“I pride myself on not judging people based on their mistakes, and on having client-focused representations. Attorneys are licensed as attorneys and counselors at law. I take both parts seriously,” says Holly Gieszl, founder of The Gieszl Firm in Phoenix.
The firm’s practice areas are criminal defense, often but not always, cases involving mental health, competency and other medical issues; administrative law with a focus on health professionals and regulatory issues affecting health care entities; and civil rights cases involving prisoner and jail inmate health issues.
Gieszl credits much of her non-judgmental approach to experiences in her family life. “Perhaps part of this approach comes from being a mother with responsibility for children across their lifetime, which inevitably involves good and bad times. Whatever its origin, respectful representation is the hallmark of my approach with criminal clients. This generally means frequent jail or prison visits and legal calls and keeping the client informed every step of the way,” she says.
Founding member of the Association for the Chronically Mentally Ill (ACMI) whose mission is to work with other stakeholders to improve the care of people with chronic mental illness through cost-effective network enhancements.