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Marc Bruce Geller

Federal crime Attorney at San Diego, CA

4.7   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1973
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    The Geller Firm is a full service criminal defense firm. Mr. Geller specializes in defending white collar crimes, drug defense, theft crimes, sex crimes, pornography defense, probation violations, expungements, as well as other types of criminal defense. Mr. Geller practices throughout California. He has also practiced in State Courts in Arizona, Nevada, Virginia and Montana.

    50 years

  2. Federal crime
    The Geller Firm is a nationally respected full service criminal defense firm. Marc Geller began his career at Federal Defenders of San Diego, as an intern in 1971. He has had over 42 years of experience in Federal Court. He specializes in White collar crimes, narcotics, smuggling offenses, & conspiracies, throughout all 50 states. Mr. Geller has recently practiced in Federal Courts in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Alexandria, DeMoines, Boise, Honolulu, and Helena.

    50 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    Mr. Geller has tried over 50 driving while under the influence cases. He regularly represents clients in DMV administrative hearings, and appeals. The firm regularly works with various experts, investigators and toxicologists.

    50 years

  4. Juvenile law
    Mr. Geller has represented juvenile clients throughout California. He works with psychologists, counselors and other experts to achieve the highest grade of rehabilitation for our juvenile clients.

Mr. Geller has practiced criminal law for over 40 years.  His cases range from standard DUI cases and other misdemeanors to complex federal felonies.  Mr. Geller is well known in all courts in San Diego County, including Superior Courts in Vista, El Cajon, Clairmont, Chula Vista, San Marcos, downtown San Diego, Juvenile court and Federal (United States District) Court.  Mr. Geller has practiced in Federal Courts in California, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Iowa, Virginia and Washington D.C.  He has experience in white collar litigation, narcotics defense, immigration crimes, tax and Social Security fraud, as well as bribery and government contracting.  Mr Geller works with colligues throughout the United States.

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Marc B. Geller, A Professional Corporation
225 Broadway, Suite 2100
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Posted by Riley | July 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Results. Results. Results.
I have hired Marc for 3 seperate cases, each with exceptional results considering my lengthy criminal record. The first case was Assault on a Police Officer. After being offered 10 plus years, i was a bit nervous. I consulted Marc and he told me he would do what he can. I ended up pleading guilty of Resisting Arrest and was given probation and community service. About a year later, i was charged with Felon in possesion of a fire-arm. Possesion of Heroin for sale. Possesion of Methamphetamine for sale. Burglary tools. A few months later while put on bail for that case i was charged with Felon in Possession of a fire-arm. Possession of Heroin for sales. They were offering me 14 years by the time all the enhancements were tallied on. We ended up taking a deal for 1 count of Felon in possession of a fire-arm and 1 count of Possession of Heroin for sales. He came and saw me while i was in jail to keep me in the loop. He talked with my family regularly and gave them hope. Here i sit now 1 year after sentencing, a free man and on the right path. After 6 months in jail i went to a rehab. I will be on probation for thw next 2 years which all things considered is amazing. After finishing the rehab i was in i consulted him on an Interstate Compact and the judge and DA had no qualms about it. Anyone needing a Defense Attorney, this is the man to go to. He put his all into my cases and my family and I reaped the benefits.
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Posted by Tyler Curry | January 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Grateful and Blessed
To have Marc represent me for my criminal cases. He did a great job in advising & helping us through an extremely difficult time for our family. Marc is very professional, knowledgeable, and determined. He has a very good reputation, and is well connected. This becomes very helpful in cases, and in the end I got the best results possible. I highly recommend Mr. Geller to anyone who is facing serious charges. He represented me through 3 separate cases throughout 4 years, facing multiple misdemeanors and felonies. Today I have opportunities and my life is in order thanks to Marc's sincerity and passion for his job.
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
No one wants to need a lawyer but when you do Marc is who you want
Saved my life. He was honest and fought to keep me from going to jail. The DAs and Assistant DAs know him, as such they work with him- in my case that saved me from jail time.
Posted by Tony | August 16, 2014
If you want results, you want Marc Geller.
Marc represented me on a case streaming from a Medical Marijuana raid, and charged with additional charges in which I had no legal defense. He might not be a MMJ "specialist" as the laws of this grey area are complex and ever changing, BUT his court / legal system Knowledge equates to real world experience. He kept me informed, answered calls after hours and was straight forward. He really shined in court and behind door deliberations , making some quick decisions and using ANY angle he could to protect his clients interest. This is what finally broke the prosecution to offer a deal where they previously would not. If you are thinking about using Mr. Geller's services feel confident in selecting him. He is a lawyer that will actually fight for you, and truly cares about his clients. I will recommend his services to anyone in need of a defense lawyer.
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Posted by Kevin | April 2, 2014
He Saved My Career
I was charged with theft after being pursued outside the location of the incident and later admitting guilt to the police officers. This would have destroyed my chances at ever advancing in my career. I chose Marc after meeting with dozens of lawyers because he was trustworthy and honest about the options I had with my case. He has a tremendous reputation within the legal system and was able to work out a complete dismissal for my case, despite the evidence against me. I am now well on my way within my career. Marc truly saved my life.
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Posted by Steven | April 19, 2013
Experienced and Aggressive
I have known Marc for more than ten years and can quite honestly say there is no one better. The bottom line is that he gets results for his clients. I have referred countless clients to him and all have nothing but terrific things to say about their experience.
Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2011
Experience and wisdom
I consulted Marc on a couple of matters, one of which is a pending quantum Meruit case -- a MD owes me over $65K for work on his medical web site. Marc advised me on how to handle the matter, which I was really angry about. After all, I did not want to need Marc a defense attorney for a possible debt collection related altercation :-) His legal advice was right on.
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Posted by Paula | November 8, 2011
He saved my life
When I left his office, after my initial meeting, I felt relieved. I was charged with conspiracy in federal court. At the time, I was employed by a major financial institution that believed I was guilty. It was the bank's error that caused the government to file charges. Mr. Geller convinced the US Attorney it was the bank's error. My charges were dismissed. I recommended Mr. Geller to many other satisfied clients.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2011
Theft charges
I was charged with embezzlement several years ago. I was a manager at Washington Mutual. I stole $30,000 from an elderly client. Mr. Geller convinced the judge that my conduct was aberrant. I received a sentence of probation. Last year Mr. Geller had my case reduced to a misdemeanor. He then convinced the court to expunge my conviction.
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Posted by Jennie | November 1, 2011
Satisfied client
When I was first arrested, I was petrified. Marc was calming, and terrific in court. I was charged with alien smuggling. I was talked into the crime by my sister. Marc convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the felony; I pled guilty to a misdemeanor and received probation.
Posted by Eric | October 30, 2011
Eric War
Marc helped me avoid jail. He was knowledgeable, professional, and his staff was great.
Posted by Perfernottosay | July 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Horrible experience
I already had a horrible situation but to be faced with no good representation was even worse. Marc Geller threw in the towel and gave up for me. when I asked him to try he refused. I fired him and I wouldn't recommend him to anyone. it just goes to show it doesn't matter how many years you have been working in a profession experience doesn't equal knowledge.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • CEO, Founder
  • Marc B. Geller, A Professional Corporation
  • 1998 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hagerstrom & Geller
  • 1973 - 1997
  • Legal Intern
  • George Haverstick, Attorney at Law
  • 1972 - 1973
  • Co-founder
  • Beach Area Free Legal Clinic
  • 1971 - 1973
  • Legal Intern
  • Federal Defenders, Inc. San Diego
  • 1971 - 1972
  • Supervisor
  • Fators
  • 1969 - 1970
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  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • University of Southern California
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970

Legal Cases

  • People v. Bethea
  • Reversed trial court
  • Manduley v. Superior Court
  • Affirmned trial court
  • United States v. Morrison
  • Affirmed District Court
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  • American Trial Lawyers
  • 2012 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • 1998 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 1988 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • 1974 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Federal Bar Association, Federal Litigation Section
  • 2000 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Expertise
  • 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell: Client Disinction award
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV rating 2013
  • 2013
  • Client Distinction Award
  • 2013
  • Peeminet AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Assn. Top 100 trial lawyers
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Student Intern Supervisor
  • Californa Western School of Law
  • N/A
  • Student Extern Attorney Supervisor
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • N/A
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  • San Diego Lawyer Magazine
  • Representing Indigent Defendants
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Professional seminar
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2012
  • California Western School of Law
  • Career Opportunities
  • 2012
  • Thomas Jefferson Panel
  • Interviewing for an Associate Position
  • N/A
  • Professionalism in the legal community
  • Professionalism
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (25)
Endorse Marc
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marc is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Marc Geller introduced me to the practice of Criminal Defense. While interning for Marc, I was able to learn first hand the right way to represent clients who have been charged in a criminal matter. I endorse this lawyer."
Federal crime Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Working with Marc was an exceptional experience. His extensive knowledge of the law at both the state and federal level allow his clients to achieve the best possible result.He is without a doubt one of the best criminal defense lawyers in San Diego."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Marc. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Marc since before I began practicing law. He is an excellent, experienced, and hard-working attorney that goes above and beyond for all of his clients. Marc is one of the most intelligent and experienced (40+ years of practice) attorneys in San Diego. I highly recommend his office to anyone facing a state or federal charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Marc for many years and he is well known in the legal community for his professional, hard-working, and personable demeanor both inside and outside the courtroom. Marc has seen it all over the years that that kind of experience and perspective is hard to find."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
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 | Sep 25
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!"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marc is a hard working, experienced, and talented lawyer who fights for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Highly recommended."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Geller has a unique style that is very effective in court. I have watched him advocate - he will serve your interests well. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Marc Geller for nearly 10 years, and in that time have have had the opportunity to observe his interactions with client and his performance in court. Marc is an outstanding advocate, and is well respected by the prosecution and the court."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When my clients ask me for a referral to a "top-notch" criminal defense attorney in San Diego I immediately send them to Marc Geller. Not only is he an expert in criminal defense, but he is well respected and regarded in the San Diego legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I send all my criminal cases to Marc & he has obtained excellent results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Marc is considered to be amongst the best of the best when it comes to criminal defense lawyers in San Diego. Marc has been practicing criminal defense in San Diego for over 30 years and in that time he has developed quality relationships with nearly every influential judge, prosecutor, and fellow criminal defense lawyer. These relationships and experience allow Marc to provide excellent service to his clients. I have worked with Marc on several cases so I can personally attest to his skill and dedication. If you are facing a legal fight you cannot go wrong with Marc Geller."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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