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My practice involves federal cases exclusively. I've practiced in federal court for 35 years, and I welcome the chance to help you with any problem in this area. Please feel free to call or e-mail me at any time.


My practice is distinguished by the fact that I work exclusively at the federal level, and have  for 35 years. My cases include white collar crime allegations (including grand jury representation), fraud, computer crimes and drug cases. A portion of my practice involves appeals, and I have more than 35 published federal court opinions. Please call or e-mail me if you have questions.


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Contact info

107 Avenida Miramar #C
San Clemente, CA, 92672

Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 100%
    37 years



Retainer (always), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Anthony Michael Solis

    I worked with Dean on two complex federal cases. One was a tax fraud scheme, the other a RICO case. Dean is a fountain of knowledge and ideas who commands the respect of colleagues, the government and judges. I highly recommend Dean Steward to anyone looking for superlative federal criminal defense.


    Anthony Solis Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Melissa Bobrow

    Clients, prosecutors, judges, and fellow defense attorneys all have nothing but the utmost respect for Dean - and rightfully so. Dean is the best there is. Nobody knows the law, the federal court system, and every single person in the building better than Dean does. I always recommend Dean.


    Melissa Bobrow Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
One of the Top Lawyers in O.C.O.C. Metro Magazine2014
One of the Top Lawyers in the U.S.U.S. News and World Report2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerOrange Coast Magazine2014
Top Law Firms in the CountryU.S. News and World Report2013
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2012
Top LawyersCorporate Counsel2012
One of the Top Lawyers- O.C. for 2012O.C. Metro magazine2012
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
A-V rating (highest)Martindale-Hubbell2011
One of the Top Attorneys in Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles Magazine2011
One of the top law firms in the countryU.S. News & World Report2011
Super LawyerOrange Coast Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles Times Magazine2010
Selected: Top 100 Lawyers in CaliforniaLos Angeles Daily Journal2009
One of Top 5 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Orange CountyOC Metro Magazine2009
Top 50 Lawyers in Orange CountyLos Angeles Magazine2009
WavemakersOrange Coast Magazine2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
Top Lawyers in Orange CountyOrange Coast Magazine2007
Top 50 Lawyers in Orange CountyLos Angeles Magazine2007
Best Lawyers in Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles Times Magazine2007
Top Recognition AwardFederal Bar Association- OC Chapter1996
President's MVP AwardOrange County Bar Association1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerH. Dean Steward, APC2000 - Present
Chairman and Member - Criminal Law Advisory CommissionCalifornia State Bar1992 - 1995
Directing Attorney- Orange CountyFederal Public Defenders1987 - 2000
Chief Assistant- Honolulu, HawaiiFederal Public Defenders1984 - 1987
PartnerSteward & Steward1979 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers AssociationTop 100 Trial Lawyers2012 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2007 - Present
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2002 - Present
Tax CourtMember1981 - Present
Warren G. Ferguson American Inn of CourtPresident2004 - 2005
Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsLawyer Delegate2002 - 2005
Federal Bar Association- OC ChapterMember- former member, Board of Directors1990 - 1993
Orange County Bar AssociationMember- former Chair- Task Force of Denial of Due Process1988 - 1989
American Bar AssociationMember- former Committee Member- Defense Services1985 - 1986
Hawaii Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSecretary- founding member1985 - 1987
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember- former Committee Member- Amicus Committee1985 - 1986
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation- Orange County, CaliforniaClient not indicted
U.S. v. CrandallWhite Collar Sentence successfully reversed
U.S. v. HelgueroSuccessful appeal of conviction
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Publication nameTitleDate
Federal Defender UpdateEditor of Monthly Newsletter- 1995-20002000
Federal Criminal Defense: Forms and PleadingsPublished Manual1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College for Criminal Defense- Houston, TXN/ACertified1982
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
University of California - San DiegoN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Regional CenferenceCriminal Case Jury Trials: Gone Forever?2014
Monthy MeetingWhat's So Different About Being a White Collar Lawyer?2014
MySpace Teen Suicide case: the Inside StoryComputer crimes- federal court2013
New Trial Panel Attorney TrainingNuts and Bolts of Federal Criminal Practice2011
Fidler Institute for Criminal JusticeCyber Crimes2011
CJA Panel TrainingEffective Use of Attorney Time: Making the Most of Your Team2011
Annual ConferenceSocial Networking: Myths and Realities2011
Third Annual Training Seminar- CJA Panel AttorneysJoint Defense Agreements2010
San Diego Criminal Defense Bar AssociationDefending against Witness Intimidation2010
University of FloridaTerms of Service and Criminal Law2009
FBA-OC Annual Criminal Law SeminarComputer Crimes: The MySpace Case and Emerging Criminal Issues in Cyberspace2009
Annual ConferenceEthics and the Internet2009
Annual ConferenceLori Drew Case and Angry E-mail: Are We All Going to Jail?2009
NDIA Regional Conference and Training SeminarInvestigating Government Informants2004
Criminal Law: A Nuts and Bolts ApproachDo's and Don't: Federal Court Criminal Cases2003
Winning Strategies 2002Cooperating Witnesses- Uncovering the Lie2002
Fall ConferenceSnitches: Uncovering the Lies2002
And Justice for All: New Approaches for Criminal DefenseThe Confidential Informant2002
CJA Panel Training- San FranciscoInformants- How to Uncover the Lie2001
California State Bar Convention"I Object!"- You Be the Judge2001
Annual ProgramThe Contested Hearing2001
2001- New Approaches for the MilleniumDiscovery Techniques2001
Winning Strategies for Defending Federal Criminal CasesDefending Federal Gun Cases2000
Victory at Sea: A Criminal Defense Seminar"News and Verdict at 11"- The Impact of the Media on the Lawyer, the Jury, the Outcome2000
The Business of Practicing LawManagement and Economic Issues for Government and In-House Counsel2000
NDIA Regional ConferenceInvestigating Informants2000
Winning Strategies for Defending Federal Criminal CasesDefending Federal Gun Cases1999
Orientation Program for Asst. Federal DefendersDefending Federal Gun Cases1999
Federal Defender Guideline UpdateFederal Sentencing Trends and Update1999
Orientation Program for Asst. Federal DefendersStrategies for Defending Firearms Cases1998
Federal SentencingFederal Sentencing1998
Annual MeetingEthics1998
Orientation Seminar for Asst. Federal DefendersStrategies for Defending Firearms Cases1997
Orientation Seminar for Asst. Federal DefendersStrategies for Defending Firearms Cases1996
Advanced Federal Sentencing PracticeSentencing in Federal Court1996
6th Annual Current Developments in Federal Criminal LawCurrent Developments in Federal Criminal Law1996