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Jeffrey L Kradel

Criminal defense Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   23 reviews

also known as Jeff Kradel

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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 26 years
    Alaska - AK 27 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1997
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State AK
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
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    Federal and State felonies and misdemeanors. White collar, drug offense, DUI. Investigations at all levels.

    28 years

EXPERIENCED, AV RATED ATTORNEY DEFENDING ALL CHARGES IN STATE AND FEDERAL COURT.

My practice focuses on drug charges in State or Federal Court, as well as the defense of vehicular charges such as DUI or Vehicular Assault.  My office is in Seattle but I handle cases throughout the State. 

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Location

KRADEL DEFENSE PLLC

Reviews

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Posted by Aaron | January 27, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and effective
Jeffrey Kradel is a top notch lawyer that helped me with a gross misdemeanor. He was extremely personable and took time to speak with me at every step throughout the process. I would recommend Jeff to anyone who has found themselves with a criminal charge in WA.
Posted by Paul | November 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant, Assertive Counsel
I have retained Mr. Kradel several times over the last 15 years, and have confidently referred his services multiple times. His negotiating skills are that of a professional FBI agent. His strategic courtroom trial performance is straight out of a John Grisham novel. Where other attorneys accept average decisions and outcomes, Jeff knows the prudent yet aggressive methods of getting favorable rulings time and time again. He's not afraid to argue with judges, prosecutors, or anyone that is between him and the objective at hand. If you want intelligent, creative, strategically executed and aggressive defense, Jeff Kradel is at the top of his class. I've trusted him with my fate multiple times, and although I would prefer to avoid appearing in court, he will always be on my speed-dial.
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Posted by Ioannis | October 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Magician!!!!!
This guy is AMAZING and really works hard for your best interest. Hired him after dropping the current lawyer I had and no longer was I nervous about going to court. The piece of mind he gave me knowing that he was actually working hard on my cases(multiple)made incredibly comfortable in court. Wish I would have found him sooner. Thank you for everything Jeff.
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This guy is the BEST!!! Thank you Jeff!!!!
My situation is weird. I’m an attorney, highly paid and never committed a crime before. Unfortunately, I married a Gold-digger. In fact, this "spouse" accused me of DV 10 years back when I bit her above her heel. Thank God I had ankle surgery that day. Otherwise, everybody would have believed her. Our dumb society thinks that guys have DV issues and girls are innocent. I guess when you’re a prosecutor or a cop, that's all you see. I couldn’t walk, totally out due to medicine, and was lying on the bed. I was upset gd was an hour late picking me up from the hospital. We argued in the car on the way home. I went to bed and tried to sleep, but gd came in to fight more. I asked her for her wallet, took out all the cash and cards and told her I'm not your ATM. I returned her wallet then she hit me with it. Then jumped on top of me and hit me with her arms. I was afraid of that crazy gd for the first time because my leg. I could not run or push her away. So I bit whatever was in front of me to make her stop. It was the back of her leg. She rushed off to the ER and called the police. Our society is so stupid that if a girl claims a guy hit her, you get a bunch of kooks who want to play hero. My leg was broken so common sense implies she started it. Case was dismissed. But the Bellevue Prosecutor thinks I was guilty. She knew I could not walk but everybody is guilty to her. That's the way they are. They are promoted that way. Then we got divorced in Bellevue. I got the kids because gd has a temper problem. She tried to hit my kids with a bat and could not accept she lost. So she bribed my kids with a $9000 Disney boat cruises, a weekend swimming with dolphins in HNL and ect. I never spoil them. That’s not how to raise kids. She instructed my eldest to accuse me of DV. There is a Federalway PD report where she instructs her BF’s kid to allege Sexual Molestation for custody. My kid acted like I shoved him into a wall and caused a concussion. My girls just copy the eldest. They called 911 and gd got her DVPO to take the kids from me. Prosecutor knew my kids were lying because their story changed. She did not care. She even argued at closing not to believe the cops because they only spent 15 minutes with them when he drafted his report. The cops took down what happened at that time. So it’s more accurate. Prosecutor was out to get me so she dropped the charge without concussion. They produced meds saying my boy had one. But I had a recording of him 15 mins after he left the ER complaining about nausea and dizziness. He was running around threatening to send my new GF to jail. The judge did not like me either. He prevented the jury from hearing the recording and other evidence. Thank God for jury trials otherwise I would be guilty. This brings me to the fact that Jeff was awesome. He knows the rules and calculated of who will end up on the Jury. He chose good jurors who would not be fooled. I did personal injury work and the Jury is very important. I was concerned that a prosecutor who was in the pool would get in. His voir dire answers were if I was already guilty. All prosecutors are like this. But the Bellevue one was out to get me. She regularly looked at our civil case for more evidence. She saw gd’s Behavior Assessment that said that gd is a "Phony" who "tries to put things" over other people and is a definite liar. Any Jury would hate her so despite naming her as a witness, she never called her. I felt bad for Jeff at times because I am a lawyer too and sometimes I had my own thoughts and argued a bit. However, I’m not a crim specialist. He closed awesome and made the Jury understand exactly why I’m innocent step by step and made sure they understood the Jury instructions. I was surprised when he brought a HUGE monitor on the last day listing all the points. I work with a lot of attorneys and I have never seen anyone do this. I highly recommend Jeff and I know good lawyers from bad ones.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
AMAZING Advocate — client-focused, great communicator, incredibly smart
Jeff was my lawyer back in 2010. I've been in touch with him in recent weeks and feel inspired to write a much delayed review. My experience working with him is still crystal clear! I hired Jeff as a 28 year old young professional who made the dumb idea to drive drunk. Jeff was referred to me by a family friend who also had glowing things to say about his experience with Kradel Defense. He helped me to not only navigate the legal system thanks to his concise, clear language — I felt comfortable and knowledgable every step of the way. Yes, Jeff understands the law but he was also incredibly creative in his problem solving and approach. We eventually got my really tricky DUI charge down to something much lesser, with the charge being taken off my record after several years (the reason I got back in touch and thought to write this review). I'll also add: Jeff is a standup, nice guy. He will be your advocate, he will be honest and his services are worth every penny. :)
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Jeff get me out of serious felony when the prosecutor was ready to charge me and put me 6 months in prison , a hired him and that was the right move , pace get back to my mind , he put the two FBI agents in in the stand in front of the judge, he probed that they were lying and make them accept it , in other words he blow out their statements that was great! he make them look unprepared, and poor trained, I recommend Jeff any time, he's fees very reasonable, very nice to work with him thanks Jeff!
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Posted by Denise | January 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb Attorney!
I retained Jeffrey Kradel to handle a felony defense matter for a young adult. Jeff was superb in every respect. He makes you feel like you are his only client. He made himself available to answer questions and responded to email promptly. Jeff communicated very well with his client and everyone involved with the case. He explains alternatives and consequences very clearly and always thinks calmly and strategically. Jeff did an excellent job of negotiating with the district attorney, a feat I thought was impossible. He is dedicated and determined to get the best result for his client. Jeff has the highest level of skill and expertise in criminal defense. I have no reservations whatsoever giving Jeff the highest rating possible.
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Posted by anonymous | December 7, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Amazing. Simple as that. The state had a bogus domestic charge against me in which the obvious evidence appeared as if I was guilty. Rather than dissecting the obvious, Jeff analyzed the incident and had the charges dropped with the fact that not only did the officer on stand look ignorant, the prosecuting attorney appeared as if she did not understand a particular RCW. Mr. Kradel is very experienced. He looked into my case at a psychological level such as "that is what he appeared to be doing, but is that what he was thinking? Did he actually do that?". If you want peace of mind and would like someone who is ALWAYS available, trust me, I would recommend Jeff. I was able to contact him during odd hours of the night via email and surprisingly, he would respond very promptly.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2015
Its True
Mr Kradel is a fantastic lawyer - Hired him on some numerrous criminal charges and warrants - got a negotiated settlement that I was surprised by and quite pleased with. Now I am on my way to getting my life back, looking at the prospects of liberty and not having to look over my shoulder or move out of state. Kradel is the only lawyer that I have hired in my life that is worth his salt - and in his case every penny - I hope this glowing review does not cause him to raise his rates - thanks Jeff !!
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Posted by paul | January 31, 2015
Kradel Defence
His primary practice seems to be DUI defense, but he also handled my criminal defense case. I was charged with a heinous crime and he got it dropped down to a misdemeanor and all I had to do was go through probation. I recommend Jeff for your needs in criminal defense and DUI defense, he is a good lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2014
A great lawyer
I hired Jeff for two criminal cases with a young adult and have nothing but the highest opinion of his professional ability. He was extremely effective and successful in obtaining the best possible outcome and fairly priced. But more than that, he has a rare quality in a lawyer which, for lack of a better term, I'd equate with "bedside manner". He was able to present the situation and possibilities in understandable language that clearly outlined the strategy, risks and potential outcomes in the case. He was always available for questions no matter how small. His demeanor exudes calmness and confidence which clearly comes from his experience and capability. This served to ease our considerable anxiety concerning the case and made the best of a set of difficult situations. I hope I never have to hire him again, but should the need arise, he will be the first call.
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Posted by Edward | August 8, 2013
Outstanding.
Jeffrey Kradel should be your first choice for criminal defense. He got my three cases dismissed. His fees are very reasonable and he outperforms other lawyers who charge three times as much. Not only is he highly skilled, but he is gifted in negotiating with the most difficult prosecutors and judges. If you need criminal defense, Kradel should be your lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2013
Consummate Legal Professional and Counselor
Jeff Kradel is the consummate attorney. While his knowledge of the legal system and professional skills are top-notch and to be relied-upon, his counsel abilities are invaluable when trapped in the nightmare of a legal issue. His honest and confident guidance kept us sane through the process. We truly appreciated his consistent responsiveness, his straightforward answers, and his ability to care for us as if we were his only clients. I'd highly recommend Jeff to anyone in need of adept legal counsel. He is a true professional---the type of lawyer you seek when the world has turned horribly upside down on you.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2012
FANTASTIC LAWYER for such an awful chapter in my life, would highly recommend!
I hired Mr. Kradel after receiving a summons for a Felony level charge. My panic levels were off the charts, I was absolutely shocked and terrified and did not know how I should proceed. Mr. Kradel was very patient with me and calmly explained to my family and I exactly what was at stake - no scare tactics like a few other Criminal Lawyers I interviewed. He always believed my innocence. He was very good at outlining the best and worst case scenarios at every step in the process. He proactively communicated what his next steps would be and what our options were going forward. Mr. Kradel kept me consistently informed on a weekly basis; he was extremely responsive to SMS/email/phone to constantly stay in touch. I felt very connected and protected by my counsel, like someone out there was really looking out for me in this bureaucratic legal system where innocent people can fall through the cracks if a vindictive person pushes the system hard enough. I have been dealing with 3-4 Family Law attorneys for the past year or so, involving a messy divorce and a mental ex-husband who thought he could stir up more trouble for me using the Criminal System. This is the first fully competent lawyer I have come across - an understatement, Mr. Kradel is extremely intelligent, professional, HONEST and attentive to detail. He was worth every penny. Thank you, Mr. Kradel, for helping put this dark chapter behind me.
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Posted by Cole | June 8, 2012
Multiple cases handled with complete satisfaction!!
Jeff has handled 3 different cases for me over the past 7 years, (MIP, DUI, Hit and Run) and he has always done so with knowledge, class and expertise. I would recommend him as a lawyer for anyone needing professional representation. Very down to earth, very easy-going and even worked with me on a payment plan. I first hired him at 17, and now at 26 I would use him again, although hopefully never necessary! Great guy, excellent lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | December 8, 2011
Your search for an attorney has ended
After meeting with several prospective attorneys, I chose Jeff Kradel to represent me in my criminal case. Jeff was knowledgeable, communicative, confident, and extremely familiar with the Snohomish County court system where my case was being tried. I am so thankful that Jeff was able to get my case dismissed - I couldn’t have chosen a better attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2011
Jeffrey Kradel helped me over a year ago, and has continued to be available to help!
Jeffrey Kradel helped me with a possession charge in which he was able to get all charges completely dropped in a matter of weeks. He was always available to answer any of my questions, in fact, I never went more than 24 hrs without a response. He proved able to build successful relationships with the prosecution, which resulted in a dismissal. It has been over a year since my charges were dropped, when I had more questions regarding my arrest. I emailed Jeffrey and within a couple hours he had responded to my questions and was available to help me with any additional question/concerns I had. In fact, he went above and beyond to help me professionally communicate my case with potential employers who were running BG checks on me. Thanks to Jeffrey Kradel's help, the darkest part of my life is behind me. In fact, I can truly give credit to Jeffrey that he has made it possible for me to grow in my career without this arrest haunting me.
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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2011
"Super Lawyer" indeed!
Being charged with a crime is a horrific place to be. Your future up for grabs, anxiety abounds. Mr Kradel proved to be an understanding and compassionate advocate. He carefully explained the legal proceedings so I could understand them. A very top flight professional! He worked hard on my behalf and got a positive outcome and I will be forever in his debt. Follow his advice, he has insights into the minds of the prosecutors and judges that are almost magical. Cheers to a great defender of the people!
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Posted by Tony | July 25, 2010
Capable and Compassionate
I originally went with Jeff after an extremely frightening and potentially disastrous DUI. He thoroughly described all my potential options with the risks and consequences involved. Being that my job involves driving, we went with the deferred prosecution. With Jeff on my side, we avoided the need to post bail, I kept my license, and didn't need pay for an Ignition Interlock License, plus he didn't charge for emails and phone calls. The final invoice was only 1 half hour meeting before the hearing and the actual time spent in court. More recently, I had an unscheduled review hearing for a violation of my probation. This was even more daunting than the original hearings because there's initially no risk involved with a deferred; you just sign some papers and go. Of course, I went to Jeff and he gave me a great discount the second time around and once again, only charged for time spent in court. If you want someone who will fight for you, work with your needs, and not break the bank, go with Jeffrey Kradel.
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Posted by Jay | June 24, 2010
I have all confidence in Jeffrey Kradel
Jeffrey Kradel represented me in a hit and run case that lasted six months. During that time, I found him to be very professional in all aspects. He kept me informed of all aspects of the case, and every time I contacted him, he was quick to respond. I was comforted by his obvious understanding of the case and how he was handling it. He asked for my feedback during the entire procedure, and he conducted himself very professionally. My case was resolved in a manner quite satisfactory for me, and I know this was due to his hard work. I would not hesitate to recommend Jeffrey to anyone who asked me. He was great!!!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Snohomish County Public Defender
  • 1996 - 2000

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Client found Not Guilty
  • Not Guikty

Associations

  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2007
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2003
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2002
  • Rising Star
  • Washington Law and Politics
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Recent trends involving the law of arrest, search and seizure -- A case study in search and seizure
  • Recent trends involving the law of arrest, search and seizure -- A case study in search and seizure
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Vacating and Expunging Convictions
  • Vacating and Expunging Convictions
  • 2009
  • "You Gant do that"
  • School Searches
  • 2009
  • Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • 2008
  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • How to Locate and Use Expert Witnesses
  • 2008
  • Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defense Skills
  • 2007
  • Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defense Skills
  • 2006
  • Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defense Skills
  • 2005
  • Recent trends involving the law of arrest, search and seizure -- A case study in search and seizure
  • Search and Seizure
  • 2004
  • Nuts and Bolts Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defense Skills
  • 2004
  • Nuts and Bolts of Criminal Law
  • Criminal Defense Skills
  • 2003
  • Fine Tuning the Defense 2001
  • Guide to Case Law and Suppression Motions from Discovery to Hearing
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (14)
Endorse Jeffrey
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is an absolutely fantastic attorney. He has the amazing ability to comprehend the most complex legal concepts, and distill them down to make them accessible to judges, juries, clients, and other attorneys. That's one of the most valuable traits you can hope for in a criminal defense lawyer. Jeff is very well respected in the criminal justice system, and has a reputation for working hard to achieve the best results for his clients. He doesn't back down from a fight! I call on Jeff for advice in complex matters, and never fail to come away from those conversations with insight and encouragement. I consider him one of my mentors, as he helped train me when I began my practice 11 years ago. You will be in excellent hands if you hire Jeff. I endorse him without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jeff Kradel's work as a tireless criminal defense attorney for more than 15 years. He is an insightful and creative attorney that works extremely hard for his clients to get good results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. While I wasn't opposing counsel in court, I observed him in trial on a domestic violence case and learned so much from his skillful expertise. He had a difficult case with a difficult client and he prevailed. Great job Jeff."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jeff over 20 years, previously working with him as a public defender. Recently, I consulted with him and was reminded of his dedication and skill in criminal defense. He shared his encyclopedic knowledge of criminal law and offered common sense advice on how to achieve a great outcome for my client. I highly recommend Jeff for anyone facing criminal charges. He is a powerful advocate to have by your side before the criminal justice system."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff is a hardworking and strong advocate for his clients. I refer a lot of my criminal work to him and trust him to obtain good outcomes for my clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeffrey. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Violent crime Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeff is a briliant, personable lawyer. He and I started our legal careers in a rural District Court with about two hundred files each. Jeff treated every client with respect and dignity, and put his heart and soul into his (difficult) work. Today, he is the first lawyer I recommend when I refer a serious case from Seattle. He is also always willing to help his colleagues. I recommend Jeff in any area of Criminal Law. You could not make a better decision when you or a loved one finds himself facing ANY criminal problem."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff practiced for several years with my sister, Christine Sanders, so I've known him about 15 years. I've referred clients to him a number of times over the years, always with excellent results and enthusiastic thank yous from the clients for sending them to Jeff. He's smart, practical and strategic. You're not going to do better."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jeff and I worked together for many years. Jeff is very adept at identifying creative and persuasive arguments that are effective in either negotiation or trial settings. Jeff is smart, personable and consistently achieves great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jeff for over ten years. His knowledge and level of dedication in criminal defense is second to none. I recommend him without hesitation to anyone dealing with criminal charges."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeff is among the best legal technicians in the criminal arena that I have ever had the privilege of consulting and working with. I frequently seek out Jeff's advice on complicated ethical and procedural matters, and have found that he unfailingly brings a wealth of legal knowledge and practical experience to the table. I have referred people to Jeff in the past, and will continue to do so without the slightest hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly recommend Jeff's work. Over time, I have seen him develop into a fantastic lawyer that gets very good results for his clients. I frequently call him for advice on complicated matters and highly value his input."
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