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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Specialist||State Bar of California||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2007|
|Six "Best" Criminal Defense Lawyers||San Francisco Newspaper Group||1989|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1982|
|Deputy District Attorney||Sonoma County Da's Office||1978 - 1982|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of California||Certified Specialist||1983 - Present|
|Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California||Member||1982 - Present|
|The San Francisco Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||1982 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1982 - Present|
|Eastern Alameda County Bar Association||Lawyer Referral||1977 - Present|
|Criminal Law Court Appointed Attorneys||Member||1977 - Present|
|Criminal Law Section||Member||1977 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1977 - Present|
|California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)||California Criminal Law- Practice and Procedure||1986|
|Univeristy of San Francisco||Writing||Master Fine Arts||2007|
|Western State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1977|
|California State University, Stanislaus||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1974|
Posted by anonymous
I hired Tim for defense in very serious criminal charges I was accused of. Tim worked tirelessly on my behalf. He was thorough, always available and understood that there was a huge amount of emotion involved in my case and handled that part of it with sensitivity. Tim met with me on weekends and holidays. Tim also met my family with me and separately for me to gently tell them things that I did not have the courage to admit myself. I felt humiliated at times and Tim never waivered in his support for me and when all of the investigation on both sides was over and there was no way around it, he sat me down and told me the truth: the accident was simply my fault. Although hard to here it was true. Tim could have and offered to go forward to trial which would have cost tens of thousands of dollars. He told me he would give me the best criminal defense that he could but was honest with me. Although this was a hard pill to swallow it turned out to be the best outcome for me. He was able to negotiate a plea deal in which I served no time in jail and had minimal fines. Going to trial would have cost me thousands of dollars and probably my home. Tim's honesty saved me not just money though. Tim was able to see that my emotion was in the way of the best decision for my case. He was right.
It's been about 10 years. The conviction has been expunged from my record. Hindsight they say is 20/20. Tim led me in the right direction and my life would still be negatively impacted if he hadn't.
Thank you Tim.
Posted by Jim
I enlisted the Law Offices of Timothy Rien to help a friend of mine that was facing criminal charges. Our initial meeting was with Tim, and he was very non-judgmental and helpful -- explaining the process, the cost, and the likely outcome. I really felt like we had an advocate on our side as his office made multiple court appearances and worked with the District Attorney to hammer out a plea bargain. In the end, felony charges were avoided. Although we initially met with Tim, most of our interaction was with Melissa and Joe. I was very pleased with their prompt email updates on court proceedings, and with quick answers to all of our questions.
Posted by anonymous
In 2011 I was referred to Tim Rien and quickly knew I wanted him to represent me in what would be a 4 ½ year case that just recently settled. Tim and his law office team were so helpful and supportive. From the first phone call interaction with Tim I knew I would be in good hands. After hearing my situation, he wanted to meet with me immediately and made time in his schedule for that same day. I was going through a great deal of stress and was very emotional but Tim made me feel relaxed and comfortable. He communicated in layman’s terms so that I clearly understood what was going on and what to expect moving forward. He made me feel like he cared about finding justice with my case. He would give me advice and often encouraged me to be strong and hold my head high which meant a lot during a very difficult time.
From the first meeting I knew Tim was the best choice to represent me. He thoroughly explained every detail of the legal documents, which can be very daunting and confusing. As my situation continued and there were long waiting periods, Tim would check in with me via phone calls and follow my case directly and completely kept me in the loop about everything. That again reassured me that I was in good hands.
There was one day when I needed him immediately on the phone to know how to handle some people that had come to my home. I called the office and spoke with Melissa Adams who assured me in a calming voice that Tim was in court, and as soon as he was out, he would be calling me. She advised me in the meantime, how to handle the current situation until Tim was out of court. I received a call from him less than an hour later.
On another occasion when I needed to visit the office immediately, to review something that was in my file. I called the office and spoke with Joseph who told me to come in as soon as possible. I always felt like a priority and not just another client. This gave me such peace of mind during the most difficult time in my life.
I want people to know that Tim Rien is one the most upstanding people I have ever met. He is professional, honest, dependable, tough, organized and most importantly experienced. He assured me that this would all be over soon and that he would be with me every step of the way…, which he was.
Thank you Tim Rien and your professional law team for everything you have done for me during this 4 ½ year ordeal. I look forward to spreading the word and referring people to you who are in need of a professional and caring legal team that goes above and beyond.
Melinda Garcia, Business Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. I had known Mr. Rien by reputation only. He is AV rated, voted a Super Lawyer every year and of course, I had seen him on tv with some of his high profile cases making the news. Years later, I had the pleasure of meeting him professionally. I refer him matters with great confidence in his firm's professionalism.