photography by Trevor Paulhus
TITLE: Owner, Gioffredi & Associates law firm

DETAILS: Gioffredi has spent 20 years in Dallas county and municipal courtrooms handling a high volume of misdemeanor cases (including driving while intoxicated, driving under the influence, public intoxication, various traffic citations, and assault).

WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW HIM: Because he can keep your name out of the newspapers and your keister out of jail.

Gioffredi has successfully built his high-volume practice by offering free legal representation to high-powered (read “expensive”) lawyers in exchange for their promise to refer their clients’ misdemeanor cases to him. Clients include investors, engineers, and real estate pros.

Gioffredi says that many top Dallas executives call their personal attorneys when confronted with DWI charges (especially during the holiday party season), and the attorneys pass the cases on to him.

In 97 percent of his firm’s Class C misdemeanor cases, Gioffredi says, charges are either dismissed, reduced, or deferred. He says his success rate for handling driving while intoxicated cases is between 40 and 60 percent.

Gioffredi compares his work to that of heart surgery at a busy hospital.

“Do you really want a heart surgeon who only did heart surgery once every three or four years?” he says. “Or would you prefer the guy that does 20 of them a week at Parkland Hospital?”