I began my law career clerking for my father, a former judge in Phoenix, Arizona. We discussed rulings in cases as we commuted to Cave Creek, AZ. My father was a graduate of Northwestern Law School and a former Assistant United States Attorney. I graduated from Arizona State University with a BS in Economics and later attended California Western School of Law.
My first job was with Federal Defenders of San Diego. I found myself recalling many of the converstations my father and I had concerning the Fourth Amendment to the United States Consititution. I received the American Jurisprudence Award in trial practice. My father tried a case with ,Chief Justice William Renquist when he was a counsel for Arizona Title. But, the most importatnt factor was always getting want the client needed. That is, to put their life back together.
Now, as the founder of San Diego Defenders, I feel a responsibility to share some of the knowledge passed on to me to the other attorneys at the law firm. Every Friday, our firm has a "round table" to discuss the unique issues in each case. We practice law as if each client is our only client.
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Licensed since 1990
Cash, Check, Credit Card
I endorse this lawyer. Dan Smith is one of the most skillful defense attorneys I have known in my 15 years of practice in San Diego. When you add to that how sincerely concerned about his clients he is, it is a combination that makes an excellent advocate. Whether it is negotiating a plea or taking the case to trial, I would tust him to handle any criminal matter.
Jon Pettis DUI & DWI Attorney
I have know Dan for over 10 years. He is a terrific attorney and very dedicated to his work. He has an excellent reputation throughout all courts in San Diego County with judges, prosecutors and fellow criminal defense attorneys. He is knowledgeable in the law and is a tireless advocate on behalf of his clients.
Michael Berg Federal Crime Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|American Jurisprudence Award - Trial Practice||American Jurisprudence||1989|
|Founder Supervising Attorney||San Diego Defenders, APC||2011 - Present|
|Supervising Attorney||DS Criminal Law Group||2011 - Present|
|Lead Trial Attorney||United Trial Group APC||2010 - 2011|
|Lead Trial Attorney South Bay District||Pacific Law Center, San Diego, Ca||2008 - 2010|
|Trial Attorney||Law Offices of Daniel M. Smith||1993 - 2008|
|Trial Lawyer||Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.||1992 - 1993|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1991 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Member||1991 - Present|
|People v. Jose Garcia||Determinate Sentence of 22 years|
|People v. Marquez||Jury Trial - Not Guilty Verdict|
|People v. Bradley Austin Smith||Voluntary manslaughter w/knife 12 year determinite sentence|
|Blurb Publications||Judge's Top Secret Guide to Beating a DUI||2014|
|ABC News 20/20||Classroom Confidential||2012|
|PRWEB||San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Provide Guidance on a Person’s Rights Regarding Searches and Seizures at the International Border||2011|
|Union Tribune||Lesser charges for star student in bomb prank||2009|
|NBC News||School Bomb Prankster Strikes a Deal||2009|
|California Western School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|Arizona State University||Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1988|
|Guest Lecturer - Government||Criminal Procedure - Case Study||2013|
|Public Interest Law Foundation Conference||Starting your Criminal Defense Career as a Federal Public Defender||2010|