I have been a criminal defense trial lawyer for 37-years, handling serious felonies only.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client's Choice Award||Avvo||2014|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers||National Trial Lawyers||2014|
|John Lewis King Memorial Scholarship||Numerous scholarship and grants as a law student||1978|
|Editor-in-Chief, Law Review||University of La Verne College of Law||1978|
|Attorney||Gary Wenkle Smith, Attorney at Law||1979 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Trial Lawyers||Top 100 Trial Lawyer's||2014 - Present|
|San Bernardino County Bar Association||Arbitrator Fee Disputes||2010 - Present|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||CACJ||2010 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Graduate||2001 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||NACDL||2000 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association (California chapter)||FBA Inland Empire||2000 - Present|
|Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College||Student past sixteen years||2000 - Present|
|California Public Defenders Association||Private Counsel Member||2000 - Present|
|Alumni at Trial Lawyer's College||Graduate/Ranch Club Member||2000 - Present|
|The Other Bar||Past Board Member; current member||1999 - Present|
|Supreme Court of the United States Bar||Attorney Member||1985 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Attorney||1979 - Present|
|San Bernardino County Bar Association||Attorney Member||1979 - Present|
|Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino||Volunteer Lawyer||1979 - Present|
|East Valley Second Chance||Board Member||2004 - 2008|
|Cedar House Life Change Center||Board Member; Immediate Past President||1999 - 2016|
|Attempted Murder & Assault w/deadly weapon||Not Guilty all counts.|
|People v. Dennis Flechtner||Not Guilty all counts|
|Triple Homicide||Not Guilty all counts.|
|See all legal cases|
|The Warrior||Up for the Count||2007|
|The Warrior||The Big Picture||2007|
|The Warrior||A Sound in the Sky||2006|
|The Warrior. Quarterly Journal of Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College||9/11 Commission v. 19 Named Muslims: A Trial in Absentia||2005|
|The Warrior||Just How Proud Are You Now?||2004|
|The Warrior||This Side of Too Late||2003|
|The Warrior||Seriously Out of Balance||2003|
|The Warrior||Civil Liberties and Civility||2002|
|National Criminal Defense College||Trial Work||N/A||2002|
|Trial Lawyer's College||Trial work||N/A||2000|
|University of La Verne College of Law||N/A||law||N/A|
|California State Univ||N/A||undergraduate||N/A|
|Various||Drug and Alcohol Addiction in the Legal Community||2012|
Posted by anonymous
And we have to agree....our son was facing a murder charge, and even though it was self defense, it was a very difficult case to beat, with some very unusual and difficult circumstances. We interviewed 3 attorneys but the third attorney referred us to Gary...saying he would be the best guy for this particular case....and he was right. We had an hour long "consultation"
with him on the phone (as he was out of town at the time) before we met him in person. His voice alone was so soothing. We fought a long battle, because as I said before, it was a difficult case, 2 trials, the first one a hung jury, but the 2nd one brought our son home with a "NOT GUILTY" verdict. After the trial, most of the jurors stayed and talked to us for quite a while, and they all agreed that if they or any family member will ever need a defense attorney, they will be calling Gary. There were many times we questioned if we would ever hear those words (not guilty), but Gary was always confident and comforting, even when our faith was tested...But it's not just that...he truly cares about his clients and their families...he becomes your friend. He is even a huge hit at the courthouse...so charismatic. But above all....this guy is beyond question an awesome litigator...great at tripping up and discrediting prosecution witnesses, great at bringing out the truth, and just an all out great defender. I can't say enough about how much we appreciate Gary, and how hard he fought for our son...he brought our granddaughter's daddy home. We love you Gary!
Posted by Chris
Gary Wenkle Smith is by far the best defence attorney attorney that I have ever encountered.
In my case I had a different attorney (A well known Attorney from LA county) up to my preliminary hearing. He never made me feel like he really cared about keeping me out of jail. To me it seemed like he only cared about the money. Especially after he told me it would be an additional $30K to go to trial after presenting a horrible, non confidant case at the prelim.
At that point I knew that I needed to explore other options. For me Gary Smith was God sent. Thank you Lord. I had sent an email request to another attorney in Orange County. Due to the fact that my case was in Riverside County they redirected me to Gary Smith. I contacted him and set up a consultation. From the first time I met Gary I knew he was my guy. There was a certain confidence about him, so I retained him. Once I became Gary's client, he took me in like family. He really cared about me, and I knew that. With Gary I was confidant going to trial. I felt that with him I couldn't lose. I Knew that he was going to get the best outcome for me, and he did. "Not Guilty" Thank you brother. To this day I still consider him family and to my kids he is Uncle Gary. If you need a defence attorney, Gary Smith is the man, especially if you are going to trial. Its what he does. You can put your trust in him.
Posted by Johnny
A true blessing when I needed one. The case was stacked against me from the start. Gary was the right lawyer to deal with a very nasty case. He worked extremely hard for me and with me to get my life back. He saw the truth when things looked very dim. I can't thank him enough.
Neil Shouse, DUI and DWI Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I've known Gary almost my entire life. He's been a friend of the family, a mentor and a colleague. The man is a brilliant lawyer. He's a true believer in the cause of fighting for the little guy against the power of the state. He is passionate about his work. And he's an extremely skilled and experienced litigator. You just can't get a better advocate.
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