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Thomas H. Bienert, Jr. has been named Orange County's "White-Collar Lawyer of the Year" for 2011 by Best Lawyers,  and has been elected by the members of the Orange County Bar Association to serve as the OCBA's Secretary for 2011. The former Chief of the Orange County Office of the U.S. Attorney, Tom Bienert specializes in white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation matters, representing both individuals and corporations in state and federal courts.

In addition to his service with the Orange County U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Bienert served as Chief of Criminal Complaints in the Los Angeles Office of the U.S. Attorney, as Associate Independent Counsel in Washington, D.C., and practiced with Irell & Manella and Phelps Dunbar.

Mr. Bienert is a highly experienced trial attorney. His cases span a wide variety of both criminal and civil practice, including all types of fraud, civil rights violations, environmental crimes, health-care matters, public corruption, money laundering, contract disputes, copyright infringement, civil environmental matters, false advertising, trade secret violations, unfair competition and wrongful termination. He has worked on a number of high profile matters, including the Independent Counsel investigation of President Clinton, the Orange County bankruptcy, the UCI fertility clinic matter, the Reginald Denny beating case during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and the "Operation Big Spender" corruption investigation of L.A. Sheriff's Department deputies. His last several trials have included multi-million dollar civil verdicts and, in criminal matters, an acquittal of his physician client in a two month medicare fraud trial and a mistrial for his client in the Peregrine Systems criminal financial fraud trial.

An honors graduate of Tulane University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review and Order of Barristers, Mr. Bienert has been an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School and a frequent lecturer on legal issues. He is a former Lawyer Delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and has been recognized as a "Top 50 Lawyers in Orange County" and in "Southern California Super Lawyers" and "The Best Lawyers in America."


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. White Collar Crime: 60%
  2. Litigation: 40%



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Bienert, Miller & Katzman, PLC

903 Calle Amanecer
Suite 350
San Clemente, CA, 92673-6253


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Orange County's "White-Collar Lawyer of the Year"Best Lawyers2011
Tier 1 - Orange County White Collar LawyerU.S. News and World Report2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2007
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBienert, Miller & Katzman, PLC2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Association of Business Trial LawyersN/AN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationSecretary2011 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Orange County BankruptcyN/A
UCI Fertility Clinic MatterN/A
Independent Counsel Investigation of President ClintonN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Orange County Lawyer Vol. 52, No. 10OCBA 2011 Secretarial Candidate Statement- Thomas H. Bienert, Jr.2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
Tulane UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Judges NightSecretary Statement2011