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Firm Overview

My office is dedicated to representing people who have no where else to turn. We welcome challenges. Although we charge reasonable rates, our focus is not on making money, but rather securing justice. I opened up solo practice in 1981 and I have been located within a block and a half of the Long Beach Court House for the past 30 years.

Example cases

I have represented a deputy city auditor in a complex case where he was accused of embezzlement. The case was dismissed by one judge, appealed and then reinstated. The reinstated case was taken to trial where 7 jurors voted to acquit. The case has been dismissed again was recently re-filed. Trial is pending. This case involves one principled man taking on the entire city establishment and prevailing, so far. I am also representing the ex-husband of a music celebrity who has been accused of child molestation.

Main Office

Main
333 W Broadway
Suite 200
Long Beach  CA  90802

Phone
  • (562) 437-6418
Fax
  • (562) 432-2969

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free Consultation

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

A first offense DUI in LB is $2,000. A first offense felony without violence or added problems is $5,000

Hourly Rates

I do not work on an hourly basis, but I am willing to at $250.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Jesse Gonzalez

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

It chose me. I knew I wanted to be a trial lawyer and the only real trial lawyers are criminal lawyers. Civil lawyers' cases tend to be too long and complicated to allow lawyers to try more than one or two a year. It's not unusual for me to try two in a month.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I welcome a well informed client. A client who knows what he's up against helps me. Unfortunately, all too often the "information" comes from unreliable sources or is hopelessly out of date. The more a client knows, the more likely he is to hire me.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I will review whatever a client presents to me. What I will not do is provide any opinion on any written matter without seeing it for my self.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Barry Bonds can tell you how to hit a fast ball. If you think you can do it, you're deluding yourself. I am usually not willing to act as a coach.

Richard L. Poland

Before I opened up practice on my own in 1981, I worked for two large corporate firms and a small practitioner.

After over 30 years in business and in practice, you can read people. You have seen most situations before and realize what can and can't be done. You can be realistic with your clients. Nothing is worse that giving a client hope and not delivering for him or her.

I have the ability to present a problem clearly and concisely, with a solution in mind. I can usually find common ground where settlements can be reached to the benefit of the client I represent.

I am protective of my clients without being obnoxiously aggressive. My approach is more sugar than vinegar.

Personal interests:

I am interested in travel, nature and sports.

License
  • Bar Number: 62421
    California , 1974
Education
  • University of Texas
    J.D. , 1973
    Austin, TX
    Best Paper in a Regulated Industry; Teaching Quizmaster
  • Duke University
    A.B. - Accounting , 1970
    Durham, NC
    Student Body Presidential Candidate; Student Senate; Varsity Letter: Lacrosse

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