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John Paul Thygerson

Criminal defense Attorney at Norwalk, CT

4.9   99 reviews

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%

    27 years, 3,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    35%

    27 years, 1,500 cases

  3. Expungement
    10%

  4. Personal injury
    5%

    27 years, 100 cases

JOHN P. THYGERSON is the founding member of the firm. Attorney Thygerson was admitted to practice before the Connecticut State Bar in 1996, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in 2000, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2007, and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 2014.

Attorney Thygerson graduated, cum laude, from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major of Philosophy and Political Science in 1992. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1995 where he was a member of the criminal appeals clinic providing pro bono appellate representation to indigent defendants.

 


Early in his career, Attorney Thygerson and a colleague successfully defended, at trial, film legend Kirk Douglas’ son, Eric Douglas, on charges involving numerous felony offenses. As a trial attorney, he practices in Federal and State courts where he has represented thousands of clients faced with criminal charges including DUI/DWI, drug/narcotic, manslaughter, assault, weapons, larceny, burglary, youthful offender, and juvenile offenses. He also represents minors in expulsion hearings brought by school boards following allegations of misconduct on school grounds. His areas of practice further include representing individuals in personal injury and general civil matters.

State CT
Status Administrative Suspension
Acquired 1996
Updated 11/28/2022

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

Contact John

Law Offices of John P. Thygerson
8 Byington Place
Norwalk, CT, 06850

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  99 customer reviews
Posted by Jim | December 15, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, experienced and savvy
Arrested for DUI in Norwalk in the summer of 2016. Due to irresponsibility, ADHD, undiagnosed and untreated mental issues, and substance abuse, did not follow through with court ordered program for first offenders. Missed court dates, had other run ins with the law because of being on their radar, and ended up with four separate cases including MV cases, failures to appear, and a harassment case. Hired Attorney Thygerson in 2019 because it was clear help was needed to navigate through the court system. Then in 2020 COVID 19 happened and everything got pushed off, delayed, rescheduled for nearly 12 months. Attorney Thygerson always communicated clearly and timely. He made sure we knew when court dates were, what was expected, what would happen. Ultimately, he had the four separate cases consolidated, spoke with the prosecutors, and had some of the charges dismissed. He was completely honest and thorough in telling us what to expect and explains everything clearly. He is calm and professional and inspires confidence in your case. He takes the time needed. In this case, he dealt with the DMV and they rescinded a second requirement for an interlock device because we'd already had one before and complied with the order more than two years earlier. (Try talking to DMV yourself about something like that.) He suggested we get paperwork to prove successful involvement in a drug rehab program, and presented that on our behalf to the prosecutors. He knew what to do to get the best possible outcome. He has had enough experience with the system, with those accused, with court personnel, and with others in the legal profession and law enforcement that he can strategize and determine what is best to do in your situation. It's worth paying for that experience if you are unsure about being able to successfully navigate the system and / or if you have a complicated or less than ideal situation. The fact is, "equal justice" doesn't exist. It's going to be difficult for you if you don't have an "in", know somebody, or have a ton of money. Attorney Thygerson is experienced, very savvy, upfront, and good at what he does. He takes your situation seriously. You don't feel as if you're just a number to him, and he will not judge you. He treats his clients with respect. And he will get you a result that you would not have gotten without his help. He is highly recommended without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding representation
John knows the Connecticut legal system well. I was accused of felony crimes and had never been involved in a court case before. I reached out to several firms and John was very quick to respond. Unlike other lawyers, John started our conversation talking about my situation. Other law firms had assistants who told me how much I needed to pay before they would even speak with me on the phone. John listened and then talked me through the process. He was clear about our plan and what to expect. In the end, the charges were dismissed- exactly as John expected. If you find yourself in need of a lawyer, don’t waste time. You should call John Thygerson immediately.
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
He worked hard for me
I had a Federal white collar case involving a substantial sum of money. I was absolutely terrified, but John calmed me down and guided me through the process. He is absolutely honest regarding possible outcomes, which I appreciated. He helped me prep for all appearances, and gave me practical advice. I am very satisfied with the outcome. He is a very good lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in CT
Mr. Thygerson will always be my #1 choice for a lawyer. He is informative, responsive, thorough, and truly cares about his clients. My case was tough, but Mr. Thygerson assured me that he would work with me to do everything he could to get the lightest sentence possible, and he did. I was thrilled with the outcome of my case, and I don't think it would have been possible without the tireless work of John Thygerson.
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Call John
If you have a legal issue in Fairfield County John is the man to call. He got all charges dismissed because he knows the law, the system and the people. John will do everything in his power to get you the best possible result.
Posted by Marta | February 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
This is the best lawyer in CT he has helped me with a very difficult case .... he has walked me through every step of my case and worked very hard to get the best outcome for me .... he truly cares about his clients and does everything in his power to help I would recommend this lawyer to everyone
Posted by Christopher | January 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding representation
Coming from a family of attorneys I have had my share of legal witnessing. After hiring attorney Thygerson I realize that there are levels of abilities, skill, knowledge and results. Attorney Thygerson has all these attributes and more. His constant professionalism and ability to resolve legal issues is What puts him ahead in the legal community. I would recommend attorney John Thygerson to any potential client and assure them that they made the right choice in hiring an attorney with his credentials and ability. Sincerely Christopher
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best in the business
John went above and beyond actually serving as an officer of the court and PERSONALLY performing a residential walk-through which resulted in favorable modification of a court order. I was facing multiple felony counts and John was able to get everything nullified. He was friendly, efficient and all-business, and was even accessible via test messaging! This is the second time I retained John and highly recommend him to anyone. Worth every penny.
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Posted by Jeff | November 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended / charges dropped
We hired John to help with our case and he was thorough, professional, and always there for us. He worked hard to make sure we knew what was going on and worked hard to get all charges dropped.
Posted by Benjamin | November 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
GREAT ATTORNEY
John Thygerson was a beacon of hope for my family and I at a time when it seemed my options appeared very limited. After countless charges were brought upon me, John literally turned 'poop into sugar' and got a end result of probation instead of the mandatory jail time I was supposed to get. He provided excellent services and had extreme patience with me. His excellent knowledge of the law was on full display for me to view after the four years I've dealt with him. My family and I are eternally grateful for his true professionalism he has demonstrated throughout the years. I was represented better than I could ever have imagined. I would highly recommend him to anyone dealing with any type of law issues.
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Posted by Michael | September 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's the MAN for the job.
When I came to Attorney Thygerson back in 2017/2018, my life was a mess. I found myself in a very dark cave, cornered in by the system. There's always two sides to a story; my side, their side, and the truth. Only problem was no one was hearing me. I needed a voice that would speak for me, a voice that knew how to speak their language. He listened attentively to my needs and took immediate action to represent me well. Our first court date produced results I never could have achieved on my own. It was an upward climb since. Two years of going back and forth but he guided me every step of the way; never once alleviating me from doing my part. I was accountable. Eventually, the day came when the results came in and it was all in my favor. The process with him taught me a lot. I grew from the experience and my life is the better for it. He's a pro! He's tough as Teflon, and carries a weight of respect and dignity. Having confidence in a lawyer to do right by you allows you to sleep better at night. I highly recommend him and respect him to the utmost. Thank you John for being that beacon that guided me out darkness and into the light.
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Posted by Anitha | August 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Misdemeanor Charges dropped
Mr. Thygerson was profession in our case and clear in his explanation on how he will tackle the case. Made sure we were updated on the case. Thank you Mr. Thygerson!
Posted by Mary | June 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed/Annulled
Attorney John Paul Thygerson was the best representation for a case that I had no way of winning, had I not hired him. He was honest, very professional, thorough, personable and showed compassion for my case. He made several appearances in court on my behalf, so I didn’t have to take precious time off work, allowing me to move on with my life without worry and anxiety over the case, because he had everything under control. I had 2 major requests concerning the false charges against me; that I not spend precious hours I did not have, in Behavioral Counseling, and that the charges be completely dropped/dismissed, so that I do not have a record because of it. Attorney Thygerson FULLY met ALL my requests without compromise. He worked very hard on my behalf and would not concede until BOTH requests had been fulfilled. His services are truly priceless. I thank God for him, and I HIGHLY recommend Attorney Thygerson if you want to win your case. May God bless and prosper you. In Jesus’ name.
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Posted by Kevin | June 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Court Case Review
John was extremely supportive from the first day I called him to review my case and gave me the confidence that he understood the law and was the best attorney to represent me during my case. He kept me updated through a very stressful time and was always available when I had questions. You would be crazy not to hire John to represent you.
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Posted by Suzy | April 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
My hero!
I reached out to a good friend about a legal issue I was facing. She told me about her past legal issue and how John has represented her and from start to finish he was there for her not only as her attorney but also like her therapist. She would annoy him all times of the day with million questions and he was always there to answer her questions with patience. She told me to give him a call and that it would give me a peace of mind and it would make me feel better. So I contacted John the next day and although he wasn’t at his office that week, he was willing to make an exception and met me at his office for a free consultation. I left his office letting him know id sleep on it and let him know whether I’d hire him to represent me. So the next day I decided to have him represent me. Because I wasn’t able to drive, he drove to me with the retainer form early in the morning before I had to leave for work. Since that point on, he took care of everything for me and I only had to show up to court for maximum of 10 minutes and after 3 court dates, he had all my charges dropped, which was a miracle since I had 4 charges on my summons! He is my hero.
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Posted by C.G. | April 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Your first and only choice
After being arrested and charged with several felony counts I was in desperate need of an excellent criminal attorney. John Thygerson was highly recommended to me from another attorney who had helped me with a previous matter. During our initial meeting I explained my current situation to John and the events leading up to the arrest. From that point on, John took the bull by the horns and began preparing a defense for me. He always kept me informed and guided through the Court system. After several appearances before the judge, I was looking at not having a felony record. I then made an extremely poor choice which jeopardized all of the hard work and headway John had made on my behalf. I was not only at square one, but in a worse position than I was in when I had first come to John. The Judge incarcerated me through my next two Court dates. Through it all John stood behind me fighting his best fight for me. To say I wasn't his easiest client is an understatement. In the end, it was nothing short of a miracle, I have no felony record. All I can say is this man has the patience of a saint and a huge heart for all of his clients. John Thygerson not only is highly knowledgable and professional, but compassionate as well. If you are in need of a criminal attorney, he should be your first and only choice. Thank you so much Attorney Thygerson!! C.G.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2019
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Highly Recommended!
I hired John to help me fight a DWI charge. He was extremely knowledgeable and helped guide me through the process, always showing up to court dates on time and quickly answering any questions I had throughout the process. He vigorously defended me over a span of several court dates and ended up having the prosecutor decide to no longer pursue the charges, which was the best case scenario in my case! I would highly recommend John to anyone needing to hire a defense attorney!
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Posted by Ann | March 31, 2019
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Highly Recommend
John Thygerson was recommended to me by another local well respected lawyer. The charges were traffic violation related . John clearly explained the options and after deciding to pursue a court appearance, the charges were eventually dropped. John was professional, friendly and communicative the whole time. His knowledge and experience with the local court was a real bonus. I strongly recommend hiring John Thygerson.
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Posted by Jayme | March 28, 2019
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Attorney Thygerson’s hard work, gave me a second chance!
Attorney Thygerson is truly amazing! Since the day, I called, and spoke to him, in regards to my extremely complex criminal case, I knew I was in good hands. Attorney Thygerson, even went the extra mile literally, driving over an hour to my home, so we could sit down, and discuss my case, before he was even paid, and hired. That told me everything about this mans character, and genuine concern, and care for his clients. If you are reading this, and are looking for a gentle sole, yet a shark in the courtroom. Attorney Thygerson is the man for the job! Thanks to Attorney Thygerson, all charges were dropped, and in return I am able to have a second chance at life. There are not enough words to express my graditude for this Attorney!!
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Posted by Karmen | March 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Strongly recommended
Attorney Thygerson helped and guided me every step of the way. He made me feel confident and optimistic that we will reach the end of my case. I’m very satisfied with his professionalism and his excellent service.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of John P. Thygerson,LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Caldwell & Thygerson, LLC
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Legal Commentator
  • WCBS Radio
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Senior Associate
  • DePanfilis & Vallerie
  • 1998 - 2007
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Education

  • Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Fairfield University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Legal Cases

  • Stae v Stiber
  • not guilty after trial
  • State v. Kelley
  • Case nolled just before jury selection.
  • State v, CV
  • Nolle
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • U S Bill of Rights Foundation
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Institute for Liberty
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Attorney Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2007 - Present
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • District of Connecticut
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1996 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer- Criminal Defense
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer- Criminal Defense
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer-Criminal Defense
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyers-Criminal Defense
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • Member
  • National Advocacy for DUI Defense
  • 2013
  • Superb Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Clients Choice-Criminal Defense
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Top Contributor
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Client's Choice-Criminal Defense
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Cum Laude
  • Fairfield University
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Know Your Rights When Dealing With The Police
  • Criminal Law
  • 2016
  • Norwalk High School Shadow Program
  • Criminal Law
  • 2012
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • The Use of Visual Aids in Trial
  • 2012
  • Connecticut Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • "Panel of Victors"
  • 2012
  • Fox News
  • Foreclosure Crisis Affecting the Rich
  • 2008
  • Wilton PTA
  • Underage drinking and house parties
  • 2002
  • Underage Drinking and the Legal System
  • Underage Drinking
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

Received (60)
Given (47)
Endorse John
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a great lawyer, and very well respected in the community. I have referred several cases to him, and would trust him with members of my own family if the need arose. He is meticulous in his work and an outstanding advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. JOHN IS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL. HE KNOWS THE LAW,RESPECTS IT AND WORKS WITH IT TO BENEFIT HIS CLIENTS. HE IS HIGHLY REGARDED BY HIS PEERS AND THE JUDGES BEFORE HE PRACTICES. HE IS A CREDIT TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Works hard for his clients with great results."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, John is a great DUI lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is aggressive and diligent. I would recommend him highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is outstandingly intelligent and conscientious. He is personally and professionally 100% invested in the work and advocacy that he dedicates to his clients. I am always confident when I refer a client to John that the client will receive top notch representation."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As the current President of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, I endorse Attorney Thygerson. Attorney Thygerson is a member in good standing in our organization and a well regarded criminal defense lawyer in the state. He has shown a passion for criminal defense issues and zealously defends people charged with criminal offenses."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer all of my clients with criminal law matters to John Thygerson. He is extremely knowledgeable in this area of law and very skilled in representing his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Other
"Hardworking and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Thygerson! We have been members of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association together for many years and he has been a consistent valued leader and contributor to the community probably answering over 100 questions posed by other attorneys during that time. His reputation as a savvy and tenacious litigator is well earned and we are fortunate to have him on our side."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as experienced, skilled, trustworthy and respected in our profession."
DUI and DWI Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is recognized in the community as a knowledgeable and effective attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As evidenced by the number of questions Attorney Thygerson has so generously answered, it’s clear that he has a superior understanding of his fields of practice, and is exceptionally well thought of in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I know John to be a fierce advocate for his clients and is also highly competent and ethical. I am very confident in endorsing John and know that whoever retains him is in great hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Thygerson is a well known and experienced advocate in the criminal defense bar. I have known him ever since I began practicing and have benefited from him as a resource. He covers a variety of jurisdictions and a variety of matters. If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney or personal injury attorney, Attorney Thygerson is an excellent choice. I recommend him highly and without hesitation."
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