a part of my family. I could see that my experiences had really affected her somehow. She fought harder against insensitive defense attorneys, law guardians and social workers than the lawyers you see on television. Never once compromising her gentle spirit. She stated my case as if it had happened to her. When it was all over, I was free to move to a new neighborhood with a protective order without having to force the kids to endure traumatizing visitations. I got my new lease on life!
To calculate her effectiveness would be like counting the many blessings I have enjoyed since then. Thank you Hermine Hayes-Klein for giving me and my children a new lifetime of good memories to cherish!!.
"I was in the middle of a long and difficult ordeal in Probate court before I met Ms. Hayes-Klein. My former partner had died and I could not offer the will for probate because it was being contested by his siblings. The court instructed us to settle our differences. After many months of negotiations, two lawyers later, and thousands of dollars in legal fees, there still seemed to be no end in sight. At this point I reached out to Ms. Hayes-Klein for help. From the start I could feel a different dynamic in motion. Ms. Hayes-Klein immediately totally immersed herself in the facts of my case and continued the negotiations with the opposition. Her level of commitment to my case made me feel empowered: No matter what the outcome might be, I felt I had made a stand. Ms Hayes-Klein never wavered in her desire to obtain for me an outcome that I felt I could live with. I'll never forget her commenting to me that if we lost she would appeal it all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. She was available day and night to hear my fears and concerns. Ultimately, upon reflection, I feel she gave me a voice where I had not had one before.
I am happy to say that that's all behind me now. We prevailed, and most importantly, the outcome was one I could live with."
Estate Litigation/ Gay Legal Needs
"Hermine came into our lives when a family emergency led to the need to rescue our grandchild from a dangerous situation. Overwhelmed and with no idea what to do, we were referred to Hermine, who made time to see us that day. From that day on, we never felt alone in the long struggle to keep our grandchild safe. Not only did she help us prevail legally, she helped us frame a plan for this sudden change in our own lives.
Hermine is able to cut through the highly-charged emotions of a family tragedy and concentrate on the legal and productive elements that can and must be dealt with. We will be forever grateful for her support, enormous skill, and most of all her friendship."
"Thank you for guiding me through my personal bankruptcy filing every step of the way and turning what I thought would be an absolute nightmare into a smooth (and relieving) experience. Your hard work and personal attention was very much appreciated.
"Before I met Hermine, my opinions and stereotyped concepts of “lawyers” were based on my experience as the child of a very ugly divorce. Hermine Hayes-Klein represented the opposite of my stereotype. The legal crisis that brought me to Hermine had me at a point in my life where I felt powerless; I had no clue how to respond when someone accused me of committing a felony. I have never been so overwhelmed with fear and a feeling that I actually wanted my life to end because the pain was too unbearable. I was introduced to Hermine through a mutual friend, and in my darkest moment of despair, Hermine brought me the light and empowerment of feeling informed. She brought my feelings of being intimidated and threatened by a outside party to a halt. As a legal professional, she stepped up to the plate and did not stammer in her commitment to taking whatever steps were necessary to respond to the threatening situation. Hermine embraced me with compassion and understanding, at the deepest part of my cellular self as a human being. I cannot equate a dollar amount with the blessing of being heard, being understood, and being made to feel safe.
Hermine is a golden human being. The painful situation that brought me to her is behind me now, but Hermine continues to be responsible and available on a near-daily basis for current legal endeavors in my business practice. Her principles and words of truth ring in my mind daily as I choose the next right thing in life. I am forever grateful that this person showed up for me.
Gay Legal Needs/ Estate Planning/ Small Business Law
"Hermine has been wonderfully helpful! Her responses to any issue I may be facing are always detailed and lengthy emails showing great aptitude. Her responses are followed by a phone call shortly thereafter to make sure all of my questions have been addressed and to make herself available for any further assistance. She takes detailed notes and pays close attention to all the situations she is presented with, taking care to immediately clarify any vagueness on my part."
Art Law/ Creative Professionals’ Legal Needs
"Hermine is truly a life saver. A person who you can count on through thick and thin. She knows how to bring out the best of me and everyone she comes in contact with; she's an angel, no doubt about it. She makes one feel completely at ease the moment you first talk to her, a real pro. She's very easy to talk to and to get information as well as advice from that you feel as if you're talking to you best friend. I'm a fashion designer and Hermine has helped me on countless projects ranging from setting my companies LLC up, trademarking my intellectual property and has done some of the best negotiating deals with financial backers I've ever seen, a real pitbull at business in a Chanel skirt. She's a priceless gem. And wow, what a snappy dresser! Very easy on the eyes. We all love Hermine in NYC, she's a perfect balance of professional and friend.
Art Law/ Creative Professionals’ Legal Needs
"Hermine, I would like to thank you for your unconditional hard work. We could have never done it without you. Our situation was horrifying and very sad for our children for way too long. But we couldn’t get the judge to listen to us or believe a word, if we were even able to get one out! I will say that the judge made one good decision: That was to grant our four boys a guardian ad litem, you know, like a guardian angel, you!! We were without a doubt blessed with you. People used to tell us, “You will have your day in court,” people can lie and get away with it only for so long before the tide turns. Where can I begin to describe how you changed the tide? Because of your work, we no longer live in fear. You worked very hard on our case. You took the time to listen to everyone involved in our case; parents, children, grandparents, etc. Thank you, thank you. The confidence we have been able to gain as a family is all thanks to you. Our children trust you completely and enjoy speaking with you. You earned their trust far more quickly than an average person could have. They trust that when they confide in you, you’ll keep the conversation between them and you, and will advocate fully for their interests.
You know, I could go on and on with all the good in you. And why you have chosen the right career. You were born to do what you do; I have no doubt that you are the best lawyer in the state for this kind of case. You have always been there when we needed you, whether you were in Connecticut or not, in a plane, train or automobile. You have never refused to take a single one of our phone calls. We think you’re wonderful, and know you have a great future in being a lawyer. We owe you our happiness, and our family will never forget what you did for us. I wish we had more ways to show you our appreciation.
JudiLynn & Michael R., Family Law
"Hermine is a good attorney because she listens to you, she understands where you’re coming from, she takes her time to communicate with you, and she’s cool."
Trisha B., age 13