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Jeffrey Donald Kent

also known as Jeff Kent

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Federal Crime, Juvenile

About Me

Jeffrey D. Kent, Attorney at Law, has been practicing exclusively criminal law since he began his legal career in Orange County, California, in 1992. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of California, Irvine receiving B.A. degrees with honors in both Economics and Political Science. He then graduated from Western State University, College of Law in Fullerton, California with honors in 1992, and immediately passed the California State Bar Examination. Jeff worked with both the Orange County Public Defender and Orange County District Attorney's Office while in law school.


 


During a career marked with high-profile successes, Jeff has handled several thousand criminal cases, including over 100 jury trials, in both state and federal courts, and a number of homicide cases. He also has had the privilege of being one of a select group of lawyers to have argued before the California Supreme Court. Jeff has been granted the honor of being a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is one of approximately 25 in Orange County and 350 in the entire State of California to hold such certification!


 


As testimony to the quality of his preparation and conduct of complex cases, Jeff's clients have included judges, politicians, private attorneys, public defenders, and law enforcement officers. He is also listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell with an AV rating (the highest given), Avvo.com with a 10.0 rating, and has been listed for numerous years in the Super Lawyers publication by Los Angeles Magazine.


 


Jeff is a member on the National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersCalifornia Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and a co-founder of the North Orange County Bar Association. He has been admitted the California State Bar (#162237), the United States District Courts of the Central, Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of California, the United States Court of Appeal for the 9th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Jeff has also represented clients in Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington in their respective State or Federal District Courts.


 


A native of Southern California, Jeff is married and has both a son and a daughter.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1992

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    23 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    23 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Juvenile: 10%
    23 years, 500 cases
  4. Federal Crime: 10%
    23 years, 200 cases

Payment

Fees:

Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

27 total 

  • Albert Smith

    I endorse this lawyer Mr. Kent is an asset to the legal community.

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    Albert Smith Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Douglas MacMillan Borthwick

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Douglas Borthwick Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Kent Law Firm

1440 N. Harbor Blvd.
Suite 520
Fullerton, CA, 92835

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199205/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2014
Southern California's Top Rated LawyersMartindale-Hubbell Legal Leaders2014
Top 100 Criminal Defense LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 DUI Lawyers in CaliforniaNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Certified Specialist - Criminal LawState Bar of California2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Southern California's Top Rated LawyersMartindale-Hubbell Legal Leaders2013
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2013
Certified Specialist in Criminal LawCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2013
Top 100 Criminal Defense LawyerAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Top LawyerOC Metro Magazine2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys in CaliforniaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2012
Certified Specialist in Criminal LawCalifornia State Bar Board of Legal Specialization2012
Orange County's Top AttorneysOC Metro Magazine2012
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Preeminent LawyerBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Southern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Southern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Southern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Southern California Rising StarsSuper Lawyers Magazine2004
Harvard University Trial Skills CollegeNational College of DUI Defense1995

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Kent Law Firm2013 - Present
Partner/AttorneyLaw Offices of McDonnell & Kent, Inc.1995 - 2013
AttorneyBridgman, Mordkin, Gould & Shapiro1992 - 1995
Certified Law ClerkOrange County District Attorney's Office1991 - 1992
Law ClerkOrange County Public Defender's Office1989 - 1991

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
North Orange County Bar AssociationVice President2014 - 2015
North Orange County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - Present
United States Tax CourtMember2010 - Present
North Orange County Bar AssociationSecretary2009 - 2011
North Orange County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2009 - 2011
North Orange County Bar AssociationCo-founder2009 - 2009
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
U.S. District Court, Northern District of CaliforniaMember2009 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember1996 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th CircuitMember1995 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
U.S. District Court, Southern District of CaliforniaMember1995 - Present
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of CaliforniaMember1993 - Present
U.S. District Court, Central District of CaliforniaMember1993 - Present
Criminal Law Section - State Bar of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1992 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1992 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionMember1992 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
People v. E.L. - Mayhem, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, DUI with Serious Bodily Injury & Hit & RunNot Guilty!!! Client acquitted of all felony charges!
People v. K.H. - Commercial Truck Driver Charged with Felony DUI Causing Serious Bodily InjuryNot Guilty!!! Acquitted of all charges!!! Driver's License saved!!!
People v. M.R. - 1st Degree Murder by Stabbing Girlfriend 26 TimesConvicted of reduced charge!!!

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
California Supreme CourtLarsen v. DMV (1995) 12 Cal.4th 2781995

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of California - IrvinePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
University of California - IrvineEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1989

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
The Judicial ProcessThe Private Criminal Defense Attorney's Role2011
Shortstop - InstructorJuvenile Diversion Program2001
Shortstop - InstructorJuvenile Diversion Program2000
Shortstop - InstructorJuvenile Diversion Program1999