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About me

When you're facing prison time, you need a great, experienced lawyer you can trust. My law firm defends people who have been charged with crimes ranging from petty theft and drug crimes, to murder. 

I passionately fight for my clients rights everyday. It is truly an honor and pleasure to serve my clients. I went to law school to be able to help people--common, everyday people--and I am blessed to say that I have a positive impact on peoples' lives. 

One thing my clients notice from the beginning is that I truly care about each of of my clients, their cases, and their lives. Also, I am very honest in my case evaluations. My clients value my straight forward approach instead of empty promises and sugar coating. Lastly, I have a stellar reputation in the legal community. I was a National Champion Trial Advocate while at the University of San Diego School of Law, and now I use those award-winning courtroom skills in order to get the best possible results for my clients.

I offer competitive fees, and flexible no-interest payment plans.  I accept all major credit cards, cash, or checks.

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you!


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. Domestic Violence: 20%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Troy Patrick Owens Jr.

    Jamahl is widely known as an expert in criminal cases with immigration issues. He remains a resource to many attorneys who lack the expertise. Jamahl's dedication to his clients and his attention to detail make him a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. I highly endorse Jamahl to any client in need of his services.


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  • John Howard Walker

    Jamahl is an thoughtful and experienced attorney who brings real world common sense to getting the best result possible for criminal defendants. The criminal justice system can present many traps for the innocent. Jamahl is very skilled in navigating through the process. I strongly endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

The Law Office of Jamahl C. Kersey, Esq.

427 C Street
Suite 313
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
San Diego County Top Attorneys - ImmigrationSan Diego Daily Transcript2014
Order of BarristersUniversity of San Diego School of Law2008
American Board of Trial Advocates AwardUniversity of San Diego School of Law2008
Third PlaceAmerican Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Competition2008
Kathy Payne ScholarshipEarl B. Gilliam Bar Association2007
Delroy Richardson Endowed Law ScholarshipUniversity of San Diego School of Law2007
First PlaceSan Diego Defense Lawyers National Mock Trial Competition2007
Kathy Payne ScholarshipEarl B. Gilliam Bar Association2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySan Diego Office of Assigned Counsel2014 - Present
Owner and Managing PartnerThe Law Office of Jamahl C. Kersey, Esq.2010 - Present
Graduate Law ClerkSan Diego District Attorney's Office2009 - 2009
AssociateTrachtman & Trachtman2009 - 2010
Certified Legal InternSan Diego District Attorney's Office2007 - 2008
Judicial InternSan Diego Superior Court, The Honorable Steven R. Denton2007 - 2007
Law ClerkBalestreri, Pendelton & Potocki2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Justicia Criminal Defense AssociationMember2012 - Present
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - 2012
Black Law Students AssociationPresident2008 - 2008
La Raza Students Law Students AssociationMember2006 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hector Aguiluz-Pineda v. HolderPetition for Review Granted
People vs. SalgadoCharged with First Degree Murder, ultimately Convicted of Second Degree Murder
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Publication nameTitleDate
San Diego County Bar Association - New Lawyer Division For the RecordOn the Stand - Jamahl Kersey2014
University of San Diego Torero NetworkFeatured Torero2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
San Diego State UniversitySpanish LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
City Heights Law DayDefending Criminal Cases2016
USD Law Career Services Lunch PresentationStarting a Solo Practice2014
Neighborhood Law SchoolImmigration Law: Navigating the System and Where to Get Help2014
Immigration Justice Project Volunteer Lawyer TrainingImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2014
Recent Developments in Criminal ImmigrationCriminal Defense/Immigration2013
ImmigrationKnow Your Rights2012