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Dod Ghassemkhani

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   140 reviews

also known as Dod Law

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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Dod

Learn Dod’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Dod has handled over7000 felony and misdemeanor cases including several media cases. Dod has obtained Not Guilty verdicts on murder cases and several other cases.

    20 years, 7,100 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Dod has handled thousands of DUI cases including high-profile media DUI cases involving death. Felony DUI, DUI Murder, Vehicular Manslaughter, Hit And Run Causing Death, first time Misdemeanor DUI

    20 years

  3. Drug Crime
    15%
    Federal and State Drug Charges Dod has obtained not guilty verdicts on several drug cases.

    20 years

  4. Sex crime
    10%
    Rape, Molestation, Rape of Unconscious, Rape of Intoxicated, Kidnap For Rape, Dod has had not guilty verdicts in rape cases and several rape cases dismissed before trial.

    20 years

  5. Violent crime
    10%
    Murder,Rape, Domestic Violence, Assault, Gang, Child Molestation, Child Abuse, Gross Bodily Injury, Mayhem, Sodomy, Assault

    20 years

  6. Federal crime
    5%

    20 years

  7. Juvenile law
    5%
    All juvenile crimes. Murder, Rape, Assault,etc

    20 years

2023 SAN DIEGO COUNTY TRIAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR

AWARD-WINNING TRIAL ATTORNEY 

 

Named TRIAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR, Attorney Dod of DOD LAW can be best described as a-------- FIGHTER.   Known for his passion and tenacious litigation skills Dod has the results to prove it.  One of his greatest accomplishments during his 20+ year career are 3 STRAIGHT NOT GUILTY verdicts on felony cases including an all out ACQUITTAL on a client looking at 25-life.   Dod has sucessfully taken numerous felony and misdmeanor cases to jury trial including murder, rape,child mollest, stabbing, DUI, vehicle theft, drug offenses, workmans comp fraud, lewd act in public, resisting arrest, domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and many many more.  See Dod's case results in the case results section.

In 2023 Attorney Dod was named Trial Lawyer OI the Year for winning a Murder case where his client was facing 50-Life and an Attempted Premedicated Murder cae. 

 

  

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Location

DOD LAW
303 A Street
Suite 306
San Diego, CA, 92101
DOD LAW
380 S. Melrose Drive
Suite 372
Vista, CA, 92081
DOD LAW CRIMINAL DEFENSE
1043 W. CIVIC CENTER DRIVE
SUITE 101
Santa Ana, CA, 92703
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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DRUG SALES DISMISSED
I was mixed up in an unfortunate situation that could have ended in a felony and prison time. Thankfully a friend of mine hooked me up with Dod immediately, and we were able to get out in front of my case. He worked his ass off around the clock, and about 2 months after my arrest, he called me good news: my case was dismissed entirely. Dod isn’t a bull shitter. He’s not going to tell you everything is going to be okay to make you feel better, but he will be honest with you and will always be a phone call away, day or night.
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Posted by Khris | December 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Out of State
I live out of state and was in San Diego for vacation. While there I was arrested for a DUI. Once I talked to Dod, he not only told me that I did not have to come back to San Diego for my court appearances, but I also would not have to return to San Diego to complete the programs of my sentencing/probation. He got me the best possible outcome for my case that I could imagine! Definitely will recommend Dod to anyone that I know that needs some help!
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Posted by Paul | December 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best ever
I am a professional. I wasted money on a law group to the toon of 40,000. They did nothing. Dod took care of me, his staff did, if you need someone he is the one
Response from Dod Ghassemkhani December 18, 2023
Thank you, sir. Such a great result and an end to the nightmare
Posted by Lily | December 14, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
If I could give Dod Law 10 stars, I would! Without going into personal details, I found myself facing a very difficult situation and felt incredibly frightened and very alone. Another attorney referred me to Dod and I am so lucky and grateful to have found this attorney right in time because time was of the essence. Dod was extremely responsive and assured me that everything was going to be okay. DOD is very professional and is obviously a very smart and wonderful attorney. Dod worked very hard and was able to get a successful outcome for me. I sincerely and highly recommend Dod if you’re looking for an honest attorney that will be by your side and will do everything in their power to help you in every way possible. Dod’s staff were also incredibly kind and extremely helpful.
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Posted by anonymous | November 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Dod!
Dod is a fantastic lawyer, bias for action, professional, fair pricing, a great communicator, and get the job done - he was able to get my case dismissed in a few hours!!!
Posted by Ar | October 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dod fought hard to get my case rejected
Despite very serious allegations against me, Dod believed in me and fought hard to get my case rejected by the DA. Even against an overzealous accuser who was dedicated to bring my life down through lies, Dod and his team separated fact from fiction, and got the best possible outcome for me.
Response from Dod Ghassemkhani November 9, 2023
Thank you. Case Dismissed. Good luck with everything
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Hire Dod
I believe there's a reason that Dod is the "best reviewed" criminal defense attorney on avvo.com. He's experienced, responsive, and genuinely empathetic -- the latter trait not found in all attorneys. I was falsely accused of a crime. I called Dod approximately 12 days prior to my arraignment date. During my free phone consultation, Dod offered to telephone the City Attorney's Office to learn if my case had ever been filed. He quickly called back to report, "I have good news. Your case is being dismissed." He seemed to be sincerely happy for me. Since my case was dismissed, I didn't need to hire Dod -- but if you do need help, you'd be wise to give Dod a call.
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Posted by A S | September 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caught a case? Answer: DODLAW
My experience with DODLAW: 8/2021 I found myself facing 5 felon charges and did not who I could trust with my case, let alone tell my side of the story to. I decided to not trust a public defender or skimp on paying a mediocre attorney that could ultimately change the rest of my life. After many days of research, I decided DODLAW was the firm I wanted. Dod is high profile attorney that is no stranger being confronted by media, had 18 years experience and over 6500 criminal cases behind him. I called his office and was contacting directly from Dod on his personal secure line. Shortly after the call I met with Dod at his office. We discussed the charges and I gave him my side of the story. This was a huge relief. (If you are reading this, then chances are that you are doing research as I did before selecting an attorney) Dod explained in extreme detail of what to expect next and over the course of the case, how he takes his cases very personal, and that “Your life is literally in his hands”. After many prayers and some time the our arraignment date came. (This is your first formal meeting in court, what charges are against you, and how you intend plea to those charges) Dod, being the professional he is, got me release on the best case scenario “OR”. The judge could have chose: Jail with no bail, jail with a set bail amount, or released on Own Recognizance. The DA tried to mention attempted murder but the judge did not give it the time of day. This was the first win! My family, friends and I could not have been happier for the outcome. Next court date was mitigation. Basically, your attorney and DA try to come to an agreement on your case. This is where I saw Dod really outperform others in the court room. With my own eyes, I saw many of the other Attorneys I thought about hiring prior to the case just fall short of what I would call taking the case personal. The other attorneys to me just seemed to be “run of the mill”, did not aggressively build the cases they presented, and did not have the clout Dod did. Dod had told me from the beginning that the least amount of jail time is the goal. That way I will not be away from my family and not lose my job since I am a sole provider. Dod said, If agreed to the terms he presented me, I could possibly not serve jail time and keep job but it would ultimately be up to the judge at the sentencing date. The next court date was Sentencing which is the final step of the Preliminary Hearing. On 9/2022, we presented our case to the judge and I walked out of court with no jail time and retained my job to provide for my family. My loved ones, friends, and I could not have asked for a better outcome from the entire team at DODLAW. Dod is absolute professional! He has a unique very calming demeanor when you talk to him outside the court room and truly shines when in front of the judge. Dod’s passion and experience are impeccable. Ultimately, you get what you pay for. If your life ever brings you to court, do your research, you’ll know who to call…DODLAW. From my family to your entire team, Thank you Dod!
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Response from Dod Ghassemkhani September 29, 2022
Wow. What a nice review. Thank you and your family for putting your trust in me. It was a long year but the outcome was worth the wait.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding lawyer that went beyond my expectations!
Dod is everything I could have hoped for in a defense lawyer who took care of business and helped me get the best possible outcome for my case. I appreciated his availability for any questions that I had along the way and his ability to communicate clearly about any and all matters present. Thank you Dod for your time, service, and ability to make a stressful situation that much more tolerable.
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Posted by Kathryn | December 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
Dod was able to provide me with peace of mind at a time when anything was but peaceful. I’m glad I put my faith and confidence in him and his team to go to bat for me.
Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Felony Child Endangerment X2 and DUI over .20
I hired DOD after a terrible mishap on my part. Arrested for 2 counts of felony Child endangerment and DUI Over .2. DOD was very real with me up front about what could happen and reassured me EVERY single step of the way. When he had an update, I had an update. Not to mention being military I transferred out of state during this time. I was supposed to stay put but he got a deal to where I could travel back and forth. I actually only had to travel once and all my counts got reduced to misdemeanors and I won't have to travel again. He will handle everything on his end. I can't put into words how grateful I am for him saving my career/personal life and I strongly recommend his services! He won't let you down!
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Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Everything I could have asked for
Hired after a DUI, got no jail time, and 5 years probation was shortened to 18 months. Couldn't have hoped for a better result.
Posted by anonymous | August 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dod a caring, professional Attorney who gets you out of trouble fast
Dod was kind, knowledgeable and caring about my situation. He really put me at ease during my difficult time. He was professional, and always provided immediate attention to all my questions and concerns. Dod put a quick end to my dilemma getting the case rejected from even going to trial. For that I'm very thankful. Thank You Dod!
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
EXCELLENT LAWYER!!!!!!
Dod is an excellent lawyer. He is so sharp!!!!!! There were concerns I was dealing with regarding criminal defense law, and I'm very happy I consulted with Dod. He gave me the best legal advice. It enabled me to understand my case, and I can now move forward in the best way.
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Solved my problem in 2 days
I’ll go straight to the point. I hired Dod to defend me on a possible hit and run VC20002 case that was being investigated by the Hit and Run @ SDPD. After our consultation phone call Dod made me feel it was possible to resolve the issue without having the case sent to the city’s Attorney office. Dod promptly contacted the officer working on my case and explained the incident. As he suggest in our initial consultation the officer indicated that my case wouldn’t be sent to the city’s attorney office. Best outcome possible and within 2 days. Definitely recommended Dod. I hope I won’t need his expertise again but if I do I know who I’ll be contacting. Thank you very much
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Would Give 10 Stars if I Could
Dod is an amazing lawyer! Since my incident he told me he would bust his butt and not to worry and let him do his thing...although I did bug him with texts from being so stressed, he was right! Case dismissed within a week! I recommend Dod to anyone seeking legal advise! Thank you Dod!
Posted by Al | November 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DUI
Mr. Ghassemkhani maintained a professional yet open line of communication that allowed me to ask questions about anything. There was never a point during my case where I was in the dark about the situation. He continually reassured me that he was on top of things and it kept my mind at ease. His dedication sets him apart from other attorneys, 5 stars does not do him any justice. Thank you for all the help.
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Posted by JD | October 15, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service
Dod Ghassemkhani is a consummate professional and you want him for your lawyer. He is on time (early) to every appointment. He answers your questions immediately and communicates clearly. He is available and knowledgeable about the law and your case. His mannerism is approachable and down to earth, putting you at ease. He has earned my highest recommendation and my deepest gratitude for walking me through my first (and only) DUI.
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Posted by Shabnam D. | September 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Hit and run misdemeanor dismissed
My father found himself in a bad situation where he unknowingly hit a pedestrian. We needed a competent and trustworthy lawyer. I was referred to Dod by a friend and called his office for a consult. He was in court, but I was assured he would call me when he was out. He called me back that afternoon (mind you this was a Friday, that's how dedicated he is to his job), and I had a consult over the phone with him. I explained my father's situation and Dod was both empathetic and straightforward with the possible outcomes. His main goal from the beginning was to get the charges dismissed. We hired Dod that night. He gave me his cell number and was in contact with us frequently, giving us updates whenever he had additional news. Dod worked closely with the police department to have the charges be dropped from a possible felony to misdemeanor, and then worked even harder with the district attorneys office to get the case dismissed!!! Hiring Dod was one of the best decisions my family ever made. I cannot tell you the relief we felt today when we got the phone call that the case was dismissed. I cannot thank this man enough for his dedication and hard work. Needing to hire a lawyer is always stressful... you don't know if the person you hire is really going to fight for you and your well-being. Dod is the type of lawyer that will do whatever in his power to get you the best possible outcome. He is trustworthy, dedicated, hardworking, compassionate and patient (I am a control freak/over thinker and bless this man for being so patient with me!!). If your're looking for a lawyer, hire Dod!! You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Arienne | September 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective, reliable, & hard-working -Dod is the Best of the best!
Dod has Impressed me at every turn since I hired him to help me clear my record. He’s become the only lawyer I can truly recommend to anyone dealing with criminal charges. With confidence and Purpose, he got my felony reduced to a misdemeanor within 3 weeks, and now I’m one step closer to clearing my record entirely. With Dod as my lawyer, I’m confident I have the best of the best fighting for me and I highly recommend him!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CEO/ OWNER/ PRESIDENT
  • Dod Law
  • 2014 - Present
  • Intern
  • Law Offices of Knut Johnson
  • 2004 - 2004
  • TRIAL ATTORNEY
  • COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER
  • 2004 - 2014
  • Legal Intern
  • San Diego County Office Of The Public Defender
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Investigative Intern
  • Santa Clara County Public Defender Office
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Winter Graduate
  • 2014
  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Santa Clara Univ
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. T.S.
  • Dismissed at Preliminary Hearing
  • People v. A.N- PC4573- Smuggling a controlled substance into prison and jail
  • INFRACTION- NO FINE NO PROBATION- IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  • People v. I.G.- FELONY CHILD ABUSE WITH GREAT BODILY INJURY
  • PROBATION- CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED
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Associations

  • Iranian American Bar Association (San Diego Chapter)
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Attorney Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • San Diego Public Defender
  • Mentor
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Admitted
  • 2004 - Present
  • San Diego Public Defender's Office
  • Team C Leader Misdemeanor
  • 2005 - 2005
  • USD Bar Review
  • PRESIDENT
  • 2002 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Winter Graduate
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor 2013
  • AVVO
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Attendance Death Penalty Training
  • Making the Case for Life
  • 2013
  • Clients Choice
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Attendance 1108/1109 Evidence
  • San Diego Public Defender's Office
  • 2012
  • Avvo Rated Attorney Awarded an Excellent Avvo Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Certificate of Attendance CASES 2011
  • San Diego Public Defenders Office
  • 2011
  • CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE Realignment in California
  • San Diego Public Defender's Office
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Attendance GANG ISSUES IN HOMICIDE CASES
  • San Diego County Office of the Public Defender
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Attendance ARANDA-BRUTON AND CO-Ds
  • San Diego Office of the Public Defender
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Attendance JURY SELECTION IN HOMICIDE CASES
  • San Diego County Office of the Public Defender
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Attendance MENTAL DEFENSES IN HOMICIDE CASES
  • San Diego County Office of the Public Defender
  • 2011
  • Certificate of Attendance LAW OF HOMICIDE
  • San Diego County Office of the Public Defender
  • 2011
  • EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARD
  • STEVEN J. CARROL
  • 2007
  • Certificate of Attendance "CPDA TRIAL SKILLS" 2 day workshop
  • CPDA
  • 2005
  • Supervising Attorney Team C Misdemeanor
  • San Diego Public Defenders Office
  • 2005
  • SBA VICE PRESIDENT
  • USD SCHOOL OF LAW
  • 2003
  • Vice President of SBA Evening program
  • USD School of Law
  • 2002
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Publications

  • IN YOUR DEFENSE
  • THE KEY TO SUCCESS IS JURY SELECTION
  • 2014
  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • What is Reasonable Doubt?
  • 2014
  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • I HAVE BEEN PULLED OVER FOR A DUI-WHAT DO I DO?
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • San Diego Public Defender
  • Closing Arguments
  • 2013
  • San Diego Unified School
  • Criminal Law
  • 2009
  • LECTURE ON BAIL REVIEWS
  • CRIMINAL DEFENSE
  • 2009
  • Eastlake HIgh School
  • Criminal Justice
  • 2009
  • Mission Bay High School
  • Search and Seizure
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (50)
Given (68)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I tried a case against Mr. Ghassemkhani a few years ago as a Deputy District Attorney. His tenacity and creativity in the courtroom resulted in a full acquittal for his client, in what was a very complicated case. I fully endorse him for those seeking an aggressive criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Beyond his excellent legal skills, he is a wonderful and caring human being."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the best criminal defense attorneys you will find. He has handled every type of criminal defense case. His experience and passion will make the difference in your case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Ghassemkhani is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in San Diego. I have personally seen how much time and effort he puts into his cases. His legal knowledge, skill, and results are amazing. However, what impresses me the most is how much he cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Dod has a range of expertise in state court that cannot be matched by most. He can deliver winning results on everything from DUIs to murder. Great lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Dod is by far one of the best attorneys I have ever seen. With over 10 years of experience as a Public Defender, he has handled THOUSANDS of cases and possesses knowledge far superior than the prosecutors he faces. The proof is in the results! If you need a criminal defense attorney, you don't need to look any further!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've opposed Dod Ghassemkhani on a workers' compensation fraud case. I know first hand that he is a top-notch defender who will get you results. He is very intelligent and quick to understand your problem and any legal issues associated with it. He's punctual, analytic, and aggressive, yet he's also very skilled in negotiation, professional courtesies, and speaking to people in a way that evokes their cooperation. Prosecutors like and respect Mr. Ghassemkhani. Thanks to that respect and credibility, you'll be most likely to get a fair and favorable result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Other
"Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. G continues to display efficiency and strong advocacy in the courts. He is an effective advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer Dod Ghassemkhani
Dod Ghassemkhani
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 19 years
Free Consultation