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  • Experienced, talented, knowledgeable, friendly and ethically right!

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    Posted by a client

    John is a very experienced, honest, knowledgeable, talented and diligent attorney. He did work as DA in the past, has decades of successful legal experience and he commands good respect in the legal world.

    After searching for suitable lawyers in Palo Alto, I went to John for a free consultation and was very impressed by his professional ethics and legal evaluation of my case. I never had any legal issues in the US and this was my first brush with law and I did not invite it.

    My case was a bit challenging:

    Firstly, I was totally broke and John was very flexible on the financial front, he accepted deferred fee payment and that too in installments. He was never money minded.

    Second challenge was cultural, I'm from the Indian subcontinent and John walked the extra mile to understand the cultural aspects to articulate the issues more effectively.

    Third challenge was the "unknown factor", person accusing me was an "Unknown" character and I did not have much information about other then few emails. John had to, patiently, skim through tons of emails(translated), corresponding phone logs and other documents.

    Fourth challenge was immigration, John took extra pains to understand details of immigrant visas and related sub processes.

    Lastly, I've a huge communication problem, my accent was strong and I speak fast. He was very patient with me and helped me/suggested how I need to improve my way of speaking.

    My case took more than two years and John was very thorough and took time to explain everything at all the stages. He meticulously and microscopically reviewed all the details of the documents presented and statements made by the witnesses and impeached them successfully. One can see his commitment and legal expertise at work.

    The end result, the verdict was NOT GUILTY! I thank him from the bottom of my heart for all his efforts.

    John is a GREAT LAWYER, he saved my life!!
    He's the BEST!!

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  • Excellent, experienced and honest attorney!

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    Posted by a client

    I had a DV case, and John helped me all the way from day 1. And finally he got the case dismissed. He is the lawyer you can fully rely on! He has more than 40 years of experiences, which is invaluable for getting a better result. As a former DA, he knows well how the system works and what is really important for the case. He helps you to focus on the critical parts, meanwhile he takes everything into account and does not miss anything maybe useful.

    He always gives accurate evaluations and advices. He never make promises, instead he prepares everything you need in the specific stage during the process. He has a deep knowledge of each link of the whole system. He tells you each possible result of every move and what he thinks is the best for the case. But he always lets you to come up with the final decision, and he will act accordingly.

    He is patient and always reachable. Even when he is working on trials, he will return calls or reply emails timely. He refers you to other professionals if needed to ensure you can receive the best professional services. At the same time, he will evaluate whether it is worth your money and time to do so. Although he is very professional and efficient, I feel that he is also like a family member who really cares about you.

    There is no shortcut to gain the experiences and deep knowledge about the system. John is the best choice if you need a lawyer. He is sharp, reliable and solid. More importantly, he will get the best result for you!

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  • Very Experienced and Honest

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    Posted by a client

    I was taken by police on an accusation of domestic violence. After bailed out and getting a court date, I went to talk to John Cahners. He carefully listened to my story, made a phone call to check the case status in DA office, and TOLD ME TO GO HOME and RELAX because I was not even charged. He did not ask me to pay him anything.
    I was very grateful to him because other lawyers were asking for $7000 to represent me.
    I did receive a Release/Detention Certificate from police a week later.

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  • An experienced DV lawyer you can count on

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    Posted by a client

    I had a domestic violence misdemeanor case in January, 2015, and John provided a much-needed relief from start to finish. As a former DA, he has a deep knowledge from both sides, and was able to foresee all the steps the DA took on my case. His professional relationships with the courts and court officials proved invaluable. He helped to negotiate with DA for a dismissal after a 16-week class. Thank you!

    He was always available to answer my questions, and gave me very actionable advice. His answer was in-depth and right on the money every time and I never walked away with doubts in my mind. His knowledge of the law seemed to be without any flaw. For example, during my case, I needed to travel out of the country, and he gave me all the information and predicted what would happen exactly at the border, and sent me to lawyers he has worked with for specific information out of his area.

    Even more impressively, his impeccable ethics made myself and my family trust him completely. He never promised anything and always laid out the best and worst outcome for every step in my case, and we did everything under control. There is nothing more you can ask for a lawyer!

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  • Responsive , knowledgeable, excellent listener

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    Posted by a Criminal Defense client

    John was referred to me through a colleague who actually lost a case against him regarding a domestic violence dispute against her husband (she was an attorney as well.) She was so impressed with his skills, she recommended him to me. My situation was a bit different, blown out of proportion and I knew I was innocent. Regardless, this was a worrisome and totally unfamiliar situation for me. I met with John for a consultation and he was responsive, laid out the facts (both positive and negative), and was an excellent listener. He also appears to have strong contacts with the San Mateo court system and he was able to get the information I needed in a short period of time. The case was dismissed, but I feel confident that John would have served me well had the occasion for a criminal attorney arisen. Thank you.

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  • Skilled, Honest Attorney who knows his job!

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    Posted by a Criminal Defense client

    When it comes to selecting an attorney, the choice is not easy; this is since everyone is bombarded with a set of sweet-talking attorneys right at the outset. In the process of my search, I am happy to have found John as attorney for my case. I was referred to John by my colleague who got his criminal case dismissed. John has been very upfront with me in setting both financial as well as legal expectations honest.
    When in the court, he runs the show juggling the Judge, the DA and the courtroom clerks the very best! Everybody knows and respects him in the Palo Alto Court where my case was.

    While the case was pending, John was always reachable and would return my call super-promptly. Can't ask for more - he got my case dismissed as well!!! He is the best I have known!

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  • Really cares about his clients

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    Posted by Becky

    I went for a free consultation and John was very nice, very knowledgeable and what most important, he really cared about me and my case. He gave me a phone number to a great immigration attorney. Then, John even called me back to follow up if I called the lawyer who he recommended.
    Great attorney!

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  • Outstanding experience - couldn't have asked for more

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    Posted by a Criminal Defense client

    John was courteous and professional at my original consultation. He made me feel calm and at ease as he listened to me explalin my situation - he was not judgemental or condescending at all.
    John clearly explained to me what he could do for me, he accompanied me to court and explained the outcome of my case in simple clear "lay man" terms afterwards.
    Two years later, John delivered his promise to have my charges reduced and my probation ended - this time he took care of all the legal proceedings (and represented me in court) without my having to be present.
    He answered my phone calls when I made them and replied to emails that I sent. Additionally his office staff were wonderful, extremely polite and helpful - Beth was very informative on the phone and Patty was always so warm and welcoming everytime I dropped by the office to drop something off or pick something up.
    I would have no hesitation in recommending John to anyone who is in need of a lawyer.

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