14 years, 10,000 cases
31 years, 15,000 cases
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.
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)”