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Eric Daniel Despotes

Eric Daniel Despotes

Practice areas:

Child Support, Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Family, Business

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About Me

Eric grew up in the Bay Area and attended college at California State University, Long Beach, earning a degree in Political Science.  He then returned to the Bay Area to attend law school.  Eric graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2009.  He received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Constitutional Law and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Children and the Law.  He also served as an editor of Santa Clara Law Review and authored an article that was published in the journal.  While at Santa Clara, Eric was a judicial and clinical intern with the Santa Clara County Superior Court, Family Division.  He also made numerous court appearances at misdemeanor pre-trial conferences as a Bar-certified law student for the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office.  In addition, Eric had the opportunity to assist in the exoneration of a wrongfully convicted prisoner while working at the Northern California Innocence Project during law school. 


In his free time, Eric enjoys playing and watching sports, a wide variety of music, reading a good book, and the company of friends and family.


Publications: The Evidentiary Watershed: Recognizing a Post-Conviction Constitutional Right to Access DNA Evidence Under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 49 Santa Clara Law Review 821 (2009)


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2009

  1. Business: 20%
  2. Family: 20%
  3. Child Custody: 20%
  4. Divorce & Separation: 20%
  5. Child Support: 20%



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Dean's ListSanta Clara School of Law2009
Award of Academic Excellence, Constitutional Law IIWitkin Legal Institute2009
Excellence for the Future Award, Children and the LawCALI2009
Dean's ListSanta Clara School of Law2008
Dean's ListSanta Clara School of Law2007
Dean's Honor ListCalifornia State University, Long Beach2005
Dean's Honor ListCalifornia Statue University, Long Beach2004
President's Honor ListCalifornia State Univeristy, Long Beach2003

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Intern for Misdemeanor Legal ClinicSanta Clara County Public Defender's Office2009 - 2009
Judicial and Clinical InternSanta Clara County Superior Court, Family Division2008 - 2008

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Barristers CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2009 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2009 - Present
Order of the CoifMember2006 - 2009
Pi Sigma AlphaMember2001 - 2005

Publication NameTitleDate
Santa Clara Law ReviewThe Evidentiary Watershed: Recognizing a Post-Conviction Constitutional Right to Access DNA Evidence Under 42 U.S.C. § 19832009

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawN/AJuris Doctorate, Cum Laude2009
California State University, Long BeachPolitical Science with an Emphasis in International RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2005