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Staycie Renee Sena

also known as Staychia R. Sena

About me

Chosen "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers and OC Metro's "Top Criminal Attorney"


Graduate, Stanford Law School ('96)


Former Deputy Public Defender


Member of defense team for actor Robert Blake (acquitted of special circumstances homicide)


Hundreds of cases dismissed



Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    16 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Domestic Violence: 20%
    16 years, 900 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    16 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. White Collar Crime: 20%
    16 years, 800 cases



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    I endorse this lawyer. As a former Deputy District Attorney/Assistant DA (in Humboldt County, CA and Santa Fe, NM), I have worked against numerous criminal defense attorneys. The best criminal defense attorneys care about their clients and help them address the personal issues (often drug and alcohol abuse) that lead them to the accusations they face. Staycie's practice is client-centered, she deeply cares about the outcome for her clients. In my experience many private criminal defense attorneys are unwilling to take a case to trial because they are either lazy, afraid of trial, or inexperienced. Staycie knows the value of a case and is willing to take a case to trial if she believes that a jury will disagree with the DA's perspective. The willingness to take a meritorious case (from the defense perspective) to trial is the single most important tool to leverage a good deal or dismissal from the DA. I would recommend her services to any person who had a criminal problem in OC.


    Harutiun Kassakhian Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew Scott Levine

    Staycie is a repository of knowledge and advice, and her mentorship when I was beginning my practice was invaluable. Without her help and the help of others, I would have been lost at sea. I'm consistently impressed by her passion and her dedication to protecting the interests of her clients. I endorse her wholeheartedly.


    Andrew Levine Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Offices of Staycie R. Sena

19200 Von Karman Ave #400
Irvine, CA, 92612


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Criminal LawyerCoast Magazine2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Top Criminal AttorneyOC Metro Magazine2013
Phi Beta KappaPhi Beta Kappa1993
Most Distinguished Student- PhilosophyUniversity of California at Riverside1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Staycie R. Sena2003 - Present
AttorneyCriminal Defense Team for Robert Blake2003 - 2004
Deputy Public DefenderOrange County Public Defender2000 - 2003
AttorneyPilsbury Madison & Sutro1999 - 2000
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of California at Riverside1998 - 2000
AttorneyStradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth1998 - 1999
AttorneyBest Best & Krieger1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Newport Harbor Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Orange County BarristersMember2003 - Present
West Orange County Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
State Bar of California, Criminal Law SectionN/A2000 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1997 - Present
South Orange County Bar AssociationPresident2009 - 2010
Stanford Professional Women of Orange CountyMember2004 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sexual MolestationNot Guilty on one life count, other dismissed
Certificate of Rehabilitation- 290 RegistrantPetition granted
Child abuse- wrongfully accusedDismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
California Redevelopment JournalImplementing Redevelopment1999
League of California CitiesFree Speech and Sign Ordinances1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of California - RiversidePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
North Orange County Bar AssociationChildren, Memory and Sexual Abuse Allegations2016
Family Lawyers Study GroupDefense of Seuxal Abuse Claims2016
Orange County Asian Peace Officer Association MeetingThe Defense Perspective2011
South Orange County Bar Association,Representing Celebrity Clients2007
Faculty PresentationDo the Realities of the Criminial Justice System Mirror Doctrine?2003
Law and SocietySocial Change through Law2000
Philosophy of LawLegal Pedagogy1995