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Graham Douglas Donath

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Graham D. Donath is a seasoned and aggressive attorney who devotes 100% of his practice to criminal defense. From Gang Related Attempted Murder to a first time DUI, he has the experience and knowledge to handle the broadest range of criminal matters.


Mr. Donath graduated from Claremont McKenna College, where he was named a Distinguished Scholar, was a member of the Dean’s list, and was highly praised for his Honors thesis, titled “Ice-T, 2 Live Crew and Ozzy Osbourne: An Analysis Of Modern Obscenity and Incitement Laws’ Inadequacies as a Means Of Regulating Musical Expression.” He received his Juris Doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of the Law and was granted admission to the State Bar of California by examination immediately after graduation. He established a successful entertainment and real property transactional practice, eventually transitioning to his true interest, criminal defense.


Mr. Donath worked previously in Riverside as a Deputy Public Defender of Riverside County, where he was named Misdemeanor Trial Attorney of the Year. He has handled thousands of Felony, Misdemeanor, and Juvenile criminal matters successfully, obtaining excellent results for his clients both through negotiation and in trial. He is a member of the California Public Defender’s Association, the Criminal Defense panel of Riverside County, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association, and the Orange and Riverside County Bar Associations.


Mr. Donath’s previous employers include United States Senator Barbara Boxer, renowned jury and trial consultants Donald Vinson and Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. 


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 24%
    10 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 24%
    10 years, 4 thousand cases
  3. Violent Crime: 19%
    10 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Juvenile: 19%
    10 years, 500 cases
  5. Other: 14%
  6. More 



Fixed (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Melvin Taylor

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Graham for many years now. He is an excellent lawyer who fights hard for his clients. He is very respected in the courts.


    James Taylor Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Graham. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Offices of Graham Donath, A.P.C.

2030 Main Street, Suite 1040
Irvine, CA, 92614



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Orange County's Top Criminal Defense LawyersCoast Magazine2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Certified Specialist - Criminal LawState Bar of California2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Trial Attorney of the Year, MisdemeanorsThe Law Offices of the Public Defender of Riverside County2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerStepanian & Donath LLP2010 - 2012
Deputy Public DefenderThe Law Offices of the Public Defender of Riverside County2007 - 2009
Law ClerkVentura County District Attorney's Office2003 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Riverside County Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersAttorney Member2012 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeAttorney Member2012 - Present
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2011 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. J.S.Aquitted of all charges
People v. J.M.Result: Not Guilty on all charges
People v. P.D.Result: Not Guilty on all charges
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Claremont McKenna CollegeGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
GovernmentThe Role of Criminal Defense in Society2009