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Kerry L. Steigerwalt's professional commentary has been a mainstay of many San Diegonews media outlets on stories and issues dealing with the justice system.

The media frequently featured Steigerwalt as their legal analyst to provide guidance on notable cases such as the O.J. Simpson murder case and the Michael Jackson molestation trial.

Steigerwalt was a key in-studio analyst during San Diego's most notorious murders: David Westerfield's kidnapping and slaying of Sabre Springs neighbor Danielle van Dam and has commented on the John Gardner double-murder case. 

He has successfully defended hundreds of clients in cases ranges from drunken driving to death penalty cases and has won numerous acquittals in murder cases.

Last but not least, he has been widely recognized and active in numerous organizations and associations dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured victims as well as the criminally accused.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%


Payment types:

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  • Anthony James Dunne

    Kerry's proven track record speaks for itself. He prioritizes the need for his clients to be empowered with knowledge. I endorse this lawyer.


    Anthony Dunne Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michelle Lynn Bos

    I endorse this lawyer for Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy, Personal Injury, Mass Torts, Medical Malpractice, Defective Drugs, Defective Products, and Occupational Disease/Toxic Torts.


    Michelle Bos DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Sevens Legal, APC

3555 Fourth Avenue
San Diego, CA, 92103



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with Actual Suspension
    issued in CA, 2012


    This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    Kerry’s comment: “Error acknowledged. Circumstance very unusual and never likely to reoccur. Suspension was brief and has been served.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
ListedWho's Who Legal2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Top LawyerWho's Who In American Law2015
Premier AttorneyAmerican Academy of Trial Attorneys2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
Top LawyerSan Diego Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerOwner at Steigerwalt Law Firm1990 - Present
OwnerPacific Law Center1998 - 2010
Deputy General CounselSan Diego County Public Defender's Office1986 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Civil Justice FoundationMemberN/A
California Public Defenders AssociationMemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
San Diego Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Criminal Defense Lawyers ClubMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commitment to providing access to justice for those in need of legal serviceN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Lawyer's LogBookCriminal Defense with Kerry: Criminal Prosecution of Truck Drivers in Fatal Collisions2011
The Lawyer's LogBookCriminal Defense with Kerry: The Case of the "Dana Point Pirates"2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas Jefferson School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Millersville University of PennsylvaniaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Interstate Trucking Super SummitThe Criminal Prosecution of Interstate Trucking Companies & Truck Drivers for Violations of the FMCSR2011