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Andrew John Cates

Criminal defense Attorney at Hartford, CT

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2008
    Status
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About Andrew

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Attorney Cates is a former United States Marine. There he served as an M60 operator in the 5th Marine Regiment and managed the substance abuse program for the Regiment. Attorney Cates attended the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. He is a graduate of San Diego State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies.

 

Attorney Cates has taught as an adjunct in the Tax Clinic at the University Of Connecticut School Of Law.  He has served as a Special Public Defender in Enfield, Hartford, New Britain, Bristol, Middletown, and Rockville in criminal matters.  He as also served as a Special Public Defender in Habeas matters.

 

Attorney Cates serves clients in Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, and various other matters from his office on Oak Street directly across from Superior Court at Hartford.

Location

Law Offices of Andrew J. Cates, LLC
97 Oak St., Third Floor
Hartford, CT, 06106

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Posted by Tracy Collins | May 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney Cates
Attorney Cates is a very great Attorney, let me start with this,he keeps you in the loop every step of the way,he gives great advice, very professional, reliable,transparent, I can't say anything negative about this Attorney, I would highly recommend him to anyone, If I ever need an attorney ever again,Attorney Cates would definitely be the one,My level of stars is a 10.
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Posted by Taylor | February 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer around!!!!
I’ve been coming to Andy for a few years now and he has to be one of the hardest working lawyers I’ve came across. He always goes the extra mile for his clients and never fails to get you the results you want. He respresented me in 2 P.I cases and I had hired him for 2 criminal cases and he did an amazing job in getting me what I had wanted. I highly recommend him, you will not be disappointed!
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Posted by Art | August 21, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
The best attorney
He goes out of his way every time for me I really appreciate it Andrew I cannot say enough about you I really do appreciate everything you do for me thank you art bruce
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2014
I wouldn't hire anyone else but Andrew Cates for any legal matter/incident/advice/counseling
Getting arrested was one of the worst, probably the worst experience of my life! I didn't know what to do with myself and it was awful. I called Andrew Cates the following morning of my arrest and he met with me that afternoon! Not only did he comfort me but he really provided a great outline of what we were going to do to take on my legal matter. Had i not called Andrew I really feel that I would be in prison right now. He kept great communication throughout the hole ordeal and provided great coaching in the steps to take twoards expunging my arrest. It was a class C felony for assault on a police officer. This is not a light charge and needless to say any crime commited against law enforcement is not light either. It really was a mistake and I had absolutely no intentions of harming the officer. Even with the severity of the crime Andrew was able to have my case dismissed and record completely spotless. It really is incredible to think a felony can ruin your whole life, and trust me it can. For my probation term I was asked about the felony for my college interview as well as multiple work and internship interviews. I am beyond thankful to have the opportunity at a clean slate and putting the past behind me. I would recommend Andrew to anyone who really wants more then a lawyer, and really wants someone who is a lawyer and a guidance counselor. Being 18 years old and having to pay for my own legal fees wasnt easy but Andrew understood that and worked with me. I wouldnt go to anyone else but Andrew for an incident that may arise in the future and I reccomend the same to you!
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2014
Excellent, knowledgeable, strong defense!
Andy's services are some of the best you could hope to find. He has continued to help me in numerous ways long after my original case was resolved. I was more than satisfied with the outcome of my case and I knew from the beginning that I chose the right person to defend me. I would recommend Andy to anyone for any future matters.
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Posted by Shannon | June 26, 2014
A real human touch
From the moment that I met with Attorney Cates, I knew that I was in good hands. He listened to me and to the information regarding my case and promised me that I would not have to worry about the outcome. He believed in me and in the fact that I wanted to change my life. He went to bat for me from day one. He kept me informed of every change and motion he entered. He even drove me from court to a rehab program himself. He is honest, forthright, intelligent, empathic, down to earth and non judgmental. I recommend him to everyone I know who may need a lawyer. He helped change my life and never gave up on me or my case.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • University Of Connecticut School Of Law Tax Clinic
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Summer Intern
  • University of Connecticut School of Law Criminal Defense Clinic
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Summer Intern
  • Office of Assistant State's Attorney - New Britain, Connecticut
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Summer Research Clerk
  • Robinson & Cole
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Software Engineer
  • Self Employed Consultant
  • 1996 - 2005
  • SACO - Substance Abuse Non- Commissioned Officer
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1988 - 1990
  • 0331 - Machine Gunner
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1986 - 1988
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Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Certificate in Tax Studies
  • 2008
  • San Diego State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Austin - Sentence Modification
  • Sentence Reduced to 8 years -- Client Released Same Day

Associations

  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nina E. Olsen and Janet Spragens Low Income Tax Award
  • University of Connecticut School of Law - Tax Clinic
  • 2008
  • Hon. Joseph Blumenfeld Award for low income advocacy
  • University of Connecticut - Criminal Defense Clinic
  • 2008
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Fundamentals of Advocacy
  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • 2008
  • Letter of Commendation (2nd Award)
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1989
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1989
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (w/1 Star)
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1989
  • Humanitarian Service Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1988
  • The Grace Webster Heartz Prize for excellence in English
  • Brewster Academy
  • 1983
  • The Faculty Award for most improved graduating senior
  • Brewster Academy
  • 1983
  • Harold Hart Mem. Award for scholarship in Social Science...
  • Brewster Academy
  • 1983
  • Mabel Cate Tarr Award for scholarship and citizenship
  • Brewster Academy
  • 1983
  • Valedictorian
  • Brewster Academy
  • 1983
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (16)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Andrew is a great criminal defense lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am the current president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and I definitely endorse Attorney Cates for their work defending people charged with criminal offenses in Connecticut. Attorney Cates is a tireless fighter for the accused and zealously defends his clients. If you are seeking an attorney for help with a criminal case, you have found a good one in Attorney Cates."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A superb lawyer. Attorney Cates is a comptent and diligent attorney who always puts his clients first. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is highly respected in his field."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney and highly recommended as an asset to this community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A top notch lawyer: ethical, smart and dedicated."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terrific lawyer. Knows the law but also how to effectively advocate for his clients. I would refer friends and family as well as clients without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Cates as a top criminal defense lawyer. We are both members of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. His creative and thorough approach to legal issues make him an ideal advocate for his clients and an asset to our legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tough and talented litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrew Cates as a criminal defense lawyer. I have come to know Andrew and have seen his work as a fellow criminal defense attorney in many of the same courts I frequent. Andrew works hard and cares about his clients. We have consulted each other on legal questions. Andrew is an able advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cates is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrew. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've worked with Andy on a few matters and found him to be very professional and thorough. When I worked with him as an expert witness, I was impressed by the time he spent and effort he made to ensure that his client understood the process and the consequences of his actions along the way."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Cates is a dedicated and passionate attorney. I've had the pleasure of working with him on multiple matters, in addition to seeking his advice. I've always found his approach to be thorough and well thought out, helping me achieve consistent, positive results. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with and alongside Attorney Cates, referred cases to Attorney Cates, and have received cases referred from Attorney Cates. I trust him, know his work ethic and dedication, and can highly recommend him to those in need."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Cates has built a good track record over time for obtaining the best possible outcomes for his client."
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