When Mr. Maffei took my case, he was in way over his head. He had no experience in the type of complex case I had and his motions were complete boiler-plate nonsense. Had I been given a copy of such motions to read prior to their submission, I wouldn't have allowed them to proceed. They were missing key facts and arguments specific to my situation. Even when one of those motions was partially successful, and the judge granted partial relief sua sponte, he didn't follow it up and correct the judges incorrect assumption,. Such a follow up may have succeeded in gaining a substantial lowering of my exposure to harsh penalties. The partial relief granted by the Judge was a empty victory, as it would not change the overall outcome.
Mr. Maffei was also unaware of the true penalties I faced and then negotiated a plea agreement which exceeded the maximum time I could actually serve. My conviction was subsequently overturned on appeal.
Mr. Maffei did keep me and my family relatively informed of the process, but while Mr. Maffei was friendly and professional he was, In a word, disappointing . . . but greatly financially compensated for it!