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Christopher M. Patterson

Criminal defense Attorney at Lancaster, PA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Chris Patterson

  • Licensed for 45 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    I represent individuals charged with felonies, misdemeanors, violent crimes, drug offenses, sexual offenses including pornography, and white collar offenses. If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a violation of law, you may require the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. I have represented individual charged with homicide and other serious offenses in state and federal court.

    46 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    30%
    In PA, if you are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be arrested for DAI/DUI. A DUI conviction has serious consequences: jail, loss of your driving privileges, etc. An experienced DUI attorney can often get the charges dropped or reduced, or negotiate lesser penalties depending on your case and your past criminal history. I have represented hundreds of persons charged with DUI and have tried cases before juries and judges throughout the state.

    46 years

  3. Expungement
    15%
    I assist people who want to remove records of arrest and prosecution for misdemeanor or felony charges that resulted in ARD placement, withdrawal or dismissal. I represent individuals seeking pardons or commutation of sentences.

    46 years

  4. Juvenile law
    5%
    I aggressively represent children under 18 who are charged with offenses that would be crimes if they were adults.

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    I represent individuals charged with serious and minor vehicle offenses, including homicide by vehicle, hit and run, speeding, driving without a license, CDL violations, etc. I have appeared in court, before hearing examiners and PennDOT to argue on behalf of my clients

    46 years

I grew up in Lancaster, PA and graduated from J.P. McCaskey high School.  I attended the University of Notre Dame and graduated with a Bachelor's  degree in Accountancy.  I earned my CPA certification in the state of Illinois after graduation.  For more than 40 years and have had the privilege of representing clients in Pennsylvania and Federal Courts.  I have been recognized by my peers and been given an "Av" rating by Martindale -Hubbell.  I have tried cases before juries and judges in 15 Pennsylvania counties, and the state of New Jersey on special admittance, and have represented clients in Federal cases in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Vermont. 

Interests other than practicing law include riding my Harley Davidson, and tending an orchard and amateur radio.

 

 

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Location

Law Office of Christopher M. Patterson
134 North Lime Street
Lancaster, PA, 17602

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Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2015
THANK YOU CHRIS PATTERSON!!!!!
After two months of pending the District Attorney's decision I was finally released 6 months early from probation... THANK YOU CHRIS for handling the rare petition!! Chris is a great lawyer. This review hopefully finds someone that needs a little extra encouragement in the right direction. Chris was the best lawyer I could have asked for, and I hope you find him to be the same!
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2015
An excellent lawyer
Attorney Patterson was the best possible choice for handling my case. He was persistent working with us, keeping us well-informed and up-to-date on all of the proceedings, would not be intimidated by the prosecutor, and was very personable when we spoke in person and over the phone. After winning our case, he continued working for us to have the arrest record completely expunged.
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Posted by anonymous | March 3, 2015
Chris Patterson is shy of an angel!
Shy of an angel. Chris Patterson is an impeccable lawyer. Let's face it we all make mistakes, and I made a bad decision that was going to haunt me for a very long time. I had a petition that has NEVER been done before in my county, and Chris took the challenge of creating and presenting the petition before the Judge. He is professional and a VERY wise lawyer... He knows his stuff. I am an informed buyer and never make purchases unless I know the facts... Well here they are! The facts are that Chris is trustworthy, responsive, knowledgeable, he kept me informed, and was reasonably priced. What a day to celebrate and write a review for a stellar man. I hope this review falls in the hands of someone who needs a little hope in their cup of despair. Chris... I hope you read this review and know how grateful I am for you. I hope that this is not only read by you, but by the ones that are in need of your services! You truly are shy of an angel!
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Posted by Dan | June 5, 2013
Excellent Attorney
I had significant legal problems. Mr. Patterson guided me through the process, and he obtained an extraordinary result for me. I highly recommend Chris Patterson.

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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Pyfer Reese Straub and Farhat
  • 2016 - Present
  • Chairman - Board of View
  • Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas
  • 2021 - 2021
  • Partner
  • Patterson and Cody
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Patterson, Cody & Winters
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Partner
  • Patterson, Cody, Taylor & Winters
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Partner
  • Gray, Patterson, Cody and Taylor
  • 1993 - 2005
  • Arbitration Panel Chairman
  • Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas
  • 1991 - 2021
  • Associate
  • Windolph Burkholder Stainton & Gray
  • 1985 - 1993
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • 1980 - 1981
  • Divorce Master
  • Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas
  • 1980 - 1982
  • Solicitor
  • East Donegal Township
  • 1980 - 1984
  • Associate
  • Going and Wiker
  • 1978 - 1984
  • Clerk
  • U.S. Department Of Justice Tax Division
  • 1977 - 1978
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Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Notre Dame
  • B.B.A
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Com v. Esbenshade (Animal Cruelty)
  • Acquittal on all counts
  • Com. v. Bernard J. Battaglia 802 A.2d 652 Pa Super Ct (2002)
  • Trial Court suppresssion of evidence upheld
  • Com. v. Herman (Vehicular Homicide)
  • Acquittal
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Associations

  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Radio Relay League
  • Volunteer Counsel
  • 1990 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Lancaster County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1986 - 2021
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Readers Choice- Best Criminal Defense & DUI Defense Firm
  • Lancaster Newspapers (LNP)
  • 2021
  • Readers Choice - Best Criminal Defense & DUI Defense Firm
  • Lancaster Newspaper (LNP)
  • 2020
  • Readers Choice - Best Criminal Defense Firm
  • Lancaster Newspapers (LNP)
  • 2018
  • Readers Coice - Best Law Firm in Lancaster, PA
  • Lancaster Newspapers (LNP)
  • 2015
  • Av Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2007
  • Certified Public Accounting Certificate
  • University of Illinois-State of Ilinois
  • 1975
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • 2021 DUI and Motor Vehicle ConferencePennsylvania Ass'n of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Commercial Driver Licenses - Major and Minor Offenses
  • 2021
  • Lancaster County Bar Ass'n
  • Pennsylvania Ignition Interlock License Law
  • 2018
  • Update
  • DUI and Traffic Laws
  • 2015
  • Update
  • DUI and Traffic Laws
  • 2014
  • PBI Fundamentals of Criminal Law Practice
  • Preliminary Hearings
  • 2005
  • Lancaster County Bar Ass'n
  • New Pa. DAI Law
  • 2004
  • Pennsylvania Ass'n of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • From the Pedal to the Metal New PA DUI Law
  • 2003
  • PACDL Motor Vehicle Update
  • Serious Motor Vehicle Offenses
  • 1998
  • Meeting of the Minds
  • How to Handle a Traffic Ticket
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (23)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a highly skilled attorney and well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An exceptional litigator with experience resolving complex criminal matters, I would recommend Chris to anyone in need of criminal defense representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. You will not go wrong with hiring Attorney Patterson. He is well versed int he law, professional, and thorough. Attorney Patterson will leave no stones unturned in your defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Patterson. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is one of the finest criminal defense attorneys I have known. He performs exceptional service for his clients. I strongly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Professional, tenacious, thorough,analytical."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked for Chris as a law clerk 23 years ago and have sent him my criminal clients over the years. When I was a public defender, I would go to him for advice. He is excellent in the courtroom and empathetic with clients. He also tells them what is to happen in a straightforward manner."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an excellent criminal defense lawyer, I endorse him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholheartedly endorse Chris Patterson for criminal defense work. I have known Chris for decades and have always observed his integrity, hard work, and intelligence. In one particular case of great interest to me, I observed Chris in every aspect of the case and saw the benefits of his strong reputation in our community by the respect that he was accorded and by the results he obtained."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an excellent criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an outstanding lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is one of the best attorneys I have ever had the privilege of watching work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If i ever found myself charged with a serious crime, Chris would be on the short list of attorneys I would consider hiring He is one of the best!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is one of the most experienced criminal defense lawyers in Lancaster County. I have referred numerous clients to him over the years with good results. Chris and I have also worked together with clients having pending matters in both Berks and Lancaster Counties. Chris is a fellow board member of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has made seminar presentations for the organization."
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