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Isn’t Matt Shirk the Public Defender?

I was doing my usual googling for news when I came across the following website:

http://www.callpiercelaw.com/

And there’s Matt Shirk – on a Bushnell, Illinois law firm’s webpage…with a “Don’t settle for less than you deserve” motto under his picture. 

Now, that’s kind of ironic.

Funny though, I could have sworn he is the Public Defender here in Jacksonville.

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  1. Jose says:

    I know he is not a tenth the man whos picture he replaced on the coj.net website last month.

  2. Jose says:

    I think this was the supposed “independent practice” he supposedly ran as evidence of his “success” in the private sector. In reality he was a lousy PD, a worse law partner and had to run a branch office and pretend it was his own practice.

    Well I hope he has paid off his lein by now with his ridiculous salary.

  3. Bill says:

    Craig Pierce is his step-father. This website has not been updated in years. The website and e-mail address that it directs one to is the Tassone and Eler firm. Shirk hasn’t worked there in some time.

  4. spidey says:

    Shirk might want to consider the Florida Bar Rules on Internet advertising:

    RULE 4-7.6 COMPUTER-ACCESSED COMMUNICATIONS
    …..
    (b) Internet Presence. All World Wide Web sites and home pages accessed via the Internet that are controlled or sponsored by a lawyer or law firm and that contain information concerning the lawyer’s or law firm’s services:

    (1) shall disclose all jurisdictions in which the lawyer or members of the law firm are licensed to practice law;

    (2) shall disclose 1 or more bona fide office locations of the lawyer or law firm, in accordance with subdivision (a)(2) of rule 4-7.2; and

    (3) are considered to be information provided upon request.

    RULE 4-7.2 COMMUNICATIONS CONCERNING A LAWYER’S SERVICES

    (a) Required Content of Advertisements and Unsolicited Written Communications.

    ….

    (2) Location of Practice. All advertisements and written communications provided for under these rules shall disclose, by city or town, 1 or more bona fide office locations of the lawyer or lawyers who will actually perform the services advertised. If the office location is outside a city or town, the county in which the office is located must be disclosed. A lawyer referral service shall disclose the geographic area in which the lawyer practices when a referral is made. For the purposes of this rule, a bona fide office is defined as a physical location maintained by the lawyer or law firm where the lawyer or law firm reasonably expects to furnish legal services in a substantial way on a regular and continuing basis.

    (c) Prohibitions and General Regulations Governing Content of Advertisements and Unsolicited Written Communications.
    (1) Statements About Legal Services. A lawyer shall not make or permit to be made a false, misleading, or deceptive communication about the lawyer or the lawyer’s services. A communication violates this rule if it:
    (A) contains a material misrepresentation of fact or law;
    (B) is false or misleading;
    (C) fails to disclose material information necessary to prevent the information supplied from being false or misleading;
    (D) is unsubstantiated in fact;
    (E) is deceptive;
    (F) contains any reference to past successes or results obtained;
    (G) promises results;
    (H) states or implies that the lawyer can achieve results by means that violate the Rules of Professional Conduct or other law;
    (I) compares the lawyer’s services with other lawyers’ services, unless the comparison can be factually substantiated; or
    (J) contains a testimonial.

  5. Billly says:

    “Craig Pierce is his step-father. This website has not been updated in years. The website and e-mail address that it directs one to is the Tassone and Eler firm. Shirk hasn’t worked there in some time.”

    Of course, that just makes it all the more ridiculous.

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