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About me

I care about my clients as people.  Besides aiming to win them an acquittal or the best possible settlement , I work with each client to help minimize the stress one feels when facing criminal charges or having had one's property seized and held by the government.  I hugely respect our Bill of Rights, whose wise principles are reinforced every time I can convince a judge that law enforcement violated the Fourth or Fifth Amendment by unlawfully searching or improperly questioning my clients.

Besides practicing law, I love tennis, hiking and backpacking (preferably in the company of dogs).  Protecting the world's remaining wild places and creatures is a long-standing passion, which has led me to pro bono legal defense of people arrested during environmental protests in Humboldt and Mendocino counties and to serve six years as a Mendocino County planning commissioner.


Languages spoken: French, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    20 years, 500 cases
  2. Violent Crime: 20%
    20 years, 50 cases
  3. Appeals: 20%
    19 years, 75 cases
  4. Federal Crime: 5%
    14 years, 5 cases



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  • Robert Drynan Boyd

    I have worked with Don on many cases for over ten years now. I enjoy working with him and together we have gotten some very good results for our clients. I often refer clients to Don and I plan to continue doing so. Don speaks Spanish which is a huge asset to his practice.


    Robert Boyd Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Jeffrey David Markham

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked alongside Don in a case in which our clients were charged with cultivation and possession of approximately 1,000 marijuana plants. Due in large part to Don's efforts, after a hearing that lasted several hours of several days, the cases were dismissed after a judge granted our motions to suppress evidence.


    Jeffrey Markham Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

101 Morris Street, Ste. 213
Sebastopol, CA, 95472


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
5th district Planning CommissionerCounty of Mendocino2000 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1996 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People vs. Damien AkensDismissal following suppression of evidence
People vs. Milton TopeteAcquitted in jury trial.
People vs. Krog-SmithEvidence suppressed, case dismissed.
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Publication nameTitleDate
CACJ FORUM MagazineDoping and Due Process: The 9th Circuit Addresses Involuntary Drugging2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John F Kennedy Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Princeton UniversityPoliticsMA - Masters1969
New York UnivPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1967