A Pittsburgh lawyer’s online ad showing smiling robbers, drug dealers and prostitutes flashing thumbs up and thanking him for getting them off the hook has garnered tens of thousands of views and drawn fire from a local bar association.

One fictional criminal pauses while climbing out a window carrying a laptop to say “Thanks Dan”, in the three-minute, 27-second ad posted on YouTube by criminal defence attorney Daniel Muessig on Thursday. Muessig, a 2012 University of Pittsburgh Law School graduate, then says: “Trust me, I may have a law degree, but I think like a criminal.”

In an interview on Friday, he said: “I wanted to connect with my potential clients in a way that people from my generation could understand.” – Reuters