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Christopher James Arriola

Christopher James Arriola

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Christopher Arriola has been a prosecutor for nearly 14 years. He first worked at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office in 1995 and moved to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office in 1998. He has tried over 50 Jury Trials to verdict including serious felonies. He was President of the Santa Clara County Bar Association in 2006 and is a Past President of the CA La Raza Lawyers and has been active in promoting diversity in the Profession.  He has been assigned to a variety of assignments from Juvenile Delinquency to the Sexual Assault Unit.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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  1. Violent Crime: 100%
    20 years, 100 cases

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  • Cameron Kennard Bowman

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have worked with Mr. Arriola as well as having been an opposing attorney to him when he was prosecuting cases. I have always found him to be thoroughly prepared and an aggressive prosecutor. However, he is also very fair and willing to take a second look at a case when warranted.


    Cameron Bowman Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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70 W Hedding St
San Jose, CA, 95110


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Spirit of Excellence AwardAmerican Bar Association2008
Attorney of the YearSan Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association2007
100 Most Influential Latinos in Silicon ValleyMexican American Community Services Agency2007
Top 20 Attorneys Under 40 in CaliforniaSan Francisco Daily Journal Newspaper2003
Bay Area Latino Local Heroes AwardKQED Public Television2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy District AttorneySanta Clara County District Attorney's Office1998 - Present
Deputy District AttorneyLos Angeles District Attorney's Office1995 - 1998
InternSan Francisco Public Defender's Office1993 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Senator Boxer's Judicial Nominations CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Commission for Impartial Courts, AOCMember2007 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssocitionPresident2006 - 2006
California La Raza LawyersJudicial Chair2002 - 2008
La Raza Lawyers Association of CaliforniaPresident2001 - 2002
Governor's Panel on Racial ProfilingCo-Chair2001 - 2002
Publication nameTitleDate
KOCE DocumentaryMendez vs. Westminster: Para Todos Los Ninos/For All the Children2002
California District Attorney’s Association Prosecutor’s Brief Vol. XXIII, Nos. 3 & 4Implementation of the Community Prosecution Unit in Santa Clara County2000
California District Attorney’s Association Behind The Wheel, Vol. 4, No. 2 The PAS Device and Admissibility of PAS Tests1998
La Raza Law JournalKnocking on the Schoolhouse Door: Mendez v. Westminster1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawCriminal LawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Stanford UniversityHistory, with HonorsB.A.1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Jose State University Chicano GraduationKeynote: Mendez v. Westminster (1947) Desegregation Case2007
CA State Bar Diversity SummitJudicial Diversity2006
Hispanic National Bar Association ConventionPresentation: Mendez v. Westminster (1947)2003