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Graham Douglas Donath

Graham Douglas Donath

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Juvenile, Violent Crime, Domestic Violence

About Me


Graham D. Donath is a seasoned and aggressive attorney who devotes 100% of his practice to criminal defense. From Gang Related Attempted Murder to a first time DUI, he has the experience and knowledge to handle the broadest range of criminal matters.


Mr. Donath graduated from Claremont McKenna College, where he was named a Distinguished Scholar, was a member of the Dean’s list, and was highly praised for his Honors thesis, titled “Ice-T, 2 Live Crew and Ozzy Osbourne: An Analysis Of Modern Obscenity and Incitement Laws’ Inadequacies as a Means Of Regulating Musical Expression.” He received his Juris Doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and was granted admission to the State Bar of California by examination immediately after graduation. He established a successful entertainment and real property transactional practice, eventually transitioning to his true interest, criminal defense.


Mr. Donath worked previously in Riverside as a Deputy Public Defender of Riverside County, where he was named Misdemeanor Trial Attorney of the Year. He has handled thousands of Felony, Misdemeanor, and Juvenile criminal matters successfully, obtaining excellent results for his clients both through negotiation and in trial. He is a member of the California Public Defender’s Association, the Criminal Defense panel of Riverside County, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association, and the Orange and Riverside County Bar Associations.


Mr. Donath’s previous employers include United States Senator Barbara Boxer, renowned jury and trial consultants Donald Vinson and Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. 


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. DUI & DWI: 25%
    9 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    9 years, 4 thousand cases
  3. Violent Crime: 20%
    9 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Juvenile: 20%
    9 years, 500 cases
  5. Domestic Violence: 10%
    9 years, 500 cases



Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

16 total 

  • Troy Austin Pickard

    If I was ever charged with a crime in California, I would be very fortunate to have Graham as my attorney!


    Troy Pickard Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Travis Conrad Logue

    I am honored to endorse Graham Donath. He has an incredible work ethic and knowledge of criminal law and procedure. He understands what it takes to leverage weaknesses of the State's cases into incredible offers for his clients. Further, the district attorneys know that Graham is a fierce opponent in the courtroom who is not afraid to take cases to trial. I trust Graham to obtain outstanding results, so should you.


    Travis Logue Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of Graham Donath, A.P.C.

4229 Main Street, Suite 1
Riverside, CA, 92501

Law Offices of Graham Donath, A.P.C.

2030 Main Street, Suite 1040
Irvine, CA, 92614




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Certified Specialist - Criminal LawState Bar of California2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Trial Attorney of the Year, MisdemeanorsThe Law Offices of the Public Defender of Riverside County2008

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerStepanian & Donath LLP2010 - 2012
Deputy Public DefenderThe Law Offices of the Public Defender of Riverside County2007 - 2009
Law ClerkVentura County District Attorney's Office2003 - 2004

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2012 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney Member2012 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2009 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. J.S.Aquitted of all charges
People v. J.M.Result: Not Guilty on all charges
People v. P.D.Result: Not Guilty on all charges

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJuris Doctorate2005
Claremont McKenna CollegeGovernmentBachelor of Arts2001

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
GovernmentThe Role of Criminal Defense in Society2009