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Marci A Kratter

Criminal defense Attorney at Scottsdale, AZ

4.9   47 reviews

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About Marci

Learn Marci’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    75%
    My practice is limited to criminal defense. I am proud of the fact that I am not a former prosecutor; I have been a defense attorney for my entire career. I maintain a limited caseload in order to provide outstanding representation to all of my clients.

    26 years

  2. Litigation
    25%

    26 years

I am proud of the fact that I am NOT a former prosecutor. I know that former prosecutors who are now practicing as criminal defense attorneys suggest that they have a special edge because they used to be prosecutors - the truth is they don't; do not be fooled by that marketing claim. 

 

You don't become an excellent defense attorney by being a prosecutor; you achieve that  through experience and hard work. With nearly 20 years of criminal defense work behind me, I have defended thousands of people. I have handled every kind of case you can throw at me. I know exactly what goes in to developing a defense, and succesfully executing it. I have extensive knowledge, abilties and an unbelievable network of resources to utilize when representing my clients.

 

I have a reputation as one of the finest criminal defense attorneys in the Arizona, not only because of my skills and resources, but because I truly care about my clients and their families. If you want someone who truly cares about what happens to you or your loved one, and can get the job done right, you need not look any further.

 

I take a no nonsense approach to defense work. I am not afraid of the prosecutors, the judges or the police, and they know it. I have been fighting for defendants' rights for nearly two decades. I have established myself as one of the most knowledgeable, compassionate and aggressive defense attorneys in the Arizona. I think outside of the box, which helps me to obtain outstanding results for my clients.

 

I maintain a small caseload, usually no more than 15 cases at a time, in order to ensure that my clients obtain the absolute best representation possible. When you call the number above you will reach me and only me. I guarantee you that I will be the only attorney working on your case.  You will never go to court without me by your side.

 

Let a true defense attorney show you how it is done. 

 

 

Licensed for 25 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 12/21/2022

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

Contact Marci

Law Office of Marci A Kratter PC
P.O. Box 4847
Scottsdale, AZ, 85258

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  47 customer reviews
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Posted by Rasheen | January 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A fighter for her clients.
Marci has been an excellent lawyer. She has outlined the law in my circumstance and been a champion at navigating the best outcome. Marci is a tentative person who does not judge or rush her clients to resolve the case. Thank you safety and success.
Posted by Rita | May 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent professionally and personally
Marci was recommended to us. After our consultation, we hired Marci. She assured us she would do everything within her power to help our son and to give him the best possible outcome. She was true to her word. If we presented a questions, she promptly answered her phone or text. Always keeping us informed on where we stood and what the next steps would be. Marci stood by our son, showing she truly cared for his well-being. Our son was looking at jail time, Marci not only helped prevent that but also gave us peace of mind during the process. Thank you Marci Kratter
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Posted by anonymous | April 29, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer
I hired Marci as my defense attorney and she was wonderful she fought for me and made sure I was always in the know. I would recommend her for anyone who wants a fighter on their side.
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2020
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Assault with a deadly weapon felony charge dismissed.
Marci was always available to me. Returned calls/texts promptly. Calmed my anxieties and fears and helped me through the worst experience of my life. She was always patient and kind. Assertive not aggressive. I almost lost everything I’ve worked hard for in life and with hiring Marci I didn’t. She was able to negotiate a dismissal and I couldn’t be happier. She wasn’t the cheapest lawyer and she wasn’t the most expensive either. Please be weary of scar tactics and cheap prices from majority of law firms. They won’t be there for you. It’s your life so hire the best and that is Marci Kratter!!
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Posted by Shiraz | November 3, 2020
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DUI defense
Ms. Kratter represented me for my DUI defense. She exhibited a degree of professionalism and expertise in getting me a must lighter sentence than I deserved. she was very compassionate compassionate and supportive during this difficult and depressing episode. She was easy to be reached, and help me immensely during the defense. I would highly recommend her as an attorney without any hesitation.
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Posted by Jannea Downs | November 3, 2020
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I highly recommend this attorney for any and all of your needs your search stops here
Hello to all reading and in search of assistance, Let me be the first to tell you, To stop looking the search is over if you are needing and or requiring a qualified attorney to take your case. I am writing this review because Marci represented my son in a case where it has been said he would not be able to get out of this situation without doing jail time. My son was under 18 , made a mistake and he was being charged as an adult. Imagine that feeling as a mother to not know the outcome of your sons future. I had heard about Marci from several peopleThey explain to me how she takes on difficult takes on difficult cases and they always result in a desired outcome for the family and person she is representing. Marcy handled my sons case with care she was very diligent and her explanation of what she was going to be able to attempt to do she was very honest with me and my son was able to understand the severity of the crime.Marci was very reasonable regarding the proposed outcome and affordable for the situation.Marci keep us Informed the entire time regarding my son’s case. The case finally concluded and we received a desired outcome that gave my son a chance, a real chance for his future. Mercy fought hard for my son like as if he was part of her family. My son and my family we feel so indebted to her for all her diligence in this priority case in our life. My son is now able to breathe again and look forward to a bright and shiny future and for all of you parents out there that are fighting cases or looking for someone to help assist you with a case take it from this parent you want Marci Kramer to represent your child or if You’re an adult fighting a court case you want Marci Kramer to represent you. . Marcy was fully vested the entire time during our court procedures or hearings And this pandemic. I Recommend her Strongly for your court cases. I can barely finish this review because I have tears of joy rolling down my face for the outcome that we received in court yesterday. I know there is no way we would have received that outcome without Marci on our side. I don’t normallyGo on websites and post reviews but I had to make an exception this time because her skills were outstanding and I want everyone to know if you are in need of an amazing attorney you have looked at the right website, and your search is finally over. Thank you so much Marcy for everything that you have done for my son and my family you have restored us. Thank you God for blessing her With the knowledge and skills to dissect court cases in the manner that she does Marci we will forever love and appreciate you.
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Posted by Kerry | October 15, 2020
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Lifesaver
Marci took my son's case in 2013. He was facing the death penalty for two counts of murder. She called us to let us know what was going on. She started tearing the Prosecution's case apart and the death penalty was taken off the table! But he was now facing a trial. He also lost his brother and father and Marci was there to comfort him while I couldn't .She worked hard every single day on my son's case. She filled motions and hired experts. She requested for the transcripts! She always called me to let me know what was going on. I live in Wisconsin and couldn't be there for my son's trial .She is the most caring, loving and fierce person you would ever want for a lawyer. When the trial started in 2018 she bought my son clothes and i helped as much as I could. Everyday after trial she would call and inform me of what was going on ( good or bad) I had so much faith in her that I was at ease. She always stood by my son know matter what. The trial ended in a hung jury. She started working on the next trial. She requested for extensions, and filled Motions! Finally the DA offered a plea of 4 year's with the seven year's he sat already. Marci talked to my son and he took the plea deal. Marci is the most caring person i ever known! My son and I love her so much! She is a Angel to me! She saved my sons life!!!!! There are know words to express how much she means to us! She will forever be in our hearts!!!!
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Posted by Kristan | June 12, 2020
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Incredibly Smart, Caring, & Get’s RESULTS!
I can’t say enough good about Marci. Marci is smart, savvy, articulate, and an incredible negotiator, but she TRULY cares. I hired Marci to represented my son who violated his parole and all of his cases (6 of them) that he was on parole reared their ugly head. The maximum sentence could have been 35 years. She read ALL of the hundreds and hundreds of pages of my sons medical records (17 surgeries) and also read and understood all of his cases to put together the best defense for him. The judge said she had never seen a case like his. Marci did a very good job negotiating for the mitigated sentence and also for no more than one month of parole so I can get my son the help that he needs that is not offered in Arizona. I HIGHLY recommend Marci because she knows what she is doing, she’s smart and she CARES. She truly cared about my son. That matters to a Mother.
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Posted by Anthony | May 29, 2020
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Happy client
I caught a misconduct involving weapons charge in 2018 and I just knew I was going back to prison, until I hired Marci kratter and I must say she’s the best criminal defense lawyer I’ve seen!! I’m here to say you can’t go wrong with marci... because of Marci I’m a free man, I thank and appreciate all she’s done for me
Posted by Alicia Lopez | May 2, 2020
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Marci is the best! Highly Recommend
I would like to highly recommend attorney Marci Kratter. She is the best! She is very professional while also being empathetic to you and your family. Her work is extraordinary; she looks for all the options so that your case turns out favorable. She is very intelligent and always strives to do an outstanding job. My husband had a large criminal case where they wanted to give him approximately 25 years but with her diligent work, he was given a minimum sentence of 6 to 18 months. I can’t thank her enough for her dedication; she is truly an amazing person. She was by our side and checking on us at all times throughout the whole process. Marci has helped our family in the past and for all of the years we have known her, we have nothing but great things to say about her. In both cases that she has helped us with, we have had extraordinary results. We could not have had a better experience. We thank her for being the lawyer and the person that she is. Marci never gives you false hope, she only provides you with the truth. Her work speaks for itself. I highly recommend Marci for anyone that is looking for representation; no one will fight harder for you than she will.
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Posted by Terry | March 12, 2020
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The Ideal Attorney
Marci, At the beginning of my alleged matters .On numerous occasions she came with a few pure dutiful elements of persuasion.Her applications of interests are eloquently spoken and very effective.A magnificent attorney to distinguish herself a larger-than- life appearance.No matter what the chores or elements are she is full of great courage .A turn it all around wave of fury. Truly a powerful key person in her practice.Thank God for Marci.
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Posted by Alfredo | March 10, 2020
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Beyond my expectations
Where do I start... I got into some trouble and having a bad record with priors. It was not not looking to good for me. I was looking at some prison time but Marci did not let that happen. She fought for me and told me what was best. She is very confident of what she is capable of doing. She is not scare to speak and protect you. Instead of doing time she got me probation witch was going to be very challenging. Thank you Marci for helping me and my family and actually caring. You exceeded my expectations.
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Posted by Jamal | September 23, 2019
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Superb lawyer really cares about clients outcome
Straight to the point....never deceitful....actually cared about my out come and really worked hard for me even when the odds were against me...that’s the lawyer you need in your corner....definitely will keep in touch and refer Marci to people who need the help...thank you soo much marci
Posted by James | August 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Simply. The. Best.
Following a horrific vehicle accident, my nephew received the harshest possible charges for an event that we felt was not deserving of such excessive retaliation by the state. He was assigned a public defender who, while good-natured and good-willed, seemed increasingly incapable of doing more for my nephew than simply going through the motions and hoping for some good luck. I decided that I needed to help get a more determined and effective attorney. I had some contacts and got numerous recommendations for "the best" attorneys in Phoenix. Most did not even bother to respond to my inquiries. Someone recommended Marci Kratter, and after reading her statement of purpose and values on her website, I felt we had found the right lawyer for my nephew. I asked her to look at the case and give it to me straight. She responded that this was a terrible situation made more terrible by the egregiousness of the charges against my nephew and that she felt certain she could help. She offered to split her fee with another attorney, Larry Kazan, who was an expert in handling vehicular cases. The result of their efforts was a drastically reduced sentence deal for my nephew, one much more commensurate with what had actually occurred. In the course of the proceedings, which lasted much of a year, Marci was ALWAYS available, even during her off hours or on vacation, to help with new situations or simply to give us straight-from-the-shoulder information on where things stood. She was not only a masterful attorney, she engaged with us on the most human level, and I would recommend her to anyone seeking brilliant, humane, and attentive representation, and I would do so without reservation.
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Posted by Teddlie and Sam | August 19, 2018
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Miracle Worker
me The court appointed attorney said " 22 years is what you are looking at and I've looked over the case and I agree with the DA, you can't win". These were the second worst words my son had heard since the motorcycle accident he and his girlfriend had in Oct. The worst thing he had heard was that the love of his life had not survived the accident. This court appointed attorney had not even used his own accident reconstructionist and relied on a report that was filled with mistakes. I knew that I could never trust this person that was obviously not going to try to help my son. I began my search for an attorney and through a recommendation from someone, I found Marci . The minute I met her I knew she was the one for us. She was genuine, she told me what she could do and skipped all of the fluff. As soon as we hired her, she was on the case and began finding mistakes that had been made by the police, and the facts began to come to light. Marci brought on invaluable experts to prove that this was a horrific, tragic accident, not murder. Marci began to unravel the DA's case and there was no denying the truth in the end, on either side of the courtroom. Marci has such a presence in the courtroom, respected by other attorney's and most importantly by the judges we went before. She was no nonsense, always prepared with our side of the debate, and professional, never flustered by anything that might have been thrown at her. Her confidence and her eloquence is a thing of beauty. Marci showed my family and Sam's girlfriend's family the utmost respect and empathy for what we were all going through and never once made a derogatory statement to anyone whenever there could have been a cheap shot made for emphasis. I really appreciated how compassionate she was during the case. Marci has worked tirelessly on this case and was available for us anytime, night or day, on the weekends and even while she was on vacation. She kept us updated with any changes and checked in on us regularly to see how we were holding up. Not only professional, but personable. She will be a friend to our family forever. In conclusion, Marci is a miracle worker. She turned this case around for my son through hard work and perseverance. When it looked hopeless, she brought us through with a win. Instead of 22 years, my son received 5 years, which was fair and just. She did it, she proved miracles are possible when she is working for you. I can't thank her enough, we are eternally grateful, Marci. I recommend you to everyone. You are not only a great lawyer, but you are a great person and friend. Thank you from my family to yours.
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Posted by Byron | September 21, 2017
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Marci's the best
My name is Byron and I've always had problems finding good legal help.until I met Marci Kratter. Marci really cares about her clients and done everything she told me she would do for me plus more. My case turned out even better than I was hoping for. If you're in any legal trouble and need a tough hard-working and caring attorney I recommend Mari Kratter. Can't go wrong with Mrs. Kratter." Happy client "Byron
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2017
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MARCI KRATTER
I first met Marci Kratter in Superior Court and just happened to observe her interacting with her client. I was immediately impressed by her warmth, patience, kindness, and the one to one attention she provided to her client (s). As both my son and I were dissatisfied by the service afforded to us by our present counsel and looking for new representation, I asked for her card and we decided to call her. That call was the best decision we could have made!! Once Marci took on our case, there was a stark contrast in the level of service or should I say lack of service; we had been receiving from our assigned attorney. Marci gives 200% when she takes on a client! She is experienced, compassionate, detail-oriented, hardworking, and does what she says. She genuinely cares about her clients and their families. You will have access to her 24-hours per day. When she says call me anytime, she means it! She answers the phone and responds promptly to your calls whether she is in town, out of town, or otherwise engaged. Because of Marci's experience, dedication and perseverance; our case was Dismissed. If you are looking for someone who has honor, integrity, and is not afraid to fight for you; then you should call Marci Kratter. We HIGHLY recommend her without hesitation and can't thank her enough for helping us win our case.
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Posted by Jessica | June 22, 2016
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By far the best defense attorney
In 2015, I went from being charged with 4 charges to being indicted on 8 charges ranging from felonies 2-5 of Asualt, Assisting a criminal street gang, Threat and intimidation and possession of narcotics, being that I was married to a police officer, they were ready to throw the book at me as a first time offender. I desperately needed to be represented as my life was at stake with 3,young children. Marci, was more than willing to take my case on, without a doubt! She immediatley contacted the assigned prosecutor as I litterally hired her! Demanding that my car be released from police impound and had been for over a month, the following day my car was released. She presented the facts of the case in such a professional manner and provided me with the emotional and compassion support as I so needed! I was told that I would be facing 10 years in prison Marci, made sure that wasn't going to happen! I was sentenced to one year of probation. This woman not only cares for her clients, but to show so much support as an attorney is beyond me. You could contact her directly and always recieve an answer to any of my questions in a timely manner, which i loved about her. Most attorneys offices you deal with a paralegal not with Marci!! I would definitely recommend her to anyone that ever found themselves in my position. She is highly skilled and no beating around the bush the most up from and honest attorney I have ever dealt with. She's very down to earth type of lawyer, what else can I say she's the best and YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED IN HER WORK!! With all this being said what are you waiting for??! Call her!
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Posted by Brian and Janet | January 17, 2016
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Client
Marci, is a very good no nonsense lawyer. She is direct and to the point. I really appreciated her honesty, ethics and dedication. She never gave up even when we were losing hope. We were a fairly small client in her world but she never treated us as anything but her top priority. She came highly recommended to us and we would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a criminal lawyer.
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Posted by Reggie | December 13, 2015
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Exceptional Lawyer !
Marci A. Kratter handled my criminal case. Upon the consultation with Ms. Kratter and explaining my case to her I was confident that she had the knowledge and experience to help me in my dilemma. I love that Marci fights your case as if you are her family. Also that she is understanding, and considerate of the fact that you are only human. The outcome of my case was 20 days of probation and 4 hours of community service and that end result was only because the lawyer I had initially messed up my case. If I got into another legal battle which definitely won't be anytime soon Marci would be my first call.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Marci A. Kratter
  • 2005 - Present
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Maricopa County Public Defender's Office
  • 1997 - 2005

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Hofstra University/ Arizona State University
  • B.A.
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • State v. R.B.
  • Dismissed
  • Stat v. B.M.
  • Dismissed
  • State v. G.R.
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Attorney
  • 1997 - Present
  • Arizona Public Defender Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2015
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Client's Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Settlement Conferences for New Judges
  • Settlement Conferences
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (21)
Endorse Marci
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked in the same field as Ms. Kratter for several years. I know her to be hard working and highly effective in obtaining excellent results for her clients. She has handled countless complex criminal defense cases over the years and has done so very effectively. I would highly recommend her for defense services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marci is a zealous advocate. She fights to protect her client's rights. She is an outstanding attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Kratter is a zealous advocate who is well respected by the Courts, court staff and her colleagues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marci is an excellent attorney. Talented, organized, and an effective litigator. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is an honor to endorse Attorney Marci Kratter. I have worked with her on a number of cases and she is a top notch litigator. She works tirelessly to obtain excellent results for all of her clients. If she's on your side, you will prevail!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marci is a tremendous lawyer. I know she works tirelessly for her clients and consistently gets great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Ms. Kratter on numerous criminal cases and she is extremely smart and very aggressive in protecting her clients. She doesn't just litigate on their behalf - she protects their rights. Her attentiveness towards and kindness for her clients and their families is refreshing and inspiring. Marci works for her clients - not prosecutors or judges. I would not hesitate to hire her or work with her again."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marci Kratter is the quintessential tough, no-nonsense, kick butt and take names, criminal defense attorney. I admire her as an attorney and would highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Kratter is an excellent advocate for her clients. Her knowledge, experience, and desire to help her clients combine to make her an exceptional lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of working with Marci on several criminal matters in Arizona. She is very devoted to her clients. Marci is a hard worker and the most compassionate attorney I know. I enjoyed working with her and highly recommend her to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marci is incredible. I'd use her if I needed legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marci isn't just a criminal defense attorney. She is one of the most sincere and devoted advocates you will ever come across. Her skill in the courtroom and her dedication to her clients is unmatched. Highly recommend Marci to anyone in need of her services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Marci is experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to her clients. We have worked together on several cases, and I admire her tenacity. She is a top-notch lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I gladly endorse this Marci. She is one of the fiercest lawyers in our community and is highly respected by every other attorney I know. Her clients get a dedicated advocate and someone who sincerely champions their case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marci is a great defense lawyer and she works tirelessly for her clients. If you need a strong advocate for your case you would be well served to have her on your side."
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Scottsdale Criminal defense Lawyer Marci A Kratter
Marci A Kratter
Criminal defense Attorney
Scottsdale, AZ
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation