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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    45 years

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  • Charles Halligan Adair



    Charles Adair Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Matthew Atherton Sullivan

    I strongly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Sevilla has a brilliant legal mind, honed by many years of experience. He is generous with his time and advice on complex legal matters. His insights and legal knowledge are a true benefit to the defense bar. Any client who hires Mr. Sevilla would be lucky to have him.


    Matthew Sullivan Criminal Defense Attorney
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Contact info

1010 2nd Ave Ste 1825
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 San Diego Super Lawyers 2010Super Lawyers Magazine2010
"Best Lawyers in San Diego"San Diego Magazine2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyersSouthern California Super Lawyers2009
AV rankingMartindale-Hubbell2009
The Daily Transcript 2007 Top Attorneys awardThe Daily Transcript2009
“The lawyers lawyers would hire if they got busted.”N/A2001
Annual Award for Outstanding ServiceN/A1991
E. Stanley Conant AwardDefender Organizations1981
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chief DeputyCA State Public Defender1976 - 1984
Chief Trial AttorneyFederal Defenders, Inc. San Diego1971 - 1976
Association namePosition nameDuration
Ninth Circuit Advisory Rules CommitteeMember1996 - 2002
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1995 - 2009
San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer's ClubPresident1988 - 1988
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1983 - Present
CACJ: California Attorneys for Criminal JusticePresident1979 - 1980
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Knowles v. MirzayanceCourt reversed Ninth Circuit grant of relief
United States v. Martinez-FuerteReversed Ninth Circuit grant of relief
United States v. OrtizRelief granted.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of Contemporary Legal IssuesAntisocial Personality Disorder: Justification for the Death Penalty?1999
Harvard Journal of Law and Public PolicyCriminal Defense Lawyers and the Search for Truth1997
Loyola Law ReviewApril 20, 1992: A Day in the Life1996
National Lawyer's Guild PractitionerRedefining Federal Habeas Corpus and Constitutional Rights: Procedural Preclusion1995
California Criminal Defense PracticeCalifornia Criminal Defense Practice (book revised annually)1982
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterN/ALL.M - Master of Laws1971
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1969
California State University, San Jose State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1966