Minnesota Lawyer Testimonials
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- Tina Appleby
- Marsh Halberg
- Doug Hazelton
- Jeremy Kaschinske
- Debbie Lang
- Eric Nelson
- Lee Orwig
- Dave Risk
- Christina Zauhar
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Halberg Defense helped me overcome a false accusation of a heinous crime. I was charged and arrested for a crime that I did not commit. You can imagine my shock riding in the back of the squad car. I was nervous; if my accuser had enough power to have me arrested, I had no idea what to expect in court. My initial reaction was to go to a small town lawyer that had helped me once in the past. But after some research I hired the best defense team in Minneapolis.
I thank God that Halberg Defense was there to help. After many long months of turning down plea bargain after plea bargain, we finally went to trial. Marsh and Christina did an amazing job at bringing light to a courtroom full of darkness. The truth was revealed and I was found not guilty on all charges! I'm convinced that without the guidance and experience of Halberg Defense, there might be one more wrongly accused inmate in our prison system. Thank you Halberg Defense for saving me from years of innocent imprisonment.
Christina- Thank you to you and Marsh for all you did for us! I can't tell you how much your help and support meant. This was one of the most difficult, frustrating, and frightening things we've ever been through. It just makes me realize how easy it is to get into the system and how hard it is to get out. It makes me sad to think about all the kids who end up in the school-to-prison pipeline who really don't belong there.
Thank you again for everything. We will be sure to tell (our son) hi from his awesome legal defense team!
Thank you for all you have done for our family! We will never forget the angel that you were during those horrible times.
I just need to express to u I do love u dearly not only becuz you saved my a** (with) that not guilty verdict we won together, but ... I will have cleaned up my act largely (because) of you. U showed emotions to me that were real ... I felt that... I've made vital changes in my life, I promise U!
I know all that CAN be done WILL be done with you in my corner.
Debbie - Not sure I fully understand what you did, or how you did it, but THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for helping [my son] put all this awfulness behind him. You're the best!
What an amazing lawyer! We love Debbie Lang. She really fights hard for her clients and wins! One thing we've always been impressed about her is how she just "OWNS IT" in court.
It's finally all over!! I am filled with relief, joyful tears and overwhelming gratitude for you for all you've done for me! I could NOT have gotten through this mess without you! Thank you so much!
Hi Tina! I wanted to let you know that (I am) officially off probation ... five months early! ... (I) couldn't have done it without you. I want you to know I still appreciate (you) and am so thankful for everything you did!
They are releasing her from jail! Thanks soooo much, you are great Tina!
Thanks Tina. You are such a loving angel in my life.
Tina you're the best. I'm really happy with the outcome. I'll recommend you to anyone I ever can.
Hey Jeremy! Just wanted to say, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, yet again for ALL that you do! You go above and beyond your call of duty, no doubt! The legal stuff may be your job, but you've had such a wonderful way of putting me/us to ease throughout the whole process, and help us understand it all. You actually TRY to understand EVERYTHING about ALL of us, and that really helps us cope and feel "relative/personalized", per say, NOT just like "another client". So again, THANK YOU Jeremy! Make YOUR day great! Our day, today, is a little brighter! ;)
After being in an unexpected situation one Saturday morning we required an attorney on short notice and interviewed two attorneys. We discussed the situation with Dave Risk and he assured us that he could achieve a positive outcome based on the facts. We chose Dave because we felt his knowledge and suggested approach would give us the best chance of success. That he did! After many months and multiple negotiation attempts with the prosecuting attorney, Dave used an optional hearing process that presented the evidence to a judge. A short time later after careful review the judge dismissed the charges. With Dave’s experience and guidance we persevered and were able to get the charges dismissed. We are truly grateful and highly recommend Dave when the need for a criminal defense attorney arises.
To those who are debating on who to hire as your next attorney – take these words to heart: I can’t express my gratitude enough to how Attorney Dave Risk handled my case. I sought out and interviewed several attorneys to handle my case, of which was complicated and ultimately could have changed my life. Mr. Risk assured me that he knew what he was doing from the get-go. But the other attorneys did as well. I connected with Dave and my intuition paid off. I was looking at serious consequences based on my inappropriate actions, of which I regret. But Dave has a skill that I believe is unmatched. He pulled me out of my situation and I can now move on with my life. I will forever be thankful and without a doubt will refer him to anybody I know that is seeking a skilled attorney. Take my words from heart and don’t be fooled, Dave Risk is a stud when it comes to law. Hire him or you may regret it.
Thanks Dave, again, you are the man!
What would I have done without Debbie Lang? Well, the answer is easy: I would have walked into the court room, unrepresented, and accepted a conviction of DWI and suffered the various consequences that come along with such conviction.
When I was pulled over, handcuffed, and experienced the whirl wind of everything that went along with being at the police station I had no idea what to do, I felt speechless and lost. I also had no idea how important it was to have a lawyer in such a situation. Days later, when thinking about the expense of a lawyer, it was out of the question in my mind. But my parents called on my behalf (they felt it could be necessary) and we went to meet Debbie. As I told her my story, Debbie listened respectfully and without judgement. She made notes while giving me her feedback and thoughts on the situation. As Debbie spoke I was astounded at the level of her knowledge of DWI law and I thought to myself, “Wow, this woman knows her stuff!” Additionally, she did not make me feel pressured to hire her or use “scare tactics” to sway my decision. After much careful consideration I decided to hire Debbie and I can’t express how glad I am that I did.
Throughout the process I realized how important it was to have a lawyer during the process of a criminal trial. Debbie skillfully and quickly helped me navigate the legal system and handled the many formal documents for me while addressing the fine print I might have missed. In the midst of such a stressful and frustrating process, this was a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. While fighting like crazy for me, Debbie use her extensive knowledge of law to think analytically and creatively within the context of my particular case. In the end, Debbie was able to help me get an extremely favorable result that I never imagined was possible. The result would have definitely not been possible if I had not hired her.
I could go on and on about how wonderful Debbie was so I’ll just say this: If you are unsure about hiring a lawyer, I seriously urge you to call Halberg Criminal Defense and, at least, meet with one of the lawyers. Having Debbie by my side was calming and more necessary than I could have ever imagined at the beginning of the process. It was well worth it.
Christina, I wanted to sincerely thank you and your team at Halberg Defense for your help and support with my expungement petition. You were diligent and knowledgeable, but also made yourself available to me whenever I had questions or concerns. I felt confident with you by my side in court and I know your expertise was integral in a favorable outcome. You have helped to change my life and opened new doors for me. I will always be grateful, thank you.
Several years ago, you played a key role in helping us save our son's life. I want you to know that we continue to be grateful. He and his wife now have two beautiful daughters and a happy family life. Thanks for having faith in a young man and believing that he was “worth saving,” as I heard you tell a judge one day. You were absolutely right! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Debbie - As always, you are wonderful at what you do and I was pleased to have you represent me!
"I never in a million years thought someone in my family would need a criminal attorney, so when I got the call that my teenage son had been arrested and charged with a very serious crime, I didn't know where to turn! All I could do, in my state of panic, was to get on the internet and search attorneys. I chose quickly from the choices that came up in the search and called Halberg Criminal Defense. I spoke with the receptionist who had the perfect attorney, for our situation, in mind. She suggested Attorney Debbie Lang and I can't tell you how thankful I am that she did!!! Debbie called me back almost immediately, got some information, and sent one of her colleagues (Jeremy Kaschinske...who was also wonderful, might I add) to meet with my son, who was in custody! Obviously this was a very scary time for my son and me, but instantly we both felt some relief knowing that Debbie jumped on our case right away and was able to answer questions we had with no hesitation. I could tell, from the very beginning, that she knew the law inside and out! From the first meeting to the last, we knew Debbie was fighting for the best deal for my son, which was evident when he got the best possible scenario considering the circumstances!
Debbie works long hours, if she has to, to review cases, meet with clients, return phone calls! Her knowledge of the ins and out of every step of the case is remarkable. I always felt my son with safe with her. She is very patient and understanding of the difficult time we were going through. I can't say enough about how lucky we are that I stumbled across Halberg Criminal Defense in my internet search, which led us to Debbie Lang, the best attorney EVER! We will be forever grateful for her hard work and availability to us!
btw...I did eventually search for some background on Ms. Lang and finding out that she is ranked in the Top 100 defense attorneys in the nation, didn't surprise me in the least! Thank you, Debbie Lang and Halberg Criminal Defense!"
Signed - Mother of son charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct
I was arrested for theft of controlled substances. I faced both legal and professional consequences for this. It was a horrible time for my family and myself. We were fortunate to hire Eric as our attorney. He was skillful, professional, and always available. Just as important, he was compassionate, friendly, and understanding of both my and my family's situation. We believe we got the best outcome possible given what I had done, and Eric was a huge part of that. I recommend him highly to anyone needing a great criminal attorney."
I was represented by Eric Nelson of Halberg criminal defense for felony charges related to methamphetamine in 2010. I can't say enough about what a excellent job Eric did as my lawyer. During what was the darkest, scariest time of my life, Eric handled my case in an aggressive, professional manner. His representation far exceed any expectations that I had. Not only did he get me a favorable outcome and keep me out of prison, he took a personal interest in my life. He helped me to get my life back on to a positive track. He helped get me into a program that completely changed my life for the better. When I graduated from that program he even took time out of his busy schedule to come and speak on my behalf. My family and I are so grateful for the role Eric had played in our lives. He helped me through the darkest moments of my life. Thank you Eric Nelson, and Halberg criminal defense. They truly care about their clients."
Debbie, We can never thank you enough! Choosing you as my son's lawyer was the best thing we could have done for him. He made some mistakes that turned into major legal problems and his life into a nightmare. You brought the light! Your compassion, your intelligence, dedication, and razor sharp law expertise helped turn everything around. You treated my son's case as if he were your son, I'm eternally grateful. We will highly recommend you to anyone who needs legal advice, or a lawyer! You are the rock star of lawyers to us!”
Thank you for helping us support our daughter when she got arrested for DWI. We had no idea how to get bail approved and that was a big priority so we could get her released from jail. Your calm and professional approach toward our calls and emails was appreciated more than we can say. Although we are just starting the process and have a long road ahead, we're glad that first weekend is behind us. Thanks for everything you had to do to get her released on Sunday instead of Tuesday. Those two days made a huge difference to all of us.”
M.B. and T.B.
I'm so grateful to you. Your knowledge of the law and your razor sharp presence helped turn a bad mistake into a second chance at getting my life back. It may be routine for you in your practice, but please remember that your handling of my case helped change my life. Repeat that in your head if you ever have a bad day. Your ability to read between the lines is nothing short of genius. Picking your name at random from the phone book was not an accident. Legal prowess aside, you're a fantastic person. I am so grateful for the superb work you did for me. Thank you Debbie.”
I believe you did an excellent job of representing me. I would recommend you in a heartbeat to anyone in a similar (or lesser) situation. I feel I should have used a beautiful card to send you, but I succumbed to the easy way of email.
Thank you so much for representing me thus far, sorry for being so pessimistic in the past, I am very thankful I decided to go with you and your firm, I am slowly becoming optimistic for the end outcome. And I am positive you will stick with me using your perseverance through the criminal and traffic cases…Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Just wanted to send you a quick note to say "thanks" again for all your help through this! I know I am not the easiest to work with, but I mean well and I appreciate your hard work in making sure I had the best outcome possible! I know things would be a lot different if I did not have your representation and in my opinion, there is no one better!"
Thanks again for your help throughout this process! I do greatly appreciate it and you being thorough with everything and explaining everything to me as we went through things.
I chose Dave Risk to represent me in the unfortunate and extremely challenging circumstance of two DUIs going through court at the same time and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I was facing truly significant penalties in terms of fines, extended license revocation, and jail time but Dave was able to negotiate both cases to reckless driving charges with a minor fine and only a few months without driving...it was the absolute best possible outcome - honestly so much better than the alternatives that we didn't even think was possible.
Aside from the truly incredible outcome, Dave was great to work with - very supportive and not judgmental about the charges at all. I hope I never have to recommend a DUI attorney, but if I ever had to it'd be Dave without question.”
Debbie - Thanks for all of your work to get the legal consequences in my case minimized. I also appreciate your great patience and your willingness to answer the myriad of questions I had regarding my case. As I said verbally, I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone else needing such help.
The market is flooded by plenty of quality Attorneys that provide in-depth rationales as to why they possess the exact legal representation that you need to feel confident in them as your legal representation. However, when you are in the depths of the confusing of a criminal charge you want more than just a strong and legally savvy attorney. Halberg Criminal Defense went far beyond being excellent legal representation and skilled legal defense. My Attorney, Debbie Lang, not only exceed my expectations regarding the outcome of my case, but allowed me to feel confident that I was not just another case folder on her desk, but an individual that she was committed and invested in providing the best legal defense and support in navigating such a challenging, uncertain and stressful life circumstance. Attorney Lang was dedicated, incredibly knowledgeable, tactful, personable and determined to achieve the best outcome for my case. She was always there to answer my questions and provide comprehensive and concise answers and feedback. I have continued to recommend Attorney Lang amongst the community and if you are looking for legal representation that invests in you as a person and not just the outcome of your case, be confident that Halberg Criminal Defense is the ideal firm to represent you. My confidence never wavered when I was represented by Attorney Lang and for that I am forever grateful.”
Lee, my sincere thanks for your help in handling this matter. Your professionalism helped me stay optimistic as to the eventual result, and I know the final disposition was about favorable as could be expected.”
I had to write you and thank you for what you have done for our son. My husband, son and I couldn't be any more pleased!! I knew when we spoke to you the first time already we had so much confidence in you. Of course we still were a bit nervous, but through these past months I felt peace too. I kept telling my son that we have the best lawyer out there and you were going to work very hard for him. The first court date we all were nervous and my son texted me and said "Christina is so confident!" That put him at ease so that made us feel better too. Last Tuesday during court he was texting me a bit, and I asked him if you were with him at the time and he said " she's doing her thing" :) and of course that made me smile!
So again, THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! We are forever grateful!
Dear Jeremy, I feel that this letter is far overdue, but it’s never too late to say “thank you.” Your representation and friendship at the time of my DWI and since then has meant so much to me. You told me to let you do any worrying and to just take care of myself. I wonder how many people actually take that advice and let you do your job while they concentrate on themselves. I’m glad I listened. I always felt like your most important client. I never felt judged and always knew you were on my side. That is peace of mind that you can’t put a price on. My husband and I were able to focus on the things that mattered, like marriage, kids, work and my recovery from alcoholism. If I had tried to take on defending myself I can say with surity that I probably would not have remained sober. Your support has played a very big role in my sobriety. We were both truly impressed with your professionalism and knowledge of the law throughout the entire process. I feel that if we had gone with another attorney, I would be facing stiffer consequences that would cost me financially as well as socially. So, thank you. You exceeded my expectations as an attorney and as a friend.
David, I wish to express my gratitude for all the effort you put forth and for seeking the best options for my well being. Tho it was not a situation I wished to be in….I definitely contacted the right team. My many thanks and appreciation to all involved. May we never meet again. *laughing* Thanks again David!! For a job well done and now I can go forth with both personal and business life. Take Care and Thanks to ALL.
I just wanted to THANK YOU sincerely for all the work you accomplished; and especially for negotiating an amazingly (and unexpectedly) favorable disposition of my case. I could not have hoped for a better outcome; your outstanding skills completely impressed me.
You and your staff have always treated me with nothing but respect, patience and compassion throughout my ordeal; and I truly appreciated that as well.
As I move down my new path of a better life of sobriety, I feel that you are a part of that.
While I hope that I will never need to avail myself of your services again, I will certainly recommend you to others should the opportunity ever arise.
My (long-passed) father once offered me the following advice: “…should you ever find yourself in any sort of trouble, make sure you find a good lawyer…” Dad was indeed correct; and I am certain that I’ve had the very BEST!
Thanks again, Marsh!"
My life was turned upside down when I was abruptly arrested out of my own home on an allegation that I had sexual relations with the minor daughter of my fiancé.
I adamantly denied the accusation. I believed the teenage girl was trying to derail my anticipated wedding to her mother.
As you know, I live in a small town and this allegation caused people to turn against me and shun the rest of my family. My former lawyer said I did not have a chance and said I should plead guilty. He said I could get out of prison in 12 years.
I researched many lawyers and found everyone spoke so highly of you and I soon learned why. As soon as you picked up my file you began to vigorously defend me. You built a very strong defense for me so we could fight this allegation. You moved into town for a couple of weeks for a brutal trial where you never waivered in my defense.
The jury was out for less than one hour and found me not guilty of all charges! You are like family to us and I was so pleased you could attend my wedding.
Thank you for your belief in my case and your professional and skilled defense of me.
Believe it or not I am at a loss of words to express the appreciation we have for you. You are kind, compassionate and professional and that is a wonderful combination. You stood up for Justin in life and death and supported our family throughout.
I got my first DWI and thought my life was ruined. I called Halberg criminal defense and met with Lee Orwig. He got my license back in 1 week and when we went to court the case was dismissed due to Mr. Orwig’s great defense strategy. He saved my reputation and turned my life back to normal. I wouldn’t use anybody else. Mr. Orwig was a lifesaver.”
Tina, just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work on my case. I sure did appreciate your help. You were always very nice to me and helped me through all of this. If it wasn't for you and my family I don't know what I would have done. It was really nice to work with you.
I cannot thank you enough for everything that you have done for my family! You have always been there for us no matter what time of the day or where you were. I have talked to people that were represented by other Lawyers’ if they had questions they could never get a hold of them or they would not call them back, this is something that has never happened with Jeremy or Halberg Criminal Defense they have always been there for us. You have cared about us and helped to reassure us that you would do the best you could, and everything would be ok. I cannot say enough about this Law firm and especially about Jeremy Kaschinske. I will tell everyone if they need a lawyer for any reason to call Halberg Criminal Defense and ask for Jeremy. Thank again for everything!"
Many thanks to you for the great job you did in my son's defense. I have never been so afraid in my whole life but you came through for all of us. I hope you understand that all I wanted for [my son] was the best defense possible and that person was you. The truth came out. [He] was innocent and you made the jury see that.
I got myself into, what I thought was a legal quagmire with several law enforcement officials here in Maple Grove, Hennepin County in spring of 2012.. Over that fateful weekend, I googled and found the Halberg Defense Team. I secured the services of Lee Orwig, a consummate attorney who carefully guided me through the legal process. Lee was all but able, to drop all the charges and made sure that my professional career would not be sullied, in due to his careful planning and negotiating skills with the prosecuting attorney. Lee is professional in every sense of the word and through his efforts, I have peace of mind and continue my normal course in my career. Many thanks !!!”
You were my only hope for peace in this crazy world of game playing ... You are in my book a powerhouse of a woman in many ways, not only as the smartest attorney of record also a woman of great distinction ... ready to beat the devil out of anyone who is full of it and you know we both had to deal with several people that were full of it. The Judge I noticed respected you and so did the bailiff and many in the courtroom when I was brought out cuffed in my orange pajamas.”
I just wanted to thank you for everything you've done for me during the aftermath of my DWI arrest. I never thought I’d find myself in this position, but I am so grateful that you are there to lead me through the legal process with ease and professionalism.
Thank you for always being available to answer my millions of "what if" questions and making a very frightening situation manageable. In the future, if ever a situation should arise that requires legal advice for me or a friend I know who to call!
Thanks again. ”
I am so grateful to you. Thank you for all that you did for me, both professionally and personally. You really went to bat for me. I was such a mess and you saw that. You really helped pull me out of the darkest days of my Life ... (m)y gratitude to you will never cease nor will my thoughts and prayers.”
When I was charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct, I thought my life was over. The thought of spending years in prison for something I did not do and the destruction of my family was overwhelming. I did not want to get a local attorney, who was part of the “old boys network”, and came to the Cities to pick my lawyer. Most times first impressions are the best and, in my case, that was certainly true. Your friendly and supportive nature gave me confidence that we could win my case. To watch you lawyer at my trial was amazing. The jury was only out less than an hour, which was a ringing endorsement that I was not guilty.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for me.
Thanks for your help and guidance with my court case. You and your team, handled all the activities needed around my case very professionally but never lost the personal touch with me. I am obviously very please with the out come. I was not sure what to do when my DWI happened and I thought I was wrongly arrested. After you reviewed my case we talked, and with your knowledge and expertise, you proved to me that I had every right to question my arrest. You and your teams skills proved to be the difference for me.
Together, we decided to fight for my rights. I was very happy that all charges were dropped. You proved that my arrest should not have happened. I will always recommend you personally along with the entire Halberg Criminal Defense team to anyone that might need your expertise and services.
Thanks again for the help as my Lawyer.
A quick thank you for all of your hard work on my gross misdemeanor DWI case. The “careless driving” conviction you negotiated for me was a far better result than I ever hoped for. Most importantly, it allowed me to save my job, and for that I will forever be grateful.”
I wanted to thank you again for all of your help through the whole ordeal! I couldn't have realistically expected a better outcome, nor for it to have affected my life any less than it has. Thank you thank you thank you.”
Words cannot express how grateful we are for your help. From the moment we picked up the phone. You have given us a rare chance and I know we will never have to call you again. Thank you for your advocacy, and your constant assurance. Your words always helped us sleep at night. We would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are the best lawyer. You have been god sent and we cannot thank you enough.
C & N
Over the course of your 4.5 months of representing me, I greatly appreciated your patience, thoroughness and professionalism to help me through very difficult and complex legal issues. Not only were you diligent in your approach to each individual case, but you treated me with the utmost respect and caring attitude. You left no stone unturned, utilized your extensive knowledge of the legal system, and uncovered all options available to me regarding the process and outcomes. It is easy to feel as if you are blindly navigating the legal process as a defendant, but you assume the role as a confident and valued personal adviser when you are representing your clients. I must say it was a refreshing and comforting experience to have a representative who not only values her commitment to the profession, but also values the experience of her clients. I sincerely thank you for all the hard work and dedication you gave to me and the legal process we went through during your retainment. I would highly recommend you to anyone who has any concerns and legal difficulties that arise in their life. You made a huge difference to my comfort level and ability to achieve a positive outcome during a difficult situation. You are not only respected by me, but by the legal community as I witnessed personally throughout the process. All the best to you, and I'm sure you will continue to be as impactful for others as you were for me.