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Craig Thor Kimmel

Consumer protection Attorney at Ambler, PA

4.9   33 reviews

About Craig

Learn Craig’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Consumer protection
    50%
    Helping consumers who are impacted by debt collector tactics, calls and harassment

    14 years, 10,000 cases

  2. Lemon law
    35%
    Founding partner of the oldest and largest consumer rights law firm in the Northeast. Providing cost-free legal help to more 85,000 consumers under State Lemon Laws,Federal Warranty Laws, and the FDCPA. Founded in 1991 and honored by the American Bar Association.

    31 years, 15,000 cases

  3. Employment and labor
    10%

    13 years

  4. Class action
    5%

    31 years

Protecting the rights of the "little guy" from "big guy" corporations can result in a consumer lawyer finding himself squarely in the crosshairs of the rich and powerful. Business-friendly interests and/or  those who come from such backgrounds don't recognize the need for society to hold corporate America accountable even when they break the law or cause injury.  I see the need. Always have, and always will.

 

What matters most to me? When the best possible resolution to legitimate and often life-altering problems is secured,  It's far more gratifying to swim upstream, than to sit still and not take a stand against injustice.

 

Here's my bio from our website:

 

Craig Thor Kimmel is one of the most experienced and respected consumer attorneys in the United States. Along with his partner, Robert M. Silverman, he has been called a pioneer in consumer protection and cost-free legal representation. Beginning in 1989, he has devoted his practice solely to consumer claims, primarily Fair Debt Collection Practice Act (FDCPA) and Automobile Warranty "Lemon Law" claims. In 1997, he served as legal consultant to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and continues to consult when asked with the Consumer Affairs Committee. He is credited with being responsible for the only two amendments to the Pennsylvania Lemon Law and authoring the first Computer Lemon Law bill in the United States, which also served as a model for Illinois, Connecticut and California. Mr. Kimmel has made repeat appearances on national television discussing his cases and consumer law issues, and has given interviews to newspapers, magazines and radio programs. Within the profession, Mr. Kimmel has been a keynote speaker for legal education seminars and has shared his experiences with community groups nationwide.

 

Mr. Kimmel does not represent businesses or business interests. He instead has chosen to represent individuals and has done so many thousands of times. He has also served as class counsel in cases that have pushed for product improvements and changes in how business responds to customers. He has successfully argued for clients at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on matters having a national impact, that continue to be cited as authority.

 

In 1986, Mr. Kimmel earned his Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Ursinus College and in 1989 a Juris Doctor Degree from Widener University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts State Courts, as well as several Federal Courts across the United States. He is active in the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the New York Bar Association. Mr. Kimmel is a member in good standing of the American Bar Association.

Photos and videos

Attorney Craig Thor Kimmel appears on Fox 29 to discuss how to stop debt collection calls. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, consumers can get the debt collection calls to stop and possibly receive damages of up to $1,000.
Consumer attorney Craig Thor Kimmel is interviewed by Eyewitness News via Skype about consumer rights with Debt Collectors and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
Debt collection harassment attorney Craig Thor Kimmel appears on Fox News to discuss Capital One harassment of a client who received a demand to pay $286 million.
Craig Kimmel from the Lemon Law firm Kimmel and Silverman discusses the 2009 Car Complaint Index with the team from Fox 29 Philadelphia's 'Real Deal'.
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Licensed for 32 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 09/19/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1997
Updated 06/06/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 10/01/2022

Contact Craig

Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.
30 E Butler Ave
Ambler, PA, 19002-4514
Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.
1001 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY, 10018
Kimmel & Silverman, PC
100 Ross Street, Suite 330
Pittsburgh, PA, 15219
Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.
1930 E. Marlton Pike
Executive Mews, Suite Q29
Cherry Hill, NJ, 08003
Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.
Silverside Carr Executive Center
501 Silverside Road Suite 118
Wilmington, DE, 19809
Kimmel & Silverman, P.C.
1207 Delaware Avenue
Suite 404
Buffalo, NY, 14209
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  33 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | October 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
I hired Craig Kimmel and his team to help me with several suits that I was unable to settle on my own. They are quick to respond and very professional. It takes a load off of my chest knowing that they are there to help me get the settlement I desired. It was a pleasure with work with Craig and his team and I will definitely be using them again in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kimmel&Silverman
I were very satisfied with the service I received from Kimmel&Silverman law firm I were received harassed Phone calls day and nights from my debtor Comenity Bank/David's Bridal account did not know anything About this Law Firm one night looking at my email One of them were from Comenity Bank all of a sudden Kimmel&Silverman law firm pop up I file my claim To them, they contacted me and immediately begin Working on the case the phones calls stop they resolve This case within 2 mos I must say there service is excellent I have also refer my daughter to them. Thank you so much Ms.Jacqueline Brown
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Posted by Charlene | August 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just excellent!!!
He made sure needs were met. Went over and beyond to help me win my case with my previous auto provider .
Posted by Keisha | May 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service
Craig Thor Kimmel, kept me up to date on my case, he was honest, loyal, and handled my case with excellence. I will definitely use his services again if needed in the future.
Posted by Chaka | May 16, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Survey
Craig and his team were patient and professional with securing my compensation for unnecessary call from telemarketers.
Posted by Amy | March 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyers
My attorney got my credit card erased and a settlement for the harassment from Credit One. Thank you
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stopped harassing calls
I was contacted because of an app I had on my phone blocking harassing calls. I was amazed that they went after this company and got a considerably large amount of money for me and I didn't have to pay anything for this service. They got that from the offending company also. Bravo for winning for the consumer against big companies.
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Posted by Shari | February 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exellent! A+++
I was contacted by this law firm when i filed a complaint through metropcs over harrassing calls. The harrassing calls have stopped and this lawyer was able to get me a nice settlement from the company making the calls. I highly recommend this law firm if you are getting harrassing phone calls from collection agencies.
Response from Craig Kimmel February 22, 2018
Shari: Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience. I am glad that you found our services to be worthy of your recommendation.
Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond!!!
Craig Kimmel, Is a true scholar. Honest and extremely professional in all aspects. It was a pleasure that he was able to assist me. Thank you very very much. Sincerely, Jeanette
Posted by David | January 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome firm
Excellent. Fast and efficient. The firm acted in a very timely fashion go get my case competed. All the staff was pleasant to deal with. They took the time to explain lethal things in a way i could understand. They also responded quickly to any question i had or when i was simply looking for an update. Would recommend 100% to anyone looking for an attorney and i will call them again personally if i ever have the need for representation again.
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Response from Craig Kimmel January 3, 2018
Thank you for the very kind comments, David. It was a pleasure representing you and achieving those results. Happy New Year to you and your family.
Posted by Megan | October 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Harassing calls
After being in contact with multiple lawyers, and none responding, Mr. Kimmel is the only one that took my case on. He was very professional and understanding.
Response from Craig Kimmel October 30, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences.
Posted by Ann Marie | October 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
robocaller class action suit
This attorney contacted me initially. He informed me that I would be compensated for harrassing calls from a creditor I had done business with. I showed the correspondence to my family's attorney who said it all looked good. I responded to Attorney Kimmel to go ahead and include me in. I did receive the promised compensation, and I can tell you that this attorney is astute, honest and communications come directly from him. I was impressed that he sought me out to be part of the suit and had my best interests in mind.
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Response from Craig Kimmel October 30, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences.
Posted by Janet | July 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job
I was very pleased with my service from Kimmel and Silverman law firm... The were YouTube and told me everything that was going to happen start to finish.. Thank you everyone involved.. Jmoody
Response from Craig Kimmel July 28, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Satisfied clients is our number one priority, and we truly appreciate the feedback.
Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 Stars for this law firm
I am very very pleased with the services I've received fron Mr. Craig Thor Kimmel and his asssociates. All my questions were answered, the communication between me the client and this law firm was phenomenal. This law firm is completely perfessional, excellent and will represent you to the fullest capacity. I give this law firm a 1,000% and will recommend them in the future to come.
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Response from Craig Kimmel June 15, 2017
Thank you for the kind words and for sharing about your experiences with our firm.
Posted by Debbie | June 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Getting the best to represent you...
Kimmel & Silverman are a real tribute to their profession. I can not thank them enough for their honesty, dedication & professionalism. Their whole staff is just as great. My outcome was beyond my expectations. These are the real guys to go to. You won't find better anywhere! I highly recommend this firm. I'm indebted to them forever. Thank you Kimmel & Silverman.
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Response from Craig Kimmel June 15, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences with our firm. We are delighted that you are so satisfied.
Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Kimmel
These guys helped me with a debt collector that was basically harassing me on a daily basis...These guys were extremely professional and did not tarry in getting my case settled...Awesome!!!!
Response from Craig Kimmel June 15, 2017
Thank you for sharing your experiences. We are gratified that you found our services to be helpful.
Posted by Sandy | April 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Courteous
Mr. Craig Thor Kimmel represented me in a debt collection matter. He and his staff were very proficient and handled my case in a timely manner. I would recommend Mr. Craig Thor Kimmel to anyone in need of his professional service.
Response from Craig Kimmel April 19, 2017
Sandy: Thank you for taking the time and expressing your opinion of our services. We appreciate the opportunity to assist you and are glad that you are satisfied.
Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
very professional.. very helpful..
He called more than once to udate me on the case
Posted by Gladys Bass | August 25, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Gave excellent advice!
Contacted Mr. Kimmel regarding a possible case that was claimed to be against me and he gave me great advice on how to deal with the situation. He even offered to assist me if necessary. Very polite and well educated.
Posted by Richard | March 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Excellent!
Mr.Kimmer recovered $9,500 in a harassment lawsuit representing me successfully against a debt collector company relentlessly harassed me with 25 phone calls to my cell phone attempting to collect a dept that wasn't even mine. Mr.Kimmel is an incredibly outstanding attorney that negotiated a favorable reward for me and I am extremely pleased with his services. Thank you so much,Mr.Kimmel and God bless!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2009.

Reciprocal - Stayed Suspension issued in PA, 2009
updated on 07/21/2014

This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Pennsylvania.

Craig's comment: “Another state automatically reciprocated these findings. After 90 days, Maryland reinstated, as did the other state. The MD Court commented that it was confident the problem was unlikely to be repeated. Notably, two other states in which I do practice in, chose not to suspend, one issuing censure only, while the other declined to penalize at all. There never was a problem like that in 16 years of practice beforehand, nor has there been since.”

Reciprocal - Censure issued in NY, 2009
updated on 08/03/2016

This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in New York.

Craig's comment: “I do not practice in MD, but my partner and I were her supervisors. It was felt that we should have discovered the associate's actions . We accepted responsibility and fully cooperated, as the clients are always the paramount concern. We identified cases which could have been affected and received authority to compensate each and every client. MD issued a 90 day suspension, while recognizing that I didn’t practice there and the associate took great pains to hide her actions. (more)”

Reciprocal - Suspension issued in MA, 2008
updated on 07/21/2014

This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Massachusetts.

Craig's comment: “I take pride in successfully representing consumers without charge for nearly 25 years and remain committed to that ideal every day. My practice has been challenging and rewarding. In 2005, a different challenge arose when I learned that my firms Maryland associate was found to suffer from significant mental lapses and medical problems affecting her ability to represent clients. The situation was reported to the appropriate authorities immediately. (more)”

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Kimmel & Silverman, PC
  • 1991 - Present

Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Ursinus College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986
  • Germantown Academy
  • High School
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Velazquez v. NCO Financial
  • Plaintiff Prevailed, Debt Collector's Motion to Dismiss, denied.
  • Santai v. Fred Beans Ford, Inc. et al PAED 10-2367 (2011)
  • $150,000 Judgment for Plaintiff/Client, plus $88,500 in attorney fees and costs
  • Hammel v. Cherry Hill Triplex 06-4735
  • Triple damages of $41,679, plus attorneys fees.
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Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Philadelphia Area Law Firm
  • Philly.Com Readers' Choice Award
  • 2017
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Awesome Attorney -- Lemon Law
  • SJ Magazine
  • 2007
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • IMA Website Award--Best Small to Midize Firm
  • Micah Buchdahl, Internet Marketing Attorney
  • 2006
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • IMA Wesbite Award--Best Small to Midszie Firm
  • Micah Buchdahl, Internet Marketing Attorney
  • 2005
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Louis M. Brown Award (Meritorious Recognition)
  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service
  • 2002
  • Best Lemon Law Firm in Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia Magazine
  • 1999
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Publications

  • Inside Magazine
  • Closing Arguments: Not A Lemon of A Law Firm; Kimmel & Silverman Will Help You Avoid Getting Squeezed
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Philadelphia Agenda with Brad Segall, WOGL FM Philadelphia
  • Dealing With Debt Collectors--Your Rights Under The FDCPA
  • 2013
  • NBC10 Consumer Expo
  • The Lemon Law & Your Rights
  • 2005
  • American Law Journal TV
  • Lemon Laws
  • 2002
  • PA House of Representatives, Consumer Affairs Committee
  • Computer Lemon Law Conference
  • 2000
  • Boscov's Department Store
  • Boscov's Lemon Law Car Clinic
  • 2000
  • Silicon Spin, ZDTV
  • Panelist (1999-2001)
  • N/A
  • WNEP TV Wilkes Barre/Scranton, PA
  • Member, Action Army (2000-2002)
  • N/A
  • The 10! Show, NBC 10 Philadelphia
  • Regular Guest, Consumer Issues (2002-2007)
  • N/A
  • Your Morning On CN8, The Comcast Network
  • Regular Guest, Consumer Issues (2004-2008)
  • N/A
  • Money Matters with Jerry Heller, WVIA TV Scranton, PA
  • Regular Guest, Lemon Law Issues
  • N/A
  • Philadelphia Focus with Bill Brosey, Clear Channel Radio
  • Regular Guest, Consumer Issues (1999-2004)
  • N/A
  • Real Life with Mary Amoroso, The Comcast Network
  • Consumer Issues Correspondent (2001-2008)
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
Lemon law Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Debt collection Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have had the pleasure of working with Craig for over seven years. He is an amazing advocate and works exceptionally hard to get his clients the best possible results."
Lemon law Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Craig is a very skilled and knowledgeable attorney. I feel comfortable referring clients to him because they get the best representation possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Lemon law Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"It is very hard to find an attorney more knowledgeable on the issues of consumer protection than Craig. When in doubt, I always turn to him for advise and counsel."
Lemon law Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Craig Kimmel is a tremendous consumer advocate and attorney. Over the years, I learned a great deal from observing his work. He cares about his clients and will do anything in his power to right a wrong. Any consumer is lucky to have him in their corner."
Lemon law Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Craig is an extremely intelligent, hard-working and creative attorney. He comes up with new approaches and ways of looking at the law, with great success for his clients."
Lemon law Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Craig Thor Kimmel has been a leader in the consumer protection field for the past 20 years. His innovations and fresh ideas have ruffled some feathers of the old guard, but benefited consumers throughout the country, helping real people with real problems. The highest endorsement I can give is that when I had a personal case, Craig was the one I asked to represent me."
Lemon law Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Craig is a leading lemon lawyer in The State of Pennsylvania. He and his firm are nationally recognized for their exemplary work on behalf of consumers who have been wronged. They have been doing this for a long time and are the go to firm for this work."
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