I am an attorney at the Law Offices of Dennis J. Luca. My practice focuses on all aspects of family and criminal law, including case evaluation, alternative and early dispute resolution, formal discovery, motion work, trial, post-trial and appellate matters. I am admitted to practice law in all California Superior and Appellate Courts and am admitted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
In the arena of family law, I have been involved in every type of family law issue imaginable. I have litigated restraining orders, custody and visitation, spousal support, child support, complex issues of property division, reimbursement claims, separate property claims, validity of pre and post nuptial agreements, etc. I have participated in trials covering all of the issues presented in family Court. I also serve as a volunteer arbitrator and mediator for the Court. I have a very good working relationship with local Judges, Court staff and even opposing attorneys.
In my criminal law practice, I have worked both misdemeanor and felony cases. I have represented litigants charged with everything from misdemeanor domestic violence, driving under the influence, suspended licenses, etc. to more serious matters such as felony battery, assault, grand theft, rape, molestation and drug cases. I have significant trial experience and motion practice. I have litigated numerous dismissal motions, motions to suppress and various post trial motions under constitutional law.
I pride myself on four key aspects that I believe are essential to becoming a good attorney. First, I take extra care to make sure I am always available to my clients. Whether it is adjusting my work schedule to come in on the weekend to meet with my clients or returning phone calls within twenty-four hours, I understand that nothing is more frustrating than not being able to reach your own attorney. Second, I make sure to involve my client each and every step in his or her case. Under my watch, no client is “left in the dark” about what is happening with regard to his or her legal rights. Third, I make sure my clients are informed about the status of their case at all times. I send detailed correspondence about every development and Court appearance in a case to my client immediately. Finally, and in my opinion, most importantly, I am completely open and honest with my clients. I refuse to embellish their chances of success or failure. With me, you will get nothing but the truth from beginning to end.
In my time off, I enjoy snowboarding, playing softball, mountain biking and traveling. At the conclusion of my law career, I hope to one day return to Santa Clara University School of Law as a professor to teach criminal procedure and trial techniques to law students.
Licensed since 2005
Hourly ($325-360/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (45 minutes)
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Honors Moot Court Runner-Up for Best Oral Argument||Santa Clara University School of Law||2004|
|Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Evidence||Santa Clara University School of Law||2004|
|Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law||Santa Clara University School of Law||2004|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Dennis J. Luca||2005 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Federal Court; Northern District of CA||Admitted Attorney||2007 - Present|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2005 - Present|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2005|
|University of California Santa Barbara||Economics with Accounting Minor||Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association Continuing Education||Understanding Criminal Law and Domestic Violence Prosecutions as they Relate to Family Law||2007|