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Lance J Wood

Military law Attorney at Tucson, AZ

5.0   26 reviews

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37 days after 9/11, I raised my hand and swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and joined the United States Air Force JAG Corps.  To this day, I continue to uphold that oath and defend my clients by using the Constitution to fight for justice.  There are no sides to justice. There is only justice.

I have seen a case from every angle.  Over my nearly ten-year Air Force career, I served as a prosecutor, defense counsel and appellate defense counsel.  In 2011, I left active duty after being recognized as the #1 Senior Defense Counsel in the Air Force.  I left the Air Force because my next job was going to be a deputy prosecutor in a base legal office.  After years as a defense counsel, I could not and would not return to that side of the aisle. 

My life is still dedicated to upholding and defending the Constitution by fighting against the prosecution machine of the armed forces.  The Constitution is not a technicality; it is a document our Founding Fathers created to make sure justice is preserved.  There is no greater calling than defending those who defend America. 

Licensed for 21 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 09/05/2021
State CO
Status Inactive
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/04/2022

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

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Military Trial Defenders, PLLC (Arizona Office)
177 N Church Ave
Suite 1100
Tucson, AZ, 85701
Military Trial Defenders, PLLC (Colorado Office)
102 S Tejon St
#1100
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
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Posted by Raquel | March 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
FAST RESPONSE, AMAZING ADVICE
I called out of the blue, needing immediate assistance. His receptionist took my information and within minutes he called me back. He was on the road and provided perfect guidance and solutions to my issue. Lance even offered to look over my MFR the next day, free of cost. He was absolutely amazing. I was in a very concerning situation, where I was literally all alone, my chain of command had failed me and although he wasn't physically by my side, he was the only person in my corner and I couldn't have appreciated it more.
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Posted by Brad | January 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Facing 30 years
If you are reading this chances are you are in a difficult situation. When I was facing an investigation and up against the one sided juggernaut that an Army investigation is I didn’t know where to turn. I was facing 30 years in prison and my 19 year career was on the line. After talking to a few different civilian attorneys I found Lance. He immediately sent me a text message and after learning what was going on he got out of bed to call me and discuss my situation. After discussing his approach I knew he was the one to help me. After hiring him he continued to amaze me by his legal knowledge and his skills to approach CID and the command. Lance was always responsive. Anytime I reached out to him he stopped whatever he was doing to answer my questions, make phone calls to protect my rights and anything else that came up. In the end the command decided not to prefer any charges because of Lances ability to present exculpatory evidence that proved my defense. Do yourself a favor and stop reading reviews and call Lance right away.
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Posted by Chase | August 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Facing 2 Felony Charges
I was looking at facing two felony charges as an Officer in the Army. I thought my life and my family’s life was over. I found lance with military trial defenders on google and it was the best decision of my life. He was very upfront and reasonable on price, and assured the best possible outcome. I was facing up to 12 years of confinement and a federal conviction. Thanks to lance and his team I am now resigning with no conviction. I am now able to move on with my life and take care of my family. There is no better defense lawyer in military justice.
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Posted by Rodney | June 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lance Wood eloquently painted a picture for the jury to prove my innocence
Lance Wood literally saved my life. I was falsely accused by an ex wife for sexual assault. This lead to a General Court Marshall. I was looking at four separate false allegations each with 30 years attached to them with 120 years total for something I didnt do. Lance was the most professional attorney I have ever had the privilege to work with. I will never forget his closing argument for as long as I live. It was something that needed to go down in the history books. It was the most concise dissection of how my ex wife and her family framed me I have ever heard. It was chronologically orded, exquisitely detailed, and perfectly framed for the jury to completely understand all the events that took place and how she methodically took steps to frame me. When Lance was talking everyone was on the edge of their seats. He was prepared for anything because he had prepared for everything. If I could give Military Trial Defenders more than five stars I would. Lance is humble but when he walks in the court room with the confidence of a lion the prosecution starts sweating. I'll never forget when the prosecution realized he was my attorney she look like she wanted to hide or leave the room. I would recommend Lance Wood to anyone who is facing serious false allegation charges. Military Trial Defenders work day and night to ensure you are taken care of. I implore you to seriously consider Lance Wood if you ever need help because of false allegations.
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Posted by Justin | May 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Life Saver
I went through a serious legal case with the Army recently and my family was scared and we had no idea what to do. I found Lance Wood online and i gave him a call. This turned out to be the best call I have ever made! He instantly layed out what the options were and he new all of the possible outcomes because he is so expierenced. He worked very hard and was incredibly diligent. Because of him the truth prevailed in my case and my family and I are eternally grateful. This was the best money I have ever spent!!!
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Posted by Jacolby | April 14, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Absolutely Satisfied!
Lance is probably one of the best lawyers you could ask for and for an affordable price! Very military friendly and courteous as well as honest. I went to Lance because of another Law Firm referring me to him due to his work ethic and results. I was charged with 3 charges which would've devastated not only my life but my career as well for something I didn't do. I wouldn't go to far to say he saved my life and secured my family's future.
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lance Wood is hands down the best
At the start of my case I felt burdened and overwhelmed knowing I was innocent and yet being accused of something I did not do. I decided to consult an attorney due to the nature of what I was accused of. I decided I would hire Lance because it felt like the right decision to make and I wanted someone extremely blunt/truthful with experience. Lance was 100% truthful and professional, he answered all my questions and was there during the worst times of my ordeal. Lance represented me in the CID investigation, alleviating me of the stress and hassle. Thanks to Lance my case was dismissed/not founded. Now Im free and clear continue on with my life and career. My sincere gratitude goes out to Lance for everything he has done for me and my family. If you're looking to get some help handling your case give Lance a call because he is 100% honest, helpful, stress relieving and holds nothing back. Thank you Lance and God Bless you for all the good you do.
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Posted by Robert | August 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Separation hearing for my grandson
My grandson who is in the Navy was scheduled to have a separation hearing from the US Navy. He had received a off base DUI and other disciplinary items, two which were treated as Article 15. He had less than one year in. I hired Lance base on reviews seen on Avvo My grandson always wanted to be in the Navy and was possibly thinking of it as a career. Myself and his other grandfather had spent some time in the Navy were deeply concerned. A navy JAG was assigned to him, but I felt this would be a turning point in his life so legal representation had to be a priority. Because of Lance's time in the Air Force he was very familiar with the military rules and protocols. In worked excellent with the assigned JAG and they reached out to witnesses to speak on my grandsons behalf. The day prior to the hearing he spent hours preparing myself (witness) and my grandson. The hearing was a six hour process. Lance was well prepared with questions and statements which included a good closing statement. We required a favorable decision from two of the three board members. All three members gave the best decision they could. I believe Lance was instrumental in this result. He worked excellent with the Navy Board, the JAG and us. I would highly recommend him for any military judicial hearings.
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Posted by Tim | July 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charges dropped
Charges dismissed quickly . Lance was professional and kind. I recommend him as an afford lawyer. I met with other lawyers prior to meeting him that tried to over charge me double . I’m 5 star satisfied.
Posted by anonymous | July 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved My Life
Mr. Wood, or Captain Wood when I met him, is one of the best and brightest criminal defense attorneys I have ever met. At first glance, there appeared to be a mountain of evidence against me in my case, and I watched him as he took one of the prosecution's witnesses and turned him into a defense witness. I saw him root out a plant on the jury. He turned that mountain into a unanimous verdict against the government's case. If I was ever in trouble in his neck of the woods, I wouldn't hesitate to call him. He never backed down against impossible odds. He was there at the lowest point in my life, and he believed in me when no one else trusted me. I owe him my life, and I wish I could find a way to repay it. Hopefully, this review will help you decide on Mr. Wood if you are ever in a situation such as mine. Because of Mr. Wood, I have no criminal record, and I was able to go to school and become a professional. I will never forget him for giving me my life back.
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Posted by Craig | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Averted Dis-enrollment from AF Academy
Hired Lance to represent our son in a case of possible dis-enrollment from the Air Force Academy. During his senior year, our son was involved in an Academy incident/investigation involving a number of cadets. The outcome involved the possibility of dis-enrollment from the Academy. We hired Lance to represent and guide our son through the process. Lance was extremely knowledgeable of the process, helped our son with his responses and rebuttals to the incident, and provided us(the parents) with constant updates of what was happening and the possible outcomes. Lance was very up front, honest, and professional in how he dealt with the situation, our son, and with us. I truly believe that without the assistance(Legal and Professionally) Lance advised our son concerning this incident, that he would have been dis-enrolled from the Academy. In the end, our son will be graduating from the Academy, and continuing with his career as an Air Force officer. I have complete confidence in Lance, and his ability to do what is necessary to provide his client with every possible resource in representing their best interests. THANK YOU Lance!
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer Review
I had a misdemeanor class 1 with 3 charges. I hired Lance Woods and he got my charges dismissed. I would definitely recommend him 10/10.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent professional service
I was accused of three Seriouse charges. I wasn’t concerned initially as I felt I had done nothing wrong. After receiving the military’s Investigation, I didn’t know what to do or how to dispute the accusations. The military made me sound guilty of all my charges and I didn’t know how to defend myself against military attorneys. Fortunatly I found Attorney Lance Wood. Mr. Wood met with me on several occasions and knew exactly what was needed to dispute the charges. The end result, I was not charged of any crime. Years later I applyed for a civilian medical license. A back ground investigation was conducted which showed I was charged by the military for a serious offense. I contact Mr. Wood requesting assistance. Mr. Wood wrote a letter explaining that I was never charged with any crime and the background investigation was incorrect. Within a few days I received my license. I couldn’t be more pleased with the help I’ve received from Attorney Wood.
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Posted by Erik | November 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Nothing but the Best
After getting in trouble with the law over a drunk fight the Tucson court system wanted to ruin my life and impose multiple charges on me. I was beyond depressed and lost and had no one to go to (lawyer wise) because i've never been in trouble and had no idea what to do. My buddy recommended me to hire Lance and I did.. Thanks to him I got all big charges dropped and got offered diversion. He's a real good person and very passionate about defending his clients and he would do anything to beat the court ..........I would recommend Lance and I would rate him a 10/10
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
THANK YOU
Lance Wood stayed in contact with me all throughout my case and also set a date for trial sooner than expected and he pushed the prosecutor to go over the evidence of our case and fought to get me out sooner. He got our case dropped quickly. I also want to thank him for everything else he did that I wasn't able to witness. I would recommend him to anyone in need.
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Posted by Bob | September 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tucson College
Lance is a great guy and very thorough and supportive. He is calm and methodical which provides great comfort during a difficult situation. He is very down to earth and got us a nice result that we were very happy with!
Posted by Sandy | August 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best
Lance is the best attorney I have come across. He was always very professional and helpful. No question was ever left unanswered and we never felt that we were bothering Lance in anyway. I am so thankful we hired him and only wish we had done it much sooner. Some of the legal verbiage was confusing at times and he always broke it down for us. I am so very thankful for the outcome and thankful to have worked with Lance. Hopefully we won't have to but I will definitely reach out to Lance if I ever need an attorney again. I will refer anyone in need of a good professional and reliable attorney to Lance.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Friendly and Professional
At the start of my case I felt burdened and overwhelmed knowing I was innocent and yet being accused of something I did not do. I thought about my options and decided to consult an attorney. I decided I would hire Lance because it felt like the right decision to make and I wanted someone with experience not someone just starting out. Lance was friendly and professional, he answered all my questions and was there during my darkest hour. Lance ultimately assisted me in severing the NCIS investigation, alleviating me of the stress and hassle and unburdening me from the obstruction. Now free and clear to begin class and carry on with my Navy career. My sincere gratitude goes out to Lance for helping me cut the cord to NCIS. If you're looking to get some help handling your case give Lance a call and see if he will be a good fit for your needs.
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Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best Advocate You Will Find!
In the complicated system that is our military, Lance is a must have on your side! He is savvy, responsive and a skilled negotiator. My daughter is active duty Air Force, and without Lance I’m quite certain she would have been discharged. He was quick to help and was able to turn a horrible situation around. We are so pleased at the outcome Lance was able to achieve, and in such a short amount of time. Well worth every penny!
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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
extremely thrilled with this attorney
I achieved a positive resolution with the expertise of Mr Lance Wood!! I was facing a chapter, actually it was already underway when I desperately reached out for some legal help. From the very first phone call, even before I hired him, he spent over 30 minutes on the phone with me providing such great advice. Whether or not I decided to hire him, he was already giving me his expertise. He seemed knowledgeable, but what struck me was how friendly he was from the very first phone call. Of course I hired him (other attorneys I called did not seem interested nor give me the time to explain my situation) and along the way I realized what a great decision that was. I am thrilled to say that he was able to get the chapter dismissed. All along the way (and these things go on for months) he was unbelievably responsive. Every single time I reached out to him, he called me back within a few hours. I emailed him countless times with questions and concerns, and he emailed me back EVERY SINGLE TIME. If you are looking for a knowledgeable military attorney, you cannot choose better than Lance. This is an attorney who will always answer your questions, and you will not believe how friendly he is from the very first time you speak with him. He was also able to assure me each step of the way to be patient. Of course it's hard going through something like this, but if you have an expert on your side, then the process is smoother and a heck of a lot less stressful. Although he is highly accomplished, his rate was extremely reasonable. No other reason to call anyone else, Lance is the best for sure.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Military Trial Defenders
  • 2015 - Present
  • Instructor
  • Air Force TRIALS Advocacy Program
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Pima County Public Defender's Office
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Bachus & Schanker, LLC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • State Farm Insurance Claims Litigation Counsel
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Judge Advocate
  • United States Air Force JAG Corps
  • 2001 - 2011
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Education

  • Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College
  • 2015
  • U of Denver College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Redlands
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • State v. Riley
  • Acquittal
  • State v. Weston
  • Acquittal
  • State v. Cabrera
  • Acquittal

Associations

  • Pima County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Inns of Court
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Air Force
  • 2015
  • National Deterrence Operations Service Medal
  • Air Force
  • 2014
  • Commendation Medal
  • Air Force
  • 2012
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Force
  • 2011
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Force
  • 2009
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force
  • 2007
  • National Service Defense Medal
  • Air Force
  • 2005
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • Air Force
  • 2004
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force
  • 2003
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Publications

  • Arizona Practice Business Law Desbook
  • Servicmembers Civil Relief Act
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Defense and Advocacy Course
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2016
  • Trials Advocacy Training
  • Telling a Story--Opening Statements
  • 2015
  • FE Warren Trials Training
  • Direct Examinations
  • 2015
  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
  • Dealing with Character Evidence
  • 2015
  • TRIALS Advocacy Training
  • Telling a Story--Opening Statements
  • 2014
  • TRIALS Advocacy Training
  • Telling a Story--Opening Statements
  • 2014
  • FE Warren Trials Training
  • Voir Dire--Deselecting a Jury
  • 2014
  • FE Warren Trial Training
  • Telling a Story--Opening Statements
  • 2014
  • First Sergeant's Lunch & Learn
  • Article 31 Rights Advisement
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (25)
Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lance is an excellent attorney who does not shy away from the tough cases. His professionalism, charismatic demeanor, & work ethic are second to none. I highly endorse Lance for your criminal defense & military law needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lance is an excellent attorney who fights hard for his clients. He's not afraid of tough cases nor tough prosecutors. He's the real deal and wholeheartedly I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Lance Wood [Military Trial Defenders] is an exceptional top-notch lawyer. He is a zealous advocate for his clients and highly respected in the legal community. I’ve personally witnessed his stellar performance in court and was thoroughly impressed by the results he achieved for his client. The attorneys at Military Trial Defenders have skillfully mastered their primary area of practice through years of experience - Sharp critical thinking and a flawless work ethic. I encourage anyone who needs superior legal representation to seek their services - hard-hitting and extremely aggressive. You want this team on your side"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lance is a very strong trial attorney and advocate for his clients. I highly recommend him."
Military law Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lance is hands-down the elite of the elite. If you have a criminal matter and you want a hard-charging, relentless and masterful litigator on your side that can win cases that other attorneys loose, choose Lance. I cannot recommend an attorney with a higher level of trial advocacy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"What is most noticeable first about Lance Wood is that he gives you %100 of his attention when you are talking to him. Lance picks up on important details that help him overcome seemingly insurmountable odds and obtaining great results for his clients. He cares for his clients and about what happens to them. He is a rare gift to the legal profession."
Military law Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lance Wood is an attorney who I can endorse without hesitation. He holds the intellect, drive and talent to provide the best representation for his clients. Perhaps equally important, he genuinely cares about his clients and the results of their case. He is also a very good guy and you will enjoy working with him. Greg McMenamy - Attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lance Wood is one of the most polished trial attorneys I have ever worked with. It's almost unfair that prosecutors have to face someone with the wit and wisdom of Lance. Do yourself a favor, hire Lance to defend you. We're talking about your liberty here. Lance is worth it."
Military law Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lance is a fighter who will go to any length to obtain justice for his clients. I have personally observed the compassion and relentless hard work he deploys when fighting for his clients. You want Lance on your side."
Military law Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lance is an exceptionally hard working and knowledgeable attorney. He possesses the experience, compassion and creativity to successfully advocate for his clients in the courtroom. I have witnessed Lance's trial skills first hand at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College. I endorse this lawyer."
Military law Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Lance is an experienced military criminal defense lawyer with a passion to represent his clients zealously and creatively, holding nothing back. I strongly recommend him."
Military law Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Other
"I met Lance Wood in the summer of 2015 at the Trial Lawyer College @ Gerry Spence's Ranch in Wyoming. Lance is the real deal. Focused, passionate and smart. Great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lance is dedicated and talented. He has the courage to fight for his clients and the skill to back it up. I would hire Lance in a heartbeat."
Military law Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lance is what lawyers call a "lawyers' lawyer." That means he is the real deal. I endorse him wholeheartedly and without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Lance professionally and personally. I have great confidence in his skills as a Criminal Defense attorney and his familiarity with Military Law. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure not only to work with Lance but to know him as a person and based on my experience, I endorse this lawyer. As a lawyer, Lance is a fierce advocate who take very conscious steps to mount a skillful defense. As a person, he is a charismatic individual who will listen and treat you like a person. Excellent attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have personally witnessed Lance's trial skills. Lance is a highly skilled lawyer who is wholly committed to his clients. He will not take the easy way out & will go the distance for them"
Military law Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Other
"Lance is a gifted trial lawyer. He is extremely disciplined and organized, and is passionate about helping his clients right their injustice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lance is confident but calm, and is an expert at telling his client's story in a way that makes others care."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Other
"Lance is a great lawyer that really cares about his clients. I'd recommend him to anyone looking for aggressive yet compassionate representation."
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