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Fred W Anderson

Litigation Attorney at Santa Ana, CA

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 53 years
    Washington - WA 15 years
    Oregon - OR 18 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 47 years
  • Licensed for 53 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1970
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2005
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1976
    Resigned No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Fred

Learn Fred’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    I have tried numerous civil cases to juries and to the Court. These range from breach of contract to personal injury cases to complex probate cases with tax implications.

    53 years, 300 cases

  2. Probate

  3. Employment and labor

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    Protecting Minority interests in closely held corporations.

  5. Criminal defense
    I have tried all types of criminal cases in 39 years of practice. I spent two years in the Orange County District Attorney's Office and the last 37 as a privately retained defense lawyer. I have taken cases to the California Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.

    53 years, 5,000 cases

  6. DUI and DWI
    I have tried over 200 DUI cases in California to a 12 person jury. I have represented thousands of clients charged with DUII in California and Oregon.

    53 years, 2,000 cases

Mr. Anderson has tried over 200 jury trials from Washington County OR, San Diego to Boise.  Most of his trials have been in Orange County California.  After moving to Washington County Oregon in April 2006 he was the supervising attorney for the Washington County office of a contract criminal defense firm whose main office is in Portland. 

Mr. Anderson opened the Metro-Portland office of Anderson & Andrson in September 2008 and is located in Washington County Oregon at 347 SW Oak St, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Anderson & Anderson closed the Portland office in June 2018 and now only maintains the California office.

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Fred Anderson
2070 N. Tustin Ave
Santa Ana, CA, 92705


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Posted by Will Lipscombe | July 17, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A true professional
Mr. Anderson is VERY professional and polite and he definitely knows the law. I could not recommend a better attorney to have on your side and from my experience you are in VERY good hands with Mr. Anderson.
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2011
An apology to Fred Anderson
A few weeks ago, we posted that Fred Anderson had quit our friends suit and was quite upset. Later we had found out that Fred Anderson had not quit and was proceeding with trial. My wife and I were there through the first two days of trial. Watching Mr. Anderson through the glass door, you could tell his passion for the truth and his total dedication to our friends situation, and at times could hear Mr. Anderson through the glass getting his point across to the courtroom and to the presiding judge. During this process, getting ready for trial, having to be here or there, Mr. Anderson always kept our friend informed and gave the facts of the case to him, without sugar coating it. His strength, courage and knowledge of this type of the law was beyond, what we would ever think was out there and saw a master of his craft working hard to prove that his client was wronged. To sit with Mr. Anderson you can tell his mind is working constantly, doing every sceneraio that he could imagine, thinking of what ever law he needed to be brought in on this case and kept looking at the trial steps ahead of time. While questioning myself and my wife, Mr. Anderson helped us with the questions, engaging us to relax and think about our answers and answer them clearly as we could recall. Mr. Anderson never made us feel inadequate while questioning us and thanked us several times for standing by our friends side. So to you Mr. Anderson, we sincerely apologize for "jumping the gun" our our last posting. We had been misinformed and just took that information as the truth. You are a man of a fine art and you have the wisdom beyond all others when it comes to the law and helping your client with delicate issues, was well done. Even though that day the court didn't decide in your favor, you still won this case in our minds. We have told several of our trucker friends that if they ever have an issue that requires an attorney, we have recommended you to them. You have a sincere passion for the truth and sought the truth to be told on that day, You didn't promise anything to our friend, except that you'd be there, do your best in representing him and to get the truth to be told once and for all. You are a true and honest man, which is extremely hard to find in these days. We again sincerely apologize to you, for assuming what we had been told was the truth. You taught two older people, not to jump until learning the facts.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2011
Mr. Anderson I'll be more than happy to take these words back.
It's sad that they don't give 10s in this case, as watching Fred Anderson go from aggressive, to passive, to aggressive on this case, made me scratch my head at times. Watching him was a true art form while fighting for his client and keeping the composure through-out this trial was a rare site. Fred Anderson looked, acted, and dealt with the matters that were handed him in the ut-most professional design. We were a little worried as there were times he seemed out in a zone, but it was that he was searching for the law, the words, the fight, to win this case. He came across as posed and as professional as anyone we had ever witnessed before. He knew what he was up agaist yet, he bowled right through it as he had a job to do. He won this case in our minds, but the jury didn't see it that way, that day. I would reccommend Fred Anderson to anyone I know that has a legal problem. If he doesn't know what he could do to help, he'll help you find some one that will. I certainly am very happy and willing to eat my words on this case. Fred Anderson won this day.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 500-750 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Anderson & Anderson
  • 1971 - Present
  • Managing Attorney Hillsboro office
  • Brindle, McCaslin & Lee, P.C.
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • 1970 - 1971


  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1969
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1965

Legal Cases

  • California v Acevedo
  • Evidence allowed 500 US 565 (1991)
  • People v. Neer
  • Evidence suppressed Case dismissed


  • West Orange County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Delegate
  • 1995 - 2020
  • Orange County Bar Association, Client Relations Committee
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2002

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • President's Pro Bono Award 1991
  • California Bar Assocition
  • 1991

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is of high moral character and ability."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Fred Anderson under what turned out to be increasingly difficult circumstances - and I can tell you, he knows his stuff and will not be intimidated by anyone. He calls it as he sees it and does a great job fighting tooth and nail for his clients. Feel comfortable in selecting Fred Anderson as your lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have met very few lawyers with the criminal defense experience of Mr. Anderson. He is licensed throughout the entire west coast and practices in many of the same Oregon and California courts where I got my start. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his services to anyone in need."
Employment and labor
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense