Mimi is the founder of The Coffey Firm, which has been in business since 2000. She created a DWI focused firm because that is her passion. Her billboards, presence, and hard earned reputation over the past 23 years are a testament to the quality of her work. She strongly believes in the power of referrals and chooses to be very discreet in her advertising when it comes to reviews as most people do not want to be publicly associated with a DWI. She also strongly believes that the interests of business should never jeopardize a client’s results.
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Many lawyers purchase honors that they then post. There are many companies that make a living off sending advertisements to lawyers for awards. For example: Top … Lawyers, etc. For a certain fee the lawyer pays, the lawyer receives a plaque and the website code to list on their website. These violate ethical rules of advertising in many states. They are certainly misleading when it comes to portraying competence. Competence and quality in a lawyer cannot be bought. (Mimi sticks with her training and hard earned accolades. Her work with the National College of DUI Defense is long standing and her board certification in DWI by the NCDD is recognized by the American Bar Association and the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. It is the only DWI board certification in both the country and Texas to be recognized by such.)
Stars and ratings: Just like fake awards as mentioned above, there are companies that sell reviews and ratings to lawyers. Most DWI lawyers want to protect the identity and anonymity of their clients. After all, you hire a good lawyer to protect your reputation. Texas requires documentation of the review traceable to the identity of the client. Much like in other services, most people do not take the time to submit a review unless solicited. Be careful of taking these at face value. (Mimi has a drawer full of cards and gift inscriptions she keeps from past clients. Her staff will happily share with you some recent results of the Firm’s DWI trials, pleas and motions that are public record via case number.)
Qualifications: There is no substitute for training and experience. A lawyer without actual credentials is not the same. For example, unless someone actually has the degrees or vocation of being a “scientist” (analytical chemist for DWI purposes), taking a few courses in a particular science, whether that be in gas chromatography or infrared spectroscopy, does not make that lawyer a scientist. Beware of the lawyer who claims to be a scientist without the actual experience and undergraduate degree. (Despite having a near degree in science with more hours in her minor Geology than her major, and further having taken numerous high level DWI scientific courses including both Borkenstein sessions that state toxicologists go to, Mimi is proud to document her training for DWI. However; she would never try to claim she is a scientist.)
Mimi Coffey Facts
Mimi Coffey is a nationally-renowned trial attorney, board-certified in DWI by the NCDD, who has been practicing for over 24 years and is an author of multiple DWI Defense textbooks and is a national and state-wide lecturer on the law.
Mimi’s philosophy has always been and remains to “put the client first.” If you walk into one of Mimi’s offices you will find a list of past results with case numbers hanging on a poster on her wall. If you check her Coffey Firm Facebook Page, you will see from time to time her jury Not Guilty verdicts posted by case number, for the sole purpose of thanking the juries of the community. Mimi knows and understands that most people who get a DWI do not want others to know about it. She would never do anything in the form of advertisement to jeopardize a client’s case.
Three Concerns About Posting Case Results:
An assistant district attorney approached Mimi in the past and asked her not to advertise her results. This is understandable as each case is different. Prosecutors have a job to represent the best interests of the community. A one liner or headline advertisement, which does not give details, can look insensitive. The Coffey Firm must work every day to ensure the best result for each client. She certainly does not want to jeopardize the results of any of her clients.
Judges and jurors understand that each case stands on its own. Verdicts are an assessment of an entire case measured up against the facts and the law. No judge or juror wants a flashy headline advertising the worst aspects of a case with the result which can mislead the public. The Coffey Firm deeply respects the roles of a judge and jury and would not want to do anything that would jeopardize the verdicts of future cases.
Very few clients want the details of their case known to anybody. The Coffey Firm thanks all clients that have expressed their appreciation through thanks, cards, letters and occasional gifts. For the few clients who have left reviews on their own, we thank you for spreading the word and deeply appreciate it!