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Mehrdad Ghassemkhani

also known as Dod Ghassemkhani

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AWARD-WINNING TRIAL ATTORNEY 


 


Mr. Ghassemkhani can be best described as a-------- FIGHTER.   Known for his passion and tenacious litigation skills Mr. Ghassemkhani has the results to prove it.  One of his greatest accomplishments during his 10 year career are 3 STRAIGHT NOT GUILTY verdicts on felony cases including an all out ACQUITTAL on a client looking at 25-life.   Mr. Ghassemkhani 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 Mr. Ghassemkhani's case results in the case results section.


 


  

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Languages spoken: Farsi

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. DUI & DWI: 60%
    12 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    12 years, 6.1 thousand cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Troy Patrick Owens Jr.

    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!

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    Troy Owens Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    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.

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    David Bagheri Tax Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200405/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40National Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Winter GraduateNational College of DUI Defense2014
Top Contributor 2013AVVO2013
Certificate of Attendance Death Penalty TrainingMaking the Case for Life2013
Clients ChoiceAVVO2012
Certificate of Attendance 1108/1109 EvidenceSan Diego Public Defender's Office2012
Avvo Rated Attorney Awarded an Excellent Avvo RatingAVVO2012
Certificate of Attendance JURY SELECTION IN HOMICIDE CASESSan Diego County Office of the Public Defender2011
Certificate of Attendance LAW OF HOMICIDESan Diego County Office of the Public Defender2011
CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE Realignment in CaliforniaSan Diego Public Defender's Office2011
Certificate of Attendance CASES 2011San Diego Public Defenders Office2011
Certificate of Attendance MENTAL DEFENSES IN HOMICIDE CASESSan Diego County Office of the Public Defender2011
Certificate of Attendance ARANDA-BRUTON AND CO-DsSan Diego Office of the Public Defender2011
Certificate of Attendance GANG ISSUES IN HOMICIDE CASESSan Diego County Office of the Public Defender2011
EXEMPLARY SERVICE AWARDSTEVEN J. CARROL2007
Supervising Attorney Team C MisdemeanorSan Diego Public Defenders Office2005
Certificate of Attendance "CPDA TRIAL SKILLS" 2 day workshopCPDA2005
SBA VICE PRESIDENTUSD SCHOOL OF LAW2003
Vice President of SBA Evening programUSD School of Law2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CEO/ OWNER/ PRESIDENTGHASSEMKHANI LAW, APC2014 - Present
InternLaw Offices of Knut Johnson2004 - 2004
TRIAL ATTORNEYCOUNTY OF SAN DIEGO OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC DEFENDER2004 - 2014
Legal InternSan Diego County Office Of The Public Defender2002 - 2003
Investigative InternSanta Clara County Public Defender Office1997 - 1997
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Iranian American Bar Association (San Diego Chapter)Attorney Member2014 - Present
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar AssociationAttorney Member2014 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseAttorney Member2014 - Present
San Diego Public DefenderMentor2013 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2004 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAdmitted2004 - Present
San Diego Public Defender's OfficeTeam C Leader Misdemeanor2005 - 2005
USD Bar ReviewPRESIDENT2002 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. A.N- PC4573- Smuggling a controlled substance into prison and jailINFRACTION- NO FINE NO PROBATION- IMMEDIATE RELEASE
People v. I.G.- FELONY CHILD ABUSE WITH GREAT BODILY INJURYPROBATION- CREDIT FOR TIME SERVED
PEOPLE v. H. A PC211(Robbery) with prior Strike (Robbery) and Nickel PriorPetty theft- Probation
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuidesWhat is Reasonable Doubt?2014
IN YOUR DEFENSETHE KEY TO SUCCESS IS JURY SELECTION2014
LA JOLLA PATCHCRAIGSLIST KILLER SENTENCED2013
SAN DIEGO UTTIERRESANTA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO KILLING MOTHER2013
UT SAN DIEGOSHOULD TEEN KILLER GO TO PRISON FOR 65 YEARS?2013
ALL VOICESHEARING HELD IN HOME INVASION2012
AVVO Legal GuidesI HAVE BEEN PULLED OVER FOR A DUI-WHAT DO I DO?2011
San Diego Union TribuneGATES FIRST TO PLEAD GUILTY IN USD BRIBERY CASE2011
10news.com, Signonsandiego.com, sandiego6.comDEFENSE CLAIMS MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING ROOMMATE WAS INSANE2010
San Diego Union TribuneMURDER CHARGES ADDED TO DEFENDANT ACCUSED OF DEFRAUDING VICTIM2010
SDNN.comSANITY PHASE OF TRIAL FOR SUSPECTED ROOMMATE KILLER2010
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College of DUI DefenseN/AWinter Graduate2014
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Santa Clara UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
San Diego Public DefenderClosing Arguments2013
San Diego Unified SchoolCriminal Law2009
LECTURE ON BAIL REVIEWSCRIMINAL DEFENSE2009
Eastlake HIgh SchoolCriminal Justice2009
Mission Bay High SchoolSearch and Seizure2007