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Kathleen Woods Novoa

Kathleen Woods Novoa

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About Me

My practice is limited to indigent criminal appeals in the state courts of California. I am appointed on cases out of the First, Third, Fourth (all divisions), Fifth, and Sixth Districts. I have handled over 70 appeals, with reversals or modifications in over 50% of my cases.


Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    28 years, 1 thousand cases

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Linda Jean Conrad

    Kathleen handles criminal appeals and is an active member in California Appellate Defense Counsel helping other appellate lawyers do their jobs competently and professionally.


    Linda Conrad Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Willow Springs #4
Big Sur, CA, 93920



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
JD, cum laudeWestern State University1981
Exec Editor, Law ReviewWSU Law Review1980
AmJur in Contract LawAmerican Jurisprudence1979
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of KWNovoa1998 - Present
Attorney IVMonterey County Public Defender1985 - 1988
Attorney IVOrange County Public Defender1981 - 1985
Association NamePosition NameDuration
California Appellate Defense CounselMember1999 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1999 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1981 - Present
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, cum laude1981
Western State University, FullertonN/AN/AN/A