Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Civil Rights
I have been a nominated member of the National Trial Lawers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the years 2014 and 2015. This is an honor given to few, and for which I am most grateful.
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I have been an attorney for thirty-five years. I have focussed primarily upon criminal defense during my career. These past several years I have handled mostly serious felonies, such as murder, and other allegations of violent crimes. I also accept personal injury cases with the Law Offices of Michael A. Scafiddi. On occasion, I will represent persons injured through the intentional misconduct of law enforcement persons--civil rights violations.
I am a very well trained trial lawyer. I participate in training regulary each year with nationally renowned trial lawyers from all over the United States through Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College. This will be my 15th year training with TLC.
I have tried at least 100 serious felony cases. Some of my victories on behalf of my clients have received significant media attention. I am not afraid to take on the government in the combat of the courtroom. Through my training and extensive experience, I am almost always able to guide the jury in finding in favor of my clients.
I am not a "high volume" caseload lawyer. I cannot and will not maintain the pace of work required to handle a big caseload. Therefore, my clients recieve a good deal of my time and attention. If they are in custody, I meet with them regularly to prepare for trial. If they are out of custody, we meet regulary at the office, where we can prepare for trial, often using "mock juries" in order to better prepare for trial.
As is posted here on AVVO, and the State Bar website, I have suffered discipline through the State Bar of California, my licensing agency. The conduct for which I was disciplined was not related to the practice of law. That conduct was part of my drug and alcohol related problems, resulting in me entering into recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous and The Other Bar, an organization for judges and lawyers in recovery from drugs and alcohol. I will celebrate 18 years of sobriety in May, 2015, and I am still clean and sober.
Licensed since 1979
Fixed (Always), Retainer (Always)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
I've known Gary almost my entire life. He's been a friend of the family, a mentor and a colleague. The man is a brilliant lawyer. He's a true believer in the cause of fighting for the little guy against the power of the state. He is passionate about his work. And he's an extremely skilled and experienced litigator. You just can't get a better advocate.
Neil Shouse DUI & DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Client's Choice Award||Avvo||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|John Lewis King Memorial Scholarship||Numerous scholarship and grants as a law student||1978|
|Editor-in-Chief, Law Review||University of La Verne College of Law||1978|
|Attorney||Gary Wenkle Smith, Attorney at Law||1979 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National Trial Lawyers||Top 100 Trial Lawyer's||2014 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||CACJ||2010 - Present|
|East Valley Second Chance||Board Member||2004 - 2008|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Graduate||2001 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association (California chapter)||FBA Inland Empire||2000 - Present|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||Student past fourteen years||2000 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Private Counsel Member||2000 - Present|
|Alumni at Trial Lawyer's College||Graduate/Ranch Club Member||2000 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||NACDL||2000 - Present|
|Cedar House Life Change Center||Board Member; Immediate Past President||1999 - Present|
|The Other Bar||Past Board Member; current member||1999 - Present|
|Supreme Court of the United States Bar||Attorney Member||1985 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Attorney||1979 - Present|
|Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino||Volunteer Lawyer||1979 - Present|
|San Bernardino County Bar Association||Attorney Member||1979 - Present|
|The Warrior||Up for the Count||2007|
|The Warrior||The Big Picture||2007|
|The Warrior||A Sound in the Sky||2006|
|The Warrior. Quarterly Journal of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College||9/11 Commission v. 19 Named Muslims: A Trial in Absentia||2005|
|The Warrior||Just How Proud Are You Now?||2004|
|The Warrior||This Side of Too Late||2003|
|The Warrior||Seriously Out of Balance||2003|
|The Warrior||Civil Liberties and Civility||2002|
|National Criminal Defense College||Trial Work||N/A||2002|
|Trial Lawyer's College||Trial work||N/A||2000|
|University of La Verne College of Law||N/A||law||N/A|
|California State Univ||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|