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About me

I am an Orange County criminal defense attorney focusing on women in trouble with the law.  I always seek the best for my clients.  I do all I can for them and believe in keeping an open line of communication so that they are always aware of what is happening in their case.


I started my law career as a Deputy District Attorney in San Bernardino County, but found I enjoyed helping people more than putting them in jail.  I have over 14 years of experience and have been lead counsel in over 30 jury trials.  Not only that, but I enjoy listening to people and being there for them during legal challenges.  During my career I have successfully represented hundreds of women and look forward to helping even more.


I enjoy family time, reading, the beach, public speaking, writing and traveling.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    17 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    17 years, 500 cases
  3. Speeding Ticket: 5%
    15 years, 300 cases
  4. Litigation: 5%
    3 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

OC Women Defense Group

Criminal Defense for Women
PO Box 11413
Newport Beach, CA, 92658



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline with Actual Suspension
    issued in CA, 2005


    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.

    Gina’s comment: “Not only have I worked as a former prosecutor and successful trial attorney, but I have also experienced being the subject of a criminal investigation that was later dismissed. I remember the feelings I had during that situation, and I understand what a person in trouble is going through. Now that I have put that case behind me, I can help many others, knowing the importance of having a great attorney on your side. I will listen and I will fight for you - it's time to get your life back.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 National Trial LawyerThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Dean's FellowshipUniversity of California Irvine2010
Magna Cum Laude - Salutatorian DesignationUniversity of LaVerne College of Law1999
AmJur Award: EvidenceThomson Reuters1998
AmJur Award: Constitutional LawThomson Reuters1998
AmJur Award: SalesThomson Reuters1998
AmJur Award: RemediesThomson Reuters1998
AmJur Award: Real PropertyThomson Reuters1998
AmJur Award: ContractsThomson Reuters1997
AmJur Award: Civil ProcedureThomson Reuters1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding AttorneyOC Women Defense Group2014 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Steven R. Young2013 - 2013
Owner/AttorneyKershaw Law Firm2013 - 2013
Lead Trial AttorneyLaw Offices of Earl Carter2006 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
OC Women 2 WomenBoard of Directors2014 - Present
National Association of Professional WomenAttorney Member2014 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
Orange County Women Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2013 - Present
BYU Management Society - Orange County ChapterAttorney Member2012 - Present
J. Reuben Clark Law Society (Orange County chapter)Attorney Member2011 - Present
San Bernardino County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2000 - Present
Western San Bernardino County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1999 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Felony DUI with Child AbuseMisd 1st DUI
Medical MarijuanaDismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Deseret Book PublishingMormon Mom Among Murderers2012
The Prosecutor's Brief (California District Attorneys Association)The People v. Channing Decision and its Effect on Search/Seizure Laws2000
Journal of Juvenile LawThe Child Witness as a Victim of Domestic Violence: Prosecuting the Batterer under California's Child Abuse Statute1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - IrvineBusiness - ManagementMBA2013
University of La Verne College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
California State University, FullertonBusiness Administration - FinanceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
JRCLS - University of Arizona Law SchoolFinding the Good in our Clients2013