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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2015|
|Chancellor's Public Scholar||University of California - Berkeley||2014|
|Chancellor's Public Scholar||University of Berkeley - Berkeley||2013|
|Chancellor's Public Scholar||University of California - Berkeley||2012|
|Judicial Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice||Supreme Court Justice Allen B. Broussard||1988|
|Highest Honors in Scholarship||University of California - Berkeley||1985|
|Highest Honors for Thesis||University of California - Berkeley||1985|
|Commencement Speaker||University of California - Berkeley||1985|
|Scholar||Phi Beta Kappa||1984|
|Criminal/DUI Defense Attorney||Law Offices of Thomas M. Fleming||2014 - Present|
|Attorney||Contra Costa County Criminal Conflicts Panel||2014 - Present|
|Faculty||University of California - Berkeley||1995 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor of Law||Law School||2000 - 2008|
|Consultant||Los Medanos College||1995 - 1995|
|Senior Trial Attorney||Public Defender's Office||1991 - 2014|
|Associate Attorney||Pillsbury Madison & Sutro||1989 - 1991|
|Judicial Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice||California Supreme Court||1988 - 1989|
|Teaching Assistant||Yale University||1987 - 1987|
|Editor||Yale Law and Police Review||1987 - 1987|
|Yale Law School Street Law Instructor||New Haven High School||1986 - 1986|
|Yale Law School Student Council||Yale Law School||1986 - 1986|
|High School Teacher||Maybeck High School||1985 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Criminal Conflicts Panel of Contra Costa County||Member||2014 - Present|
|Contra Costa County Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2014 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|U.C. Berkeley||Faculty||1995 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1990 - Present|
|Public Defender's Association||Member||1991 - 2013|
|DUI -- .36 Blood Alcohol Level||Found Not Guilty|
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|U.C. Berkeley||Reader: Law in the Asian American Community||1990|
|Yale Law School||Law||Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of California - Berkeley||Sociology||A.B., Sociology||1985|
|University of California - Berkeley||Ethnic Studies||A.B., Ethnic Studies||1985|
|U.C. Berkeley class||Law and Race||1990|
Posted by Lan
Although I did not think I was DUI, I was arrested for a DUI by the police. I hired Thomas to represent me for this DUI. He told me from the beginning that it was a borderline case and there should have been no legal reason for the police to stop me in the first place. He worked out a deal where my DUI was dismissed, and I admitted to a speeding ticket infraction. It was fantastic for me.
Posted by David
A few months ago I was stopped for speeding and ended up with a charge for possession of controlled substance while driving.
Unfortunately I handled my interaction with the police poorly. I was not aware of my rights, and cooperated fully with the officer. Which means that he ended up handcuffing me and leaving me in the back of his car for an hour while he illegally searched my car. In the police report he lied on no less than six different details of his account, and I found myself with a court date for a misdemeanor.
A family friend recommended I contact Tom about my case. I called and left a message, and then proceeded to call five other lawyers to get some quotes and a better sense of what I had in store for me. Tom was traveling in Asia at the time, but called me back only a few hours later, from his cell phone in the Philippines, to discuss my case.
Tom offered to take on my case for considerably less than any of the five other lawyers I’d contacted, even though they were all local to the court where the hearings would be held, and Tom ended up having to drive 90 minutes each way, twice, for 8:30am hearings.
But, while the fee was incredibly reasonable, the real joy of working with Tom was… well, it was Tom himself. I had almost no experience with lawyers and the ‘justice’ system, and I feel deeply lucky to have been guided through this process with someone as caring, intelligent, experienced and earnest as Tom. From the very beginning, I felt clearly that Tom was truly on my side.
We examined the police report together and saw that I had grounds for a dismissal. While Tom was really clear and thorough about the logistics of what that would look like, he was also very realistic. He said he could clearly tell that the cop had lied and that he was happy to help me try to fight to get the case dropped if I wished. But he also made it clear that there was little chance of us winning that way, and left the choice upto me.
In the end, since I’m on the verge of many months of international travel for work, I chose to move forward and do whatever we could to just get through the whole process as smoothly as possible and get it behind me so I could get on with my life.
Which is exactly what happened. I met Tom at his office, talked through the whole case, and decided on a plan of action. Tom also coached me on my rights when getting stopped by the police, even role playing the officer with me to help me understand what I could have said to avoid having my car searched. I wish I’d had the coaching before all this happened, and have been sharing this video with everyone I know (Ten Rules For Dealing With The Police: http://www.thomasfleminglaw.com/#blog).
Long story short, I’m a free man. Tom developed a strong relationship with the DA and managed to strike a deal for me that was better than I ever could have hoped for. He handled my first pre-hearing without me having to show up. Then for the hearing I was required to attend, but from the time I got through security in the courthouse, I was back out the door in literally less than ten minutes.
The end result – pure gold! 20 hours of community service. No fees, no classes, no drug counseling. All I have to do is not get arrested for 12 months and the entire case gets dismissed. After we left the courthouse we had a celebratory lunch where I got to hear Tom recount stories of some of the amazing cases he’s handled over the years, a real treat to get the inside story from such an experienced and talented man.
In the courtroom I felt sad for the young men sitting and waiting for their chance to go up, with the public defender hopefully working to really help them. I walked in and was seen within three minutes, signed on the dotted line, and walked out to celebrate my freedom. I wish everyone in a similar situation could be lucky enough to have Tom Fleming at their side.
John Phillips, Personal injury Attorney
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I endorse Mr. Fleming. You can tell from his thorough responses to questions on Avvo and sage wisdom that he has the passion and compassion necessary to be a fine advocate. He spends his own time giving advice to the Avvo community and that is something worth noting.
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