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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    14 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 10%
  3. Juvenile: 10%

Attorney endorsements

10 total 

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  • David Anthony Dworakowski

    Denise is an superb attorney and I enthusiastically endorse her. She is outstanding in trial and is completely committed to her clients. One of the best!


    David Dworakowski Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

  • Kevin Ryan Snyder

    I have had the pleasure of working with Denise for a number of years now and know her to be a fearless, dedicated, and passionate advocate for her clients. She combines compassion for her clients with aggressive litigation brilliantly. She also brings with her an outstanding reputation among the bar, judges, and prosecutors as a top defense attorney in the county which allows her to achieve great results for her clients both before and after trial. If you have had the good fortune of getting her appointed to your criminal case you have struck gold. If you find yourself sitting across for her at opposing counsel table, you could not be dealing with a more congenial person but you have your work cut out for you! I highly recommend her services today, tomorrow, and twice on Sunday.


    Kevin Snyder Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Orange County Public Defender's Office

14 Civic Center Plaza
Santa Ana, CA, 92703


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2008
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2007
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2006
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2005
Rising StarSouthern California Super Lawyers2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy Public DefenderOrange County Public Defender's Office2007 - Present
Associate AttorneyKeller Rackauckas, LLP2003 - 2007
Certified Legal ClerkOrange County District Attorney's Office2002 - 2002
Certified Legal ClerkSan Diego County Counsel2000 - 2000
Certified Legal ClerkCalifornia Attorney General's Office2000 - 2002
Legal ClerkSan Luis Obispo County Counsel's Office1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Asian American Bar AssociationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2011 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2009 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationN/A2003 - Present
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/A2003 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Orange County Asian American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
National Asian Pacific American Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
American Inns of Court FoundationMember2002 - 2007
American Bar AssociationN/A2002 - 2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
California State Polytechnic University, PomonaEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Phnom Penh, Cambodia IBJ Training SeminarCriminal Defense Trial Tactics2013
Giving Back: Public Service, Civil Service & Pro Bono CareersCareers in Public Service2013