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Laura Frances Marran

White collar crime Attorney at SAN DIEGO, CA

5.0   19 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 24 years
    New York - NY 34 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1989
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found

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

About Laura

Learn Laura’s areas of practice.

I am deeply committed to helping people who are facing the hardest time of thier lives. 


I am a details oriented and hands on person which means that you have my complete  attention to the facts of your specific case. 


I was brought up the fifth of six children by my parents who instilled in us to live by the "Golden Rule," doing to others what we would wish them to do for us.  We are a big irish catholic family who believe in contributing to the community and being kind to all living beings.


I like to play tennis, socialize and swim when I am not busy defending someone who has been charged with a crime.  I also love hanging out with my kids and dogs.








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Law Office of Laura Marran
110 West A St., Suite 1100
SAN DIEGO, CA, 92101


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Posted by Alejandra Gómez inzunza | August 7, 2023
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Lawyer Laura is very professional, efficient, she accompanied me throughout the process supporting me until a fair conviction was achieved. And as a human being, an extraordinary person who advises and motivates me to be a better person. And as a human being, an extraordinary person who advises and motivates me to be a better person.
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Posted by Alexandra gomez | July 20, 2023
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Es una excelente abogada, dedicada y muy profesional, me apoyo en en todo mi proceso proceso. Y como ser humano es una mujer extraordinaria que me ayudó y aconsejo para querer ser una mejor persona
Response from Laura Marran August 7, 2023
Gracias Alexandra. Estoy muy complacido con el resultado de tiempo servido que logramos. Espero que tu vida esté llena de éxito y felicidad.
Posted by Kelly Granado | May 25, 2023
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I am very grateful
Laura did Excellent job in my case. she was on the case 24/7. she answer the phone as a soon possible. She is Very professional, I felt very sorry for having bothered her so much with questions and calls to her phone in this case that before the first court was dismissed. I am very grateful with her job and with her
Posted by Pedro | May 12, 2023
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Thank you Very much! Atty Laura Marran
Very good lawyer, very friendly and professional, she helped me with my federal felony case from beginning to end, obtaining excellent results. Very satisfied with her work, I highly recommend her.
Posted by Naz | June 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!!
Mrs. Laura represented a family member and she was excellent. I have dealt with many lawyers in the past and she is one of the best. She truly cares for her clients. She is very thorough, responsive and works tirelessly for her clients. I highly recommend her....Thank you for all your help!
Posted by Darren | December 5, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and extremely thorough
My original attorney and I hired Laura write my sentencing position. He felt that this was my best chance to avoid the prison sentence that I was facing. She researched the nuances of my case and cases similar to mine to compare details and sentencing differences. She gathered information about every aspect of my personal life in order to understand my individual situation. With her complete understanding of the case and insight as a former AUSA she was able to effectively explain my case to the judge and recommend a sentence without prison time. The judge agreed and used many of her arguments and reasoning when he sentenced me to probation and house arrest. I was facing 18-24 months in prison so this sentence was a relief to say the least. She is friendly, knowledgeable, compassionate and above all extremely effective. I can honestly say I owe Laura my freedom and would highly recommend her to anyone charged with a crime especially at the federal level.
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Posted by William | December 2, 2020
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Grateful for this amazing attorney
Great at calming my nerves as I suffer from anxiety, dealt with the other parties when I could not. Successfully put custody into my hands and put the other party on the hot seat. Very grateful for this help.
Response from Laura Marran December 2, 2020
thanks for your endorsement. It really means so much to me to be able to help you and make your life better.
Posted by Jemi | December 26, 2019
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Profesional and compassionate
Laura, was so compassionate with my brother who had suffered gas burns. She kept me informed about my brothers case. She treated my brother with a lot of dignity. I'm thankful, I found in a really stressful time because she made the transition better. Truly a professional. She's eager to help.
Posted by anonymous | September 19, 2019
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Great Lawyer
I was informed that we were (business) under investigation by the district attorney (insurance fraud division). We retained Laura and from the time that we hired her we were impressed by her professionalism and concern for our expense. She advised us in a way that saved us money where she easily could have billed us for unnecessary work. the outcome of the case was very favorable for us and If we are ever in need of a criminal attorney again she will be our first call. Sincerely, Very Satisfied Customer
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Response from Laura Marran September 20, 2019
Thanks for your vote of confidence. I am mindful of the expense of litigation and try to resolve cases in the most cost effective and ethical way possible. I appreciate you recognizing!
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2019
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Great experience with Laura
I hired Laura to assist me with a federal white crime case the FBI brought against an employee. Laura has been extremely helpful and engaged with the case and I am very happy with her help. Even though it is a fairly straightforward case, the FBI agent appears to want to drag it out as much as possible. Laura has been very helpful in building the case against the defendant despite the lack of assistance we have received over the past 2.5 years. Laura has excellent people skills and knows when to choose our battles. She came through at just the right time when we saw the window of opportunity to make a great deal of progress in the case. Laura uses the right mix of legal expertise, persistence and patience to keep things on track. I completely recommend Laura without hesitation.
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Posted by Jessica | September 12, 2019
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Heaven sent!
I was referred to my current lawyer by an attorney friend of my mother. I had some serious legal issues dating back from 2016. At that point I hired her on to represent me. Things were silent for a few years until this recent year 2019 when all my legal troubles came to light once again. I was looking at multiple felony charges with over 5 years behind bars. Thanks to my lawyers hard work and do diligence I only received 3 years probation. She doesn’t treat you like a “paycheck” she actually cares about you and you can see it in her work. I am so happy with my lawyer, I have hired her to now represent me with my current custody and child support issues. My brother has also hired her as his lawyer for his custody issues. Laura Marran is amazing and if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be where I am today. I recommend her to anyone who needs a lawyer and I promise you won’t be disappointed. She has become a part of our family and a true blessing. Thank you Laura.
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Response from Laura Marran September 17, 2019
Thank you so much for your recommendation. It has been a pleasure working for you and your lovely family.
Posted by Anthony | August 16, 2019
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Satisfied Client
I highly recommend hiring the services of Laura Marran. My personal experience with Mrs. Marran was 5 stars excellent. I felt like everything was taken care of in an exceptional manner. She is extremely committed and truly cares about her clients. If you are facing difficult times and don't know what to do, don't hesitate to call Laura Marran.
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Posted by rudy | July 31, 2019
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It makes sense to hire a former prosecutor to defend you, doesn't it?
I hired Ms. Marran because she was a former federal prosecutor. When she took my case, she was very skeptical about my innocence. She kept telling me to tell her the whole truth otherwise it would be difficult to defend me. I insisted that I made mistakes but nothing criminal. She started to review the case thoroughly and started to lose her skepticism and then was fully on board with my case. I for one welcomed this skepticism and approach and for anyone who is as frightened as I was when this happened to me I would say you need an attorney to be skeptical first and then be convinced. Think of your attorney as a member of the jury. If your attorney can go from skeptical to convinced then she should be able to convince a juror of the same. The other admirable quality of Ms. Marran is how thorough she is. I am not a doctor but I would say she is practically OCD, like that detective from MONK. If you are a white-collar defendant then this is extremely for you. The smallest of details can set you free. I cannot stress highly enough how incredible Ms. Marran was as my attorney.
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Posted by Shawna | November 22, 2016
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Excellent Attorney
I was referred to Laura Marran by an acquaintance of mine whom I dearly trust. My grandson was delivered court papers through the mail, and he only had two weeks to hire an attorney or use the court appointed one. My grandson is extremely important to me, he is just 19 as I am writing this, and he was facing 6 months, to 3 - 6 years in jail, or prison. It was 3 felony charges and 3 misdemeanors that had occurred while he was still a minor, and although this may have bode well for him, I didn't want to take any chances. I wanted the best. I spoke with Laura over the phone, who promptly returned my call within 35 minutes. I informed her of the circumstances, and she agreed to take the case, making an appointment for the very next day. We arrived at her office, and she was on schedule, courteous, kind, and so very approachable, which made all of the difference to my grandson. She was patient with him, encouraged him, and truly made the effort to understand what he had been through in his life, and what he was now facing. She wrote down everything for him that he needed to accomplish within the next 9 days. His trial was just 13 days away. She encouraged him to get his G.E.D., to go to all the classes that he needed to, and to get a job. This was a young man that had his entire future in front of him, and he made a few mistakes in his youth, and didn't have the guidance that he needed as he was growing up, and she cared about him. And he liked her, as did I, and still do. My grandson accomplished all that he needed to, and I owe this in part to Laura, because she made an impression on him, and she corresponded with him frequently to make sure he was doing his part to save himself, and she made him understand that he needed to do all of things that she asked him to do because it was for his freedom, his chance for a future, and because he deserved it. And his case never went to trial, because she was able to implore upon my grandson, and those who held his future in their hands, that he was deserving of a second chance, and my boy is free today because of her care and diligence, but mostly in part due to her expertise of the law, her impressive resume, how respected she is in her profession. and the community as well. And the case has been over with for 3 weeks now, and she is still helping my grandson. Sending via email, options for college, grants that are available to him, and I admire and respect her so deeply because she has gone above and beyond her duty. I will recommend her to everyone, and should you find yourself or a loved one in need of of an exceptional lawyer, you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Janice | October 5, 2016
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Detail oriented, creative and aggressive
I hired Ms. Marran to work with me on a complex federal witness tampering case, where my client was an FBI agent. Ms. Marran was very diligent and an excellent strategist, and was excellent with the client. She thought outside the box, and greatly contributed to his acquittal.
Posted by Rocio | October 4, 2016
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She Changed mine and my family's life!
In 2013, my brother was extradited from Mexico to the United States to face federal criminal charges of narcotics in El Paso. He was facing at least 15 years in prison as the 8th of 12 defendants for a drug conspiracy. He was also the lead defendant on two separate federal indictments from San Diego, each carrying ten-year mandatory minimum sentences. After two years of no movement on his case, my family hired Ms. Marran to defend him. She returned our calls on the same day and pushed hard to the medical attention that he needed. In less than six months she had reviewed all the evidence, found weaknesses in the government’s case and negotiated a great deal resolving all three indictments. In the end, my brother (facing over 30 years) was sentenced to only 8 years. Ms. Marran continues to look out for my brother and his medical care even after he was sentenced. My family and I had lost hope for my brother until Ms. Marran returned that hope back to our lives and for that I cannot thank her enough. We will forever be grateful for what she has done and continues to do for my brother and family. She was. It just a lawyer, she became part of our family because of how involved and caring she was.
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Posted by Tim J | September 13, 2016
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The BEST criminal defense attorney in San Diego.
Ms. Marran is one of the most professional, hardworking and caring criminal defense lawyers I have ever encountered. In 2013, I was charged in a federal indictment with obstruction of justice, false statement and witness tampering. My professional and personal reputation were at stake and I had the full force of the US Government bearing down on me. Ms. Marran was hired by my lead counsel, Janice Deaton, Esq. to join my defense team. With her knowledge of the common practices of federal prosecutors and agents, as well as their ethical obligations, Ms. Marran provided invaluable insight into the weaknesses of the government’s case against me. Through pretrial motions that highlighted the government overreaching and misconduct, and attention to every detail including jury instructions regarding the elements of my offense, it became clear that I couldn’t possibly be guilty with what the government had charged. The jury acquitted me of all three counts. My wife and I will forever be grateful to the emotional support and care that she devoted to my family in our hour of need.
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Posted by Leticia | July 18, 2016
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Great client experience!!!
Laura was excellent, We had previously hired her before for a similar case and we were so pleased with her that we hired her again. She did an excellent job in keeping us in the loop of things and always keeping us informed every step of the way. She returned calls and emails promptly which was a plus for us. The outcome was in our favor thanks to all her hard work and devotion. We would totally use her again if needed.
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Posted by Blanca | November 3, 2015
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Beyond Legal Help
Ms Marran has met and exceeded any expectations anyone could possibly expect from any lawyer. In addition to knowing her legal material, she bring a special something to the team. Ms. Marran brings a personal touch and is there for anything you need, from clear communication to your family and loved ones to helping find the right clothes for your trial. She treats you as a person and its clear in her actions and words that she is there for you till the end 100 percent. She also takes in consideration any of your concerns and works with you as a team. Overall I have nothing bad to say about Ms Marran, I was blessed with her addition to my defense team and I could never express how much her contribution help me win my case.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Marran Law Firm
  • 2009 - Present
  • Prinicpal
  • Marran, Farias and Walker
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Federal Prosecutor
  • United States Attorneys San DIego
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Trial Attorney
  • US Deparment of Justice
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Associate
  • Breed Abbott & Morgan
  • 1988 - 1991
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  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Hamilton College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • United States v. Garica-Santillan
  • acquittal
  • United States v. Timothy Joel
  • acquittal
  • United States v. Mark Lopez
  • Plea to One Limited transaction in one count


  • Hon. William B. Enright American Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Ethel Kennedy Foundation
  • Trustee
  • 1990 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers in San Diego
  • Criminal Lawyer Inn
  • 2017
  • Top Lawyers in San Diego
  • Criminal Lawyer Inn
  • 2016
  • Outstanding Leadership
  • Hadley S. Depuy
  • 2009
  • Special Achievement Award
  • US Department of Justice
  • 1997
  • Special Achievement Award
  • US Department of Justice Antitrust Division
  • 1993
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  • Gerogetown Journal of Law and Technology
  • Editor
  • 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • anitcompetetive practices
  • Antitrust Presentation
  • 1993

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Laura
Federal crime Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Laura is an extremely talented and smart attorney. She is detailed and relentless. One could not endorse her more highly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms. Marran both as opposing counsel and as associate counsel. She fights hard and is very reliable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laura is a passionate and committed advocate whose genuine empathy for her clients sets her apart. I look forward to working with her again in the future."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laura is compassionate, highly dedicated and a brilliant attorney. I am happy to provide this endorsement as a testament to her knowledge and skills."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Laura and I have worked on several cases together. She first worked with me on a complex witness tampering and obstruction of justice case, which resulted in an acquittal. Laura thought outside the box, and worked very hard. I hire her to work with me every time I can. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Laura and I were co-counsel in a criminal trial earlier this year. She is a very dedicated and capable attorney with many years of criminal law experience. Laura was particularly effective with client management and in generating client trust and confidence under very difficult circumstances."
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