|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Nation's Top One Percent||The National Association of Distinguished Counsel||2015|
|Michael Horan Award for Excellence, Commitment, and Dedication||West Orange County Bar Association||2012|
|Virginia Trial Lawyer's Student Advocate of the Year||Virginia Trial Lawyers Association||1993|
|Founder/Senior Partner||Paladin Legal Defenders||2004 - Present|
|Associate||Bridgman, Mordkin, Gould & Shapiro||1994 - 2004|
|Deputy District Attorney||Butte County District Attorney's Office||1994 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|West Orange County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Orange County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|California Attorneys for Criminal Justice||N/A||N/A|
|California District Attorneys Association||N/A||N/A|
|People v. S.C.||Release with credit for time served and cal-trans|
|People v. L T.||Dui reduced to wet reckless|
|People v. K.P.||pled to one felony, no jail; probation and restitution|
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|Society of the Alumni - 1st Edition||Basic Virginia Law for Non-Lawyers||1993|
|Col William & Mary Marshall-Wythe SOL||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|UCLA||Political Science/Pre-Law||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1990|
Posted by anonymous
I came to Chuck with a possible DUI conviction. He kept me well informed and gave me a realistic expectation of what is to come. He was very professional and answered all my questions. He made me feel comfortable with the procedure which was really important to me. He went through all possible measures to reduce the conviction to a wet and reckless. I learned a lot from Chuck and would highly recommend him.
Posted by Armando
My name is Armando Zatarain and I am a private investigator. I worked with Mr.Stoddard for the first time approximately ten years ago. It was a multi-million dollar fraud case and our client was charged with multiple felonies. The client was accused of being the ring leader in an international scheme that resulted in a $20,000,000 loss to major insurance companies. Chuck worked diligently for over a year and was successful in getting the case reduced to a misdemeanor and no jail time. I have worked many other cases with Chuck almost all of them have had good or great results. He is an extremely intelligent man, but he is also very kind and considerate. His clients are usually as impressed with how nice he is as well as how well he handles their cases. He has done more than his share of work for clients that needed him, but could not afford him. His clients constantly refer other people in need to him without fear or reservation. I do the same.
Chuck's experience and his keen insight led him on one occasion to discover that the police had searched a car without proper authority. I had read the same report and missed that important point. The DA was faced with dismissal of the case or giving the client a greatly reduced sentence and credit time served. He chose the latter rather than lose the motion. On another occasion a client was charged with molesting his step daughter. No physical evidence was found; only the testimony of the juvenile who did not like the step dad because he was a strict disciplinarian. We went over the case time and time again. The client insisted on going to trial although it was the victim's word against the client and she had already testified like an expert at prelim. Chuck found inconsistencies in her testimony during trial and exploited them. The client was facing 18 years in prison and lifetime registration for a crime he had not committed. The client was found not guilty at trial. A man was charged with felony hit and run. He was facing multiple years in prison. He had been held for four months pending trial; Chuck got the entire case dismissed literally on the eve of trial because the police had arrested the wrong man.
I will stop here. If you need a great lawyer who is also a nice, kind and honest man I highly recommend that you consult with Charles Stoddard.
Posted by anonymous
I have (for better of worse) had the need to engage a handful of attorneys over the years, and without a doubt, I will attest to the fact that Chuck Stoddard would be my de facto go to guy going forward...unless of course it was outside the scope of his expertise...in which case he reffered a friend of mine to another high caliber lawyer.
Chuck (unlike some others) is not just about the money, he is truly campassionate...perhaps with an extra dash of vigor in my case since such case is baseless....he is extreemely knowledgable and a stand up guy.
Levon Kyurkchyan, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Stoddard is truly a one of a kind. He is a genuine, caring, wonderful person but above all, and to his personal detriment, he is extremely dedicated to his clients. He is very knowledgeable but at the same time has a unique approach to his cases, that's what gets his clients a better result than most other attorneys could hope to get, me included. I would highly recommend this attorney to handle any legal matter. I endorse Mr. Stoddard.
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