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SD Criminal DefenseAttorney Gerald E. Smith grew up in Superior , Wisconsin . As a youth, he consistently made the honor roll, while competing with the Traveling All-Star Hockey Team in national tournaments throughout the Northern States. He was also proficient in the Martial Arts, both as an Instructor and Full Contact Fighter. After attending three years at the University of Minnesota , he transferred to the University of Texas where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree.

Prior to his decision to pursue his career as an attorney, Mr. Smith had a highly successful career as a Texas Police Officer, ultimately obtaining the rank of Sergeant . In addition, he was a member of the Department’s SWAT Team. He was recognized not only for his work while on duty as a police officer, but also for the implementation of a Drug Educational Program (DARE) in three school districts . Also, he achieved his Instructor’s Certification from Texas Commission Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (T.C.L.O.S.E.) and taught various topics to new officers in the Academy. However, as a result of an injury sustained while on duty, Mr. Smith was forced to pursue another career and decided to attend law school. As a law clerk, Mr. Smith interned for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and in the private sector for a small civil firm. After graduating from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 1993, he passed the February 1994 Bar Exam.

Mr. Smith is a member of the State Bar of California and the Federal Bar in Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California. Mr. Smith was a former prosecutor with the city of San Diego.He had previously worked for a large criminal defense firm and exceptionally handled the firm’s serious felony cases (e.g., murder, attempt murder, robbery, rapes, sexual assaults, child molestation, assault, battery, domestic violence, drug charges, theft related charges, and DUI's). Mr. Smith is highly respected by both judges and prosecutors, and has been very successful in negotiating cases where a trial was not in the best interest of his clients.

Mr. Smith is an aggressive, experienced attorney who has handled a multitude of cases with impressive results. He believes in earning the trust from his clients and getting to know them personally, so they do not feel that they are just a file number. For most of his 15 years as an attorney, Mr. Smith has used his experience and skill defending the rights of the wrongfully accused.


Languages spoken: Spanish, Tagalog, English

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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



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  • Hector Jesus Tamayo

    Knowledgeable and fearless in the courtroom, Gerry is an upper echelon trial advocate and a skilled negotiator. I would without reservation have Gerry represent my closest friends and family if they were ever charged with a crime. I have personally witnessed Gerry's work and have seen him in action-he is without questions one of the best. I strongly endorse Gerald Smith.


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  • Mark V. Clay

    highly endorse Mr. Smith. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first.


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Law Office of Gerald E. Smith, P.C.

402 W Broadway
Suite 1500
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President/OwnerLaw Office of Gerald E. Smith, APC2008 - Present
AssociateLarge Criminal Defense Firm in San Diego2003 - 2008
Prosecuting AttorneyCity Of San Diego, Criminal Division2001 - 2001
AttorneyLaw Office of Gerald E. Smith1994 - 2001
SergeantLongview Texas Police Department1981 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court Eastern District of CaliforniaN/A2011 - Present
United States District Court Central District of CaliforniaN/A1995 - Present
United States District Court Southern CaliforniaN/A1994 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and EducationAdvanced Certificate1988 - Present
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and EducationInstructor's Certificate1988 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationN/AN/A
National Criminal Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITYNot Guilty by Reason of Insanity August 2011 defendant was released from Patton State Hospital and put in residential treatment program
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Publication nameTitleDate
union tribuneJudge rules man in Chula Vista ax attack legally insane2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of TexasN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest Speaker for MCLESubstance Abuse2014
Host for a Weekly Radio ShowKnow your Rights2009
MCLEJury Instructions2008