Most criminal lawyers are solo practitioners. For the few successful practices that have grown into more established firms, most are organized around one Superstar who take on the glamorous trials and high profile cases while the other lawyers handle the smaller matters. The Superstar always gives the press conferences, the Superstar handles all speaking engagements, and the Superstar receives all the accolades. This business model is wonderful for marketing, but a poor way of improving the quality of lawyering within the firm and caliber of representation for the clients.
We are not a group of professionals centered around one lawyer; we are a working group of lawyers centered around one client.
The attorneys in the Firm are consistently invited to speak to the legal and business community about our individual areas of expertise in criminal law:
Raman Gill - Indigent Defense; Communicating with and Representing Clients with Mental Illness
Kristi Couvillon - Working with Social Workers; Identifying Clients with Mental Illness
Kristin Etter - Federal criminal defense; business compliance with federal immigration laws
Dal Ruggles - How to invoke your rights on the side of the road; DWI investigation
Corinne Sumpter - Compliance with HPPAA and FERPA; intersection of criminal law and juvenile defense
David Gonzalez - Confessions; Sex offender registration; Vision for changing landscape of criminal representation in next decade; working with clients with mental illnesses; Juvenile law; DWI
Furthermore, the lawyers in our office have been recognized by their fellow lawyers, judges, and opposing counsel for superlative representation.
Finally, Sumpter & Gonzalez has been recognized as an innovate private law practice for public good. As the first private law firm in the nation to employ a staff of social workers, we are leaders in the holistic advocacy movement. Our approach isn't just "doing good," it's good for business because it delivers outstanding results for our clients.