Jonah Chew has over 16 years of experience in the courtroom, earning him a reputation as one of San Francisco’s most aggressive and effective criminal litigators. His work and expertise in a wide range of criminal cases has earned him media coverage in numerous Bay Area publications.
After earning his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1998 and being admitted to the California State Bar the same year, he opened a private criminal practice with another attorney. Three years later, he was hired at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, considered among the best public defender offices in the United States. It was there he sharpened his skills as a top trial attorney, representing thousands of clients, writing and arguing hundreds of motions and successfully defending people in cases ranging from simple drug possession to serious felonies.
Whether he is defending clients in federal court or in state court, Jonah Chew is a trial attorney who consistently obtains outstanding results. He is aggressive and negotiates the best deals for his clients and guides them towards treatment and rehabilitation when necessary. He is an expert in dealing with complex criminal issues and assists all of his clients in navigating through the intricacies of the legal system.
Licensed since 1998
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|CENTRAL VALLEY TOXICOLOGY BLOOD ALCOHOL METHOD REVIEW||Certification of Attendance, Dr. Rose||2012|
|INTERMEDIATE - INSPECTING BLOOD ETHANOL CHROMATOGRAMS||Certificate of attendance, Dr. Rose||2011|
|INTRODUCTION TO BLOOD ALCOHOL GAS CHROMATOGRAMS||Certificate of Attendance, Dr. Rose||2011|
|DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing||National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)Student Course by La Pier & Associates||2009|
|Owner||Law Office of Jonah Chew||2006 - Present|
|Deputy Public Defender||San Francisco Public Defender||2001 - 2006|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Minority Bar Exchange||Criminal defense attorney representative||2015 - Present|
|Asian American Criminal Trial Lawyer's Association||Treasurer/Founding Member||2014 - Present|
|Asian Pacific Islander Joint Bar Association Judiciary Coalition of Northern California||AACTLA representative||2014 - Present|
|Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area||N/A||N/A|
|California Public Defenders Association||N/A||N/A|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|State Bar of California||N/A||N/A|
|U of San Francisco SOL||N/A||law||N/A|
|Univ of California San Diego||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|