It is no accident that I hung out my shingle more than a decade ago with the intent of running a client based practice. As a client of mine, regardless of whether you are rich or poor; educated or uneducated; employed or unemployed; friend or family; a referral or a cold call; a minority or white; a male or female; religious or not; I abide by the philosophy of:
Treating and representing you as if you are my only client!
Admittedly, I have been self-diagnosed with a work Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Before you start getting negative thoughts, my work OCD is actually a benefit to my practice and to my clients, as my work OCD requires my dedication, attention to detail and 100% hard work on behalf of ALL of my clients--regardless of the severity or complexity of a given case.
My client based practice is not a one-way street. While you pay good money to retain my services, I need more than just your retainer to competently and zealously fight for you and protect your rights. I need, based on my advice and counseling, your input, cooperation and ultimate authorization on various case-related matters. While I want you to place as much of your legal worries as you can on my shoulders, I also want you to understand and be filled with as much knowledge as you would like. In order to achieve this result, there must be a two-way client based practice.
In terms of contact, with the exception of when I am in court, I am always available, whether by way of email, text, fax, telephone or in person. I have a general policy of getting back to my clients within 24 hours of any message or initiated contact.
The number one complaint that I have heard over the years from clients who terminated their court-appointed public defender attorney, raised funds and retained my services is:
"My public defender never spoke to me until just before court!" or
"I could never get a hold of my public defender!"
While I never badmouth public defenders (in fact, I believe most public defenders are good attorneys, especially my former law clerk who is one heck of a lawyer--public or private), the inescapable reality is that public defenders have way too many cases. Plus, remember the old adage of:
”You get what you pay for!"
While I do not discriminate against any client of mine, for my own personal reasons, I do take into account (when relevant) a client who is a:
-College student or young adult;
-Military veteran; or
The bottom-line for my client based practice is if you want a competent, experienced and zealous criminal defense attorney who will not only fight for you and protect your rights, but also provide you with the necessary attention and guidance, then:
Call Me, Matthew L. Thornton, Esq.: (651) 699-2007