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I have practiced criminal defense and defended against restraining orders in San Diego County since 2004.  Since 2007 I have practiced appellate criminal defense.  I have won several jury trials over the years and have won a number of cases on appeal.  I believe I provide great service to my clients and their families.  Most important, I strive to give my clients excellent representation in the trial, family and appellate courts in San Diego County and southern California.  Please contact me for a free consultation by phone or in-person.


Languages spoken: French, Spanish, Italian

Practice areas


  1. Appeals: 40%
    8 years, 25 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    11 years, 100 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    11 years, 100 cases
  4. Family: 10%
    4 years
  5. Immigration: 10%
    4 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Hector Jesus Tamayo

    Highly respected for his skills and knowledge Al is one of the finest legal minds in Southern California. Whether it be for the defense of a serious felony or a highly complex appeal Al has experience in all those types of matters and has achieved superior results. I strongly endorse this lawyer.


    Hector Tamayo Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jane Wesley Brooks

    I endorse this lawyer. I referred a few clients to Al because I practice family law and some of my clients needed a criminal defense attorney. My clients all had positive feedback about his tenacity, knowledge of the law, and great results. Al is my "go to" criminal attorney referral without hesitation.


    Jane Brooks Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of Alan Macina

1901 First Avenue
First Floor
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Alan Macina2007 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorCalifornia Western School of Law2008 - 2010
Associate Criminal Defense AttorneySteigerwalt & Associates2004 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember2008 - Present
American Inns of Court, Welsh InnAlumnus2006 - 2007
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaMember2005 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2004 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
California Western International Law JournalAvena & Other Mexican Nationals: The Litmus for LaGrand & The Future of Consular Rights in the United States2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of Law in San DiegoLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of FloridaCommunication Sciences & DIsorders; French MinorBA - Bachelor of Arts; Minor1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Marine Corps Installations West Legal Assistance ConferenceDUI Defense Overview2012
Civil Practice law student classProfessional Practice Development2012
21º Academia de Destrezas en Litigación (Spanish-languageTrial Skills Academy)Criminal Case Trial Themes & Opening Statements2012
20º Academia de Destrezas en Litigación (Spanish-language Trial Skills Academy)Criminal Case Trial Themes & Opening Statements2011
Transition to Practice: Panel for New AttorneysSetting Up a Solo/Small Practice2008
Professional Issues PanelEthics2006