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Wais Azami

Criminal defense Attorney at Garden Grove, CA

5.0   25 reviews

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About Wais

Learn Wais’s areas of practice.

My goal is to offer strong yet affordable representation to the people of Orange County, LA and surrounding areas. Think of me as a public servant who works privately for you. I grew up in Anaheim and now am serving clients to help protect my community's rights.

There is no charge for consultations.  I offer flat fees and payment plans for criminal matters.  

As a passionate and persuasive speaker, I can aggressively advocate for your case. I strongly believe that every person is innocent until proven otherwise. Even if someone is not innocent, it does not mean the police or government can violate their Constitutional rights. Two wrongs do not make a right. This is what makes us Americans--we have rights! It's my duty to ensure that never changes. 

I have been in the trenches helping the average person for many years in various capacities. I have assisted indigent people with civil matters, criminal matters and immigration matters at several different organizations; San Bernardino Legal Aid Society, Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, and at different public defender offices. I now run my own private practice but still make time to help students via mentoring and internships.

In the past I have assisted families in need of childcare, taught grade schools and taught in adult schools. These experiences have humbled me and drove me to continue my dream of fighting against injustice and defending your rights.

My experiences have carved me into an understanding, passionate and aggressive advocate for you. I invite you to come in and speak with me. You'll see why many clients feel I'm one of the area’s best criminal attorney. 

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Licensed for 6 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 11/28/2022

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

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Law Office of Wais Azami
12832 Valley View St
Suite 203
Garden Grove, CA, 92845

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Lawyer
He is very helpful for my case. I would definitely recommend him. Once again thank you for your help.
Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10 out of 10 I recommend
First of all, thank you; honestly, my case could have gone many ways, but you did not allow the worst to happen. Wais Azami was genuine and straightforward. He is not all about the money; he's here to do his job and be a representative for you in the court of law—something I did not see presented to me when other attorneys consulted me. Without going into too much detail, Wais never promised me the world, nor did he insinuate that nothing could be done, which, unfortunately, other attorneys did. Fortunately, Wais consolidated my two DUI charges into one and the idea of a felony charge on my record down to a misdemeanor. He walked me through the whole process and was even present in situations when he did not need to be. My court case had taken months to resolve, and Wais was there the whole time, something that I appreciated because I had seen how other attorneys were not always present for their clients in the courtroom. I never needed to question his proposals or work, as I firmly believed he was doing everything he could to help me. I hope I never need assistance from him again because I would never want to put myself in this situation again. Still, without a doubt, if I needed to, I wouldn't hesitate to request his legal assistance. Thank you, Wais. I appreciate you.
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Mr.Azami was one of the first attorneys I called and consulted with when I realized I needed help. He was honest and extremely helpful with my situation. After discussing prices, he offered a price that was suitable for me. Mr.Azami took care of my situation and we got the outcome we hoped for. Very kind.
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dependable Lawyer
Mr. Azami is an outstanding, experienced and professional lawyer. He’s extremely knowledgeable, savvy and attentive to your situation as well. Mr. Azami pays close attention to all details and aspects of your case, and he is highly motivated and passionate with regard to having your best interest as his primary focus. A tremendous plus is his ‘speediness’ and efficiency with the due process, and his boutique style catering cuts out any middle man and any confusion. Very straightforward and honest-even with his fee. I felt I could trust him immediately, take care of my any need, and I was right! Thank you for all and everything Mr. Azami, I highly recommend you. Sincerely, I. Marella ( Law enforcement supporter)
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Posted by Randy | May 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Rapid, helpful response
Mr. Azami was exceptionally helpful when I called on behalf of a young lady facing serious, but apparently false, allegations of domestic abuse. Even though she can't afford private legal help at this time, Mr. Azami gave us invaluable guidance in finding the help she needs.
Posted by anonymous | May 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and trustworthy counsel!
Mr. Azami is not only a great and knowledgeable attorney, he is a man of his word. Exceeding my expectations of legal advisory, he took my situation seriously, constantly advised helpful information, and put the time and work in to produce results in the court room. Resilient and excellent attorney. I would recommend to anyone who is seeking legal advice/counsel.
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Posted by Amellio | March 2, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review on my case
Mr azami was more than helpful in attacking this case and calming the nerves that comes with the hassle of courts and the case in its self. He made me feel very reassured and made a point to get the best possible outcome for myself, in which he did. The case he worked on for me rolled out for a year but he kept my nerves calm and was constantly communicating with me on what was going to happen and what was happening. He almost made it seem as if we didn’t step into court with how fast and efficient he is. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a defense attorney because he truly is on your side and wants what’s best for you his client. Thank you again a million.
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Posted by Yesenia | February 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest and understanding
Mr. Wais Azami was extremely helpful and understanding with my fathers case. He explained everything in detail and was quick in letting us know how the case was progressing. He was very easy to communicate with and was honest from the start. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Guillermo Cervantes | January 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dr Guillermo Cervantes
Amazing service and honesty!! He did in very short time the requirements for resolve my Case, and the results were satisfactory
Posted by Neil | April 12, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer and overall great person.
Wais Azami is an amazing lawyer and an amazing person. He set my mind at ease and was with me every step of the way. He has amazing communication and is accessible at all hours of the day. I truly felt cared for during this very stressful time. The outcome of my case was amazing and I owe it all to his professionalism, patience and guidance he provided me. He believed in me and the person that I am, an innocent man. I would highly recommend Wais Azami to anyone that needs an honest, caring, result driven lawyer. He never gives up on you and it shows. Thank you, Sir! I am truly grateful for you and all that you have done for me.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you.
I had the honor to have a long consultation with Mr. Azami. I was charged with PC 487 (Grand Theft) along with another co-defendant. Being at quite a young age, I was very worried about my record and of course, jail time. I was introduced to Mr. Azami from my co-defendents attorney. From the moment I sat in his office, he was so honest, reassuring, and kind. After talking to about 10 other attorneys, I felt like only Mr. Azami asked me the more important/pertinent questions about my case. He was very detailed on what the many outcomes that could arise, and what he would do to mitigate the charges. He even texted me after our consultation. You can tell Mr. Azami does what he does because he wants to PROTECT people.. whether guilty or not. He goes above and beyond. I would 100% recommend this Wais for any legal trouble you are in.
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Response from Wais Azami September 9, 2019
Thank you very much for your review. As you found out, my goal is protecting my clients regardless of who may have referred them to me or who pays their bills. I'm always honest and loyal to my clients. I hope others are doing the same.
Posted by Karyl | June 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I recently had the misfortune of having to hire a lawyer for my son. He was accused of a serious crime and was facing life. I knew that I had to hire an attorney that was really going to go to bat for my son. That's exactly what I got when I hired Wais Azami. He was very attentive to my concerns and had the knowledge to address them. He was empathetic to my situation as a distraught mother. I told him my financial situation and he was willing to help me with his fee with a split payment plan which made it easier to hire him. He kept me very informed about any new revelations or changes in the case. He even came to my house to drop off papers to me at one point. I never had any trouble getting him on the phone. If he was unable to answer when I called he would text me to let me know when he would get back to me and then he always got back to me at that time. He spent countless hours on the phone with me discussing my sons case. I had a complete sense that he truly cared about my son as a person and that we weren't just clients to him. He even took the time to go to jail and check on my son once. He also called after the case was settled that night to make sure my son was released from jail and again the following week to make sure he had checked in with probation. I am extremely impressed with his dedication. Wais felt that it would be beneficial to have a co-counsel so he brought on Christian Kim. Although I didn't have much direct contact with Christian other than after court hearings, he was respectful and knowledgeable when I had questions. They were both in court at every hearing and I could tell by watching them negotiate that they were not giving up without a fight. Originally we were hoping for 2-3 years maximum but together they negotiated a deal that I didn't think possible and my son was released with time served (almost 8 months) and 5 years probation and he is eligible to reduce his charges after he's off probation. I am forever grateful for both of them! You definitely can't go wrong with either of them if you need a criminal defense attorney.
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Response from Wais Azami June 18, 2019
Thank you for your review! Knowing that you've noticed my dedication is what propels me to continue doing the same good work. I'm glad I was able to surpass your expectations. You and your son deserved the best defense!
Posted by maria | March 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
First time getting an attorney
Law office of wais azami is honestly a breath of freash air. He makes you feel comfortable and does not speak to you in a judgemental tone. He talks to you not at you and that is a great feeling. I was surprised to hear him answer when i called. Most attorneys i called there secretary answered and attorney was always in a meeting. Wais is very easily accessible via his cellphone. When i called he immediately started asking questions and seemed to truly care about my case. When we finally met he had all the notes from our phone call and not only did i not have to repeat myself but he had already done some digging and had information about our case. Mind you we had not paid a dime. He truly helped us because you can tell he loves his job. He did not mind going that extra step. It is rare to find someone that does things because its the right thing to do and not because it will get more money in his pocket. We are a hard working family with 4 kids, wais was very aware of this and allowed us to make 2 payments to help us out. We were worried about the outcome, with a previous DUI on my husbands record and now another criminal charge and on top of all of this he is working on his papers. We though he would go to jail, pay thousands in fees or worse get deported. Wais did let us know of all the possibilities and to be on the safe side wais went to first court date by himself. He was always updating us on information that was given to him. He gave us any paperwork via email and/or text. At the last hearing we were already expecting to pay $300 court order donation plus court fees and probation and with a guilty plea. Wais surprised us and all charges ended up getting dismissed and no guilty plea and we only paid $75 court fees with no probation. This was a situation that had been weighing heavy on our shoulders and thanks to law office of wais azami our family can stay together without that case on our mind anymore. I am so grateful and forever thankful to this man. Thank you mr. Azami, you made us feel like family the way you treated us and cared soo much about us. Thank you, cannot even start to express how thankful i am. If you are looking for a great attorney please call wais azami i will recommend him to anyone that i hear needs a great attorney.
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Response from Wais Azami March 22, 2019
You managed to make an attorney blush and cry! I am so humbled--you noticed things I never thought a client would notice. You realized what it takes to make a great outcome happen. I so appreciate that. For the record, I treat my clients like family because we are all a big family in this world--I see everyone as my equal and mi compadre. I am so happy to have been able to deliver the outcome desired. Nothing beats a pure dismissal for a deserving and hardworking family man!
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer
Had a question and wais answered everything and helped me. I definitely recommend everyone to get a consultation from him!
Response from Wais Azami March 15, 2019
Thank you for your kind words. Glad I was able to offer some peace of mind by answering a couple of questions.
Posted by Omar. | July 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I was in need of a lawyer and I didn't have many option due to me being a young adult . He was one of my top. searches through Avvo and I hired him after he agreed to take my. case . He was always on my side and he understand every moment I was feeling and had great advice to cope and go through the tremendous stress. Overall , he did an outstanding job on handling the case. I recommend anyone who is in need of great legal representation , his background is what makes him stand out more than anyone else. He is never judgmental and will keep you going ! Thank You. Again !
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Response from Wais Azami July 31, 2018
Thank you for the review. Part of my legal representation includes taking over the burden of your stress, not just the legal work. I'm glad I was able to do that for you. You're young, smart and healthy--time to kick some butt and take life by the horns. I don't see any reason why you couldn't do or become what you want in this life.
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Posted by Chad | July 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI Attorney
Mr. Azami did a great job handling my case. He made life much easier during my DUI process. He kept me informed while taking care of everything for me.
Response from Wais Azami July 3, 2018
It's the least I could do--you've served our country for quite a while. Thank you!
Posted by Jai | June 8, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Quick Help
Wais picked my call right away when I needed help. He made good suggestions and gave great advice. Thing that impressed me the most were the fact that he did not judge me and he was very quick with his help. He didn't keep me waiting or guessing at all. Thanks Wais !!
Response from Wais Azami June 10, 2018
Thanks for your appreciation! I love helping those who are falsely accused--no other feeling like it.
Posted by Farnaz | June 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Attorney azami is the best lawyer ever. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and caring. I was very anxious about my case so he handled everything on behalf of me in a blink and My case was neatly dismissed. I absolutely recommend this attorney. Wish everyone the best of luck
Response from Wais Azami June 10, 2018
I love reducing my clients' stress by taking over and delivering the best possible representation. I'm glad you were happy with the outcome but I'm more happy that you can relax. You're a sweet person who deserves all of the happiness.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!!
So after avoiding an old legal issue for the past 9 years for various reasons I came upon some events in my life where I realized I really needed to handle my issue. My husband looked around for an Attorney and came upon Mr, Azami. My husband and Mr. Azami communicated about my case and then I was asked to call him. I hesitated because in the past any Attorney I hired to represent me always made me feel like I was a bad person for finding myself in the position that I was in. When I finally did call Mr. Azami he reassured me that I was not a bad person and that good people often find themselves in bad positions. Even when he said "I know I'm being hard on you" in regards to prepping me for possibly attending court I did not feel that way at all. I never felt judged by him and did truly feel like he was working for me, never against me. I felt very comfortable discussing my issue with him. I felt at times like I was his only client because of the personal undivided attention given by him. He made it clear that I would have access to him 24 hrs a day if needed. After my first phone conversation with him he left me feeling like a weight was beginning to be lifted off my chest. His goal for me was to not have to attend court at all and of course avoid any jail time. Mission accomplished!! Mr. Azami attended court for me and I was not made to appear. With some fines and a couple ends I have left to tie I will finally be able to put this issue behind me. Looking back at the last Law firm I hired to represent me, after paying a lot of money I would hire an attorney and end up with the partner representing me instead. Mr. Azami shows that he is really in this profession to help and make a difference in peoples lives. I will definitely recommend him to anyone needing a good Attorney
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Response from Wais Azami March 3, 2018
Thank you for the detailed review. I always love helping those who happen to be genuinely good people but are temporarily stuck with a mistake in their life. Sometimes life happens. I'm glad I was able to help and am very grateful for your comments--it helps me to continue fighting the good fight.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Can't thank him enough!
Mr Azami, thank you for everything you did for me... I came across Mr.Azami @ midnight while searching attorneys, and I believe I left him my info and a couple minutes later he called me!!! He left me a voicemail and afterwards I met up with him he was very honest and trustworthy, he represented me in court and the outcome was aloooot better than I ever thought it would be and I could have not done it without him..I believe we crossed paths for a reason @ midnight!! I most definitely highly recommend Mr Azami to anyone that is stuck in a tough situation like I was... he will fight for you like a pit bull and he is also very reasonable... I will never thank him enough in my lifetime...!!!!!! Thank you again Mr. Azami!!!!
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Response from Wais Azami January 10, 2018
Your review was thanks enough. I'm very happy I was able to get you the desired outcome. I don't promise anything but I always try to deliver more than anticipated.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Wais Azami
  • 2016 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Shasta County Public Defender
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Inland Empire Latino Lawyers
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Certified Law Student
  • Legal Aid Society Of San Bernardino, Inc.
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Volunteer Law Student
  • Riverside Public Defenders Office
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Pre-Law Intern
  • Orange County Public Defender's Office
  • 1994 - 1995
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Education

  • California Southern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996
  • Cypress College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • 25-LIFE case with 6 Felonies, Enhancements and Aggravating Factors
  • All Strikes Dismissed. No 290 Registration. Enhancements Dismissed. 2/4 Battery charges dismissed
  • Vandalism
  • Dismissed via Civil Compromise
  • Disorderly Conduct/Public Intoxication
  • Charges Dismissed in the Interest of Justice
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Associations

  • Better Business Bureau
  • Attorney Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • 2017 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Southwest Riverside County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Orange County Defense Lawyers (FB)
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Inland Empire Criminal Defense Lawyers (FB)
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Immigration Attorneys (FB)
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Legal Aid Society
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2017 - Present
  • Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2016 - Present
  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Farsi

Honors and Awards

  • Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Garden Grove
  • Expertise
  • 2021
  • Three Best Criminal Lawyers in Garden Grove, CA
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2020
  • Long Beach DUI Attorney
  • Expertise
  • 2020
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers in Anaheim
  • Three Best Rated
  • 2019
  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION/New Attorney Academy
  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
  • RIVERSIDE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
  • 2018
  • Certificate of Membership/ Commitment to Fair Admn. of Justice
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 2017
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (18)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Azami is a very charasmatic attorney who has helped many indivuduals fight for their freedom. He is extremely knowledgable in his field. I have worked with Mr. Azami in matters where clients' criminal cases merge with immigration law. It is so important to have an attorney who understands and fights for individuals with both criminal and immigration matters. Immigrants are usually punished twice when a criminal matter arises (criminally and under immigration law). Mr. Azami understands this importance and will treat your delicate matter with care."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Azami and I worked together on a matter as co-counsel. I found him to be a very competent attorney and professional in his dealings with all parties involved. He showed great empathy for the client and his family and had a good working relationship with them. I highly endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Wais is a honest, ethical, hard working attorney that truly puts the needs of his client first. If you need a criminal defense attorney, I highly recommend Wais."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wais is an honest individual and works hard for his clients. I am happy to endorse him as a Lawyer. . Most importantly, he truly loves his profession, and fights in the best interest of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have the pleasure of knowing Wais Azami and definitely recommend hiring him as he is truthful, helpful and knowledgeable in his area of practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Wais is experienced, knowledgeable, and widely recognized as a highly competent lawyer. I would recommend Wais to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this attorney. He is passionate and dedicated to fighting for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Expungement Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wais Azami is one of the rare attorneys who is in the legal field for the for right reasons. His humble background, zealous advocacy, and compassionate heart makes him the perfect criminal defense attorney. He treats his clients with dignity and respect, regardless of the charges against them. I trust him enough to team-up with him on certain cases which require additional attorneys. He’ll defend you like you’re his family. He takes his cases personally and delivers his services as such. Most importantly, he’ll keep you informed every step of the way."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wais is a compassionate and knowledgeable lawyer. I highly recommend him for criminal defense and immigration matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Wais is a knowledgeable and passionate lawyer. He will fight to the death for his clients and be there for their families in times of crisis."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent attorney. Very hard working and knowledgable. He is an asset to the legal community. Actually cares about his clientele (unfortunately this is a rarity nowadays)."
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