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Pat Carey

Criminal defense Attorney at Torrance, CA

5.0   55 reviews

also known as J. Patrick Carey, John Patrick Carey

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  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Pat

Learn Pat’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    Criminal Defense encompasses a large range of charges from DUI, theft, drug crimes, assault, domestic violence, and murder. Pat Carey has experience and a proven track record with every possible criminal charge.

    18 years, 6,614 cases

  2. Domestic violence
    15%
    Domestic Violence takes on many forms, some of which may not even be physical abuse. Pat has extensive experience with such cases, and has noted that Domestic Violence cases are generally treated more seriously than other types of abuse.

  3. Violent crime
    15%
    A multitude of cases involving alleged violence, ranging from assault, domestic violence, and murder.

  4. DUI and DWI
    10%
    Attorney Pat Carey has handled hundreds of DUI and DWI cases, both felony and misdemeanors.

    1,027 cases

  5. Federal crime
    10%
    Charges prosecuted under the Federal Criminal Law are unique and need to be handled by someone with expertise, like Attorney Pat Carey. Some examples being tax evasion, kidnapping, and possession of weapons.

  6. Juvenile law
    5%
    Having spent concentrated time dedicated to juvenile court, Pat understands the unique processes followed and dedicates special care for any cases involving minors.

    75 cases

  7. Sex crime
    5%
    Sex Crimes can carry very serious consequences, including time in jail and possible sex offender registration. It is important that these cases be handled by someone experienced and diligent.

TOP 1% CRIMINAL DEFENSE FIRM, CA STATE AND FEDERAL, FORMER SENIOR PROSECUTOR.

After spending nearly a decade as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, Pat Carey opened his own crimimal defense practice in 2014 out of Torrance, California serving state and federal criminal defendants. While based in Los Angeles county in Southern California, Attorney Pat Carey has experience in a wide range of cases nationwide.

Pat Carey is a California Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist and has been honored as a Top 100 National Trial Lawyer multiple years running.  As a Criminal Law specialist, he is in an elite group with less than 1% of lawyers in California.  With a vast experience of over 60 criminal jury trials as a prosecutor ranging from DUIs, domestic violence, and murder cases,  Pat also handled 75 juvenile adjucation trials in juvenile court in Los Angeles County.  Pat further has extensive experience conducting over 1,600 felony preliminary hearings.

Pat Carey brings his insider prosecution knowledge and long-standing legal relationships to the defense side of the table to fight relentlessly for his clients.

One of Pat's murder cases while a Deputy District Attorney was featured on NBC's Dateline.  Additionally, Pat was featured on Fox News discussing pertinent criminal defense issues.  He has earned not guilty verdicts for his clients in his last two jury trials, one of which resulted in his client's acquittal and immediate release from prison. 

 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015
Client's Choice
2021 2020 2019 + 4 ...

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Location

Law Offices of J. Patrick Carey
18411 Crenshaw Blvd
Suite 120
Torrance, CA, 90504

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
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Posted by Ryan | January 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Went above and beyond fiduciary duties
Pat exhibited excellence in patience, trust, communication, honesty and reliability with me. He showed humility, at a time when I was vulnerable and distressed from alleged allegations against me. Pat won my case. I am very thankful and proud to have Pat as my attorney at law. I highly recommend Pat Carey.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best.
Needed an expungement to travel for work and Pat handled absolutely everything as fast as humanly possible. I would recommend him in any situation
Posted by Jason | January 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I highly recommend Mr.Carey as an defense attorney, he solved my case quick and save me thousand of dollars, I really appreciate his honesty. I am a very happy client, thank you so much.
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney
From my first consultation with Mr. Carey, I can tell he is someone you can count on. He is prompt, professional and compassionate. Mr. Carey is very knowledgeable, drawing from experience both in criminal defense and previously as prosecution. He is well rooted in the community. He explained the process then thoroughly described the possible outcomes and his strategy. Knowing I have his backup is very reassuring.
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Posted by Kurt | September 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Pat did an unbelievable job, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a lawyer. The process was smooth and efficient. I truly think he will find the best outcome for any client!
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Read This...
I'm taking the time to write this for two reasons: Out of gratitude to Pat for his hard work and guidance on a matter that could have significantly impacted my future and because I believe many people have little, other than reviews like this, to help them make the important choice of a defense attorney. What stands out from my experience working with Pat is his honesty, his empathy, and his responsiveness. He gave me thorough, transparent assessments of my situation as it evolved and seemed to have an excellent understanding of the Prosecutor's perspective - a big advantage to any defense. He is an attentive and empathetic listener, and I always left our conversation feeling that Pat had control of the situation, a good action plan for whatever might unfold and - always - my best interests at heart. If he wasn't immediately available, Pat always returned my calls promptly and quickly addressed any concern I had. In the end, my case had a very favorable outcome - much better than I had initially expected. In my view, the experience of working with Pat could not have been better. While I hope to never need his services again, I trust and have great confidence in Pat. I can recommend him unequivocally and very enthusiastically.
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Posted by Dave | February 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Out of Town
If you are looking for a lawyer in LA County, and you don’t know where to turn, Pat Carey is a great choice. Pat knows everyone in the region, having served for a decade as a prosecutor for the LA County DAs Office. His local knowledge is invaluable. Pat is a great listener and gives sound and thorough advice. We are grateful to have found him.
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Posted by DD | September 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney
Pat was very professional and helpful in explaining everything to us. He was very easy to communicate with and took the time to explain things that needed more in depth explinations. He also was very quick to reply to us when we had more questions. He was always on top of sending us paperwork and keeping us up to date on things. He won the case and helped us close everything up. I am happy he was our attorney for this case.
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Posted by Chris | September 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome.
Pat is totally worth it for what he has done for me. I can’t thank him enough for his time as my lawyer. He has handled my cases with professionalism and with great success. Pat is great at what he does. I made my mistakes and he help me correct them with ease. You won’t be disappointed.
Posted by Alex | September 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Skilled - Strategic - Focused - Trustworthy
We recently hired Pat after we were hit with a temporary restraining order from a neighbor who was “building a case” against us. From the moment we had our consultation with him, we knew he was the right fit. Pat knows the law. He is focused and strategic; honest and trustworthy. He has a presence in the courtroom that cannot be matched. Throughout our entire legal battle, he was supportive and understanding, always making us feel confident that we had the right representation. Pat built our case so that our neighbor had no choice but to dismiss her case against us. Not only that, but he was able to prove to the judge that we were actually the ones being harassed. The judge granted our request for a restraining order against our neighbor and also granted our request for attorney fees. We could not have done this without him. Pat, a million times THANK YOU!!!
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Posted by Jon | June 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Super Attorney !
I've been around the law and lawyers my entire career and had to work closely with them. I saw Pat for a matter. He was confident (not cocky), able as they come and told me not to worry. Well Pat came through and got everything squared away. He is an excellent criminal attorney and I can't recommend him more highly.
Posted by Jason | February 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible lawyer
During my rough situation with the law, i initially looked for a couple lawyers and felt uncomfortable with all three of them. I contacted Patrick and instantly liked him. We sat down and discussed the entire situation in his office. He made me feel comfortable about everything, explaining with fine detail. He was there every step of the way, discussing possible outcomes etc. He is incredibly sharp both as a defense and prior prosecuting attorney. He personally contacted me to let me know what was going on. The end results of this man’s work and knowledge of the justice system helped me greatly. Definitely a defense lawyer anyone should retain for a tough case. He is, with no question, at the top of his game. Thank you very much Pat!
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Posted by Jan | February 25, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Thankful
My son was charged with a felony that brought a lot of worry and fears to our family. When I first met with Pat, I was in tears, but by the end of the consultation I was calm and had a clear idea of the options we had to defend my son. I was surprised by his level of knowledge and genuine emotional support. I knew immediately we were in good hands. Pat defended my son to the fullest and he received a better result than any of us ever expected. Without going into full detail of our situation, Pat was outstanding and I could not thank him enough for everything he did. Very professional, smart and sincere. Pat, you have made a big impact on our lives. Thank you.
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Posted by Jessica | November 9, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Absolute Best in the Business
I just cannot day enough great things about Pat. Amazing attorney!!!!!!! When I first contacted Pat he immediately put my mind at ease. He was courteous, professional and you could just tell he knew his stuff! A loved one had unfortunately made some extremely poor decisions associated with addiction, and at one point, the maximum penalty was 10 years in state prison. For almost 6 months, Pat fought for him. He was not always the most pleasant person to work with but, Pat never quit on him. He was responsive with family, he communicated regularly and he stayed on top of every lead that came his way. Almost 6 months later and Pat worked out a deal for probation! No additional jail time! I was absolutely astonished that he pulled off what he pulled off. I attended every court hearing and watching Pat in action confirmed that he was the best in the business! If you ever find yourself or a loved one in a less than desirable situation with the law, I HIGHLY recommend Pat Carey as your criminal defense attorney. I hope I never need to use him again but I guarantee if I do, he will be the first and only person I call! Thank you Pat for everything! You are worth every penny spent and more!
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Posted by Daisy | October 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Pat gave me my life back
Pat is a great lawyer! After searching and talking with a few lawyers I found and stuck with Pat, best decision ever made. I was on a grand theft felony case at just 19 years old for a crime that I didn't commit. And cases where the person is innocent are pretty hard to prove but Pat did it with confidence and determination from beginning till the end. From the first meeting with him till the end of my case he fought and fought for my innocence and we never doubted his abilities. Finally at the preliminary, he got the case dismissed with me proven factually innocent and got my record clean again and let me tell you, this was no easy case but he was able to give me my life back. Thank you Pat!
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Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2019
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A Definite 5 Stars
Pat handled my case with the utmost diligence and sincerity. Prior to consulting with Pat, the constructs of my dilemma had presented an immensely trialing time for both me and my loved ones. However, my concerns dwindled upon speaking with Pat; he intently listened to my case and resolved the matter accordingly. His work ethic is apparent as well as his knowledge regarding the law. Look no further, you're in the right hands!
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Posted by Ken | January 22, 2019
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Peace of mind
I needed an attorney and contacted several law firms that were in my area. Pat Carey personally called me back with a great turnaround time. He took the time to discuss my concerns and his approach in dealing with my issue. I was impressed by his knowledge, professionalism and, most importantly, his honesty. His fees were very reasonable as well. I am definitely recommend Pat Carey to any and all who are seeking someone to fight for them.
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Nothing but the Best!
Due to some unfortunate events, I was recently faced with some legal obstacles. After researching and speaking with a bunch of attorneys, I finally came across Pat Carey. It was after our in person meeting at his office, that I finally felt the tidal wave of anxiety and apprehension subside. He listened to everything without judgement, and gave me a genuine promise that he was going to give all he could to solve my problem. With the amount of experience Pat has, it seems he can do the impossible. Not only was he able to get all of my charges dropped, he was also able to come to an agreement on the counseling that I had to do so that my job wouldn't be in jeopardy. He has even offered to keep in touch in regards to any help I needed when reporting the legal issues for my state licensure. I would recommend Pat a million times over to anyone and everyone. He is a good man who has his clients best intensions at heart. Anyone would be lucky to be represented by him.
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Posted by anonymous | January 4, 2019
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A thousand Thank Yous Pat!!
To be completely honest I’m not sure how I stumbled upon Pat Carey, could have been Avvo, Yelp or Google, I’m just so thankful that I did!! Needless to say I was all over the place in a panic when trying to retain a reputable attorney for my fiancé. We were made aware of two old warrants through a background check at work and needed serious legal counsel. After reading more about Attorney Carey’s work on his webpage I reached out. Right from the start Pat was prompt, knowledgeable and honest about the potential outcome of this horrible situation. We set up a consultation where he was informative and straight-forward but very understanding! He didn’t sell us a dream or use fear tactics to reel us in, he was helpful and accommodating even down to the fee, my fiancé is the only one working at the moment so this was big for us. After we retained his services he remained accessible throughout the entire process for any questions or concerns we had no matter how silly or trivial. We are just sooo incredibly grateful for your representation, professionalism and the results you got us for both cases!! A thousand Thank you’s Mr. Carey!!
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Posted by Shann | December 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
The Best of the Best
I live in Florida and had a 32 year old warranty in California and Pat handled it very fast. When you live in another state it is very hard to get thinks handled. I did not know him and i am so glade i hired him. Pat you are the Best. Thank You Very Much.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of J. Patrick Carey
  • 2006 - Present
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Senior Law Clerk
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 2006 - 2008

Education

  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • DDA
  • 2008
  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People vs. J.C.
  • Case Dismissed
  • People vs. C.G.
  • Case Dismissed
  • People vs. A.N.
  • Charges Rejected
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Associations

  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100
  • 2018 - Present
  • Super Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Association of Deputy District Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2014
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2017
  • Southern California Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Project Lead Facilitator
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 2014
  • Project LEAD Facilitator
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 2013
  • Deputy District Attorney Grade 2 Promotion
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • 2009
  • Excellence for the Future: White Collar & Criminal Law
  • Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • 2016
  • Fox News
  • Probation Violations
  • 2015
  • New Hires College
  • How to be a Prosecutor
  • 2014
  • Southwestern School of Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • 2013
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office Training Division
  • New Hires College
  • 2013
  • Criminal Law Educator
  • Project L.E.A.D.
  • 2013
  • Manhattan Beach Police Department Training
  • Driving Under the Influence Investigations for Successful Prosecution
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (22)
Endorse Pat
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I worked with Pat in the DA's Office for about six years. He quickly developed an reputation in the office as an excellent attorney, leading to him working on high-profile murder cases at an early stage in his career. He has continued to develop that excellent reputation in the area of criminal defense, and whenever someone asks me if I can recommend a criminal defense attorney, I recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Since the time we joined the DAs office to present Pat has been an attorney I look to in examining issues and cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patrick is a very knowledgable criminal attorney. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Carey is a very knowledgeable defense attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat is well known and trusted by the most seasoned criminal defense attorneys in the South Bay and by the courts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I only endorse attorneys that I have had an opportunity to work with or see in action. Pat and I worked as prosecutors together in the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. I have seen Pat strategize, present countless preliminary hearings, and exceptionally handle the most challenging aspect of the legal profession - jury trial. Pat is a master in the courtroom. At an early stage, based on his skill and effectiveness, he was trusted by management to try one the most complicated cold case murder trials the DA's office has ever seen - a case that received national attention (including an in depth profile on Dateline). Pat is just as well respected by the DA's office now as a defense attorney. There are few attorneys who can quickly get a meeting with a supervisor to obtain the best results on a case or just as easily hold the prosecution to their burden in the courtroom - Pat is part of the select few. I fully endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Patrick and I were opposing counsel on a serious felony case when he was a District Attorney. Patrick commanded the respect of everyone in Court based on his knowledge, credibility, and integrity. The Criminal Defense Bar is lucky to have such an experienced and talented former District Attorney join us. More importantly, his client's are extremely fortunate to have such a high caliber lawyer representing them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Pat Carey without reservation. I was privileged to clerk for Pat at the LA County District Attorney’s Office. I watched Pat prosecute and win one of LA’s most high-profile murder cases. His decade-long prosecuting experience, dedication to his clients, and legal knowledge make him a distinguishable criminal defense attorney. Pat is highly respected by judges, prosecutors, and colleagues in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent criminal defense lawyer with great experiance and knowledge. He knows how to get cases dismissed and get the best available deals for his clients due to his background as a prosecutor. He's very respected in the community due to his success rate, hard work and dedication to his work. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Carey is a first class lawyer. He is highly regarded by his peers, by prosecutors, and by judges. I had many cases with him when he was a deputy district attorney. He was always prepared and knows his way around the courtroom. He's a skilled negotiator and a very worthy opponent. I'm very happy he's now doing criminal defense so I don't have to oppose him on cases any more. Any client who hires him is making a very wise choice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Pat is a true professional and a great lawyer. I loved working with Pat. He is amazing to his clients and has a wealth of knowledge and trial skill that is truly fantastic. His clients are blessed and lucky to have him!!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Pat comes highly recommended! He was highly respected adversary when he was a Deputy District Attorney, and now he is a highly respected colleague. He offers a rare blend of skills, you can't go wrong with!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I confidently refer clients to Pat knowing that they not only are getting an engaging and intelligent lawyer, but they are getting a defense attorney that knows every trick in the District Attorney playbook. Not only was Pat a DA for 7 years, he trained new hires for the District Attorney's Office. With Pat Carey, defendants stand the best chance to get a not-guilty verdict. I enthusiastically endorse this attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met Pat as a DA in Torrance, he is a true advocate and smart but what set him apart was his reasonable personality and the fact he is a nice guy and a gentleman."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've had the pleasure of knowing Pat Carey both as a former prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. He is exceptionally talented and knows his way around a courtroom better than most lawyers I've met. Pat is smart, aggressive and results oriented. He knows how to deftly analyze and try a criminal case, and when you are in a pinch that is exactly the kind of lawyer you want on your side. I highly recommend Pat. He is one of the best and brightest."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With 7 years experience and much of it as a former Deputy District Attorney he has huge advantage over many defense attorneys. "They know that he knows what they know". His pro bono contributions to date here on avvo indicate that he has an excellent knowledge of both the law and procedure. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Only a few attorneys can say they know what the prosecutor is thinking. Pat is in a unique position where he has knowledge from both sides of the table. And he can use that unique insight to help his clients in ways other criminal defense attorneys cannot. Whether it was arguing a case in the courtroom, teaching young students about their rights, or advising law students about their future careers in criminal law, it was always apparent that Pat was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the law. He is an experienced attorney and any client would be lucky to have him represent them. Without hesitation, I endorse this attorney."
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