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Donald Lawrence Lipmanson

Donald Lawrence Lipmanson

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Appeals, Violent Crime, Federal Crime

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.

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Languages Spoken: French, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  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

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (45 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • 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.

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    Robert Boyd Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • 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.

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    Jeffrey Markham Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

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

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive199508/20/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
5th district Planning CommissionerCounty of Mendocino2000 - 2006

Associations

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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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
CACJ FORUM MagazineDoping and Due Process: The 9th Circuit Addresses Involuntary Drugging2003

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
John F Kennedy Univ SOLLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Princeton UniversityPoliticsMA - Masters1969
New York UnivPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1967