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01/28/2014
By: Kyle G.
Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly
Mr. Connelly represented me in a DV case in 2009. I can attest to his punctuality, professionalism, attention to detail, and his willingness to answer any and all questions via phone or email during my dealings with him. He responded to my myriad of questions usually within an hour or two... exceptional for any attorney. His office staff is courterious and professional. He is serious and diligent in handling cases. Although the DA would not budge for any type of reduced sentence, I feel he did the best he could under the circumstances. The outcome of the case was not entirely favorable to me as I had two bad options to decide upon. Looking back, I would have explained the details of "what happened" differently. I feel like I blabbered on too much by disclosing to him some personally damaging information thereby not giving him many options to deny what my ex reported to the police. He is a very scrupulous person (again, not a common trait for attorneys). Being totally honest with him was not in my best interest and feel things would have gone differently had he argued and questioned the validity and proof of my ex-wifes accusations more fervently. It was my word against hers, and sadly the judges do tend to lean more to the wife's side of the story...even without any proof. The fact that I had been punched, scatched, and kicked by my ex several times during our marriage, were never even brought before the judge. Thankfully, she and I have developed a decent rapport as the years went by. Just be cautious and prudent in what you disclose to him that could negatively affect your case. But I can tell you that things could have turned out much worse without his representation as he is a well known and respected attorney in the Charlotte area. The DA would not allow us any options for a lesser charge and she was unwilling to compromise. In my case, the sentencing resulted in a reduction to a (PJC). But even this created many personal and professional difficulties (e.g. Being refused employment on one occasion due to a background check) He's a great guy and will work hard for you, but in the end, it's the judges and the DAs who ultimately call the shots. I would still recommend him. He is honest and he takes all his cases very seriously. The 4 stars is simply because he was unable to have the case dismissed or at least reduced to a lesser offense which is obviously what people are looking for when they retain counsel. He did manage to attain a PJC for the final disposition, and I remain grateful for his efforts in doing so.
04/27/2013
By: mikemiller240
Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly
There is no strong lawyer in all of the Charlotte area than Attorney Chris Connelly!!! If you are trying to find the best lawyer possible to help you with a case and at a very reasonable price, look no further. After getting my 2nd DUI in 7 years, I was scared to death and determined to find the best lawyer that I can find to represent me. I went in person to interview several lawyers to determine who I felt would have the experience and knowledge to best find a way to get me out of this mess. The moment I went to see Chris Connelly, I immediately knew he was good. My case got continued several times before going to trial and every time Mr Connelly entered the courtroom, you could see the level of respect other attorneys gave him because it was very clear that he was the real deal. Chris Connelly put in countless hours of study into my personal case to gather all the facts and presented many different and creative strategies in which we could attack our case. Because of his high level of expertise, it almost seemed as if no one was brave enough to stand up against him. As a result, the state kept asking for continuences totaling nearly two years. Finally, when the day of judgement finally came, the trial took nearly no time at all and the judge made the ruling to dismiss the case. I was astonished to see how quickly Chris Connelly won our case for us. If you are looking for the best lawyer money can buy. Rest assured that Chris Connelly is THE BEST!!! If you are unsure if you can afford such a highly skilled lawyer, you would be surprised at how reasonable his rates are. If you care about your future like I did, hiring Attorney Chris Connelly will be the best decision you can make.
09/01/2013
By: chris.cat1
Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly
Chris has done it again, 3rd time is charm. The first time I used Chris he got me off of reckless driving and speeding. I contacted him on Friday evening and got a email back from him Saturday. Monday morning he called me at like 10am and informed me the charges were dropped.2nd - incident - Caught on hwy 77 doing 115mph in my corvette. Again charges dropped.3rd screw up and definitely my last. I ran from the police on my street bike. Charged with Felony eluding, confiscated my bike, 133mph, failure to stop, and about 5 other tickets. I spent the night In jail and as soon as I got out I contacted Chris's office. within an hour he called me back and said to come in and talk. From there on I didn't have to do anything but show up at court. Anytime I had a question and emailed Chris I had a response within a couple of hours. In court the man is awesome, he got in front of the judge and made me sound like a medal of honor war hero (I'm a veteran). I guess it helped because when it was all said and done; my felony was reduced to a misdemeanor, speeding was dropped and the only thing I got was reckless driving. Which is very fair considering I was passing state troopers well over 150mph inches from their mirrors. One occasion I went through two of them. So I totally deserve a reckless driving charge. Last but certainly not least I got my bike back!!! woohooo!!! I can't drive it for a year but that's probably for the best. Thanks again Chris!! Here's another * for this review.
03/13/2017
By: Scott C.
Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly
I applied for my CCW permit in June of 2016. I was notified in October of that same year that my permit was denied due to some information shared by my medical provider. First, the sheriff took more time than what is legally allowed to review my permit. Second, and more importantly, I was wrongfully and subjectively categorized as being ineligible to have a CCW permit based on North Carolina's mental health law. I contacted Chris Connelly and explained to him my case. I could see during our introductory meeting that he was very passionate about defending me as he had heard far too many other cases of honest, hard-working, law-abiding citizens being denied their Second Amendment rights based on the subjective thinking of Mecklenburg County's liberal activist sheriff.I followed Chris's instructions to the letter, providing him all necessary documentation and referral letters in a timely manner. By March of 2017, I was notified that Chris had won our appeal and my legal right to possess a CCW was upheld.I cannot thank Chris Connelly enough and would highly recommend anyone faced with a similar case to contact him immediately. DO NOT take this challenge on alone. You only have one chance at a CCW appeal. Make it count. Hire Chris Connelly.
10/27/2013
By: kenneth54
Law Office of Stephen M Corby
If you are looking for lawyer, please take the time to at least read what I have to say about this incredible lawyer. I am almost 60 years old, have hired many attorneys, but not one that does this great of a job. He listens to what you have to say, has a courtroom demeanor that makes you feel like you are being protected and defended in the best possible manner. His fees are fair and well-deserved. He reviews all aspects and studies your case like it is the only one, although he has very many others. He is extremely intelligent and knows the law and when to apply it spontaneously and correctly. You can trust what he says and what he does. He KEEPS HIS WORD. If you google this attorney, you will find the complete experience that I had with Mr. Corby. It is worth the time to review. IT APPEARS THAT Mr. Corby has saved me about $70,000.00 in alleged estate debt. Do you know anyone else that can do that! This attorney is both great to work with and a wonderful person. He is not arrogant and condescending, but caring and attentive. Hire him quick before your opposition does. Once you hire him, you will understand why I said that!
09/08/2013
By: Adam W.
Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly
I highly recommend Mr. Connelly. I was charged with a DUI a couple years ago and hired a different Law Firm. The case was continued for almost a year (which was fine by me) but every time I appeared for court, there was a different attorney from the firm to whom I had to explain the details of my case. I understand that I am not a high profile politician or celebrity but I felt as if they could not have cared less about my situation. About a year later, I was pulled over and arrested for DWLR and decided to hire Mr. Connelly based on a few recommendations from others who had similar situations. When you hire Chris, you will deal with Chris. I much prefer this approach and felt as if he gave a damn about me and my situation. This was a pretty serious situation considering the DWLR was a result of a DUI charge and jail time was a real possibility. Ultimately Mr. Connelly, was able to get the charge completely dismissed. This could have had a major impact on my career (especially if it resulted in any jail time) and I could not be more appreciative of the job that Mr. Connelly did.
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04/21/2016
By: Tait A.
Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly
Recent international tragedies and violent crimes prompted me to seek a handgun permit that would allow me to take responsibility for my family’s protection. So, when my permit request was denied, I was dismayed and didn’t know what to do. Fortunately, I was referred to Christopher Connelly, an attorney who fervently believes in and was willing to fight for my 2nd Amendment rights. Mr. Connelly and his entire staff were professionals in every sense of the word. Christopher’s counsel was excellent. His approach was personable, professional, and legally sound. Within a few months, my permit was approved and my rights were restored.I firmly believe Christopher Connelly is the greatest and most qualified 2nd Amendment attorney in Charlotte, NC. I assure you, he is on your side and will do everything in his power to receive a judgment in your favor. I recommend him in the highest regard and I’m forever grateful to him and his staff.
10/23/2015
By: Kristen S.
Passenant & Shearin Law
Strong, honest and hard working attorneysI was shocked and did not know where to turn when my Divorce began. The Passenant & Shearin Law firm was recommended by a friend and I am so thankful. They addressed my case swiftly and walked me through the process that is very confusing to a layperson. My concerns around false allegations, custody, and property (among many others) were all handled aggressively, professionally, and with my rights being protected. I have had the opportunity to work with several members of the firm because they work as a "team". I am especially thankful to Shelia Passenant for my initial consultation and hearing along with Brione Pattison who has walked me through the often difficult process of Divorce with custody issues. I would highly recommend Passenant and Shearin Law to anyone who wants strong, honest, and hard working Attorneys fighting for your rights.
01/13/2015
By: Susan S.
Bankruptcy Attorney - Law Offices of Terry Duncan
Terry Duncan is fantastic! If you're in need of a bankruptcy lawyer, he's the one to see. He takes the time to totally explain absolutely everything there is to know about bankruptcy from the bottom to the top in terms anyone can understand. Besides that he is a true gentleman, extremely polite, caring and down to earth with all his clients. He treats you like a friend. He even gives you a print out of the Court building so you don't go to the wrong Court!! When a group of his clients went to Court to see the Trustee, Terry took us all into a side room to let us know exactly what type of questions we would be asked and the best way to answer. I didn't see any other lawyer do that for their clients!! The office staff is great also!! If you unfortunately need to file a bankruptcy....TERRY DUNCAN is the lawyer to see. He will be able to put your mind at ease!!
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04/11/2016
By: Jennifer E.
Jesson & Rains, LLP
Even though Kelly could not take my case, she returned my call and not only was respectful enough to personally inform me that she would not be able take my case, but actually took the time to listen to a synopsis of my case and then give me advice based upon my circumstances! I have had to deal with multiple attorneys the past few years, and even the attorneys I hired were not as conscientious, thoughtful, caring or involved as Kelly was. Having not paid her a dime or hired her, she STILL took the time to advise and give me guidance with my case and even offered to help me find an attorney who COULD take my case. I sincerely WISH that Kelly could take my case, as I am certain that she would be 100% devoted to helping me achieve the outcome I desire. I would HIGHLY recommend contacting Kelly Jesson for your legal needs!
Tips & Advices
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