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Sammer Andrew Zakhour

also known as Sam Zakhour

About me

Originally from Dallas, Texas, I moved to San Diego in 2005 when I received a scholarship to the University of San Diego.  I graduated with a degree in English in 2009 and pursued a legal education at California Western School of Law, where I graduated in 2012.  My primary practice areas are State and Federal Criminal Defense. Throughout my career, I have found that success is achieved when an attorney is passionate about his or her client's cause.  The most effective representation is that of the attorney who empathizes, believes, and truly wants to help the client.  I strive to run my practice with that philosophy.  The greatest satisfaction in this profession is a client's thanks for a job well-done.  An attorney's job, when it is done well, has the power to right a wrong; to provide an individual with a second chance; and to be an understanding, strong, helping hand when a person is facing a difficult time in his or her life.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
  2. Domestic Violence: 15%
  3. Family: 10%



Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

33 total 

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  • Marc Bruce Geller

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Sam since he began practicing law. He and I tried a large narcotics case in Federal District Court. Mr. Zakhour has a unique and effective style. He is an outstanding advocate, working hard for his clients.


    Marc Geller Federal Crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Vikas Bajaj

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Vikas Bajaj Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of Sammer A. Zakhour

1010 Second Avenue, Suite 1810
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAvvo2015
Client's Choice 2014 - Criminal DefenseAvvo2014
Top Contributor- Criminal DefenseAvvo2014
First HonorsUniversity of San Diego2009
First HonorsUniversity of San Diego2008
Presidential ScholarshipUniversity of San Diego2005
National Merit ScholarshipNational Merit Scholarship Corporation2004
2x High School Wrestling State ChampionState of Texas2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney of CounselDiaz & Lehr LLP2014 - Present
Attorney of CounselMarc B. Geller, APC2014 - Present
Attorney and FounderLaw Office of Sammer A. Zakhour2014 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC2013 - 2014
Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Elliott N. Kanter, APC2013 - 2013
Clinical InternMarc B. Geller, APC2012 - 2012
InternLaw Offices of Elliott N. Kanter, APC2011 - 2012
Certified InternSan Diego Public Defender's Office2011 - 2011
Marketing DirectorDaniel P. Heilbrun Realty2009 - 2009
TutorSouthwest San Diego Tutoring Program2008 - 2009
Wrestling InstructorSt. Mark's School of Texas2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of San DiegoMember2013 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaNew Lawyers Division2013 - Present
Middle Eastern Law Student AssociationSocial Director2011 - 2012
California Western Bail ProjectMember2011 - 2012
San Diego Inn of CourtParticipantN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People of the State of California v. ZondorakAppealed
People of the State of California v. WadeClient served 36 days in custody
People of the State of California v. GillMisdemeanor conviction - no fine, no custody, informal probation
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Publication nameTitleDate
Zakhour Law BlogProp 47 and California Criminal Justice2015
Zakhour Law BlogIs it Legal to Film a Police Officer in California?2015
San Diego Union TribuneMiddle Eastern Christians look to bring Syrian refugees to San Diego2015
Zakhour Law BlogRiley v. California and the Privacy of your Smartphone2014
Zakhour Law BlogCleaning Your Record with an Expungment Attorney2014
California Western Law ReviewThe Patriot Act and Privacy - An Examination of Section 2152011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Univ of San DiegoEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2009
St. Mark's School of TexasHigh School DiplomaN/A2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Diego Union TribuneMiddle Eastern Christians look to bring Syrian refugees to San Diego2015
Triton Invitational Mock Trial TournamentJudge2014
National Sports Law Negotiation CompetitionNegotiation2014