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Riccardo Ippolito has been an attorney practicing in San Jose, California for the past Twenty years. He joined fellow practitioner Patrick Valencia in 1997. Together they formed Valencia & Ippolito. Currently, Valencia & Ippolito limits its practice to Criminal Defense. This includes representation in matters such as Domestic Violence, Drunk Driving, Narcotics, Sex Offenses, Three Strikes cases as well.  In 2010, Cameron Bowman joined the firm, now known as VIB LAW(Valencia, Ippolito & Bowman).  Since then, VIB LAW has handled very high profile cases.  Mr. Ippolito has been on the six o'clock new as well as various newspaper articles relating to the cases he has handled.  VIB LAW has a new address that boasts of 4,300 square feet and an investigator on sight.  This helps expedite interviews with potential exculpatory evidence that can be vital to a good defense.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    22 years
  2. Domestic Violence: 25%
    22 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    22 years



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard Alan Wingerden

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Contact info

Valencia, Ippolito & Bowman

675 North First Street, Suite 250
San Jose, CA, 95112


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients ChoiceAvvo2013
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Leaders in Criminal Defense-April 29 IssueTime Magazine2013
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
2012 Nationwide Leaders in Criminal DefenseNewsweek2012
Top San Jose AttorneysSan Jose Magazine2004
Certificate of ParticipationVolunteers in Parole1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerValencia, Ippolito & Bowman1997 - Present
Managing PartnerSpiga & Ippolito1995 - 1997
OwnerLaw office of Riccardo Ippolito1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Better Business BureauN/A2007 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationN/A1998 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/A1997 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationN/A1994 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1993 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People vs. John DoeDismissed in the interest of Justice
People vs. GonzelezMotion Granted, evidence suppressed, case dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)Strategies For Defending Sex Crimes2014
Time MagazineExcellence in Law 20132013
San Jose Mercury NewsPeople vs. Yuhara2013
San Francisco ChroniclePeople vs. Yuhara2013
San Jose Mercury NewsNurses Negligent, Not Criminal2012
San Jose MagazineSan Jose Best Lawyers2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
California State University, San Jose State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Bellarmine CollegeN/AHigh School Diploma1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Cable Channel 35Television Interview Medical Marijuana1998