A recent survey of 2023 rates from top firms reveal attorney hourly rate increases of 8-14%.  Notably, top partner rates now range from $2,100 to $2,720 an hour. The bottom partner rates from $1,025 to $1,995 per hour.  Even more telling, first year associates, those lawyers who have just passed the Bar exam and have little to no real life experience in the practice of law, range from $660 to $895 per hour.

Most cases handled by big law firms are layered with multiple attorneys, ranging from young associates to upper class associates to junior and senior partners.  Add all their rates together and you can have billings at tens of thousands of dollars an hour.  There are additional costs as well, from paralegals with rates from $200 to $400 per hour or more, to discovery platforms that can costs thousands of dollars per month.  Major corporations, high net worth individuals and the like can afford to pay, or have Directors and Officers insurance that pays, for these firms.

When facing criminal charges, the stakes are incredibly high. The attorney you choose can mean the difference between freedom and conviction. While larger law firms may seem to offer the best defense due to their size and resources, smaller boutique criminal defense firms present unique advantages that can significantly benefit clients. Here’s why the boutique firm of Stahl Gasiorowski Criminal Defense is your best ally in the fight for justice.

Personalized Attention

At Stahl Gasiorowski we handle fewer cases at a time compared to big law firms. This allows for a level of personalized attention that can be pivotal in criminal cases. The intimate setting ensures that your legal team knows your case inside out and is always accessible to address your concerns. You’re not just another case number; you’re a valued client with a bespoke defense strategy tailored to your unique circumstances.

Specialized Expertise

Stahl Gasiorowski specializes in criminal defense.  Our attorneys are passionate about this area of law and have dedicated their careers to perfecting their craft.  Such narrow focus results in a depth of knowledge and a nuanced understanding of criminal law that’s hard to match.  This expertise offers keen insights into prosecution tactics, familiarity with local court nuances, and a refined skill in crafting compelling defense strategies.

Agility and Adaptability

The types of criminal cases Stahl Gasiorowski typically handle are complex that require extensive research and review a large amounts of discovery.  Skill, combined with experience and flexibility, allow us to maximize our effectiveness.  We are agile, able to adapt and respond rapidly to new developments without the layers of bureaucracy that can slow down larger firms. Our structure allows us to pivot strategies and tactics swiftly, a vital asset during the high-stress proceedings of criminal defense.


Since Stahl Gasiorowski only handles complex federal and state criminal matters, we are able to operate with lower overheads and, as a result, can offer more cost-effective pricing structures without compromising the quality of legal defense.  This means clients have access to high-caliber legal services and a dedicated defense without the daunting costs often associated with the larger firms.

Direct Expert Representation

At Stahl Gasiorowski, clients receive representation from highly skilled, experienced attorneys, not junior associates learning on the job. This means that your case is in the hands of an experienced attorney from start to finish, bringing a level of advocacy and proficiency that can be crucial in criminal cases.

Building a Strong Attorney-Client Relationship

Facing serious criminal charges is a profoundly personal and stressful experience.  We offer the opportunity to build a strong, trusting relationship with our attorneys.  This connection results in a more open exchange of information, which is essential for constructing a robust defense. The trust between our clients and attorneys produces results in court, presenting a united and convincing front to judges and juries.


While larger firms may seem impressive with their scale and brand recognition, when it comes to criminal defense, the individualized attention and services offered at Stahl Gasiorowski offer distinct advantages. Personalized attention, specialized expertise, agility, cost-effectiveness, direct representation, and a strong attorney-client relationship are necessities in building a formidable defense.

Stahl Gasiorowski has specialized in representing individuals and corporations in federal and state criminal investigations and charges.  Our partners each have more than 30 years’ experience zealously defending clients in matters involving health care fraud, crypto currency marketing and transactions, wire fraud, bank fraud, money laundering, drug and gun conspiracies and tax fraud.

Stahl Gasiorowski Criminal Defense Attorneys actively and aggressively protect clients’ rights and offer big law skills at boutique firm prices. To contact us call 908.301.9001 for the NJ office and 212.755.3300 for the NYC office, or email Mr. Stahl at rgs@sgdefenselaw.com or Laura K. Gasiorowski at lkg@sgdefenselaw.com.