Matt Shrum is a miracle worker.
Over a half-century into my life, I was arrested for a first and only DWI. Recognizing that I posed no danger to society, Mr. Shrum not only achieved the impossible - which was to get my case dismissed (deferred prosecution)! - but did so allowing a payment plan flexible enough for me to manage on a fixed income.
When initially shopping for an attorney, I spoke with many, and my hopes were low, based on the evidence for the prosecution. Most with whom I spoke were helpful, and I'd narrowed the choices down to a few who seemed exceptional without their making false promises as to potential outcomes. What struck me about Matt were several things, among them that
• he was highly respected by his colleagues, as I learned around that time and later at the courthouse,
• he'd been a prosecuting attorney previously, which would aid him in empathizing with the state, and lent him an extra negotiating tool or two from having had that relationship with the prosecutors' office,
• he was the most willing to work out a payment plan, even though it was apparent that he didn't need to in order to gain anymore clients, and
• in the end, my gut told me he was the right guy.
Mr. Shrum is professional, knows his stuff, operates at a high level of integrity, and I will be forever grateful to him.