I used Joe upon the recommendation of a local judge as well as another attorney in my area. What was remarkable was that they both converged on the same name(Joe Rem) and noted that they would use him if they had family members in similar situations as my own.
Two things struck me off the bat, 1)his thoroughness in the initial phase for completeness of the facts, 2)his balance and objectivity. Usually lawyers tend to "sugarcoat"/be hopeful in order to gain the business however he was very direct/blunt which I appreciated regarding the gravity, consequences, etc. while offering LEGAL merits in my case and keeping it objective rather than subjective. The case involved a 2nd potential dwi in my case and a refusal for another family member's case so they were both difficult and the law leaves very little flexibility especially in 2nd dwi's. The cases both went to trial. His team(James, Lisa) were all involved in various phases and were extremely thorough. Bottom line is that he beat the dwi charges for the family member, and was able to reduce my charge to reckless driving, foregoing a number of fines,potential 2yr loss in license, increase in insurance rates, and more importantly a second dwi/interlocking device. While I was impressed at the initial phase and his analysis of the discovery evidence, I was even more impressed to see his comportment with the judge, the officers, prosecutor, and the witnesses. At no time was he nasty, grandstanding, obnoxious etc which at times some lawyers can be, and he came across as someone who was deferential before the court and non confrontational, yet thorough,knowledgeable, and complete enough so that it would allow the court to find the door "ajar" just enough such that reasonable doubt and empathy could be established. He has access to top expert witnesses, and as the judge informed me, when Joe talks judges listen because he doesnt come across as someone who just likes to hear his voice. Perhaps to some, his "bedside manner" may be a tad blunt or direct, and his responsiveness may be a tad delayed (24-48 hours), however in fairness, I personally appreciate someone who "tells it like it is" and I think that in most individual circumstances everyone believes that their questions and concerns are crucial and want to be alleviated and addressed immediately, given the visceral and emotional nature of the situation. It's not like we are the firm's only clients, the case never sufferred due to a delayed response, and also its not like the court always informs the lawyers in time either. BOTTOM LINE. I hope never to require Joe's professional services again given the nature of his practice, and to only see him in a social setting, however should anyone have a dui/refusal case, I would recommend him 10 out of 10 times to anyone who wanted the best damn dui lawyer in bergen county