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About Me

 Our clients rely on my 9 years as a Senior Trial Attorney with the Orange County District Attorney's Office followed by over 25 years in criminal defense to guide them.  They recognize that attention to detail and knowing the opposition from the inside out are critical to success.


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Law: 100%



Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Paul. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lewis Robert Rosenblum

    I have known Paul Meyer for almost 30 years. I have worked with him in the D.A.'s as a prosecutor for a number of years and later opposed him in court while he defended clients charged with serious felony crimes up to and including Murder. I would have to rate Paul as one of the top 5 defense attorney's I've tried a case against. His is a phenomenal lawyer. He is always extremely prepared, has a tremendous knowledge of the law and fights extremely hard on behalf of his clients. His reputation in the legal community is outstanding and anyone lucky enough to have him as their defense counsel is getting one of the best lawyers there is in the State of California. They will not be disappointed.


    Lewis Rosenblum Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Law Offices of Paul S. Meyer

695 Town Center Drive.
Suite 875
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Lawyer of the Year - Criminal Defnese - Orange CountyBest Lawyers in America2013
Best LawyersU.S. News and World Report2013
Best Lawyer -- Featured ArticleSuperlawyers2013
Best LawyersSuperlawyers2012
Best LawyersU.S. News and World Report2012
Best Lawyers - Best Law FirmsU.S. News and World Report2011
Best LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Best Criminal Defense LawyerO.C. Weekly2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
Top 50 LawyersOrange Coast Magazine2009
Super Lawyers Top 100Los Angeles Magazine2009
Super Lawyers Top 50 Orange CountyLos Angeles Magazine2009
Super Lawyers Top 50 Orange CountyLos Angeles Magazine2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
Top 50 LawyersOrange Coast Magazine2008
Super Lawyers Top 100Los Angeles Magazine2008
Featured PanelistFidler Institute2008
Featured SpeakerAssociation of Business Trial Lawyers2007
Featured SpeakerAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
Super Lawyers Top 100Los Angeles Magazine2006
Top 50 LawyersOrange Coast Magazine2006
Chair, Courageous Advocacy CommitteeAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2005
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2005
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2004
LegalAnalyst - CNN2003
Featured PanelistContinuing Education of the Bar2001
Featured SpeakerCalifornia Public Defenders Association2000
Featured SpeakerOrange County District Attorney's Office1998
Trial Lawyer of the YearOrange County Trial Lawyers Association1995
Panel ChairOrange County Bar Association1990
Director at LargeOrange County Bar Association1980
Chief Articles EditorU.C.L.A. Law Review1971
Order of the CoifUCLA School of Law1971
Charles F. Scott FellowshipU.C.L.A.1970
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
State and Federal Trial WorkLaw Offices of Paul S. Meyer1981 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorWestern State University College of Law1977 - 1999
Senior Deputy District AttorneyOrange County District Attorney1972 - 1981
AttorneyHoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc.1971 - 1972
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationPresident2013 - Present
International Academy of Trial LawyersFellow2013 - Present
Orange County Criminal Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Orange County Criminal Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2009 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersRegent2007 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersState Chair2005 - 2007
Center for Lawyering and AdvocacyBoard of Directors2004 - Present
International Society of BarristersFellow2000 - Present
Continuing Education of the BarPanel Chair1998 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersChair, Admission to Fellowship1996 - 1998
American College of Trial LawyersRegent1992 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionBench and Bar Media Committee1984 - 1989
California Peace Officers Standards and TrainingFaculty and Lecturer1980 - 1991
Orange County Bar AssociationChair, College of Trial Advocacy1978 - 1984
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
United States v. Ronald KlineExclusion of evidence
People v. HartAcquittal
People v. Mashael AlaybanDismissal
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Publication NameTitleDate
Journal of American PsychiatryUse of Hypnosis1984
Litigation Manual, American Bar AssociationThe Uses of Expert Witnesses in Criminal Trials1981
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Los AngelesLawJD - Juris Doctor --- Order of Coif1971
University of California at Los AngelesN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Orange County Corporate CounselEthical Conflicts2009
West Orange County Bar AssociationPublicity and High Profile Case Handling2008
Fidler InstituteRepresenting High Profile Defendants2008
Association of Business Trial LawyersPanel Discussion: Criminal Defense Strategy2008
Associiation of Business Trial LawyersStrategies in Criminal Cases2007
Association of Corporate CounselCriminal Defense2007
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Calgary MeetingCriminal Defense in Emergency Situations2006
Orange County Public Defenders OfficeNegotiation in Criminal Cases2005
Documentary and Demonstrative EvidenceDocumentary and Demonstrative Evidence2002
Orange County Bar AssociationTrial Techniques for the Civil Litigator2001
Homicide ConferenceHomicide and Violent Death2000