COLLINSVILLE – The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys (AIOCLA) has recognized Illinois Criminal Law Attorney Joel D. Beckwith of Burger Law and Traffic Law Solutions as one of its 2016 "10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction."
AIOCLA is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the top 10 criminal law attorneys in each state. Selections are based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOCLA’s independent evaluation. AIOCLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.
According to an AIOCLA news release, one of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. AIOCLA states that it “places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of criminal law without sacrificing the service and support they provide.”
“Personally, I'm flattered that someone would value my services enough to suggest my name,” Beckwith told the Record. “It’s a good feeling. Professionally speaking, I feel more confident that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing and my clients are happy.”
Beckwith said he typically tries to pursue traffic related cases, whether they are criminal matters such as a DUI or speeding tickets, or civil matters such as a personal injury resulting from a car accident.
“Traffic is usually the overarching theme,” Beckwith said.
After receiving an undergraduate degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and following law school at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Beckwith said he got a job working for a traffic law firm in St. Charles, Mo., which inspired him to start his own small business at Traffic Law Solutions. Beckwith founded Traffic Law Solutions in 2014.
Beckwith said he subsequently decided to diversify his experience. At that point, he started working at a personal injury firm in Collinsville. Most recently, Beckwith said he accepted a position at Burger Law in St. Louis. He currently works at Burger and operates Traffic Law Solutions.
“Even though much of my time is committed to my law firm, Traffic Law Solutions continues to grow every day,” Beckwith said.
Beckwith said he tries his best to make a friendly and personal connection with his clients, so that they know he is not just concerned with the bottom line.
“I want my clients to know that they take the priority above all else,” Beckwith said. “I think this is something my clients probably appreciate.”
In addition to speeding tickets, Traffic Law Solutions’ services include driving while suspended, warrants, DWI/DUI, criminal history and car accidents. Traffic Law Solutions also has an office in the St. Louis area.
At SIUE, Beckwith studied philosophy and political science. During his senior year, he was awarded Outstanding Senior Assignment in Philosophy from SIUE.
During his final year in law school, Beckwith completed a one-year externship practicing in the public defender’s office. In that role, he assisted with a variety of criminal matters, including domestic disputes to homicide cases. In 2013, his law school commentary was published in the Journal of Legal Medicine.
Beckwith is licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Missouri.