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About me

My practice is focused on white-collar criminal defense and related matters, complex federal and state civil business litigation, legal malpractice defense, and state court juvenile and criminal proceedings, including cases alleging theft, embezzlement, fraud, vehicular manslaughter, assault, arson, and murder.  I have substantial experience in matters involving criminal securities fraud, false claims, and political corruption.  I have also defended doctors, psychologists, and real estate professionals in actions initiated by licensing boards.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
    15 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 35%
    15 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    25 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Klinedinst, PC

501 West Broadway
Suite 600
San Diego, CA, 92101


MNNot Authorized - Non-payment of fees198907/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer (White Collar Criminal Defense)Southern California Super Lawyers2014
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2013
San Diego Super Lawyer (White collar criminal defense)Super Lawyers2013
San Diego Super Lawyer (white collar criminal defense)Super Lawyers2012
San Diego Super Lawyer (Criminal Defense: White Collar)Super Lawyers2011
AV Preeminent RatingMartindale Hubbell2011
San Diego Super Lawyer (Criminal Defense: White Collar)Super Lawyers2010
Dedicated Service AwardSan Diego County Public Defender's Office1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior CounselKlinedinst, PC2014 - Present
PartnerCoughlan, Semmer, Fitch & Pott2011 - 2014
AttorneyCoughlan, Semmer & Lipman2001 - 2011
Deputy Public DefenderSan Diego County Public Defender's Office1991 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego County Indigent Criminal Defense Grant FundBoard Member2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
California Western School of LawAdjunct Professor2011 - Present
Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San DiegoMember2011 - 2012
San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers ClubMember2010 - Present
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Assn.Member2007 - 2011
American Inns of Court, Lewis Welsh ChapterBarrister2003 - 2005
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lauffs v. CarrDefense verdict; no liability on all claims.
Chapman v. Superior CourtSummary judgment denial reversed on appeal.
People v. Seth Cravens, et. al.Negotiated plea; murder charge dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
CDBA-CDLC Criminal Defense NewsletterThe Practice of Criminal Law: Can I Be Sued?2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Carleton CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SDCDBA January 2012 MeetingAdding Insult to Injury: Criminal Prosecution and the Professional License2012
California Realtor Expo 2011Criminal Defense Issues Affecting Real Estate Professionals2011