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I care about my clients.  Gerry Spence, the greatest living trial lawyer, teaches that we have to love our clients just to stand a fighting chance in a justice system that offers little justice.  If we don't care about our clients, why would a judge or jurors care about them.  Fortunately, you can always find something to love in everyone.

I have to thank Gerry and all of the faculty of the Trial Lawyers College for establishing and growing the only institution that really trains you to be as good as you can be; it is their training that has made me as effective as I am, and I strive to get better and better.

I have often described defending a person against the vast machine we call "The People" is like beating your head against a wall until something breaks.  More often than you'd think, it turns out to be the wall.


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  1. DUI & DWI: 55%
    18 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    18 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. Civil Rights: 5%
    18 years, 200 cases



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620 Jefferson Avenue
Redwood City, CA, 94063


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's AwardCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2014
Elected Board MemberCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2013
Specialist MemberCalifornia DUI Lawyers Association2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney and Counselor at LawLaw Office of James E. Dunn1997 - Present
Admitted to Federal PracticeUnited States District Court Northern District Of California2011 - 2011
Committee MemberLegal Ethics Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association2003 - 2005
Admitted to Federal PracticeUnited States District Court, Central District Of California1997 - 1997
Admitted to Federal PracticeUnited States District Court, Southern District Of California1997 - 1997
Post Graduate Law ClerkLos Angeles County District Attorney's Office1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
National College for DUI DefenseGeneral Member2005 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationSpecialist Member2004 - Present
National Police Accountability ProjectAttorney Member2003 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney Member2001 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brenner vs. DMV, 189 Cal.App.4th 365 (DUI)Cal. Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal of DMV Suspension
People v. S.J. (Residential Burglary, Felony/Strike)Case Dismissed on Motion
People v. R. M. (DUI with Accident)Acquitted on All Counts at Jury Trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
Presentation Materials for California DUI Lawyers Association, San Jose DinnerYour .08 DUI Set Aside Kit2013
Entertainment and Sports LawyerMoral Kombat: the Impact of Violent Video Games1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law SchoolLawJuris Doctor1996
New School for Social ResearchCommunicationsMA - Masters1988
Univ of ChicagoEnglish Language and LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUI - Defend Your Client's LicenseDUI Defense2014
Soutnern California DUI Seminar: Cutting EdgeDiscovery Techniques2013
SILICON VALLEY DUI DISRUPT!DUI Defense: Mandatory Continuing Education of the Bar2013
Occupy DUI 2012Beyond Brenner: Beating Any .08 Suspension2012
CDLA San Jose DUI Defense DinnerBeating the DMV in .08 Cases2011
2011 Kuwatch Saturday Meeting Central CADefending DUI Clients Arrested While on Probation2011