VIDEO: Pittsburgh defense lawyer’s new ad: ‘Hire me, I think like a criminal’

Actors in Pittsburgh attorney Dan Muessig's new commercial. Credit: Daniel Muessig
Actors in Pittsburgh attorney Dan Muessig’s new commercial. Credit: Daniel Muessig

He’s the real-life Saul Goodman.

In the spirit of Goodman, the attorney character on “Breaking Bad” who provides comic relief while openly supporting illegal activity at his law practice, a Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney has an outrageous new ad out online in which he claims to “think like a criminal” and portrays himself as helping guilty people walk free.

“I may have a law degree, but I think like a criminal,” lawyer Daniel Muessig tells viewers in the commercial. “America was built on freedom, not on a bunch of people with more money than you telling you what you can and can’t do with their stupid ‘laws.’ Laws are arbitrary!”

The ad, which needs to be seen to be believed, is a dramatization that starts outside the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas in Pittsburgh. Muessig walks out of court arm-in-arm with an actor portraying a criminal whom Muessig has apparently just helped evade conviction, who turns to the camera and says, “Thanks, Dan!”

Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Dan Muessig's new commercial. Credit: Dan Muessig
Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Dan Muessig’s new commercial. Credit: Dan Muessig

The commercial shows several actors playing criminals carrying guns and robbing homes, and a driver picking up a prostitute, all of whom cheerfully say to the camera, “Thanks, Dan!”

In the ad, Muessig offers his services on cases ranging from murder and arson to burglary, bank robbery and assault.

“I’m the Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Pittsburgh criminals hire when they commit crimes,” Muessig boasts.

Attorneys are required to follow rules of professional conduct in their advertising, but on Twitter Muessig said his ad is within the necessary boundaries.

Muessig is licensed to practice across the state, although it’s none too likely he’ll appear in any Philly courtrooms.

At least one local attorney, Leo Mulvihill, was not amused by Muessig’s ad.

View Muessig’s full advertisement below.

____________________

Follow Sam Newhouse on Twitter: @scnewhouse

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Twitter: @metrophilly

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Facebook: Metro Philadelphia



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

NYPD: Man denied money punches 65-year-old at Bronx…

A 65-year-old man was punched and shoved at a D train station in the Bronx last week when he denied another man money, police said.

Local

New York Governor Cuomo's office intervened in corruption…

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the…

International

South Korea ferry fugitive found dead with bags…

By Ju-min Park and Sohee KimSUNCHEON/INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea's most wanted man, whose heavily decomposed body was found in an orchard last…

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Books

Art imitates life (almost) in David Shaprio's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."

Movies

Interview: 'Happy Christmas' director Joe Swanberg on making…

"Happy Christmas" filmmaker Joe Swanberg talks about the collaborative nature of his films with name actors and the difficulties of getting indies seen.

Gossip

Is Justin Bieber now a Calvin Klein underwear…

A source told the Daily Mail that Justin Bieber "has shot for Calvin Klein" and that they "hope the results will be released later this year." While probably…

Gossip

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…

NFL

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost

NFL

3 storylines to watch as Jets open training…

Jets head coach Rex Ryan might be in for an even tougher job in 2014 after arguably his best coaching job last season.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

Education

Elementary school students like their healthy school lunches…

  When the federal government first rolled out its healthier school meal guidelines in 2012, elementary schoolers weren't happy. Much was written about how America's…

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…