Deniz is a native of Southern California. He earned a scholarship playing college football. He earned the honor of Academic All-American.
After college he spent a few years as a high school educator and a varsity football coach. He then followed his dreams and attended law school. During law school he focused on helping people navigate through the legal system. He had internships with Prisoner Legal Services, Marin County Counsel, and Contra Costa Senior Legal Services.
In January 2004, he joined the ranks of the District Attorney’s Office. There, he learned behind-the-scene intricacies of criminal prosecution and was quickly promoted to Deputy District Attorney IV. Mr. Deniz worked closely with law enforcement. He went on ride-a-longs with police offices, reviewed police reports, filed criminal charges, negotiated plea bargain deals, interviewed expert witnesses and successfully tried more than 50 jury cases. He received training in evidence, trial technique, and felony sentencing from the California District Attorney Association.
In March 2009, he became a Deputy at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. http://www.sandiego.gov/cityattorney/divisions/criminal/ As a Deputy City Attorney he spent time in several units including the Domestic Violence, Issuing, and general trial unit. In 2012, he tried 13 jury trials alone. He was Prosecutor of the Month for September 2011 and November 2012. He has conducted over 70 jury trials as well as hundreds of motions and hearings. He handled thousands of cases while with the City Attorney’s office alone.
Mr. Deniz learned the prosecution's side of the law from the inside out, with all its strengths and weaknesses. This is unique and vital knowledge for a defense attorney. Preferring private practice and being well-armed with first-hand experience in the District Attorney's office and the City Attorney’s office, Mr. Deniz opened his own practice, focusing on San Diego DUI and San Diego criminal cases. With his depth of experience, he knew there were better ways to get favorable results besides the generic, impersonal approach often found in big law firms, and those without the knowledge of the inner workings of the prosecution.
Mr. Deniz opened his own law firm to satisfy clients' needs for individualized, professional services, tailored to give a quality defense that has reasonable and realistic fees.
At the Law Offices of Mark Deniz, Mr. Deniz provides his personalized, aggressive litigation expertise to each and every case. Your case will not be assigned to a junior-level associate. By handling the cases himself, Mr. Deniz provides his clients with top-shelf attention. Criminal Law has many attended and unintended consequences; you must have quality representation. You have to try your best to get out of an unsympathetic and complex system.
Mark Deniz is active and up-to-date within the legal community. This includes:
· Attended the prestigious National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
· Member of California DUI Lawyers Association
· Member of National College of DUI Defense
· Member of San Diego Criminal Defense Bar
· Member San Diego County Bar Association
Mr. Deniz also sits on several consulting and referral panels throughout San Diego County.
Some other tidbits about Mr. Deniz include:
· Former Special Prosecutor for the Auto Theft task force
· Was Prosecutor of the Month in San Diego for September 2011 and November 2012.
· Former member of the California District Attorney’s Association
· Respected by judges, court staff, prosecutors, and his colleagues in the criminal defense bar.
· Mark graduated from the prestigious and rigorous National College of DUI Defense Summer Session, held at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
* Graduated from La Pier’s rigorous DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course; he is certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests under NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Licensed since 2003
Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Mark has exceptional knowledge and experience in criminal law, having done numerous jury trials as a prosecutor. Mark thoroughly evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of his cases and his opponents. He also thinks outside of the box when necessary for his cases. Mark is respected in the legal community.
Todd Zocchi Government Attorney
Simply put, Mark Deniz is a legal specimen. From the opposite side of the courtroom to watching him work as a defense attorney, one thing is clear: he has an approach to lawyering that is unparalleled. His systematic, relentless preparation is unlike anything I've ever seen. The novelty of his ideas are far beyond the typical "textbook defense" approach that we see all too often (to the client's detriment). The prosecution simply cannot keep up with him. Mark Deniz is seven moves ahead on the chessboard and it's an absolute privilege to watch this attorney unfold his game-plan. He has literally re-invented the game. To use a sports analogy, Deniz is, frankly, the Billy Beane of criminal defense. Game-changer. Highest recommendation I can give an attorney.
Matthew Terry DUI & DWI Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|A Rating Better Business||AVVO||2015|
|AVVO Clients Choies Award||AVVO||2015|
|Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of California||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Clients Choice-San Diego||AVVO||2014|
|SFST Student Course Graduate||La Pier & Associates||2013|
|Summer Session Graduate||National College for DUI Defense||2013|
|Certification Qualified Standardized FST Administration||LaPier per National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration and International Association of Chiefs of Police||2013|
|Deputy City Attorney Criminal Prosecutor of the Month||San Diego City Attorney-Criminal Division-Trial Unit||2012|
|Deputy City Attorney- Criminal Prosecutor of the Month||San Diego City Attorney-Criminal Division-Trial Unit||2011|
|Criminal law Mock Trial Champion||County of Tulare Bar Association||2008|
|Criminal Law Trial - California Delegate||United States Department of Justice-Criminal Trial Advocacy Center, Columbia, South Carolina||2006|
|Owner & Operator||Law Offices of Mark Deniz APLC||2013 - Present|
|Deputy City Attorney||City Of San Diego, Criminal Division||2009 - 2013|
|Deputy District Attorney||Tulare County District Attorney's Office||2004 - 2009|
|Certified Law Clerk||Contra Costa Senior Legal Services||2000 - 2003|
|Law Clerk||Marin County Counsel||1999 - 1999|
|Law Clerk||San Francisco County Sheriff Department- Prisoner Legal Services||1998 - 1998|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Member||2014 - Present|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Attorney Search Network||Officer/Panel Member||2013 - Present|
|SDBA Lawyer Referral Panel||Panel Member||2013 - Present|
|University City Little league||Officer||2013 - Present|
|San Diego Bar Association||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|Criminal Defense Bar Association of San Diego||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|Deputy City Attorney Association San Diego||Attorney Member||2009 - 2013|
|California District Attorneys Association||Attorney Member||2004 - 2009|
|National College of District Attorneys||Attorney Member||2004 - 2013|
|State Bar of California||Member||2003 - Present|
|San Diego Premier Defense Blog||San Diego Minor in Possession Charge 101 BP 25662 (a)||2015|
|San Diego Premier Defense Blog||San Diego DUI & Minors and Those Under 21 Years Old||2015|
|San Diego Premier Defense Blog||How a San Diego DUI Can Affect a Nurse||2015|
|San Diego Premier Defense Blog||San Diego First Time DUI Education Programs||2015|
|San Diego Premier Defense Blog||What Does It Mean To "Submit" At A San Diego DUI Checkpoint?||2015|
|San Diego DUI Blog||San Diego DUI and Medical Licenses for Doctors||2014|
|San Diego DUI Blog||How a San Diego DUI Affects Pilots Licenses and Certificates for Airline Pilots||2014|
|San Diego DUI Blog||How Does a San Diego DUI Conviction Affect a Real Estate Agent||2014|
|San Diego DUI Blog||How a San Diego DUI Affects Truck Drivers||2014|
|San Diego DUI Blog||How Does a San Diego DUI Conviction Affect Teachers||2014|
|Presumed Innocent Magazine||Presumption of Innocence versus the Presumption of Guilt||2014|
|Presumed Innocent Magazine||A client needs to be honest with their attorney and themselves||2014|
|Voice of San Diego Newspaper||Yes, checkpoints are legal||2014|
|San Diego DUI Blog||Defendant's Can't Challenge Reliability of Breathalyzers||2014|
|The San Diego Criminal Lawyer||Can an officer pull you over for weaving within a lane?||2014|
|San Diego Expunge||Expunging your DUI||2014|
|Criminal Defense Blog||San Diego Expungements and Termination of Probations||2014|
|Criminology||Social Media & Criminal Defense||2012|
|San Diego Union Tribune||Parolee Marc Duncan Sentenced||2012|
|SDCA||Criminal Restitution 101||2011|
|Channel 10 news legal affairs||SDPD Probe into arrest||2011|
|San Diego City Attorney Brief||Spotlight: Mark L. Deniz, Esq||2009|
|Tulare County District Attorney||Strathmore Man Convicted of Carjacking||2008|
|Tulare County District Attorney||16 year old Michael Curtis of Exeter found guilty of Carjacking, Robbery, and Assault with a deadly weapon||2008|
|The Recorder||Keeping Seniors Safe in their homes||2001|
|San Diego DUI Blog||San Diego DUI and How It Affects a Professional License for a Nurse||N/A|
|National College of DUI Defense||N/A||Harvard Law School Summer Session||2013|
|La Pier and Associates National Highway & Safety testing||N/A||NHTSA Certificate on Field Sobriety testing||2013|
|California District Attorneys Association||N/A||Certificate of Completion in Tech Issues in Criminal Prosecution||2008|
|California District Attorneys Association||N/A||Certificate of Completion in Asset Forfeiture||2007|
|California District Attorney Association||N/A||Certificate of Completion in Felony Sentencing||2007|
|United States Department of Justice National Advocacy Center||Trial Advocacy College||Certificate of Completion||2006|
|California District Attorneys Association||N/A||Certificate of Completion in Insurance fraud||2005|
|California District Attorneys Association||N/A||Certificate of Completion in DUI Investigations||2004|
|John F Kennedy Univ SOL||Juris Doctorate||law||2002|
|Northern Arizona Univ||Political Science||Bachelor Science||1995|
|NBC News||San Diego DUI Checkpoint Video||2015|
|Media Law Solo Practice||SDSU Media Law Panel||2015|
|Trial Defense, criminal defense||DUI Defense||2014|
|Student Athlete Academic Services||Practical Law for young adults||2014|
|Student Athlete Academic Dept||Becoming a Lawyer||2014|
|Special Speaker Event||Having Passion while practicing law||2014|
|San Diego DUI Defense Associates||CLE- Penalties for multiple DUIs||2013|
|CLE-DUI Training||CLE-Rising blood alcohol & using the See Saw||2013|
|CLE-DUI Law Group||CLE Weaving DMV Suspensions in your DUI Defense||2013|
|CLE- San Diego DUI Attorneys||CLE- Working with your Criminaist||2012|
|CLE DUI Training||CLE The four phases of a DUI||2012|
|Career Development for Student Athletes||Avoiding criminal trouble during college||2012|
|CLE-Lifeguard Officer Training||CLE-Law Enforcement report writing||2011|
|CLE- Criminal Law Group||CLE Criminal Restitution 101||2011|
|CLE Felony Law Review||CLE Cross Examination of a DUI witness||2011|
|Introduction to Law||Jury Trial Preparation||2009|
|Criminal Trial Lawyers||CLE Cunningham and Motive||2009|
|CLE - Tulare County District Attorney||CLE How to Proof up a Drug Preliminary Hearing in 7 quesions||2009|
|Crime prevention||Staying out of trouble during college||2008|
|CLE - Tulare County District Attorney||CLE - Grand theft auto PC 10851(a)||2008|
|CLE - Tulare County District Attorney||CLE - Techniques in Voir Dire||2008|
|CLE - Tulare County District Attorney||CLE - How to prove up a drug charge||2007|
|CLE - Tulare County District Attorney||CLE - Closing Arguments||2007|