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Dane Michael Johnson

DUI and DWI Attorney at Houston, TX

4.9   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Dane

Learn Dane’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    70%

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    20%

    27 years, 1,000 cases

  3. White collar crime
    10%

    27 years

Attorney Dane Johnson is a native Texan who earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and his J.D. from the University of Houston. He graduated from the University of Houston Law Center early and became one of the school’s youngest graduates in 1996. Following law school, Dane worked in the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office and quickly worked his way up to a position as a chief prosecutor in County Court at Law No. One. He completed over 40 jury trials in his first two years as a prosecutor. In 1999, a criminal defense firm was impressed with his performance and hired him away from the prosecutor’s office. Through trials, seminars, and continuing legal education, Dane honed his DWI defense skills and focuses his practice on DWI defense today. Dane is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and co-founded Johnson, Johnson & Baer P.C.

Areas of Practice

  • DWI Defense
  • DUI & Underage Drunk Driving Charges
  • Intoxication Assault
  • Felony DWI
  • DUI Drugs or Prescription Medication
  • Seal DWI from Criminal Record
  • Dram Shop Violations
  • TABC Tickets
  • Boating While Intoxicated

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Location

Johnson, Johnson, & Baer, P.C.
1017 Heights Blvd.
Houston, TX, 77008

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding!! Nothing short of 110%
This man Deserves more than 5 stars. Dane is definitely the top of the game. A force to be reckoned with. I got a not guilty Verdict from a jury. Not an ounce of doubt at all in my case. Danes knowledge and intelligence is next to none. He’s true hero.
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstaning Attorney!!
Dane is a true professional, a great attorney and just a real nice person. He and his team were in constant communication with me throughout the process and made us feel comforted. He always did what he said he was going to do. A true class act with high integrity and accountability. THE BEST!!!!
Posted by Brandon | October 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best defense and best decision ever
lue Where to begin ? First and foremost I want to say thank you to this team of people you are truly amazing. This team of amazing people never gave up, turned over every stone in my case spent hours, days, lots of time working tirelessly on giving me the best results. After almost 2yrs of working on my case with me they never gave up. My case was unique to say the least but this team of people did everything they could to help me, whether it be over the phone, in the court room they were right there every step of the way. The end of the day with all the work this team did my case dismissed. I can’t say enough about these men and women except for the fact that they are worth everything and they don’t play no games each attorney here is amazing and highly skilled and will be straight up with you from the beginning. This team is the best in Houston and the best I have personally ever seen, truly great people. Hiring them was the best decision I ever made and I would recommend this team to any and everyone without hesitation whatsoever. Thank you so much to this team it was a long journey and your truly amazing for all your hard work. Definitely come here if you ever find yourself in need of help.
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Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best DUI defense in Houston
Dane and his team of experts at Johnson, Johnson & Baer are true professionals who are very good getting to the bottom of a case, dissecting it and coming away with the best possible outcome. No gimmicks, no tricks. I found all of them very personable and they truly care about the people they represent. The attention to detail and promptness was outstanding and I was relieved not to have to followup on every aspect of my case. It was worth every penny in the end and I am glad I did my homework in choosing the right team.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney
He and his firm are top notch. They got me out of a really hard spot when I needed it the most. I know that I would not be writing this review right now had it not been for them. I would have probably been locked up. They helped me and answered any and all questions I had at anytime. They saw the good in me and fought hard to allow me to have a life. I am thankful for everything the did for me. Because of me not going to jail, I now have a wonderful husband and a beautiful baby boy who I cherish.
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Posted by Vinay | February 6, 2015
Best Lawyer in Town
After being arrested on a DWI charge I thought my life was in ruins. I was upset and disappointed in myself. I thought there would be no way to see myself out of this. I was recommended by a friend to Dane Johnson and I havent regretted it since. He was always calm and confident that we would find a resolution through out my whole case. Even when the odds were stacked up aganist me Dane found a way for the courts to give me a second chance and learn from my mistake and help others from making a similar mistake. Dane Johnson is one of the best DWI lawyers no questions asked.
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Posted by joe | August 20, 2014
Works Hard with Integrity
Dane and his entire team were fantastic to work with. Having a criminal charge was scary and they helped me understand what was happening each step of the way. Dane was open and upfront with what the possible outcomes could be and through his persistent efforts he was able to get my case dismissed before going to trial. Though I am ecstatic about the dismissal. I was confident from the beginning that Dane would work had and do everything possible to get me the best possible outcome. I found Dane easy to work with and available whenever I had a question. I never felt judged and know that he was on my side.
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Posted by James | February 12, 2014
Dwi dismissed
the knowledge alone of all the Dwi laws kept me impressed and feeling comfortable. even when they told me my options and said they wanted to fight and not settle. they made sure I knew all options and never pressured or rushed any decisions from me. I hope no one has to go through what I did, but if you do you want Johnson Johnson and Baer in your corner. Thanks for everything Dane
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Posted by Ryan | November 6, 2013
Dane Johnson is the lawyer you want.
Johnson, Johnson and Baer did an amazing and professional job with my case. They worked diligently for over a year and overcame numerous obstacles the courts presented. From the day they took my case they had a plan on how to achieve our goal of complete dismissal and aggressively executed it. Facing legal trouble can be a stressful and difficult time in your life, however, with the legal representation of Johnson, Johnson and Baer you can rest assured you will get the best outcome possible for your case. Arrested for Felony Assault, result DISMISSED.
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Posted by Luis | January 21, 2013
Professional and effective lawyer!
After being arrested for my second DWI in late September I thought my life was over. The penalties for a second DWI are much stiffer the second time around, and after my experience with a lawyer who did not regularly deal with DWIs in my first case, I knew I needed an expert. I researched several lawyers on the internet and called to get quotes. The one thing I found is that any experienced DWI firm will not be cheap, but for a DWI the last thing you want to do is go bargin basement. Dane's office convinced me to go with their firm because it seemed like they had a firm grasp of my case and how to best approach it. They reassured me that they would work as hard as they could to get the best out come for me, but they also let me know that DWI cases are not simple matters. They also seemed to understand, unlike some other lawyers, that not everyone has a personal legal fund stashed away in the bank and were willing to work with me to make payments. In the end, Dane and his team were able to quickly get my case dismissed in only four months. I'm so happy to have this ordeal almost complete. I would recommend Dane's firm to anyone who has the misfortune to find themselves facing a DWI. They are professional, always available to answer questions, and most importantly they get results.
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Posted by Jason T. | December 5, 2012
Dane is the mayne
Client review: Dane is a stand up guy as well as an excellent lawyer. He will fight for you no matter the odds against you. He will find a way to turn it around. I couldnt thank him enough for what he did for me and how he did it. He put forth so much effort as if my case was the only one he had. He never lied to me, he was always honest. I was worried but seeing him fearless in the courtroom helped me get through it all. My case was found NOT Guilty
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2012
For professional and, most importantly, effective attorneys this firm is your answer
I want to thank Dane, Alan, and all of the attorneys at Johnson, Johnson, & Baer. They helped me get through an extremely frustrating and scary period in my life. They were thorough and meticulous in exploring any, and every, avenue available which ultimately led to my dismissal. I can't stress enough how responsive, helpful, and most of all, effective they were with my case. I would recommend, without hesitation, Johnson, Johnson, & Baer to any person who is faced with an ordeal such as a DWI.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2012
AMAZING!!!!!!!!
I cannot say enough good things about this law firm and the results I got. I hired Johnson Johnson to handle my DWI case back in Oct of 2011. From the first time I talked to them, they handled me and my case with the upmost respect. As of yesterday (July 9th 2012) my case was dismissed.... It was a long road, but the end result was better than I could have ever expected. Thank you guys for EVERYTHING!!!
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Posted by Guillermo | April 15, 2012
DWI case dismissed
Definitely trustworthy.Dane Johnson was recommended through family and friends.In return I would recommend him to others who are looking for the best defense lawyers in Houston.They kept me informed throughout my case, and every question I had he answered in detail.I would like to Thank Dane Johnson and everyone at Johnson Johnson and Baer for all their help,Especially for getting my DWI dismisssed.
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Posted by Todd | February 20, 2012
If you are looking for an attorney look no more.
If you have been arrested for a DWI then you know the feeling. As I sat in court waiting for Mr. Johnson to arrive my mind was spinning. I can't believe I'm here. Will there be a fine? Will I have to get an interlock device in my car? How many hours of community service will I get? Will I have to attend AA classes? How is this going to affect my insurance? I don't want this on my driving record. As I looked around the courtroom my anxiety continued to grow. Then I saw Dane Johnson walk in. I recognized him as we had met before. We said hello to each other and he went and picked up my file laying on the Prosecutor's desk. We were there on the first day of court to simply determine that there was probable cause for the arrest and set a future court date. As I watched Dane he sat quietly reading my file. He then approached the bench with the Prosecutor and began speaking with the Judge. Shortly after that he asked me to step into one of the conference rooms just outside the courtroom. He then informed me that the case was being dismissed for lack of probable cause for the traffic stop. Relief swept over me. Now this might sound like a simple end to a simple case but that's not true. Another attorney might have simply signed off on the probable cause and moved on. Perhaps the attorney might have had to hurry back to another courtroom or may simply have wanted to run out and get lunch. Dane Johnson takes a personal interest in his clients and he definitely has an eye for detail. That's what you need in an attorney. I can only hope that my friends have learned from my experience and will never drive while intoxicated; however, if they find themselves in a similiar situation I will definitely be referring Dane Johnson.
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Posted by Manuel | January 30, 2012
Review of Dane M. Johnson
After my first meeting with Mr. Johnson, I was confident that I choose the right lawyer to represent me. He was very knowledgeable and understanding of my case. No matter the outcome, I was confident that Mr. Johnson would do everything he could to help me.
Posted by Franklin | January 28, 2012
Charged with DWI, even though the officer had no right to stop me.
I was charged with a DWI and arrested after leaving a race track in Baytown. I had stopped to call home to say i was on my way. The officer pulled in behind me and told me that he could not read the name on my license plate because of the bracket, even though the rocket ship and horseman was visible as in all previous Texas tags. I was not given a breathilizer test just a field sobriety test and blood test that i did not refuse. The trial just kept being postponed for 28 months until my attorney ask why this was taking so long and the federal law and state law states a fair and speedy trial is due me, then when the voir dior was presented the county and state dismissed the charges. After my attorney ask if the jury members could render a not guilty verdict if the officer did not have a legal reason to stop me. NO TRIAL!
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2011
No frills
Was arrested for DWI, I knew the state had no case. The video showed the same, case was dismissed. Dane and his entire team handled it perfectly. I was proactively given advice, leaving me prepared and a step ahead of the game. My biggest compliment is how seamless it all was. I have a life to live and job to do. Frankly, I did not want to deal with this mess. Dane and his team handled it, got me in and out of court quickly, did all the leg work and were down right honest. All i had to do was show up to court. Glad its behind me, thanks a lot.
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Posted by anonymous | November 30, 2010
I made my friends program his number in their phone
Dane handled my case with professionalism and impressive skill. He treated me like I was his most important client, his staff was responsive to all my questions, and he worked his tail off to get the best possible result for my case. I interviewed other lawyers before deciding on using Dane. His knowledge of the law and the latest developments is truly impressive. He used that to my advantage to get results. As the title says, really did make all my friends program his number into their phones.
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Posted by Brad | October 14, 2010
Incomparable
I recently was charged with a DUI (2nd offense). Not having a DUI in a long time, the system had changed a great deal, and I felt completely overwhelmed. The courts only give you a couple of days to find representation, which seems almost impossible when trying to find someone who is competent, realistic, and trustworthy. I attempted to contact as many lawyers as I could, but once I spoke with Dane, the remaining lawyers I contacted all seemed to fall way short. Dane, Alan, and the others at Johnson, Johnson, & Baer really understand what they are doing, and just as important, how people who find themselves in these situations feel. They continually reassured me, kept me up to date with what was going on, and overall made me feel as though I was not just another case to them, but someone they genuinely strived to help. I guess the most refreshing thing for me was that they didn't simplify what was going on or give me any false beliefs. I wasn't told "Oh, we'll get this to disappear". I was told each step of the way, what was occurring and how we should view/deal with it. Dane and the others were always willing to talk and answer any questions I had, and treated those questions with compassion and understanding. They seem to really understand what people in these situations are experiencing. Overall, Dane and the others at Johnson, Johnson & Baer are incomparable to any lawyer I have spoken with. I would highly recommend them to anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation. Know that you will be represented by very knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated individuals that strive to serve you and your best interests, not someone who is simply looking at a case number.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C.
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • Johnson & Johnson Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Lawyer
  • SCA Law Firm
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Galveston County District Attorney
  • 1998 - 2000
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Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • 1996
  • University of Houston
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1994
  • University of Texas
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Texas v. T.Y.
  • Dismissed
  • State of Texas v. D.B.
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. D.S.
  • Dismissed After Exposing Problems With Breath Testing Procedures
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Associations

  • Northern District of Texas
  • Admitted
  • 2009 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Admitted
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Houston Lawyer - Criminal and DWI Defense
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Houston Lawyer - Criminal and DWI/DUI
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Houston Criminal / DWI Lawyer
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2012
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Houston Criminal / DWI Lawyer
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Houston Criminal Lawyers
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2010
  • Top Houston DWI Lawyers
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2010
  • Board Certification in Criminal Law Renewal
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2009
  • Numerous Not Guilty Verdicts
  • Jury Trials
  • 2009
  • Top Houston Criminal Lawyers
  • H Texas Magazine
  • 2009
  • Numerous Not Guilty Verdicts
  • Jury Trials
  • 2008
  • Houston Chronicle Case Interview
  • Houston Chronicle
  • 2008
  • Numerous Not Guilty Verdicts
  • Jury Trial
  • 2007
  • Numerous Not Guilty Verdicts
  • Jury Trials
  • 2006
  • The Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2005
  • Numerous Not Guilty Verdicts
  • Jury Trials
  • 2005
  • The Pro Bono College
  • 2004
  • Numerous Not Guilty Awards
  • Jury Trials
  • 2004
  • The Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2004
  • Board Certified - Criminal Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2004
  • Numerous Not Guilty Verdicts
  • Jury Trials
  • 2003
  • The Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2003
  • Numerous Not Guilty Verdicts
  • Jury Trials
  • 2002
  • Trial Skills Course Completed
  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association
  • 1999
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Publications

  • AVVO Legal Guide
  • How to avoid a Texas DL Suspension
  • 2009
  • AVVO Legal Guide
  • How to Save Your Texas Driver's License from Suspension
  • 2009
  • AVVO Legal Guide
  • How to Find a Competent DWI Attorney
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Universtiy of Houston - Fraternity
  • DWI Blood Draws
  • 2010
  • Fox News Houston
  • Intoxication Manslaughter Case
  • 2009
  • Channel 39 News
  • New DWI laws
  • 2009
  • Universtiy of Houston fraternity
  • Field Sobriety Tests - Valid or Not?
  • 2008
  • Several Law Offices
  • DWI Updates
  • 2008
  • University of Houston fraternities
  • DWI
  • 2007
  • DWI Updates
  • Updates on DWI laws
  • 2007
  • Texas Pharmacy Association
  • What not to do if pulled over for a DWI?
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (13)
Endorse Dane
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have witnessed Dane in trial and I have to say that he is one of the most gifted courtroom advocates practicing law. In one such trial, I watched Dane question and pick apart a venire panel and by the end of jury selection he had everyone in the courtroom, including the prosecutor, convinced his client was not guilty. I watched in awe as Dane argued and won a Motion to Suppress to which the State had no option but to dismiss the case against his client. I have seen this lawyer fight for his clients and I endorse this lawyers work."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I'm in trouble with the law, I want to hire a fighter, not a pleader. A lawyer who is willing to fight will, in the end, get a better result for his client than a lawyer who seeks a plea from the beginning. Even if that result is obtained through a plea bargain, the fact that the lawyer is willing to fight means that the client will get a better result. As a former president of the Houston criminal defense bar, I know the fighters from the pleaders; Dane is a fighter."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Dane has proven time after time his utmost dedication to his clients' cause. If you're looking for aggressive representation of your legal rights, look no further. A true Texas Super Lawyer!"
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly skilled trial lawyer who give his clients 110% of his effort and attention. Anyone who hires Mr. Johnson will be in great hands."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you are arrested for DWI in the State of Texas, you need to contact Dane Johnson. An experienced criminal defense attorney who specializes in intoxication offenses, Dane Johnson works incredibly hard for his clients and is a talented advocate in the courtroom. I recently assisted Dane in trial on two cases, and the results he achieved for his clients were nothing short of amazing. DWI with a .18 blood test that came into evidence: jury acquits Dane Johnson's client. DWI with a .16 breath test: DA dismisses the case after Dane convinces the Judge to suppress the breath test. And that's just in the last few weeks. If you want one of the best attorneys in Texas, call Dane."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dane is one of the best attorneys I know. He doesn't just know his craft better than the rest, but he genuinely cares about his clients. I have leaned on his firm at times when I was in trial and needed some pointers, and they have always been there to help. If Dane is your lawyer, you know you're getting the best."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dane is not only a fellow layer in the community but he is also my friend. He is fearless in the courtroom and fights to the end for his clients. He is on top of his game, and runs one of the premier defense firms in the city. Any client would be lucky to have Dane fighting for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you know Dane, you know he is one of the best in Houston. Not only is he a great lawyer, but a great person as well. I challenge you to find someone who has something negative to say about him. You are in good hands if Dane is your lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Johnson is well known, well respected, and well liked in the legal community. He works hard, fights for his clients, and gets the best results he can. I recommend giving him a call to see if he can help with your case if you or a loved one gets arrested."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Dane's work. I have entrusted some of my clients to Dane and they have been very pleased with his work and results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Dane is a professional, bottom line. He knows his way around the courtroom and he is respected by prosecutors, judges, and defense attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dane is a hardworking, personable lawyer. I frequently see him not just at the courthouse, but in trial fighting for his clients. His warm personality certainly must be a benefit helping him connect with jurors on behalf of his client. Dane also associates with good lawyer so he is well-connected & respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Dane is a hard-working, hard-fighting, and competent lawyer who does anything and everything he can for his clients. I would recommend him to anyone needing a criminal defense lawyer."
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