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Joseph B. Simons

Criminal defense Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   69 reviews

also known as Joe


Licensed for 10 years

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HIGH-QUALITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY.

Hiring the right attorney may well be one of the most important decisions you'll ever make.  I represent clients effectively in all stages of the criminal case, from investigation through trial.  Because each client is unique, I take the time to investigate your case to determine the best possible outcome.  The consequences of a conviction can affect the rest of your life.  

Facing criminal charges can be overwhelming, especially if this is your first time.  Throughout the case, I make sure that you understand the process, as well as potential outcomes.  If you're looking for a criminal defense attorney, you need someone who you can feel confident in, and comfortable with; someone who treats you with respect, and has the ability to defend your rights.  Contact me for a free phone evaluation of your case today.

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Licensed for 10 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/26/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Simons Law Office
10 Post Office Square
Suite 800
Boston, MA, 02109
Simons Law Office
30 Church Street
Suite 202
Salem, MA, 01970
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Posted by Adam | March 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Resilient
First Interaction - Joe's professional demeanor alleviates any undo stress during one's personal accounting of their story. Additional questions as to the circumstances and history of the case were gently requested and powerfully analyzed. The preliminary brainstorming session wrapped everything into a manageable chunk and left me excited to right the wrong. First Appearance - During my first appearance, Joe fought for a Pre-trial Probation which the Assistant-DA pushed against. Joe pushed through the hurdles of government bureaucracy to ensure that the PTP would remain on the table. Second Appearance - After month's of contact with the court, the PTP was denied and a Trial date was set. This date would be pushed back three times, during which time I moved out of state. Trial One - My family and I met Joe after flying in from out-of-state and he assuaged my family that everything would be fine. He acquired two witnesses to testify on my behalf. After a six and a half hour wait, the trial was postponed, but Joe fought hard to have the issue ended that day (almost getting kicked out of the room). Trial Two - With due diligence, Joe came after the A-DA like a hurricane. He respectfully asked my guidance on all matters and how to pursue the trial, while giving top-notch advice. In the end, I was given PTP of 18 months. Joe is an amazing individual and I count myself lucky to have had him on my Team. Thank you Joe.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied and grateful
Although this was a long journey joseph Simons was there for me not just as a lawyer but as a friend as well , I am thankful and I am satisfied with his work and I would highly recommend him to anyone whom is in search of an excellent lawyer . Although this case was tough he always made sure i was okay and would always consult with me before making any decisions during the process. Never did I get to the point where I found a mistake I was very highly satisfied ! I thank him deeply for everything !
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Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed and sealed!
Joe and his team are true professionals when it comes to handling court cases in MA. I made the best decision of quickly retaining Joe after briefly speaking to him on the phone late night on a weekend! He was honest, punctual, diligent and very knowledgeable from the start and devised a legal strategy which led to a swift dismissal by the judge. I also had the opportunity of using his services for getting the record sealed, which was also successful. His team of lawyers and paralegal also went above and beyond in following up multiple times with court's office to make sure that the sealing paperwork was properly filed and signed. I'd recommend Simons law office to anybody who's looking for an exceptional representation.
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Posted by Janice | November 11, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Warrant removed
I would highly recommend Joe for your lawyer. He was able to take care of my warrant without me having to appear in court. I live in California & he got my case dismissed. He was very informative. Definitely would hire him again.
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
It was an overall great experience working with Joe! I looked him up when in need of a lawyer and right away, within minutes Joe was on a phone call with me calming my nerves and laying out a plan. Joe answered all my questions and concerns with respect, kindness and acknowledgement of the stress the situation put me under. Joe is smart, kind and has a great demeanor about him. He got the dismissal I was looking for! Highly recommend him
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Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Get out of jail free card
Need a get out of jail free card? Then this lawyer is the guy for you! In Feb of this year I ran afoul with the law. Due to COVID my hearing with a Magistrate was postponed numerous times. This month the hearing finally took place. In those intervening months Joe kept me informed and got to know me so he could defend me in the best way he could. During the hearing, upon Joe’s advice, it would be better if I didn’t say anything and let him run the show. And run it he did. I never spoke, the Magistrate barely spoke other than to dismiss the case. So, here’s the bottom line. You got problems with Criminal defense, Federal crimes, DUI or DWI Joe is the lawyer for you.
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Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Domestic Assault and Battery Case Dismissed / Continuance Without a Finding
I was arrested for domestic assault and battery against a family member. I pushed my wife at a bar. I’m an alcoholic and had been drinking. I struggle with mental health issues, bipolar, PTSD specifically. I had never done anything like that before and found myself in jail that night. My wife did not want to press charges and bailed me out the next day. It was a Sunday and my arraignment was scheduled for Monday. We were at a loss of what to do, thinking that it would be hard to find a lawyer on such short notice and on a Sunday. We researched lawyers online and found Joe. He had good reviews so we thought we would give him a call. He answered immediately and helped calm our anxieties. He listened to the whole story, asking for more details and getting to know myself and my wife. My wife and I were just out of school and did not know how to pay Joe. He was very understanding and allowed us to be on a payment plan. It was a very reasonable plan giving us 6 months to pay him. We were allowed to pay him when we were able to. He did not fix us at a monthly rate. We really appreciated him doing that. Not many people would have been so understanding. My case consisted of an arraignment, pretrial and plea trial. He called us before each court session to go over our plan and to calm our anxieties. He answered our calls / emails immediately whenever we reached out to him. It was very easy to get in touch with him. If he does not answer he will call you back the same day. He worked diligently with the prosecution and was able to get them to agree to a continuance without a finding, with the case dismissed after only 6 months of probation. The only thing I have to do is continue with therapy, which I would have done anyway. I do not have to take domestic violence classes or pay a large fine. The fine I do have to pay is only $300 paid over the course of my probation / $50 a month. Simons is a great attorney, and he kept us calm throughout the whole process, was there for us whenever we needed, was polite. We really felt like we had someone on our team who would defend us. He took a lot off our minds, as we felt in good hands. One thing that was great about him is that he was able to work out for us to go to court via phone. The case was in MA but my wife and I moved to AL. Joe was able to convince the prosecution to let us go to court remotely. He also made it so I can have my probation down in AL. There was some negotiating to do / ins and outs of transferring the probation and he did it all. I would recommend this lawyer to anyone. He knows how to work with people and thereby works easily with prosecutors. I think this is due to his good nature. He is not brash and knows how to clearly communicate with kindness. He is very level-headed and reasonable. I think his personality played in our favor, as he works well with others. Hopefully I never find myself in court again, but if I do, I’m going to call Simons again. Couldn’t recommend him enough!
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Posted by Ray | September 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Close call
I would be lying to say I knew attorney Joseph Simons for a long time. I meet via phone conversation after I googled criminal lawyers. At first, I was skeptical of the stellar five stars from 37 participants. Hence, I read each review. The common theme was professional, candid, and patient. So, my case was unique due to the circumstance, but nevertheless, the ramification of a guilty verdict would have life long consequences. Before, the actual court summons, I was fortunate to document every incident with the plaintiff. Therefore, when I provided what I had to Mr. Simons, it was more than enough. Yet, I was still nervous. After we discussed the preliminary strategy, I was a little bit at ease. During the hearing, Mr. Simons did not aggressively cross-examine the plaintiff but asked one thought-provoking question that warranted the plaintiff to validate the truth. Furthermore, it prompted the judge to reread the plaintiff’s affidavit. From there, the judge proceeded to ask the plaintiff further questions, which led to the case being dismissed. I was fortunate, but graceful to have a lawyer who was poised enough to understand the situation and ask the right question that allowed the judge to see/understand the truth. Again, not everyone is fortunate even if they are telling the truth or innocent. But, I am glad Mr. Simons was in my corner. He was professional during our phone conversations, candid with the possible outcomes and possible fees, and patient with his approach to the case and addressing the plaintiff’s accusations.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
I had many legal questions, and I called Joe for a free consultation. Joe spent alot of time with me and even looked at the legal documents for me. Being the first time in a legal situation, and in the middle of this coronavirus panademic, he put me at ease, really helped me.
Posted by Nick | July 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review for Joseph Simons
I was originally told by a friend to reach out to Joe after being charged with an OUI back in November, 2019. Throughout the entirety of this otherwise frustrating, slow process, Joe was always in frequent communication, is very approachable and easy to talk to, and got me the best possible result for my case through his persistent advocacy on my behalf. He is a truly excellent attorney and I would gladly hire him again without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great professional. Patient, available and understanding.
Joe worked with me on a restraining order placed by my ex-partner against me with false accusations. Since the first time I talked to him on the phone, he patiently listened to me, was understanding, answered all my questions and gave me some advice on how to work on the case. This was all before even hiring him! While working on my case, he was available to discuss every concern and question I had. Even though he never said we could win the case, his professionalism gave me the confidence and support I needed. Of course, we won the case and the order was not extended.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Reliable, Pleasant, Professional
Joe came through for me in a big way. Being new to getting divorced unfortunately, Joe answered all my questions and gave what insight he had on the situation. When I need a lawyer, I know who I’m going to.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best attorneys out there
My ex-wife set me up by long planned false claims when I was out of town in holiday seasons, for her divorce purpose. I had not had any prior legal experience before and it was hard to get legal assistance for this sudden legal attack at that time. That was when I retained Attorney Simons and started our journey. He returned my inquiry quickly in holiday emergency and got my trust. I have worked with him a few times along the way for restraining order issues and the experience qualifies me to give a fair review for Joe and his team. First, Joe is a gentle man with heart. He really cares about his clients. He always answered my questions and inquiries timely. He listens to his client's thoughts and put them into consideration then try his best to fight for justice and fairness. Sara, the associate in Joe's firm, also demonstrated the same working ethics. Second, Joe is very intelligent and efficient. He understands things quickly. At court hearings, he becomes a fighter who is tough, sharp and directly go to points. You will find that he is also recognized and well respected by Judges and other attorneys. Joe is a good persuader particularly to people with common sense and sound judgments, whom you will need in a jury trial. Joe is still young and he is a rising star in his field. He is a rare find in today's legal world and represents the bright side of this legal system, in dramatic contrast to the ugly side. I highly recommend him to anyone who is in legal needs. Having Joe as your attorney will put your case into good hands.
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Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Firearms Advice
I was referred to Attorney Simons by my defense attorney because of Mr. Simons expertise in firearms related cases. As part of my defense against an accusation by the police of negligent operation and failure to stop at a stop sign (which resulted in an accident) my defense attorney wanted to use my medical records to posit that the many medications I was on (all of which could play a role in causing an accident) were likely the cause of the accident and I was not guilty of negligence. I was concerned that if my psychiatric medical records were revealed the police might try to go after my firearms license. Mr. Simons returned my call very quickly and assured me the police could not use my diagnoses alone to take my firearms, they would have to show that my posession of a firearm was a danger to society. He took the time with me on the phone, which I did not expect, and layed out all of pros and cons of making my medical records known, weighing his experience as a defense attorney v. his experience in firearms cases. I was relieved when I asked and Attorney Simons reassured me that if it came down to it, he would be willing to defend and represent me. Ultimately me and my other attorney used my medical records in my defense. The whole case was thrown out! And not to mention, Attorney Simons played no small role in my case, yet refused me trying to pay him for the consult, asking only for a review online. Attorney Simons is excellent! Highly recommend!
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Posted by Joe | November 21, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Expert in State and Fed Laws
I reached out to Mr. Simons regarding the surrendering of my firearm due to a pending court case. My phone call was answered directly by Mr. Simons. He was very knowledgeable with the state and federal laws and provided me with the exact information I needed to know. At no point did I feel as if he was giving me incomplete answers or rushing me. Great listener now that I think of it. Mr. Simons truly seems to care about the outcome of my case and at no time tried pushing his services on me. Give Mr. Simons a quick call and see for yourself.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Early Probation Termination
Joseph is a great attorney, I would recommend him to anyone. He knew exactly what he was doing. A very confident lawyer who got right up in front of the judge and had our motion granted for early termination of probation. I felt taken care of the entire time we were working together, always responded back right away, and was very honest. Do not hesitate, and give him a call first.
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Posted by john | May 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Excellent, charged with misdemeanor harassment, found not guilty. I had lots of information both positive to me and negative to the accuser. Joe kept it simple, sizing up the jury and keeping the arguments simple for them to make an informed decision based on the positive. aspects. I trusted he knew the way to read a jury better than I, and he did. In this # metoo era, I'm a 62 year old man being accused by a 38 year old woman and he won. I knew it could go either way, but trusted him, and he won. Also, his associate Sara Attarchi, accompanied me to several hearings and was just as outstanding, locking in some key testimony from witnesses. Their combined efforts were excellent and I am totally grateful for their helping take the jury to the right decision. John C
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very approachable- good guy
Joe was extremely gracious taking a "cold call" from me and answering a very specific question I had relating to a firearms issue. I would not hesitate to engage Joe if I needed deeper advice or someone to go to bat for me.
Posted by Mehran | April 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is very responsive and very responsible.
He is very responsive and very responsible. He was super helpful during the case. He was responsive and reliable even long time after the case was closed.
Posted by Jose | March 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joseph Simone's is an excellent Criminal attorny
We got a speedy reply to my online contact with Joseph Simones. He did much research for my case. His presentation of my case on the court room floor was remarkable. The Jury returned with an Not Gultey verdict within 45 minutes.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Trial Attorney
  • Simons Law Office
  • 2012 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Committee For Public Counsel Services
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Shelter Legal Services
  • 2009 - 2009
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Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • State University of New York
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • Rape
  • Not Guilty
  • Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) and Assault and Battery on a Household or Family Member
  • Dismissed
  • Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2014 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Law Practice Management Section Council
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Equal Justice Works Award
  • AmeriCorps
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Boston Herald
  • Officers Tried to Aid Woman Last Year
  • 2014
  • Informational Pamphlet
  • Mental Health Records: Access by Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (21)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph Simons is an excellent lawyer. I have found him to be an extremely diligent, prepared and knowledgeable advocate who cares about his clients. Joe has a proven track record as a fierce and effective competitor. His professionalism is an asset not only to his clients but to the defense bar as well. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe Simons is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who focuses his practice on achieving the best possible results for his clients. He has a very bright future and is somebody that I endorse wholeheartedly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Simons is a staunch advocate for his clients. I refer clients to him because he gets results. I endorse him without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joseph Simons is a terrific lawyer. Joseph and I were opposing counsel on a case and I found him to be prepared, personable, professional, and effective. I believe any client would be well served by contacting Joseph. I can't imagine a better defense attorney in the greater Boston area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Joe is a fearless trial lawyer in the courtroom. At the same time, he has an amiable demeanor; jurors like him. The combination of these two yields favorable results for clients going to trial on serious charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Attorney Simons a few years ago while in court and have seen him in court on many occasions since. He is courteous and friendly with his clients and court staff, and works hard to be sure that his clients have an excellent advocate on their side. I endorse him without hesitation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Joseph is a great DUI lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with attorney Simons on a number of complex legal matters. When ever I need assistance with a complex case, attorney Simons is the first attorney I call. He is hard working and knowledgeable about a vast array of criminal law issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a very talented litigator and a pleasure to work with. I was extremely impressed with his attention to detail and skillful presentation to the court. I highly recommend him as a lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe and I met in Worcester County and it was evident that he was s fierce lawyer, eager to satisfy his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a knowledgeable and experienced criminal law attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Simons is an exceptionally skilled and well-regarded defense attorney in the downtown Boston community. He is an empathetic person who is passionate about solving problems; He is genuinely motivated by a desire to help others in their battles, and he succeeds. I've observed his willingness to work continuously, never exhausting, until the issues are resolved. In court, he is prepared, articulate, and demonstrates excellence. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney, always prepared and fights in every step of the process for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joseph is an incredibly capable, intelligent attorney who is tireless in his advocacy for his clients. He is quick on his feet, very knowledgeable, and a genuinely great person. I would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in need of representation on a criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Several different internships and an excellent education have led to the results that are known as client reviews. They are stellar. READ THEM. Knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently had the pleasure of working with Attorney Simons on a complicated criminal/civil matter. I was impressed by his knowledge and ability to quickly analyse issues and resolve them. I would strongly recommend anyone with a criminal matter to Attorney Simons."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Having worked with Attorney Simons I know that he is a passionate, caring attorney who strives to do the best job he can for his clients. He is intelligent, hard working, and honest, which makes him incredibly easy to work with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Attorney Joseph Simons. I referred a case that needed to be vacated that was particularly sensitive to the immigration case of my client, and he worked diligently towards the exact outcome I was hoping for with my client. My client was very pleased with his professionalism and approach, and I look forward to continuing working with him in the future."
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