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Kathleen Cannon, chosen one of the Top Ten Criminal Defense Attorneys in San Diego, has aggressively fought for clients for over 30 years.  Call for free consultation today.  

 Ms. Cannon practices throughout Southern California.  Her office is located in Vista, CA.  She is available 24/7 for her clients and their families.


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  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    31 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 10%
    31 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    31 years
  4. Family: 5%
    31 years



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  • Joni Kay Eisenstein

    Kathleen Cannon has more experience, skill and compassion than any other lawyer I have encountered in my 23 years of practice. Her command of the law and her incredible advocacy skills are sought after not only by people in need of her services but by her colleagues and new lawyers who want her to teach them how to be as effective as she is.


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  • Elic Eliahu Anbar

    Put really simply, there isn't a better criminal defense attorney anywhere.


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Contact info


380 S Melrose Dr Ste 300
Vista, CA, 92081


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100National Trial Association2014
Special Recognition Award and Lifetime MembershipCalifornia Public Defenders Association2012
Top Ten Attorney in San DiegoSan Diego Daily Transcript2011
Attorney of the YearNorth County Bar Association2002
Public Defender of the yearOffice of the Public Defender San Diego County2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Kathleen Cannon2011 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorCalifornia Western School Of Law1994 - Present
Instructor, Trial AdvocacyNITA1993 - Present
Senior Felony Attorney; Branch and Training SupervisorOffice Of The Public Defender San Diego County1989 - 2011
Supervisor, Capital, felony and misdemeanor attorneyLos Angeles County Office Of Public Defender1978 - 1989
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyCity Attorney, City Of Los Angeles1977 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
North County Bar AssoicationMember2001 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationPast President and member1980 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1977 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Michigan State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Statewide seminarsTrial Tactics and InstructionN/A
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyTrial Advocacy Programs - National and InternationalN/A