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During his 25 + years of experience, Attorney Chazin has successfully defended thousands of clients accused of crimes in the Bay Area and throughout California and has successfully resolved numerous of cases before charges were ever even filed. Mr. Chazin has obtained either acquittals, mistrials or reduction of charges in numerous cases throughout his 25+ year career. His firm has proven results.  View Case Results to learn more.

The Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin, have three locations to serve you in California.  Chazin provides aggressive criminal defense representation to clients in the Bay Area, East Bay, and statewide. The firm assists communities such as San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, Lafayette, Alameda, San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, Newark, Union City, Walnut Creek, Concord, San Jose, Richmond, Danville, Daly City, San Mateo, Millbrae, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, San Rafael, Vallejo, Pleasanton, and throughout Northern California.

When facing serious criminal charges and a potentially life-altering conviction, it is essential to consult with an attorney who will aggressively represent you and defend your rights. Criminal defense lawyer Seth P. Chazin is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Board of Legal Specialization and has been recognized as a top expert in the area of criminal defense. He provides an aggressive defense for clients in facing misdemeanor or felony charges in San Francisco, Oakland, and throughout California.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    29 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
    29 years, 150 cases
  3. White Collar Crime: 25%
    29 years, 200 cases



Hourly ($400-500/hour), Fixed (always), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes), Pro bono (3%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Steven Ray York

    I have worked together on several cases with Seth over a period of 8 years. He is an excellent attorney with a remarkable skill set. I would recommend Seth to anyone facing criminal allegations.


    Steven York Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Seth. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Seth P Chazin

1164 Solano Ave
Albany, CA, 94706-1639

Law Offices of Seth P Chazin

360 Ritch Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107-1746



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distignguished Service AwardArab-American Anti-discrimination Comm2002
Public Lawyer of the YearState Bar of California1991
M. Jay Dramer Foundation SolarshipM. Jay Kramer Foundation Scholarship1984
Marian DavisScholarshipMarian Davis Scholarship1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Seth P. Chazin2003 - Present
Associate AttorneyMiller and Associates / Imhoff and Associates1996 - 2003
Deputy State Public DefenderOffice Of The State Public Defender1995 - 1996
Deputy Public DefenderSolano County Public Defender1988 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeNominee - Board of Governors2013 - 2014
Federal Bar AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2005 - Present
Alameda County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2003 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoAttorney Member2003 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney Member1991 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationAttorney Member1988 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States vs. Rodil NochezClient Acquitted of 7 Felony Counts
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Temple University Rome, ItalyN/AN/A1982
University of FloridaBroadcastingBS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seminar on Document Examination for the Criminal Justice Section of BASFForensic document examination from Forgery to Homicide2014