THE TEAM: Felice Duffy, Paul Thomas & Justin Smith
OUR COMBINED CAPABILITY
With one of us having served as a federal prosecutor, one of us as a federal defender, and the other as a criminal defense investigator-turned defense attorney, we bring to every client’s case a 360-degree, highly disciplined process of analysis, strategy development, and tactical execution.
Our collective experience includes having handled many hundreds of criminal matters and thousands of court proceedings, ranging from detention hearings to plea proceedings and trials at all levels of complexity, all of which have made us familiar with many of the law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, judges, courthouse personnel, and unique procedures in each judicial venue.
OUR PARTNERSHIP OF VALUES
Felice joined forces with Paul and Justin after serving on opposite sides of multiple cases over the course of a decade. We recognized in each other many of the same values, ranging from an intense work ethic to an unquenchable passion for fairness and justice. We all take with the utmost seriousness the position that every single citizen is entitled to legal representation that diligently forces the government to prove its charges by following the law in every way and at every step of the process no matter how seemingly insignificant. We believe that our democratic society requires the government to be held accountable for its actions, especially when an individual’s liberty is at stake.
OUR PHILOSOPHY OF CASE PREPARATION
We approach each defense we undertake, whether the charge is illegal gun possession, multi-million-dollar white collar fraud, or college campus sexual assault with the assumption that we may be going all the way to trial to defend our clients. We review and develop evidence from that perspective to inform every decision along the way. In keeping with our approach to rigorous preparation, we use only the most highly respected and experienced investigators and experts to neutralize claims against our clients.
We know firsthand how law enforcement, from local police departments to federal investigative agencies, typically work their cases, including the tactics used by some to pressure defendants to cooperate and/or take plea deals. We understand the politics and processes of the college disciplinary process. We know when the nuances of a case call for moving quickly or being patient. And we also understand how important it is to know and apply the subtle technicalities of each relevant statute to guide the actions we take as the case unfolds.
OUR COMMITMENT TO CLIENT COMMUNICATION
We know how difficult it is to be under investigation or facing charges and we communicate with our clients at every step of the process. We help them fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of their case, and we explain both the direct and collateral consequences (both short-term and long-term) of each decision and action we take as a team, together, in order to minimize their uncertainty and stress, and to choose options that are in their best interest.