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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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.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2015|
|Nation's Top One Percent||National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2015|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2014|
|Certified Specialist - Criminal Law||State Bar of California||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Trial Attorney of the Year, Misdemeanors||The Law Offices of the Public Defender of Riverside County||2008|
|Partner||Stepanian & Donath LLP||2010 - 2012|
|Deputy Public Defender||The Law Offices of the Public Defender of Riverside County||2007 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||Ventura County District Attorney's Office||2003 - 2004|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|National Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Riverside County Bar Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||Attorney Member||2012 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Attorney Member||2011 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Law||Juris Doctorate||2005|
|Claremont McKenna College||Government||Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|Government||The Role of Criminal Defense in Society||2009|