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Thomas Michael Joachim

Criminal defense Attorney at Bensalem, PA

3.1   10 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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     Thomas M. Joachim's practice focuses in the areas of criminal and family law.  When he joined Applebaum & Associates, he brought with him several years of trial experience as a former Assistant District Attorney in Bucks County.  He graduated from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law in 2003, where he was a member of Temple's nationally acclaimed trial team program.  As part of the trial team, his excellent trial abilities were recognized by distinguished organizations including the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, and the American College of Trial Lawyers.


     When he served as Assistant District Attorney in Bucks County from 2003-2006, he concentrated in the prosecution of child abuse and sex abuse cases.


     In addition to his law degree, Mr. Joachim holds a bachelor ' s degree in political science from Brigham Young University.  He is an active member of his church congregation where he acts as a youth leader.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, cooking, and reading.


Applebaum & Associates
3910 Bristol Pike
Applebaum And Associates
Bensalem, PA, 19020-5925
Applebaum & Associates
The Sovereign Building
609 Hamilton Street, Suite 19
Allentown, PA, 18101
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3.1 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer....Great Guy
If you need a great lawyer, Tom Joachim is your guy! Hes dedicated, smart, thorough, and just a good guy. I highly recommend!!
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney!
If you need a lawyer, Thomas Joachim was AMAZING. It was really such a relief knowing I had him in my corner. Life was looking pretty bleak with what I was up against, but with Mr Joachim's dedication, time, and help my life was literally saved. He did an amazing job representing me and I would recommend him to ANYONE.
Posted by anonymous | November 20, 2014
Amazing attorney
I had two criminal cases and I thought I was going to jail. On my DUI case, Mr. Joachim was extremely thorough and really dug in to the police officer at the preliminary hearing. That exposed inconsistencies in his story Mr. Joachim was then able to research the issues and convince the Judge that the officer was not credible and got the stop suppressed. I stayed out of jail do to his efforts and dedication. On my other matter, he was able to talk to the police officer and negotiate my misdemeanor charges down to a summary offense. Whether you need him to stand up and fight or calmly negotiate, he's the best.
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Posted by John | November 7, 2014
Best attorney!
I hired Tom for a criminal matter. Other attorney's told me that weren't able to do a lot for me, but were going to take a ton of money and pray for the best at trial. Tom was able to take the time to talk to the police officers, the district attorney and the judge and took a case where I thought I was going to jail for a long time and worked it out to probation. He also spent a lot of time with me, trying to get to know me as a person and help out with some issues I've been dealing with. I was not just a number and it was definitely not about the money. He cares about people.
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Posted by KC | September 6, 2012
Highly Recommended
Mr. Joachim knows the law. He took the time to explain things to me so I would understand. He told me exactly what to expect in a straight forward and direct manner, but did so with respect and courtesy. I would highly recommend him as someone who really cares.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2013
Useless and a waste of money!
Thomas was hired to handle my divorce/child custody case. The divorce process too him over 3 years due to his lack of communication with the other lawyer. He did not take my situation seriously and treat it with urgency. He would tell me on a regular basis that he had more important cases, he also would never be available when I would call and request to speak with him. He would always be in court and the secretary would say that he would call back by the end of the day. This never happened. I would go weeks without hearing back from him. When we went to court for custory, he never asked me what I wanted or if I was ok with what the judge was suggesting, he simply agreed to whatever the other lawyer stated. This resulted in my getting one day a week with my children every other week. Once the divorce was finalized, the last piece was to provide my ex with a copy of the deed. 4 months after my divorce, I received a letter that my ex never got the deed. When I asked my lawyer about this, he said he lost it and it needed to be resent to him. After resending it to him, it took another 4 months before he got the other lawyer the information. This lawyer is useless.
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Response from Thomas Joachim November 7, 2014
Please feel free to contact our office directly so we can discuss your matter. Your case does not sound familiar and we would never tell a client that we had more important cases.
Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
He is a crook he was hired to represent my brother.. Starting fee was $10,000 and he did nothing but act more like an enemy. He called me and said he cut a deal with the DA 5 to 10 yrs. Then a week later he has my brother sign fir an open plea… What lawyer will do they then I paid $2000 for my brother to see a psychiatrist at Thomas Joachim’s request the psychiatrist gave a really good positive review.. Thomas Joachim called the psychiatrist and told him not to show up to court.. Hmmm WHY?? My brother got sentenced 20 yrs.. And he allowed the lies I couldn’t believe it.. I took him to court and of course got played.. Thomas Joachim is the dirt on the ground he is the gum underneath a a muddy shoe..
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Posted by Stacy Callaghan | July 8, 2014
Horrible lawyer with a poor attention to details.
my name is Stacy, I hired this lawyer to help facilitate a custody matter so in a timely fashion before the holidays. I was told he would setup a meeting with me and my ex boyfriend to discuss the terms of our settlement. a month went by with no word! I finally called back and was told the paperwork with the details for the meeting date was NEVER EVEN SENT! my ex blamed me for keeping our child away from him due to his LACK of communication. He adviced at one point that I did NOT need to allow my ex to see our daughter at all (we have a standing order in place) and due to family issues I thought this was the correct advice....BOOM I am hit with a contempt order by my ex for failing to allow visitation. I was told he would also help out with my support order....he NEVER APPEARED IN COURT! My ex won the case and I am now awarded $0! nothing. I truly believed the things he said but I am naive and not exactly used to court systems. things spirialed out of control at this point and my ex wishes to give up rights. this lawyer gave me ALOT of advice, NONE of it was worth the money he took! I am a single mother I need help and I explained everything to him...he simply didnt care. it was all about money IMO! I have so much anger inside towards him but I have to keep my cool and just warn anyone to PLEASE PLEASE do not trust this dirt bag! he caused MORE damage than he helped!
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2013
Worst Attorney Ever!
This attorney represented me in a custody hearing in the past 6 months and he was terrible with communication, made me feel rushed, categorized me as a typical case when it had its own unique components to be handled. I was highly disappointed with the way Mr. Joachim conducted himself, he was unprofessional and frankly, made me feel like all he cared about was collecting a paycheck. As attorneys go, he is the worst!
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Response from Thomas Joachim November 7, 2014
We're sorry you had such a negative experience. This seems very out of the ordinary and you case does not sound familiar. We do not treat any case as a "typical" case. Please contact our office so that we may address your concerns specifically.
Posted by Michele | April 20, 2013
Not good at all!
I live out of state. My daughter who is a single mother needed an attorney to help her keep her license to go to work and provide for her child. I found this attorney on line. I am a senior living on a fixed income, but I put $1500 on my charge card to pay him. He told my daughter it would cover all expenses. He did go to court with her once, but gave her no advise, and told her to continue the case he would have to get another $1500!!! Don't use this attorney!!!
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AVVO RATING 7.8 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bucks County District Attorney's Office
  • 2003 - 2006


  • Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Montgomery American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • Award for Excellence in Advocacy
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 2003
  • Award for Excellence in Advocacy
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • N/A

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Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
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"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is a soothing presence in the courtroom. His confidence and knowledge is welcomed by clients and judges alike."
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