I had the misfortune of using Mr. Preate for a criminal case a few years ago, he was late for multiple hearings, ( angers the judge!) hardly returns phone calls, and WILL NOT fight for you. He uses his name and previous position as the Attorney General to get clients a mediocre plea deal that wont cause him any waves. At one time he was the guy you hired if you wanted to win, now hes the guy to hire if you want to pay too much money for someone who lets his aides do all the work. He wont even argue on behalf of a client when court rules and client rights have been violated.