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Todd Allan Spitzer

Todd Allan Spitzer

Practice areas:

Litigation, Business, Civil Rights

About Me

Todd Spitzer is one of California's leading crime victim advocates and one of a select few of attorneys who specialize in victims’ rights representation.  He is the recipient of the Crime Survivors Victim Advocate Lifetime Achievement Award.  He has more than two decades of experience in the criminal justice system.  His breadth of experiences being a prosecutor, legislator and police officer is unmatched in the field of victim advocacy.


 


As an Assistant District Attorney in the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Spitzer handled complex criminal matters and supervised line prosecutors.  He has prosecuted serious felonies including attempted murder, attempted rape, kidnapping, robbery, extortion and reckless driving causing serious bodily injury and death.  Spitzer has tried nearly 100 jury trials to verdict.  His years of courtroom experience gave him the opportunity to train and develop the skills of other deputy district attorneys.


 


Spitzer joined the Orange County DA's Office in 1990 as a newly admitted lawyer to the California Bar.  During his first stint in the DA's Office (1990-1997) Spitzer quickly earned a reputation as an aggressive and well-prepared trial lawyer who had a special sensitivity and compassion for victims.  Mothers Against Drunk Drivers honored Spitzer with its Outstanding Prosecutor Award.  Spitzer's colleagues voted him the offices’ Outstanding Prosecutor as well.  In one of Todd's earliest evaluations his supervisor wrote:  "The intensity he displays is clearly the product of his enthusiasm and his desire to perform well for the benefit of those he serves. He remains an aggressive and enthusiastic prosecutor who will do whatever it takes to get the job done and to get it done right."


 


In 1994 Spitzer was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.  During his tenure he continued to champion public safety and was asked by crime victim Bruce Harrington, whose sister and brother in law were murdered, to serve as state-wide Co-Chair of Proposition 69, the DNA Initiative. Today, every felony arrestee in California must submit DNA to a state database which has resulted in unresolved crimes being re-investigated and many murderers brought to justice.


 


In 2002, Spitzer was recruited to run for the 71st District in the State Assembly, was swept into office and was re-elected to two additional terms by large margins.  Spitzer quickly became an expert on Public Safety issues and was named by the Assembly Speaker as Chairman of the Select Committee on Prison Construction and Operations. Spitzer also served in the Legislature as Chief Whip, the key spokesman for public policy issues on the floor of the house for his Party.


 


On August 24th, 2004, the California Governor signed Spitzer's landmark legislation, AB 488 (Parra / Spitzer), which put Megan's Law on the Internet.  Spitzer was also picked to Co-Chair the first-ever High-Risk Sex Offender and Sexually Violent Predator Task Force.  The Governor praised Spitzer, saying: "Your hard work and dedication to this topic are a testament to your commitment to the public safety of all Californians." This work led to the Governor signing Spitzer's legislation, AB 1015, (Chu / Spitzer) to create a Sex Offender Management Board in California to create policy to manage California's more than 100,000 convicted sex offenders.


 


Spitzer has led several statewide Initiative campaigns. In November 2004, he became the driving force behind two important law enforcement measures, serving as statewide Co-chair for Proposition 69, the DNA Fingerprint Initiative, which was passed by 61.8% of voters.   Additionally, Assemblyman Spitzer became a statewide spokesperson for the No on Proposition 66 campaign and also served as its Orange County Chair.  Considered one of the greatest turnarounds in California history, Proposition 66 was defeated 46.6% to 53.4%; the initiative at one point had approximately 65% voter approval.  The defeat of Proposition 66, due largely to the involvement of Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III, co-founder of Broadcom Corp., ensured that approximately 26,000 serious and violent criminals remain behind bars.  In 2008, Dr. Nicholas recruited Spitzer to be the State-Wide Chair & Campaign Manager of Prop 9, "Marsy’s Law", named after Dr. Nicholas' sister, Marsy, who was murdered by an estranged ex-boyfriend in 1983. California voters approved Proposition 9, the most comprehensive Victims' Rights measure in the nation by 54% of the vote,  despite widespread opposition from all of California’s major newspaper editorial boards.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Litigation: 50%
    26 years, 100 cases
  2. Civil Rights: 25%
    7 years
  3. Business: 25%
    13 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Check

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Diamond B Tran

    I endorse this lawyer. Todd and I worked together on a matter that successfully resolved for both of our clients. His commitment, broad experience and advocacy greatly helped our cases.

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    Diamond Tran Guardianship Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Nathan Mubasher

    I met and observed Mr. Spitzer in court. My observations are that Mr. Spitzer is someone who cares deeply about victim rights. There is no doubt that he is the type of individual who cares more about justice and fairness than money or prestige. This type of individual is very rare and I heartily endorse Mr. Spitzer not only as a model of progressive humanity, but as the ardent fighter I'd want on my side if I ever had to assert all my legal rights as a victim of any crime.

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    Nathan Mubasher Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Spitzer Law Office

www.SpitzerLawOffice.com
Orange, CA, 92869

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive198905/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Victims' Advocacy Lifetime Achievement AwardCrime Survivors, Inc2011
Victims' Advocacy RecognitionParents of Murdered Children, OC2010
Outstanding Assembly Member & Lifetime Career Achievement AwardCalifornia State Sheriff's Association2008
Distinguished Leader AwardSouth Orange County Chamber of Commerce2008
Hall of Fame--Law and PoliticsWilliam M. Schurr High School2008
Legislative Leadership AwardCCLEA Golden Badge Foundation2006
Outstanding ProsecutorOrange County Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD2006
Outstanding Legislator AwardCivil Justice Association of California2005
Special Distinction AwardL.A. County Deputy District Attorney's Assoc2004
Outstanding Achievement AwardCommunity Services Program-Victims' Services2002
Outstanding Prosecutor AwardOrange County District Attorney1994

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant District AttorneyOrange County District Attorney2008 - 2010
Of CounselReed & Davidson, LLC2007 - 2008
Of CounselAdorno & Yoss2002 - 2007
Assemblymember, 71st DistrictCalifornia State Assembly2002 - 2008
Supervisor, Third DistrictCounty Of Orange1997 - 2002
Police Officer (Hollenbeck Patrol)Los Angeles Police Department1990 - 2000
Deputy District AttorneyOrange County District Attorney1990 - 1996
High School English TeacherLos Angeles Unified School District1984 - 1985

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
California District Attorneys AssociationMember2008 - 2010
California Judicial CouncilLegislator Advisor/Participant2006 - 2006
Orange County Bar Association, Administration of Justice CommitteeMember2002 - 2008
California District Attorneys AssociationMember1990 - 1997
Orange County Deputy District Attorneys AssociationMember1990 - 2007
Orange County Attorneys AssociationMember1990 - 2007
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1989 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. NolanNolan was sentenced to 16 years in State Prison (Max. 17 years and 8 months) and ordered to make full restitution for medical expenses, lost wages and client's out of pocket losses for a total of nearly $70,000.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Todd Spitzer LawTodd Spitzer Law Blog2011
Orange County Register"We Need to Get Tougher on Sex Offenders"2010
California Department of CorrectionsCalifornia Summit for Safe Communities2008
California Dept. of CorrectionsCalifornia High Risk Sex Offender Task Force Report2006
California Dept. of CorrectionsHigh Risk Sex Offender and Sexually Violent Predator Task Force Report2006

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of California, Berkeley School of Public PolicyPublic PolicyMA - Masters1989
University of California, Los AngelesEnglishBA -Cum Laude1982
Schurr High School, Montebello, CAN/AHigh School Diploma1978

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Community Services Program In-Service TrainingHow to Be An Effective Victim Advocate Under Marsy's Law2012
California Victim Witness TrainingMarys's Law for Victim Witness Coordinators2012
Peace Officers Standardized Training (POST) Academy InstructorsMarsy's Law Implementation and Practice2011
Broker Dealer TrainingSocial Media for Financial Advisors2011
Broker Dealer ConferenceSuccession Planning for Financial Advisors2011
Numerous conferences/eventsMarsy's Law and the Law2010
Crime Victims' March/Keynote SpeakerOrange County Crime Victims' March2010
MCLE TrainingPowerpoint and Effective Trial Techniques2009