Phil Wormdahl has every attribute of an effective defense attorney.
I met with a total of 4 defense attorneys before deciding to hire Philip Wormdahl as my counsel, and I'm very glad I did. I ended up with Phil because I was impressed by our very first consultation. To start, he gave me plenty of time to explain my case, the situation, and carefully sought to understand every detail of what I was saying before rushing to assumptions of what I needed. In that meeting, Phil presented the attributes of an attorney with a lot of knowledge, confidence (not arrogance), thoughtfulness, and a sense of integrity. He was also assertive and clear in his communication on what he thought I should do, and an explanation for why I should do it. His consideration and thought process made a lot of sense. He treated me with respect and dignity. And at a particularly vulnerable time for me, I felt no judgment from him. I left that first meeting knowing in my gut I should hire Phil Wormdahl.
My incident with the police resulted in a prescription drug-related DUI charge. Beyond a traffic ticket, I had never had any sort of run-ins like this with the police. My case was somewhat unique in its circumstance and involved other complexities that made my decision to hire the right attorney absolutely vital. Phil was able to hear the situation out, know how to handle it with best practice, explain what he had seen in terms of precedent, and was able to make a good plan. (Whereas other attorneys made little attempt to treat my case with anything but a cookie-cutter approach while being arrogantly assumptive). Phil and I made a customized plan for MY best interests... not for his. Ultimately, what I felt from Phil is that he had a professional interest in actually caring about my case.
Phil showed he cared simply by his dogged determination to defend my case. He consistently had opportunities to encourage me to take the easy--but very unappealing--deals with the prosecution that in my mind (and to others) really didn't seem like it was serving justice. Phil always gave me the information, but then said something to the effect, "however, I think we should do [whatever brilliant idea he had] and keep trying for a much better outcome." As long as I was willing to work for it on my end, he was willing to pursue a viable option. We made a deal to always be honest with each other, and that he would never lead me to believe I could have some sort of outcome that wasn't realistic. He was assertive with me to hold up my end of the deal, too. But no matter what, Phil was persistent in finding every opportunity.
Another way his drive and persistence really showed was by the sheer amount of time he (or his partners) spent in the courtroom with me. I had several court appearances, and for each one, we made incremental progress to achieve the best outcome. It was anxiety provoking and I often wished we could just stop and give in but Phil's willingness to keep going for my benefit helped me think clearly and push ahead. I knew I was one of many many cases he was juggling (it explained why he was occasionally late and frantically driving from one courtroom to another), but he made sure that I knew he was focused on my case at every point until it was finalized.
What ultimately happened was that my charges were significantly reduced. And the only reason this could have happened was because of Phil. He used his legal knowledge, resources, personal relationships with the court, communication skills, his sense of care, and his integrity to achieve this win. He was driven to win in any way he ethically could. He made a tough situation easier and by being completely competent and confident.
I am very grateful to Phil. In no small way did he achieve something incredibly meaningful to me, my family, and wellbeing. My gut told me to follow the counsel of Phil Wormdahl, and I'm very grateful I did.
Just to be clear if this review isn't enough: I highly recommend Phil Wormdahl as your choice for an attorney.