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Amanda Cathleen Hires

Criminal defense Attorney at Merrillville, IN

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Amanda

Learn Amanda’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    I handle all aspects of criminal cases, as well as traffic infractions. I also handle expungements.

    14 years

  2. Expungement
    15%
    Arrest record sealing and Conviction record Expungement

    14 years

  3. Litigation
    10%
    General civil litigation

    14 years

  4. Estate planning
    5%
    Estate Planning should be done as soon as possible in order to protect your assets

    14 years

I have strived to assist friends, family and clients to the highest degree of professionalism.  During law school, I served as a volunteer at the New Orleans Public Defender’s Office for three (3) summers and gained valuable experience.

During college, I worked along side prosecutors and defense attorneys while under the guidance of Judge Sheila Moss at the Lake County Superior Court, as a legal secretary.

I strive to establish myself as a loyal and effective voice for clients. I am currently a Public Defender for Lake Superior Court, Division I.   I also regularly serve as a judge pro tem for Lake County Superior Court.

My commitment to the underserved extends to our country’s veterans. I have assited client's in gaining access to Lake County Veterans Court, which provides legal services and facilitates rehabilitation for veterans from Indiana.

I would be more than happy to discuss any aspect of your case with you.  However, please note that emails through AVVO requesting legal advice will not be answered unless we have an established attorney-client relationship.

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Location

Weiss, Schmidgall & Hires, PC
6 W 73rd Ave
Merrillville, IN, 46410-3802

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Timothy | July 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
Very good at what she does. She is the best Attorney that I have ever experienced with task she has provided .
Posted by Ruben | April 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
I hired Amanda to take care of traffic issues for me and I'll tell you what she did so awesome that I'll always recommend her to family and friends to handle legal issues ,either traffic or other .She is well educated and pertains resources to handle complicated legal issues ..Better then Perry Masson and Matlock You go girl !!!
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Posted by Quintella dominick | January 6, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Wonderful
She was very straight forward with me she explain everything to me that needed to be explain.
Posted by Lavell | September 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience!
Absolutely the best services from Amanda Hires and assistant Jen! Was very patient thru the process of helping me get my license and reinstatement
Posted by Steven | September 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best Legal defense EVER!
Amanda and her team have been AMAZING throughout my legal journey! Upfront and straightforward, they've seriously been the best you can ask for! I hope I never need a lawyer again, but if I do, I know I'm going with her!
Posted by Jamie m barrera | April 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Greattttt
i had my background expunged it was stopping my life she worked fast to get it taken care of and Heather at the desk was my best helper definitely would go back if i ever needed to thank you again for your help
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Stellar Firm
This practice did an amazing job with services that they provided. They keep you informed throughout the process. Answers to your questions are replied to in a timely manner. If you need a law firm, this the first choice hands down.
Posted by Joey | April 6, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amanda hires jenn heather
She has done more then enough for me taken care of alot of things that have been held over my head for a while and for a decent price also got everything taken care of and very satisfied her assistants are amazing as well such nice kind people very satisfied eith my services
Posted by Mark S., Hobart, IN | January 2, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Good lawyer for Expungement Proceedings/Filing
Attorney Hires handled an expungement for me for and old record that was haunting me from when I was a young adult and made some poor decisions she handled the case promptly and then when some issues evolved from some errors the state made when filing or whatever she tried to get to the bottom of it for me and kept me informed the entire process as well as followed up with me afterwards I would highly recommend her as a legal professional
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Posted by Kate | October 15, 2018
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Exceptional Firm
Amanda and her team were always in touch with me on my case. They walked me step by step on what I needed to do to accomplish a positive outcome. She is a dedicated and loyal attorney and advocate for her clients.
Posted by Tim | January 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIRE = Amanda Hires .. read why
Counselor Hires accomplished several things via her representative efforts on my behalf. (1) She actually PRODUCED the needed, desired, but optimistic projections she suggested she could generate for me, (2) was a kind, professional, understanding legal sweetheart/friend/advocate while doing so, (3) and proved to me (via several court appearances) that her courtroom knowledge, associations, and 2 way court personnel respect was also, via Counselor Hires, in good hands. Amanda Hires is the BEST!
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Posted by Sean | April 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
great work on estate planning
We hired Amanda to put together everything for our parent's estate. She did excellent work, and my parents went from having nothing planned to a complete estate plan, including a trust. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing an attorney in the Merrillville area.
Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Superb attorney!
I caught a serious misdemeanor drug offense that would fatally impact my professional license and Amanda Hires got my case dismissed with her legal expertise. I would highly recommend this attorney to anybody! Life saver, thank you!
Posted by Susie Q | August 19, 2014
Best Attorney Ever!
Attorney Hires is a wonderful attorney in so many aspects. She is knowledgeable, trustworthy and will be upfront and honest with you from the very beginning. She always returns my call promptly and will explain things that I may not understand in a way so I can understand. Not only has she helped me with a criminal/traffic matter but she has also helped members of my family with various matter such as landlord/tenant matters and estate planning. I have and will continue to recommend Attorney Hires to anyone I know that may be struggling with a legal issue.
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Posted by Joe | May 6, 2014
Great Attorney
She helped me with a speeding ticket. It was done before I knew it and was very informative and professional. I would definitely recommend her for anything.
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2013
Landlord issue
I hired Attorney Hires to assist me in dealing with my landlord who would not fix a problem in my apartment. They threatened me with legal fees if I left my apartment and I didn't know where to turn. Attorney Hires advocated on behalf and I was out the apartment lease very quickly, saving me time, money and fees. HIGHLY recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2013
A Wonderful Attorney with Sincere Dedication to the Client
Attorney Amanda Hires worked on an expungement case for me. She worked diligently and extremely hard at every step in the process. Attorney Hires submitted several motions and briefs to the Superior Court on my behalf in an attempt to expunge my arrest record. Despite the adversity she faced from the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Office, she never gave up on my cause. At one point in time, she even asked the Court to reconsider its previous rulings and filed an excellent brief in support of that. Amanda always returned phone calls promptly and genuinely showed she cared by taking the time to listen to my concerns about the case No matter when I called the office, she was always willing to take my call and provide me with any updates on my case. The expungement statute was very narrowly written, and the Courts never grant relief under that law. However, the law was recently revised, and Amanda was the first to help submit an order to the Court to seal my record. The Court signed the order without any delay and ordered the records sealed from the public. Since Amanda was dedicated to my case for such a long period of time, I would strongly recommend her to other individuals needing a criminal attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Public Defender
  • Lake Superior Court County Division I
  • 2015 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • City of Gary
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of Weiss and Schmidgall, P.C.
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Purdue University Calumet
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005

Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Indiana Lawyer
  • Gone but not forgotten
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • American Inns of Court
  • Ethics
  • 2015
  • Radio address
  • Expungement Law
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Amanda
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amanda is a sharp, hard-working attorney who vigorously defends her clients. She has earned the respect of her colleagues by doing exceptional work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Amanda is a zealous advocate for her clients who would always do whatever she could them. As a former prosecutor, I was always happy to have cases against Amanda as I knew she would be prepared to fight for what was right, even if our ideas on right would sometimes clash. I am very proud to call Amanda a colleague and a friend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amanda takes pride in her work and it shows. She works diligently to help her clients when they need her most and is a joy work alongside. Her personality makes her very approachable, as she treats her colleagues, clients, and the courts with a high level of respect and candor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Amanda is a bright, energetic, and hard working attorney. She is committed to serving the legal needs of her clients. Amanda is a true asset to the legal profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Amanda is a very effective and efficient attorney who is very familiar with handling criminal defense and traffic matters. I am happy to refer my clients to her when they are faced with these issues as I think they will be, and have been, very well represented by Amanda."
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Merrillville Criminal defense Lawyer Amanda Cathleen Hires
Amanda Cathleen Hires
Criminal defense Attorney
Merrillville, IN
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation